Paint to Sell

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 29th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1tidn78w/
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Of all the things you wish you'd been doing all along or little by little when you decide to sell your house, painting may be one of the toughest.

Choosing Colors

I've lived in my current house for five years. We got a decent deal on a foreclosed house where it looked like the previous occupants moved mid-painting job. The ceiling of the master bedroom was something between Tuscan red and Pepto-Bismol pink. The living room, kitchen, and hallways were an English Tudor Gold, but someone had painted over most of the walls with white. They did not finish, however, as 1/2 inch strips to ceiling and crown molding were the original color. So we had to decide how to paint the house in a way that was economical for our budget and our time frame so the next owner would buy our home.

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The kitchen

In the kitchen, we just decided to match the existing yellow as best we could. That meant we had to repaint under the cabinets, but did not have to re-paint over them or paint the entire kitchen.

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Child's Bedroom

We had repainted this room to my son's taste a few years ago, so luckily we did not feel changes were necessary. It is a light blue, we call it Electric Robin's Egg Blue. At the hardware store, we gave the paint mixer a copy of a book with my son's favorite superheroes and asked him to match the background. It turned out really well! My son loves it, and we get a lot of compliments from visitors on this room!

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Main Bathroom

We understand that yellow is a very popular color because it is so bright and cheerful. We had the fish shower curtain and we wanted to bring out the color in it, since blues can be dark or boring (not that all blues are, see the previous section). When we painted this room, the yellow was almost too intense. We softened it with the fish picture frames, bringing out the yellow in the fish tale (and in the lettering on the towel) really tied the room together well.

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Master Bedroom

This was the room with the red ceiling. A few years ago (because I could not stare at a red ceiling for very long after we bought the house), I got some beige paint at a resale hardware store and painted the ceiling. The red bled through a little, but I knew if I tried to repaint white over red, the end result would be pink. So this time, we were able to cover the beige with white and finish painting the trim. After I had painted the ceiling beige, someone suggested to me to paint the ceiling black first, and that would null out any other color. This probably is very good advice, but I wanted to spend as little time on the ceiling as possible -- Sistene Chapel Painter I am not!

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Living Room

In the living room, there is a large mirror which was framed with unfinished wood. We painted the frame black and painted white over the remaining yellow strip. Then, we used black accent pieces (lamp, TV, printer) to complete the look. Voila!

Choosing colors for a house you are going to sell is tricky. You want a color you can live with until the house sells. You also want a color that will not turn the next home buyer away. Light and bright colors -- not just neutrals, but anything that can be easily painted over -- will add to the perceived value of your home.

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Color, Painting, Selling A Home, Selling A House, Selling Your Home, Yellow

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I am "Author, Mother, Dreamer." I am also teacher, friend, Dr. Pepper addict, night-owl. Visit my website -- phylcampbell.com -- or the "Phyl Campbell Author Page" on Facebook.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
30th Jul 2013 (#)

Fun piece, Phyl, and well illustrated. Welcome back. We missed you!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
30th Jul 2013 (#)

what fun Phyl...thanks for sharing and as Connie says,,,welome back....

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
30th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks, ladies!

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author avatar Terry Trainor
30th Jul 2013 (#)

Great post Phyl, if I decide to sell I'll give you a nudge.

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author avatar Retired
30th Jul 2013 (#)

Nice pics to drive home your point! Good article Phyl!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
30th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks!

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author avatar Denise O
31st Jul 2013 (#)

Well Phyl, you have given me some great ideas on how to dress up my yellow painted bathroom, love the idea. I also love the mirror and it works great painted, I am a mirror fan by the way. Just wonderful ideas all the way around. Congrats on the star, it is well deserved. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
1st Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks Denise! If I had to do it again, I think I would choose a more buttery yellow. I am (clearly) not afraid of bright, but that yellow is VERY bright!! ;) Thanks for commenting!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
4th Aug 2013 (#)

Great ideas and page, thanks Phyl...!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
5th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Delicia!

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