We’re doing a little internal renovation of our back office. The paint looked nice initially, but the bright morning light revealed something: these sheetrock walls are old. Just as the cobbler’s kids never have shoes, so the contractor’s walls always need work. We had to see the new paint on the walls to notice just how old the walls were getting. Why? The old paint was flat, and the new paint is eggshell.
Seams between panels of sheetrock and screw tops will tend to become more visible as a wall ages. If you’re looking at repainting older walls, but don’t have the resources to touch up the mudding, here’s a tip: avoid shiny finishes. The more a finish catches the light, the more the flaws of aging walls will stand out.