So, one week from tomorrow my new novel RECIPE FOR DISASTER will finally be released!
The story of a home builder whose life implodes in one horrible day, losing her job, her fiancé and her apartment, forcing her to live and rebuild her life in the half-finished ruin of her current project. With a schnauzer that hates her. And recipes! I'm awfully proud of it, and I think you will love it, so I hope you'll consider a PRE-ORDER. And be sure to read to the bottom to find out how you can win a copy.
As I write this, nearly 150 sheets of drywall are being loaded into the basement, and tomorrow, they are going to start rocking out these walls! I don't know if you can fully appreciate how deeply soul-soothing AWESOME that is. Because let's be clear. While I have waited over 21 years to do this project, proving my patience, after 16 months of construction, WALLS ARE FREAKING AMAZING. Seriously. 9 months living over an empty dirt pit, another 3 above one enormous concrete-floored room gesturing at where rooms would someday be, 4 months looking through framed walls into rooms beyond, being able to walk into an actual ROOM. With four walls and a ceiling, that is enough to make my little heart go pitter pat like a Gene Krupa drum solo.
And with drywall going up? That means very soon, paint is going on. So today, I want to talk about paint as both a part of the design process, and as part of your infrastructure process.
Let's start with the whole "type" of paint thing, since that is less sexy, but frankly, the more important decision. Because to be clear? Any major paint company will be able to get you whatever color of the rainbow your heart desires.
But types of paint, quality of paint, that is a bigger deal than most people might think. I know that your first impulse is just to say "paint is paint, I'd rather spend my money on furnishings!". Which is perfectly fine if you are re-doing a room that will be done again soon, like a kids room which might need new paint every few years as they grow up. But if you are doing a single room renovation, or more than one, this is where I am going to tell you to think about the investment of paint. Setting aside whether you are working with a professional house painter (we are, and I am VERY excited about that, because I HATE painting rooms, and so does my back), good quality paint goes on easier, covers better requiring fewer coats, and ages MUCH better. Buying cheap stuff doesn't really matter if it takes nearly twice as much paint to get the coverage you want, especially if you are working with deeper colors. Good quality paint will age well without the color changing, which is important with lighter colors, because you really don't want that perfect creamy eggshell to go all yellow on you in two years. And good quality paint will resist scuffing and staining when furniture and people brush against it, you can clean it with a Mr. Clean magic eraser without damaging the finish or removing the paint itself.
When researching brands, take into account that ideally? You want to choose one brand that has a range of product lines that work for every project you have in mind. It will make your life much much easier. You'll be certain that all types of paints you choose will work well together. If you are working on both regular rooms and hallways and bathrooms, as well as ceilings and trims, like we are, you want a company who has paints especially designed for great finishes, one that has mildew resistant paints for use in high humidity areas, one that has paints especially designed for high traffic areas. We spoke with our painter and our general contractor and our interior design consultant, and did a ton of research, and came up with one clear conclusion. We are going to be exclusively a Sherwin-Williams house.
They have a huge range of product lines, including many that are paint and primer in one, which is a time and money saver. They have amazing colors. Our painter loves working with their products, because they go on smoothly, have terrific coverage, and they really last. After much discussion with everyone, we made some decisions:
For living space walls, we will be using their Emerald Line of paint and primer in one. Since a lot of these spaces will get deep colors, this ultra smooth finishing paint will really sing.
For bedrooms, we have decided on their Harmony Interior Acrylic line, because it has zero VOC and actually helps improve indoor air quality! We want everyone to be able to sleep in the freshest possible air. This is also a great line if you have pets or kids, or if you smoke. We will probably also use this in the kitchens where cooking odors can be a problem. Who'd have thought that your WALLS could help keep your air fresh??? Very excited about this product.
For all hallways, plus the vestibule, foyer, and mudroom we will be using their Duration Home line, also a paint and primer in one, and their most durable and stain-resistant paint for high traffic areas. You have no idea how many guests will come to your house and accidentally brush against your hallway walls, or rub their coats and bags in your entryways. You want really durable stuff in these areas!
For the ceilings we will be using their Eminence High Performance Ceiling Paint. It is specially designed for one-coat coverage, with a formula that both hides existing stains and minor ceiling surface imperfections, and helps prevent future staining. It also has high light reflectiveness, which is really important to make sure that the light in your rooms is bright and warm.
For the bathrooms, laundry rooms, closets and the wine cellar, which are all high humidity areas, we will be using their Bath Paint line, which is designed to be mildew resistant.
And for all of the painted trim and doors, we'll be using their Pro Classic Interior Acrylic Latex Enamel, which will go on smooth and resist yellowing.
While we will be keeping the original finish on all of the current wood, since we love patina, all new stained millwork will use their wood stains and sealers, and when we refinish the current floors, they will get the Sherwin-Williams treatment as well! When it is time to look at exteriors, while we have few areas on this old stone and brick beauty, they have a full range for those needs. It is really a one-stop for us, and we have invested in a fan deck so that we can do the fun part which is picking the colors!
Which I will tell you about in a couple of days, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, comment below with your favorite paint-related story or tip or trick, by 11:59pm CST on Wednesday February 26, and one of you will win a copy of Recipe for Disaster!
Yours in Good Taste,