Tackle your cold-weather house updates and repairs with a little help from Handy Girl.
Our homes never stop needing love and attention. But during cold months, your time (and your budget) may have other priorities. Handy Girl rides to the rescue with budget-smart tips to keep your home in shape so
you can focus on holiday cheer. I WENT THROUGH A RED PHASE, BUT I’M PAST THAT. NOW I WANT ROOMS THAT ARE LIGHT AND BREEZY. BUT THE
THOUGHT OF PAINTING OVER THAT DARK COLOR FREAKS ME OUT—I KEEP THINKING ABOUT THE EXTRA WORK AND EXTRA PAINT. HELP!
A: I had a forest green phase. We all have those colors or patterns that we fall in love with—and then out of love with. Lucky for you, a paint color is an easy phase to leave behind. Whether you’re going from light to dark or dark to light, the most important thing is prep: You have to, have to, have to prep your walls. That includes:
• FIX AND FILL ANY HOLES Filler and a fine-grit sandpaper should do the trick.
• WASH THE WALLS Wipe a just barely damp cloth or sponge over the whole surface to remove dust and dirt.
• TAPE OFF Create a clean break between wall and trim, if you need to.
Here’s the thing about painting over dark colors: Primer really does help. It adds a step but in the end saves so much headache. Pick the appropriate white primer (gray primer is best if you’re going light to dark) and let it dry according to manufacturer directions. Then, and only then, you can paint to banish those red walls forever (or until you change your mind again). I LOVE COLOR, BUT I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START WHEN PICKING A NEW HUE. WHERE CAN I GO FOR SUREFIRE COLOR PICKS?
A: Everyone is having a color moment. The Pantone Color of the Year is an eagerly awaited (and oft hashtagged) event. Paint companies are adding to the conversation with their own color of the year designations. The great thing about paint trends today is there really is something for everyone. Here are a few recent picks that caught my eye.