Pretty over Pink – Clark + Kensington Paint & Primer in One


Our home and garage are a lovely shade of pink. It was shocking when we first moved in but we’ve come to accept it (or ignore it) and move on. It’s one of those concessions you make when you live in a rental home. There are many things we can and have changed about our house but painting the home is not one of them.

ace-hardware-blogger But we have one wall that is the back of the garage that was repaired before we moved in and the plaster was never painted over so it’s pink with white plaster. There was also an old ugly and non-functioning telephone line surge protector that was barely hanging on. Not a great look. Since working with Ace Hardware I felt it was a prime opportunity to repaint this wall which over the years has become a “dirty” pink.

pink-wall-plaster surge-protector

Ace Hardware’s Clark + Kensington premium paint has a primer and paint in one product that was ideal for this project. We went with a satin finish and one gallon of the ultra-white was all that would be needed. We wanted to make sure it would fully cover the pink and didn’t want to end up with a pinkish white wall so the primer was ideal.


The first coat went on quickly with the roller and we later cut in around the edges as the first coat was drying. What’s great about this paint is that it dries quickly and within an hour or two it’s ready for a second coat.

clark-kensington-paint roller

By the time we finished painting the edges we quickly rolled another coat on which proved to be more than enough to completely cover the pink. The wall is rough stucco but the paint stuck nicely throughout and didn’t drip or run.

My favorite feature of the Clark + Kensington paint line is that they are all low odor and low VOC which makes it much more pleasant to use and gives me confidence to use around my family. The exterior paint is also mold and algae resistant which is important here in humid Southern California.


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    December 20, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    HA! So much weird pink in LA. I bet your bathroom is pink too.

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    Lisa G
    December 20, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Pink is the worst. But white is boring.

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    December 20, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    I’ve used Clark + Kensington and love it. Such a great price too but it really depends on which Ace you go to.

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    Sammy Roll
    December 20, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    How quickly did it dry to the touch?

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      Charles & Hudson
      December 20, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      Honestly it was dry in just under an hour but that can all depend on humidity and temperature. I started painting the second coat after an hour and 30 minutes.

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    Junior V
    December 20, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Ace FTW!!! Great project.

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    December 21, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Look great! I’m sure it’s much nicer to look at too!

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    January 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Love it, what an improvement!

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    CC Mabry
    March 15, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Thanks for the tip! We have recently moved from Tampa, FL with all the big-box home improvement stores and had only just recently found 1 left in Tampa & 1 ACE hardware near my inlaws in Belleair Beach… & let me tell you they have the best housewarming gifts & even for Christmas. Amazing! Now I have to find one near our new house. Ironically, I was going out today to buy some paint.

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