So I'm painting my room...

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    Nov 21, 2010 2:46 AM GMT
    ...And I have no idea what to do. Not to be completely stereotypical or anything, but I was watching a few shows on TLC and I saw this really cool idea of putting a dark color (black or very slightly lighter) as a border and then using a lighter color as the actual wall. I'm thinking of using a light grayish-blue as the wall color and then black as the border.

    I'm just not sure if the room they did looked good only because it was TLC and they had a lot more to work with. I imagine mine might feel small if I did the dark border. My mom's almost completely opposed to it, but I figure if it looks terrible I can just redo it later or something.

    Regardless of what I decide, this room needs to change. The house my parents moved into is over a hundred years old and every room is wall-papered. The one that turned out to be mine has thin green, pink, and yellow stripes going vertically from floor to ceiling. It's so fucking ugly, lol.

    Any ideas? Has anyone else done that? Does it look alright?
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    Nov 21, 2010 1:27 PM GMT
    I don't think the black border is a great idea. Maybe go for something more complementary like a darker blue or something the same tone as the wall color but in a different color. I'm imaging it to be too garish in contrast and too dark.

    You're going to have to remove the wallpaper first, the preparation will be the most frustrating and time consuming part of painting. Then you can fill any gaps you have in the walls (gap filler), smooth out bumps and lightly sand the whole wall and wash the wall. Try not to use any chemicals, some might react to the paint and affect the outcome, I'd use scourers and paint scrapers.

    Then prime the walls to seal it and make the paint job more even and easier. Use a ducktail corner brush to do the edge work first (don't try to blend too much, the paint will flatten on its own so you won't see streaks) then use a roller to fill the wall (overlap the paint trail and do it fast and once to get it even). Don't be cheap with the paint, make the roller/brush nice and moist. Do it a second time a few hours later (if using water based paint) or the next day/two (oil based). Or you could use a paint gun but I think brushes and rollers are more fun.

    That's how I was taught to paint walls. A room change is good for your spirits so enjoy it.
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    Nov 21, 2010 4:27 PM GMT
    I'd send a plane ticket to the above poster

    or call David Bromstad from HGTV

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    Nov 21, 2010 4:37 PM GMT
    Bigsmiles saidI'd send a plane ticket to the above poster

    or call David Bromstad from HGTV

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    Or both, then bed them, spend the paint money on a good breakfast for three and live with the wall paper, you're not go to live with your folks forever......or are you?.........................Keith
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    Nov 21, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    Bigsmiles saidI'd send a plane ticket to the above poster

    or call David Bromstad from HGTV

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    he's a little bit too nellie for my tastes; but still a pumped up, attractive hunk of manflesh. icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 21, 2010 4:58 PM GMT
    rnch said
    Bigsmiles saidI'd send a plane ticket to the above poster

    or call David Bromstad from HGTV

    david-bromstad-02.jpg


    he's a little bit too nellie for my tastes; but still a pumped up, attractive hunk of manflesh. icon_cool.gif


    Exactly, if his purse didn't fall out of his mouth every time he talks he'd be a lottttt hotter!