Make it Easy to Paint Over Bold Colors

Home Stager with Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon CCB #180695

Dear Creative Concepts:

Is it worth the money to buy "high hiding" primer or just do an extra coat or paint when painting over bold colors?


Dreading to Paint

Dear Dreading:

I totally understand how you feel!  I've hesitated in the past to purchase a "special" primer -- but know that using paint primers can:

  • reduce surface preparation
  • improve coverage
  • block stains
  • prevent peeling
  • and make topcoating faster!

Surfaces that are properly primed will attain the truest paint color in fewer coats.

Hmmm -- but is it REALLY worth the $$?  (I hate wasting time, but really hate wasting our clients money too!)  I just finished a project and have to say emphatically YES!

Here's a pic of this wall before

-- a dark eggplant color.

Dreaded painting over this one!

(Yes  - this is the same fireplace, we did have the bricks refaced which is another story!)

I ordered high hiding primer in 70% of my new wall color (Sherwin Williams Basket Beige).

When we painted I could not believe that it covered almost entirely with just the primer coat!

Must confess that I've been a hard head and painted three coats over a beautiful red room before and could still see the red tone through the paint - aarrrggg!

So yes - I'm sold on using the right primer and making the job quick and easy.

Another tip - go to a paint store - not the big box store.  I LOVE the  fact that the experts at our local paint stores do this ALL DAY every day.  They know their stuff and are more than willing to share their knowledge!

As home stagers, we provide paint color consultations throughout the Salem, Albany and Corvallis areas.  When going to the effort to paint, make sure it creates a warm, inviting and beautiful environment.  Paint has incredible power – and can create an atmosphere you love!

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Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

I totally agree. I love Sherwin Williams for the same reasons you mention. And the tip of adding the paint color to the primer is super great. (My daughter painted her kitchen dark purple, and one bedroom wall BLACK! We primed with Kilz, but I think tinted high-hiding primer would have been less toxic.)

Sep 24, 2010 04:39 AM #1
Sharon Lord
Maracay Homes - Peoria, AZ
New Home Advisor

We have recently used both the Home Depot and Lowe's new "one coat" paints, and have to say they both do 90% of the coverage.  The Home Depot version was not as good as the Lowe's, but it is far superior to standard paint in coverage.

Sharon Lord
Argent Decor
AZ Vacation Home Furnishing Service

Sep 24, 2010 04:40 AM #2
Brian Portwood
FW Realty Solutions - Fort Worth, TX

Personally I am old school. Tint your primer to a shade close to the new color and one coat of primer followed by one coat of paint. Works every time.

Sep 24, 2010 04:43 AM #3
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Joetta - I think it's fun to make your home your own by painting it colors you love.  It is reassuring however to know that its easy to get rid of that black room by using the new primers available!

Sharon - Thanks for the info!  I've been curious on how those paints competed.  I find in so many instances that the quality paints a great job in one coat if going over a similar color.

Sep 24, 2010 04:45 AM #4
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Using a tinted primer definitely makes painting easier. Those deep colours can be murder ;).

Sep 24, 2010 06:16 AM #5
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Basket Beige is my favorite "go to" color. Use it ALL the time along with Macadamia. You have good taste! :) And....thanks for the info.

Sep 24, 2010 09:46 AM #6
Kim Dillon
Creative Eye Home Staging - West Chester, PA

Good tip!  I always want to skip the primer when I'm painting myself!

Sep 24, 2010 10:08 AM #7
Janine Bell
Stage It Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
Home Stager - Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Primer is often viewed as an optional step however it is the actually the best time saver. 

Sep 24, 2010 11:11 AM #8
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Janice - you are so right - they used to be so hard to cover - but not anymore!

Shar - Love it when people know my colors too!  The Macadamia looked too yellow with this stone, but the Basket Beige was perfect.  The home feels contemporary and so much better than the white and purple we had redone!

Kim - I did too, but now you know how to really save time on your next painting project!

Janine - you're so right - they have come so far in the last few years. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Sep 24, 2010 11:41 AM #9
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Priming is such a time saver not only inside but outside too-especially on fences!!

Sep 24, 2010 05:19 PM #10
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging,

Agreed, it's worth the investment to make the job easier = time savings = more money saved in the long run!

Sep 25, 2010 07:35 AM #11
Cindy Garruba
North Fork Home Staged to Sell - Riverhead, NY

We are always rushing today and skipping primer might sound like a time saver, but actually is a time waster.  I agree the new primers are great and save time, make the job easier.

Sep 29, 2010 02:37 AM #12
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