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I'm painting my kitchen from a baby blue color to a dark yellow color. I've already put one coat of primer and two coats of paint,But I still see the areas that I had to patch with dry wall compound.Also, how do you eliminate brush marks when painting. Thanks

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I am not sure why the paint and primer aren't covering the patching. Did your wall have a texture on it? Sometimes when houses are built, they spray on an orangecoat or different textured effect, then any patching shows because of the smooth surface of the patch. As far as brush marks, using rollers, is best to keep regularity of the surface. You can even get the small rollers to hit just below the ceiling line, and above woodwork. You want to paint wet into wet, to eliminate brushmarks. So I paint from the ceiling line to  just below the ceiling line 10 inches, then above the woodwork 10 inches, then roll between the ceiling line and the woodwork line, making a big W with the roller, then going across horizontly, then up and down, vertically, painting wet into wet. Then roller as close as you can get to the ceiling line, and the woodwork line. Painting over dark colors can be difficult. I had a deep green teal crown molding, and it took 8 coats of white paint to cover, and I even used Kilz as a primer. Good luck with your project.  

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I am a kitchen expert on Improvenet.com, Bob Villa.com and 27news.com. I answer questions on kitchen design, cabinet construction, countertops and their applications, wallpapering and paint questions. I am proficient in kitchen design, wallpapering, painting, and general decorating. You can find me on Improvenet.com by going to advice and resources, message boards, and experts. I answer questions on the message boards and you can view my answers there.

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I was a decorator and then became a kitchen designer. I was instrumental in opening 3 Lowe's kitchen departments, in St. Louis, Ohio, and Pa. and designed kitchens for Home Depot. In 2003, I gave a tool-time for women seminar, seminar at the Pa. Home Builder's Show on designing kitchens, and tv spots on home repair. I am now designing and opening a Kitchen Showroom for Kohl Building Products in Mechanicsburg, Pa. R>
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