Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My biggest decorating mistake ever was __________.

37 comments:

this humble abode said...

painting the bathroom bright green. oh god, our skin looked sickly.

Anonymous said...

Pieced faded denim cafe curtains (calico backing) with shiny brass grommets on swing-arm rods.

I was going for something masculine, but it looked like Anna Nicole had shit Guess denim against the windows.

Decorno said...

Haw! Oh god, that is hilarious. Please tell me you have a photo you can email to me. I have to post it.

RJ said...

Painting the kitchen walls pineapple yellow and the cabinets mocha. It was the 80's...don't ask.

Lolo said...

Painting the living room peach. Which looked more like melon. Either one was not what I intended and made me feel like I was inside of a giant uterus.

Tamisha said...

Painting the bathroom tan and then stenciling an 8 inch wide leopard print line all around. Behind the door, I ad libbed a "pelt" using the same homemade stencil. End result: tire tracks and road kill in the safari. It was bad.

mlessirard said...

Picking out the most depressing bile green paint color for our master bathroom with no windows and getting mad at the paint guy who challenged my color choice. I respond "hey I'm an interior designer, what do you know!" OMG it was the worst color to pee too in the morning.

IndigoMaven said...

Painting my windowless basement bedroom glossy red and adhering aluminum foil to the ceiling (with welding epoxy, ouch) when I was fifteen. Sorry Mom. Damn you Trading Spaces.

Alicia said...

Exactly the same as This Humble Abode!! I painted our bathroom a super-bright green (on accident... I wrote down 2 green paint colors and ended up picking the brighter of the two. Oops.)
It's still green 6 months later...trying to think of a way to tone it down without redoing the whole damn blasted thing.

Grant K. Gibson said...

I did Venitian plaster for a client in dark dark purple (it was her favorite color) for a powder room.
She loved it- I still cringe when I think of it!

Anonymous said...

Stenciling my front door AND repeating the stencil design on the risers up my stairs AND on the wall of the bathroom at the top of said stairs...oh, how the shame of it still stings.

Anonymous said...

Buying lamps on eBay without considering the size. (Lesson: Old lamps are inevitably gigantic.)

home before dark said...

Anon 10:19, you have made my morning! Loved the words and the image. Will not fade soon.

Anonymous said...

Getting on the 'for like ever' poster bandwagon. D'oh!

tritesprite said...

Marrying my husband.

(Why yes, dear, the trail of dirty socks and empty chips bags *does* bring the room together!)

Anonymous said...

Spending a month's income on aqua couches that make my living room look like the set of the Birdcage (not the look I was going for!) Would have been nice to know the whole "neutral couch" thing!!

Anonymous said...

Combining two paint colors because I couldn't decide which one was better. Turned an electric aqua purplish blue. Wound up re-paint two months later.

Julia from Dozen Flours said...

When I first bought my house I went a little nuts painting every room in the house. I didn't think about how the colors would work together though and although it was "eclectic", the randomness and lack of cohesion made me nuts. Case in point: my grid wall. I decided it would be awesome to paint this random patter of squares on this huge wall -- the first one you see when you come into my house. I decided to do it in 4 colors, based on a paint swatch. At first it was fun but since I didn't know how to paint on a textured wall, I used a small paint brush and I mean small as in the kind an artist uses on an easel. Anyway, it took forever to finish and in the end I ran out of paint. I ended up leaving it there for 4 years...and only just painted over it last fall. I was so glad to see it go!

Lecaro said...

I always say, if you're going to steal, steal from the best. Sister Parrish had Babe Paley's drawing room painted taxi-cab yellow, and I thought that particular hue would brighten up my much humbler surroundings. Wrong. It was horrible. I stopped using the room altogether, it looked so jarring and obnoxious. And the sad thing was, it was a fairly good-sized room and I had saved to have it repainted the yellow. I lived with it for six months, with a rapidly dwindling belief I'd grow accustomed to it, until one day I went to the paint store and bought a nice...forest green. And painted it myself. Three times, actually, until the green had obliterated the yellow completely. Of course, it didn't look any better. After that, I found someone with an innately wonderful sense of color who found the perfect shade of clotted cream with which to paint the walls.

Margaret said...

I painted our foyer pepto bismol pink and then used "rag painting" (remember that!!) and dabbed white over top of the pink. My God, it was awful. I still cringe when I think about it. Another time had our painter paint a navy blue accent wall in our kitchen. Even Joe the painter knew how ugly it would be. Bless his heart, he tried to talk me out of it. Even his helper with no teeth, asked me if I was "sure". What a mess.

Musette said...

I painted a tiny guest bedroom kelly green and did a horrid, sloppy job of it. Unbelievably ........GREEN!

ew.

Joni said...

painting the bathroom brown. I swear the paint chip looked good, but the resulting brown walls were just too reminiscent of... well, you get it.

Holly said...

Using "low hide" paint in the foyer. To get the intense gold-orange color, the paint formula had to be this way. The color is gorgeous, but the finish is thin and chalky. Took 5 coats, and when I scrub little greasy handprints from the walls along the stairs, paint comes off. Sucks.

windhula said...

Not priming the wall first!

5th and State said...

first townhouse, ownership finally!

chose rust colored wall to wall shag carpeting thru-out. opened door and gasped, it was the most beautiful
cream. peeked downstairs; rust. GHASTLY. the builder offered to switch or give a credit and keep what we had.
ahhhh, life can be good..............

Effie May said...

Spending two months finding the perfect shade of warm clay red for the dining room, and then painting it on the wall above the off-white paneling & plate rail. Result was reminiscent of a bar, especially with the dark wood round dining table. Not the look I was after. Was unable to rest (darn that red) until I found a calming green/gray to paint over it.

Hanako66 said...

going crazy with ikea

Raina said...
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Raina said...

i did the same thing as "this humble abode" - i painted the bathroom a sea foam green. the color made me look like i needed a doctor so painted it white the following weekend.

MonkeyGrass said...

Painting the powder room DARK green with freehanded giant gold and purple paisleys...why did I think that was a good idea? Creative yes, but not in a good way.

SkitzoLeezra said...

Painted my dining room a flat light grey, thinking it would look sophisticated with wood accents. Nope, it looked blah. Good news: flat grey provided the best primed wall ever, later painted a light green.

Brandy said...

Trying to copy (first mistake there) a room out of Domino. You know, the one with the teal wall and the white and green sofa. I already had a sagey sofa, so I painted my living room wall a glossy (dear God) teal. It looked like a kindergarten classroom on acid.

The shame.

rain girl said...

ummm.. i am months away from my first actual house - i live in a dorm (yes your readers are that young too).. BUT i asked my Mom to paint a few walls in our dining room orange AND yellow :P

yes. that was the sunshine period. I'm still growing up.

Kyle Lynn said...

having to decorate with a boy! I think he color blind and will not admit it! yea.....

Kyle Lynn said...

having to decorate with a boy! I think he color blind and will not admit it! yea.....

Anonymous said...

The red couch that looked cherry in the showroom but was definitely leaning more toward rust in the living room.

Miriam said...

At 16, I painted two walls of my bedroom bright red. I wasn't aware that you had to pull off the painters' tape before it dried, so the lines were extremely sloppy.

And while I was painting, I passed out from the fumes & heat & humidity (it was August), hit my head, and spent ~5 hours in the ER, getting CAT scans and watching Law & Order. Definitely a mistake.