Nicole Oddo: C’05
Yes, “oops paint. ” What is it and how do I know so much about it?
First, it’s a Home Depot paint that’s been mixed for a customer, but has been returned or wasn’t wanted after all. They sell at a fraction of the cost ($5-7 a gallon versus like $20+ a gallon).
Secondly, (and, more importantly), why do I know this? I frequent Home Depot. For better or for worse, I’m a homeowner. While the house gives me plenty of joy, my move-in ready house requires an endless punch list of smallish projects. Hence, a LOT of trips to Home Depot (I’ve actually come to like the place). I have learned how to use a drill (let’s not discuss just how long it took to get my curtains up). I have become skilled in selecting lighting and trying to explain myself to an electrician (I now have knowledge of three way switches). And I have really taken on painting.
A few weekends ago, I decided December would be my chance to work on the basement (I had spent the day before Homecoming painting the deck). I had been hunting for good colors on the “Oops “paint rack (go here for far more detailed instructions about painting than I would write), and FINALLY, I was successful. I found a cheery yellow for the basement room, a plain white for the stairwell, a tan for the hallway, and a grey for the floor. Nothing changes a room more than paint. It was a good basement but it could be so much more appealing if I fixed it up (stay tuned for how I am going to attempt flooring in January).
Painting is physically a lot of work, but it’s really rewarding. So many of the challenges I take on at work are abstract and take a long time to see results (like hiring law students to be lawyers in the distant future). With painting, I have the chance to see a room or space transformed. While I still have work to go, my basement is going to be the new focal point of my house tour. Now, if I can just get to finally having a housewarming party…