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This is how to move back home in style

Even when your room becomes a guest room, there’s hope for compromise in design and decor.

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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:

Darren Kho grew up in L.A. and, after going away to school and successfully graduating, he found himself back at home with Mom and Dad due to steep housing costs. While he was away, Kho’s mom took it upon herself to make use of the “spare” room. As a result, the space became some sort of wasteland of drab neutral tones, mismatched furniture, and relics of Kho’s past.

The Fix:

Glidden paint expert Jeremy Bohley is a multi-talented painter, so he knew exactly what to do with both the furniture and the bedroom walls. For the furniture, Bohley suggested using oil-based paint provides a strong, lasting finish. The guys used one color on the whole set to bring cohesion to the space. Bohley also encouraged a little additional prep work to help get more milage out of the paint. They sanded both the furniture and the walls so there was no need for primer; instead, the guys used a Glidden Premium paint, which provides a lot of coverage on its own. Once the furniture was painted a unified color, the guys also painted the walls a light color to open up the space and to create dramatic contrast with the dark furniture pieces.

With the help of host Jordan Carlos and Bohley, Kho’s room is refreshed and restored — finally, a space that’s livable for Kho but also acceptable to his parents. See the before and after of the bedroom, and prepare to feel less daunted by that neglected space you’ve been meaning to tackle.

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