Jennifer Bisbing • Writer • Editor

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This old greystone

I have hated the bright burnt sienna paint in my kitchen for five years. I have 10 foot-ceilings with almost 200-square-feet of surface, instead of repainting, from now on, I will love this brilliant color. I have decided a change in attitude is a more efficient way of redecorating. Painting 100-year-old plaster walls is challenging for a perfectionist. With a good brush and quality paint there is still no hope of coverage with one coat. The cracks and crevices are uncountable—this equates to three coats, which just compounds another problem, there is 100 years of layered paint. One large chip and it is like an archeological dig.

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