“I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes.”
-The Rolling Stones
Paint it Yellow
The Rollings Stones sang about painting it black. My motto is paint it yellow. Yellow is happy. Yellow is bright. I did accidentally paint my living room a pale yellow, but I have painted every kitchen that I painted yellow. There is a large margin of error with yellow paint. You can think you have Splenda packet yellow and it is Spongebob Yellow. Since my living room ended up Splenda packet yellow accidently, I decided to up the hue for the kitchen. Bye Bye beige. I chose a color strip. Showed it to my sons. Big one says whatever. Little one says paint it green. I choose a color. When I get to the store, I second guess myself and go one shade brighter.
Inner Optimist: Sunshine
Inner Cynic: Best Buy sign
This time , as usual, my inner cynic was right. With every single coat, the kitchen got brighter. The stubborn beige was very hard to cover. The yellow looked streaky. I would finish and think another coat to go. On coat 4 or fifty, I was beginning to need sunglasses.
The big one walks through.
Big One: Mom?
Me: Is it that bad?
Big One: Am I staring at the sun?
The boyfriend ( now husband) comes over.
Me: What do you think?
Boyfriend: Was this your intention?
Me: Should I try a faux finish to tone it down?
Boyfriend: Whatever you think, babe. Rolls eyes.
So, back to Lowes I go. No home improvement venture is complete without at least four trips to the fix it store.
I have asked the Google , the Pinterest , and the Youtube. Here I should note that if I Youtube it. I am in over my head. Youtube is a clear sign I should stop now. I never do, but it is a sign.
I buy a sea sponge. I get out the pale yellow supposed to off white paint from the living room. I turn into Bob Ross. I am making happy clouds.
Sea sponges are odd things. They leave inconsistent patterns. Maybe that is the free incapable help. The help should be fired. Oh wait, the help is me.
Inner Optimist: That was fun. It is art.
Inner Cynic: Well, at least it is not the surface of the sun yellow anymore. She does work for free. You get what you pay for.
Inner Optimist: Let’s try a backsplash next.
Inner Cynic: Do you never learn?
Me: That sounds fun.
The inner optimist talked me into it . For fall break that year, I installed a backsplash. The help works for free.