You’ll want to avoid these 10 disasters when you paint your own home. Learn from these readers’ painting mistakes and have a laugh.
1. Paneful Painting Project
I thought it would save time to paint our new double-hung windows before installation.
While painting, I ran out of space to set them for drying.
Then I had a brilliant idea: Why not lay them out on the lawn to dry and let the sun hasten the process?
Well, my idea seemed to work great; the paint dried quickly. But when I started to pick them up from the lawn, my joy quickly turned to disappointment as I noticed the scorched lawn beneath.
The windows had acted like a miniature greenhouse.
Now I have 19 distinct rectangles burned into my lawn!
2. Decorator Flooring
My husband and I put a smooth, flawless coat of epoxy on our garage floor.
Then we lowered the overhead door, leaving it high enough that it wouldn’t touch the wet floor but low enough that the cat couldn’t squeeze in under it.
The next morning I peeked into the garage and my eyes grew to the size of dinner plates!
We didn’t keep the cat out of the garage; we kept her in – all night!
(She must have been hiding on top of the rafters.)
It’s a goof we’re unlikely to forget; hundreds of little paw prints across the floor’s mirror finish remind us every day.
3. Fuzzy French Doors
I installed a set of French doors for my wife that open onto a private courtyard.
I decided to spray-paint them right away with a good-quality oil paint.
When I finished painting, I called my wife out to the courtyard to admire the near-perfect finish.
She smiled with delight, and wanting to thank me, said she’d take care of the nasty job of cleaning my work clothes.
She put them in the washer and then into the dryer, without thinking that the dryer vent empties into the courtyard.
The still-wet beautiful doors became embedded with lint. We’re now the proud owners of fuzzy French doors!