Painting the Dining Room



There is a lot to be said about a coat of paint on something. I keep buying the Behr from Home Depot (not at all to do with my mad lust to get into their affiliate program), but because Home Depot and I have an understanding.

I used to shop at the Dominion on Wellington St. just across from the St. Lawrence Market. Dominion rebranded to Metro and decided their aisles needed reshuffling as well. For weeks I would go back and try to make it work, but either I’m too dense or too finicky, but I could never forgive Dominion for rebranding and reshuffling.

The day Home Depot pulls that stunt is the day I pack my bags and leave.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I shop at Rona, Home Hardware, Canadian Tire. I never go to Lowe’s. I don’t know why. I just don’t like it. My brand loyalty is fickle. I buy some things from Rona. I buy other things from Home Hardware, but I almost always go to Home Depot because it’s comfortable, it’s familiar and I know where most everything is without having to ask. It’s also the only store of those listed where I can walk in with my wife and she can get to the paint dept. without asking me twice and someone on staff once.

My wife loves paint. She buys paint like she buys shoes and pillows. A room cannot have enough pillows, a foot cannot have enough shoes, and a house cannot have enough paint, in case it rains, she says, and you have nothing to do, she says to me. Of that paint Behr wins out. We’ve tried the CIL and we’ve tried the Rona brand, but Behr has only failed us once (on the ceiling when renovating the basement). As for the others, I have a deck pealing like it got a sunburn; whose condition I put squarely on Rona staff.

I have had long conversations about paint quality with my dad, my friends, but always I defer to the master, my lovely wife.

And it shows. Take a look at the dining room before and after we painted. It’s a simple white, but it shines through in the room saturated with wood tones and dark oak beams. Again my photography deficit is on display in the before photos, but the room did look just a bit shabbier without that fresh coat of paint. The upper trim was practically begging for something, anything for months.

Painting is a affordable way to improve practically any room, even if, as in this case, with the exact same color. If you haven’t painted in a while, buy a quart and brighten your day with a fresh coat.





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  1. Faye Briggs says: |12/19/2014 at 2:32 pm

    Great job Paul! The dining room looks amazing. I enjoyed the narrative as well.

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