Do you think I can hold them responsible?

  1. OK here is the deal. We moved and bought a new home that was filled from one end to the other with pastel sponge painted and floral wall paper border. I am totally addicted to Trading Spaces and have seen how easily they get everything accomplished. Well 3 of the 4 rooms my husband I decided to tackle turned out awesome, but the smallest and seemingly easiest room was a disaster!

    I decide that I do not need assistance or $1000 dollars for this little guest bath, and it had wallpaper that was too floral and lilac for our taste. I tore off the paper and of course no texture on the wall, so I visit the local Home Depot and get some joint compound for 5 dollars and 18.98 for a gallon of paint. I figure it will take me the rest of the day maybe a little in the morning. Well, the texture you can totally see my finger prints and trowel marks, the initial color that we chose was a really deep red on the paint chip, but looked like cheap, smeared lipstick....so repainted it a periwinkle blue, then the paint peeled off with the blue tape around the edges. So my little afternoon project turned into an 8 day affair! I called in a professional drywall guy to see what he thought of my texture job and to see if it needed to be fixed and he said, " I bet you watch Trading Spaces". :imbar He assured me that it looked ok but gave me an estimate for the remaining guest bedroom and repair of the bathroom for $1200.

    So I have decided that they need to put a disclaimer on the show saying that "some projects are harder than they appear, may take longer than you expect and please hire a professional from the start!"
    Last edit by JJFROG on Aug 24, '02
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   kittyw


    My bf & I have worked to decorate my place. I thought that we could crackle the bottom half 2 of my living room walls --- I wanted a dark brown paint with gold underneath. We followed the directions on the can - took us 2 days- ... and it looked like I had smeared diahrrea on the walls!! The brown paint ran down the walls in globs.

    We ended up sanding the paint globs & painting over it with a white sealer & painting the wall cream w/ a chair rail & the bottom half has a "tea" color ragging. Looks a lot better!
  4. by   BadBird
    Kitty the mental picture I just got cracked me up I can just imagine ass art as a new fad !!! LOL
  5. by   Youda
    My Dad, bless his soul, always said that whatever project you attempt to do, factor in that it will be 10 times more difficult than you thought and 10 times more work than you expected. I have found that he was a very wise man!
  6. by   JailRN
    I say go with the pro right from the get-go.

    Years ago, I decided to replace the bathroom fixtures( Towelrack, tp holder etc,) till it was all said and done, the whole bathroom, toilet, shower, tub, floor sink, paper, etc needed to be done, cost 3,000 My hubby has threatened to hit me in the head with the next hammer I pick up.
  7. by   Aussienurse2
    We buy old houses and do them up. We're onto our third house now, everytime we finish we say never again but then find we get bored.....we have a problem.
    We do most stuff ourselves but NEVER plastering(drywall) or the rooves, always leave that to the people who do it for a living.
  8. by   JJFROG
    Maybe you could do the disclaimer for the show Aussie!
  9. by   NannaNurse
    They actually make a texture medium that you roll on like paint. It is really neat. I'm not sure of the name, but Lowe's carries it. It must dry for atleast 24-48 hours before applying paint. Once it's up (and still wet) you can use a sponge to texture, dry stiffle brush (my favorite) or your hands....please use a latex glove.
    I do this type of work 'on the side' as a hobby and extra income....I love it. I just finished a Winnie-the-Pooh mural for my granddaughters room.
    Good luck to all of you. I'm totally a 'Trading Spaces', 'Changing Rooms', and 'Ground Force' junky!!!
  10. by   JJFROG
    Just call me cheap. The texture you are talking about is $19/gallon and the joint compound was only $5. I know, you get what you pay for! Lesson learned!

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