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How to fix your walls if you pick the wrong paint color

Don’t let limited lighting and a small space stump you — here’s how to redo your amateur paint job.

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So you think you can paint? Think again. No one is immune to making mistakes when tackling a painting job for their home. Find out how to fix your painting mistakes, or, better yet, prevent them from the very start.

The Fail:

Robert Gressis and his family live in a post-war ranch home in Los Angeles, which they’ve made their own with contemporary decor. But when it came to his son’s room — who was three months old at the time — Gressis rushed through the paint job without much thought. He painted his son’s nursery room blue, thinking he would like the look, but once the paint dried, the color fell flat with the lighting in the space. Plus, he missed a few spots here and there and didn’t get enough coverage from his paint. So Jordan Carlos paid a visit to help Robert fix his fail with guidance from Misty Yeomans, resident Glidden paint expert.

The Fix:

Yeomans came to the rescue with color options that would better complement the small space and limited lighting, while also giving Gressis’ son a color palette he wouldn’t outgrow. She tested the colors in the space, made sure to recommend a durable and washable finish (since it is for a kid’s room), and also suggested using a primer first to better cover the original dark color. Once Gressis and Carlos repainted the room a light-catching gray, they added a little creative tape design to create an accent wall to pull the room together. Check out the before and after of the bedroom — and note of how to fix your fails during your next DIY project.

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