Wednesday, March 24, 2010

To paint or not to paint?


Last week, I showed you my living room and there were a slew of comments about the HVAC cover that graces every living room in my condo complex. When I first moved here, I thought it was a really odd placement, but over time, I've stopped seeing it.

I'm a little reluctant to paint the cover because I don't think it'll blend in. I think it'll scream "look, I painted something that isn't part of the wall." Luckily, my next door neighbor wanted to paint her cover. I happily obliged.

Here's her before:


The paint color is SW Harvester

The paint is still drying. How do you think it looks?




I'm still not sure. Is anyone a real estate agent? Have you seen something like this painted? If so, what have been the reactions from buyers?
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25 comments:

  1. Jeannine,
    You might enjoy this post about grilles http://brookegiannetti.typepad.com/velvet_and_linen/2010/03/what-weve-learned-vent-grillesregisters.html by Brooke. I have one in the living room I hate (painted) but the ones she talks about are pricey!

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  2. In my apartment the circuit breaker panel is behind the bathroom door. You only see it when the bathroom door is closed. I painted it to match the wall because it was a ugly gray! I say go for it. Good luck!

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  3. I painted the breaker box, too, but it's behind a door in the bedroom.

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  4. You can always paint it back to the original when you need to...PAINT IT!!!

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  5. As someone who has bought and sold too many homes that I like to count, I think it is a great idea to make it blend. The first commenter gave a great idea of changing the cover. Painting reduces the distraction that a white cover would be. I would paint. The future buyer would know or be told that they can't cover up any other way. Good luck.

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  6. Also, maybe you could paint it and just purchase a backup cover to keep white so the new owners would have both options?

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  7. Throwing my hat in for painting.

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  8. Can you get some kind of pierced wood panel to mount over it (with heavy duty Velcro)?
    I think it was such poor planning on the builder/architects part to place that on a large all that should only be for furniture placement.
    I also think you should relocate the thermostat.

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  9. i vote paint- but its your home and you have to live with it everyday- so I say do what makes you happy :)

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  10. I would say paint it! It would definitely "stick out" less and let Olivia be the focal point. :)

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  11. Thanks so much for all of this great input!

    Anon, I actually already moved the thermostat to where it is now. It used to be smack in the middle of the wall. Due to the layout of the unit, that is the only interior wall where it can go. The adjacent wall is shared with my neighbor and that's the "main" wall of the living room.

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  12. yes, it looks much better painted!

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  13. Paint, definitely! You will see it either way, might as well make it look less jarring.

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  14. Paint... I really don't see myself not buying a house because of it. I think it will actually help your house show better.

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  15. Is there an option to relocate the register to either the top or bottom of the wall? My HVAC register has a relatively small grill compared to yours (and it handles a large space). I assume the rest of the area behind the panel gives you access for maintenance and repairs. Your neighbor's paint job does makes it look less obvious. At the end of the day, everyone will be looking at Olivia and won't even notice the register.
    I forgot to mention yesterday that I loved the orange boxes and spiky balls.

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  16. So I think I might be the only who says no? My biggest fear would be a bad paint job is worse than the white look. But let us know what you decide to do!! If you do paint, can you scuff the surface first to improve adhesion of paint?

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  17. Painting it is definitely the way to go. It makes it stick out so much less clearly. Good job! Tasteful as always!

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