I was all excited about a decorating idea I had for the wall behind my TV. I’m kind of tired of sitting here in my chair and seeing farmhouse scenes on my wall.
I loved the look. But I was just longing for something different. So I decided a change was in order.
The idea I came up with was a good one I thought, at least in my eyes. But I was uncertain how this would work with the problematic surface of my walls.
My Now Scrapped Plan:
My plan was to leave the top of the wall white. And about 5 feet from the floor I was going to tape the wall off horizontally and paint the upper wall that mustard yellow color I so love. In other words, I wanted a two-toned wall.
Then I was going to get Kendra to put a shelf up right at the place where the paint colors changed. The shelf was going to be painted the mustard yellow color. It would be hung right across the line where the white paint met the mustard yellow paint.
Kendra and I talked about it, because she’s the pro in that area. The problem with accent walls, she told me, is that they show every problem a wall has. Areas that need to be hidden are suddenly highlighted, etc.
And my walls are problematic for sure.
Another Problematic Wall You Might Remember:
Some of you may recall that about 3-4 years ago I took the “removable” wallpaper I had behind the couch down. Only to pull much of the wall down with it. It was a nightmare to fix, let me tell you.
I was at a total loss at first. It was way beyond filling in with spackle.
So I googled and emailed companies describing my problem and asking if they carried a product to fix the wall. I finally settled on Zinsser 2301 Problem Surface Sealer. A nice woman who works for the company talked me through it on the phone.
How This Works:
Using this sealer, I fixed areas of wall that were literally crumbling and other areas that just needed something to build upon. You use this product to repair a wall so that you can follow it with a top coat and then paint it.
It wasn’t a perfect job, but I knew I’d put things up on the wall that would hide some of the imperfections.
The walls in this apartment have obviously been fixed and repaired over and over again. It is truly shoddy work. But there’s not much I can do about that.
There’s a place in my hallway where someone obviously punched a fist through the wall and someone else did a terrible job of fixing it.
Coming Up With Another Idea:
I had already taken everything off the wall behind my TV. So every ugly bump and blemish on the wall was now exposed. With nothing on the wall every flaw and imperfection was what I stared at as I sat here in my chair.
After hours of that being in my straight line of vision, I unfolded the quilted throw I had across the back of the couch a few months ago. Then I tacked it up behind the TV with thumb tacks.
I already have one wall in my living room and another in my dining space covered with similar quilted throws, not to mention my bedroom. But it was all I could come up with right away that would cover much of the wall from view.
So it won’t be as dramatic a change as I wanted, certainly. But it will be a change. I have a few other ideas up my sleeve. I’m still thinking things through.
At least I will have a different wall to look at day after day. And then who knows? Maybe another idea will eclipse the first one and I’ll do something else. As you know I’m always changing things up.
My decorating motto has always been: If you can’t fix something, then cover it up.
What Is The Old Saying?
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Don’t give up too easily; persistence pays off in the end.