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Public Service Announcement Against Yellow [Sep. 2nd, 2007|11:22 pm]
Nicodemus
You may, at some time, choose to paint a room yellow. This is perfectly natural and certainly within your rights, assuming you're allowed to paint the room in question.

I merely ask you to consider the person that will come after you. It may not be soon, it may not be someone you know... But someday someone will want to paint the room a color other than yellow. You, being in favor of yellow interiors since you chose to paint it thus, may not understand this. Just take it on trust that someone may not want your yellowy sunshine cheeriness gouging into their eyeballs.

And they will curse your name as they spend hours trying to paint over it. Yellow, for some reason, is a really difficult color to cover. For those of us going for a neutral white tone, it takes three coats of thick latex in places. So I apply coat after coat, trying to obscure that loathsome bleached-mustard yellow that you, obviously in a moment of sightless dementia, chose to put on the walls.

Please, when you're selecting paint colors, think of those who will follow with basic white. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: audiwulf
2007-09-03 06:56 am (UTC)
Mea culpa. We did one room in mom's house in yellow. However, it is not the eye-searing kind. It is a "complements the doors and trim, while working with the linens" yellow. She's happy, and it probably won't be sold anytime soon.
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[User Picture]From: wordweaverlynn
2007-09-03 07:06 am (UTC)
Yellow paint is bad.

The Yellow Wall-Paper is worse.
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[User Picture]From: ankhorite
2007-09-03 11:45 am (UTC)

The Yellow Wall-Paper

Yay! Another CPG fan!
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[User Picture]From: wordweaverlynn
2007-09-03 03:57 pm (UTC)

Re: The Yellow Wall-Paper

Serious CPG fan. I was lucky enough to copyedit her first husband's diaries. The poor clueless jerk (who was an artist himself -- a painter) never realized the damage he was doing to her, or that her doctor was doing to her. After they divorced, he married her best friend, an attangement that worked for everyone involved.
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[User Picture]From: mothermonster
2007-09-03 08:47 pm (UTC)

Re: The Yellow Wall-Paper

CPG???
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[User Picture]From: 3catsjackson
2007-09-03 07:32 am (UTC)
You should totally paint your living room hot pink.
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[User Picture]From: altivo
2007-09-03 10:52 am (UTC)
Bah. White walls are loathesome and boring. ;p

There are primers to cover bright colors, actually.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2007-09-05 06:39 am (UTC)
Yes, I know there's primer. But this is special sure-to-cover paint.

"Oh?" said I. "I won't need primer with this fine ultra-thick-formula paint?"

"Not at all," said the helpful hardware store employee. "It'll cover anything with even the barest skimming coat."

"It sounds remarkable!" said I. "It's a wonder primer even exists with this amazing product in existance!"

"Indeed. It's due to our super secret formula," said he. "We make the paint from magic beans!"
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[User Picture]From: altivo
2007-09-05 11:10 am (UTC)
Ah. That's the trouble then. You just can't get good magic beans any more, you know. It's on account of the nargles.
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[User Picture]From: ankhorite
2007-09-03 11:48 am (UTC)

Yellows

Altivo is right, a primer would have shortened the process.

At least you were dealing with "bleached-mustard." The pantry doors here? Originally a deep, flaming, neon mustard, truly nuclear in its intensity.

We didn't even try to paint them. We hung a $4 off-white canvas curtain instead. Instant relief.

When your little one wants a black or royal purple wall in their bedroom, about age 14 or so, will you cooperate?
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2007-09-03 05:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Yellows

primer- blessed blessed prime.
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[User Picture]From: spikedpunch
2007-09-03 01:46 pm (UTC)
One of my friends bought a new building for his store, and the previous owners for some reason had painted the whole place in neon yellow. It took forever to cover it all up.
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[User Picture]From: pippinbear
2007-09-03 03:10 pm (UTC)
I thought the usual way was to strip the old wallpaper off first, then put new on... Or did the previous people paint the plaster directly, without using wallpaper? Sounds like that may be the case, as you say you're now painting straight over the top... Have you tried sanding down the surface first, which, apart from helping the paint to stick, would probably help get rid of the old color?

(Disclaimer: my parents do a lot of DIY and I've helped them many times, but I'm not an expert myself.)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2007-09-05 06:43 am (UTC)
No wallpaper involved. I'm painting over paint.
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2007-09-03 03:36 pm (UTC)
I can think of worse: Oh noes! Chroma-key green!
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[User Picture]From: 3catsjackson
2007-09-03 04:55 pm (UTC)
Wow, it looks almost credible you're really in that picture instead of standing on an empty sound stage somewhere in Burbank.
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[User Picture]From: brokkentwolf
2007-09-03 06:30 pm (UTC)
When we move from this house, I'm not looking forward to painting over the turquoise that I painted the room when I moved in. :P
I'll let you know how many coats it takes. :)
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2007-09-03 06:31 pm (UTC)
The navy blue in the room I just painted took one coat of primer and a coat of pale green.
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[User Picture]From: hetzakoatl
2007-09-03 08:04 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Yellow is almost as bad as ... black.
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[User Picture]From: mothermonster
2007-09-03 08:45 pm (UTC)
how about 2 tones of gray---dark and darker in the room we're going to be painting in the near future?? As Witchofnovember says Primer is our friend--and that navy sshe painted over just recently, if memory serves me, she's the one who painted the walls that color!! But the time she marked the wall with lipstick and we thought it was crayon, and didn't pretreat it---now THAT took a LOT of paint!!!
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[User Picture]From: hetzakoatl
2007-09-04 02:03 am (UTC)
Hehehe. Primer IS your friend. :P
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[User Picture]From: menagerie73
2007-09-03 09:44 pm (UTC)
I'm heavily leaning towards yellow in my main room/kitchen. Not a mustard yellow, but more of a light butter or banana yellow. The colors in all of my other rooms is very intense and dark. I should cover it up before I sell, but I'm hoping not having to do that for some time.

I can't stand white anymore. My sisters house is all white or very light/weak colors. The house before that we rented was entirely white. I'm very done with white, and I cover it where ever I can now. The garage and exterior is the only thing that remains white. I need it in the garage for the worklight.

A single coat of Behr primer should cover up most everything.
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