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Piece of Mind: A search for more color passes only the smell test

September 05, 2012|By Carol Cormaci

Several hours ago, having fallen under the spell of a magazine spread that seduced me into believing I could renew my bathroom just by picking up a paintbrush, I broached the subject with the family accountant. Could we find the price of a gallon of paint in our open-to-buy column on the budget today?

It’s hot and arid enough to be good painting weather, I reasoned. We’ve been looking at that same ivory color on the bathroom cabinets, drawers, moldings and doors for at least 15 years. I’m tired of trying to avert my eyes from a two-inch chip in the paint that reveals the wood beneath. There’s also that old, faint violet stain where someone’s (anonymity is called for here) hair dye dripped down the front of a cabinet during a rushed beauty treatment.

I still like the wallpaper, as ancient as it is. Chosen by previous owners of our home, it is of a fine quality and timeless design that has held up remarkably well. So I’m not inclined to remove it. Although I’d be delighted to rip out the shower and start all over with new tile there and, while we’re at it, install a new countertop, those are not projects we can tackle at this time. Besides, the article assures me, a simple coat of paint in a new color is the ticket to happiness.

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Probably relieved that I’m only seeking approval to buy a can of paint, my partner agrees. Since he’s been pressed into service over the past few years as our pool cleaner, he needs to make a trip to the big box home improvement store today anyway to buy the necessary chemicals. He invites me to accompany him.

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