The incurable re-decorator strikes again!
It’s a well known fact that I love changing things up. Remember my Reno-cation of 2011? Oh yeah, a home face-lift of epic proportions. Then I followed up with #ProjectLivingRoom, one of my favourite redesigns ever. (#urbanbarn fan4life)
And while I assumed I’d taken care of the re-decorating bug for good, there was just one little area that was begging for a redo: our sitting room.
Okay it’s technically not a room. And I can’t actually remember the last time somebody sat there. But it’s a little area off to the side of our living room, and it basically only exists because the room is so long that it requires more furniture to look balanced.
“Okay, Lena, so what was the problem?”
The problem was the über blahness of the area. Vanilla walls, vanilla leather chairs and a very vanilla feeling overall. One could literally become comatose if one stared at it too long. Blah.
So I decided it needed a little oomph, and the first colour to come to mind was a ravishing cherry red (obviously, I’m not half-assed with my “oomphs”). When I shared my observations with my husband, I expected a little bit of resistance – but was pleasantly surprised when he enthusiastically agreed with both the need for a re-do and the choice of colour. So off we went to The Home Depot, where we excitedly settled on Behr’s Red Velvet, which frankly, is as red as you can get.
Now there are three things I wish I had known before I decided to paint with red. And since I’m all about tipping off my friends, here goes:
1) Because the colour red is so pigmented, the paint once mixed together can be very translucent. Translation: expect little to no coverage on the first – even second – coat. (This was my “Holy Hannah what have I done?” moment – the realization that the project would not be finished in 24 hours.) In fact, you can expect to apply at least 4-5 coats of paint (yes, I’m serious) for professional-looking, even coverage. Thank goodness it was a small wall.
2) To drastically cut down on your time and amount of paint needed, consider priming first with a gray or red-tinted primer. How I wish I had Googled “painting walls red” before I started the project – it definitely would have reduced the frustration of applying layer after layer.
3) Wait at least 12 hours – preferably 24 – between coats. Due to the thin viscosity of the paint, it takes an abnormally long time to “cure” to the wall. If you try to add another coat before the previous one is dry, you’ll end up pulling the paint off the wall. It’s been 2 days since our last coat and the wall is still tacky to the touch – I’m thinking it will take closer to a week to fully cure.
Enough talk. Here it is, our brand new accent wall!
We officially love it. It adds just the right amount warmth and fiery pizzazz to the room without competing with the furniture. I’m thinking we need a tall plant in the corner; will have to confer with my mom who is the greenhouse expert (and likely, the only person who’ll remember to water it).
Ten points if you spotted the stray Tombliboo and Iggle Piggle in the pictures. My husband asked why I didn’t put them aside, but the truth is, I just don’t see them anymore. Twenty points if you spotted the glass of wine I chugged after this little re-do.
Anyhoo, there you have it, my #ProjectSittingRoom. Four days, $30, and a whole lotta oomph. I wonder which room I’ll re-visit next? Nothing is safe from the incurable re-decorator!