DIY interior painting project was more work than Fairfax couple expected

DIY interior painting project was more work than Fairfax couple expected

About a year after living in their home, Mary Evanston and her husband, Robert Anderson, decided to paint their nearly 4,300-square-foot home in Fairfax, Va. For the most part, the home was painted white — except in the rooms where the former owner sponge-painted the walls. They even bought a professional paint sprayer for the project. Eventually, however, the job proved to be more than they could handle.

“It got so labor intensive,” Evanston says. “Everything was half painted, and we said forget it. We realized that we’re not painters. We decided to just go to Angie’s List and find someone.”

Her search for a painter led her to highly rated Solution Painting. Owner Mario Vega and his crew accomplished the job in five days. The painters didn’t paint over walls Evanston painted. The job included painting the living, family and dining rooms, foyer, two bathrooms and basement. In addition, white oak handrails were sanded and painted and the new crown molding in the family room, master bedroom and office were caulked and painted.

“They clearly enjoyed what they were doing,” Evanston says.

The new colors changed the mood of the home. Beautiful colors replaced plain, white walls or the amateur painting of the previous owner.

“It made it look elegant,” Evanston says of the paint job. “The [former owner] had on the walls like a yellow kind of sponge painting. She was trying to make it look like a Tuscan feel, but it turned out to feel like yellow sponge painting.”

Two years later, Evanston is preparing to put her house on the market, so she called back Vega for a second $10,000 job that focuses on the exterior as well as refreshing the interior paint.

“I have an 18-year-old son and with him comes a horde of 18-year-old boys. My house is a little beat up,” Evanston joked.


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