So I decided to paint my dining room red... I thought "they make it look so easy on television" but because red is a translucent color, it is a very complicated color to paint a room with.
If you decide to embark on this adventure and I use the nice term "adventure" loosely, you should be made aware of the proper way to paint with red.
- Make sure you buy the best primer and have it tinted. You will require at least two coats of primer.
- Make sure you get good quality paint and be prepared to put on at LEAST three coats, maybe four. (I have five on mine)
- If is important you wait 24 hours between coats. (When I was told this I thought the suggestion was a little over kill but it really doesn't cure properly before the 24 hours, seriously!)
- When you start a wall, make sure you have time to finish the whole wall at once. You can't paint part of the wall and go for a coffee break. (or like in my my case, a beer break) it will leave a mark where you started again.
- You MUST paint on wet paint. Meaning, don't let it dry and expect to start again on dry paint, again, it will leave a line.
MOST IMPORTANT TIP: You need to respect the rule of being exceptionally careful of the paint for, get this, 30 DAYS! It really does not cure properly before 30 days!
I found out the hard way when I put my dining room back together. I leaned a spare chair against the wall and after only a couple of days, the chair stuck to the wall. I had to pull the chair off the wall taking off paint approximately three inches long.
I have a beautiful deep cranberry red dining room with a glaring white spot right in the middle of it. Now if you knew how neurotic I was about details, you will know that my next project is an unplanned installation of a chair rail.