Ugh, stripes.

In the day-of-closing post, I posted a photo of the dining area. It has stripes. They have become the bane of my existence.

Dining - Our table is going to look so tiny in here... time for an upgrade!

There was a little prep work to do before I got started painting. Normal stuff: taking down the previous owner’s curtains, filling nail holes, discovering why we got a free mirror…

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It was covering up a little junction box. I later discovered the third matching sconce tucked away in a drawer but I doubt I’ll use it, everything is capped and I plan to hang my big silver mirror (as seen in our old bedroom) here when I get done painting.

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Anyhow, the last of the prep work was due to some unsuccessful window sealing. There was some water staining and paint rippling under the windows. No big deal, just a little scraping and smoothing, then covering with a stain-blocking primer.

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Speaking of primer, I told the paint clerk that I was painting over stripes that – although very close in color – are alternating sheens of high-gloss and flat. He suggested a bonding primer for the gloss to help the tinted hiding primer adhere better and (hopefully) give a more consistent foundation for paint.

At first I was all “Eh, I don’t need to do that…” but then I saw the terrible coverage of the hiding primer and changed my mind.

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So I dug out my mini roller and went around the room.

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After the stated dry time, I started with the tinted hiding primer again…. but… uhm…

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Enhance, enhance, enhance…

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Yes, that’s right. Two coats of primer later and THE STRIPES ARE STILL THERE!

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Someone told me they think it won’t be noticeable once the paint is applied. Another told me it’s not noticeable until I point it out. I think I’m going to give it one more coat of hiding primer and then decide on a color. We’re all moved in but I’ve had enough sense to keep this room mostly clear. We don’t have much in the way of dining furniture yet anyway so this is really a blank slate… once I get those stripes covered.


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