Member Rara Avis
we bought a new (to us) house and moved in the first week of november. the people who'd lived there had... *ahem* an interesting... style (used in a profusely loose manner). without describing the exterior or the architectural decisions they made in the house, which is an entirely separate and oft-times painful story, the interior has a color scheme consisting of four base colors, with the rest just watered down or amped up cast-offs. the main colors are as follows: coral pink, aqua blue, fuscia (i'm not kidding) and white. Of these colors, the coral pink is most pre-dominant, covering the main living, kitchen and dining areas. the room that my son now occupies had the honor of being... gack... fuscia. what is now the office and was their "storeroom" was an off-color, but very smoke-stained white. the master bedroom is a light aqua blue, with the master bath and vanity areas a much deeper aqua blue/green.
be patient, i am going somewhere with this.
the first room to be painted was my son's room, of course. not only was it the worst, but he was a bit shaken up by the move and we wanted to get him comfortably settled into a place of his own where he wasn't moving around anymore.
then the task of the living areas ensued. now, it's approximately an 1800 sf. home. when you say 1800 sf., it doesn't sound like all that much. however, once you start attempting to paint over coral pink while shifting around more furniture than you really need anyway, it seems much, much bigger.
now, i'll get to the point.
we're still working on the living areas (and by we, I mean my wife, since i still have to do the jobs thing) which means that that damned aqua blue was staying up on the walls.
i had enough. it was going to drive me sane.
so, i took a can of her Kilz primer paint and hit the aqua blue (that's not too far from the tarp blue after looking at it for a month and a half) and ran a light coat (i was under time constraints so was working quickly) over it in the attempt to kill the damn thing.
well, to my surprise it did the job and killed the evil blue... mostly. what came out was sort of a cornflower blue that actually looks really nice. now, mind you, it's not staying as it doesn't match any of the other colors we (and by we i mean my wife) picked out to paint the house, but i think it looks cool. AND, best yet, i can live with it until we get the chance to actually paint it, since it's the last room we'll be doing.
so, in short, I'm with Duncan - whitewash really lightly, maybe even water the Kilz down a bit and see what it looks like. it worked for me.