As restless renters and homeowners search for ways to spruce up their homes during the pandemic, they often find themselves in the paint-swatch aisle. It’s easy to see why. Painting is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to transform a room — and it seems like one of the easiest, too. Except it isn’t. Not exactly.

“We’ve never done as many fix jobs as we have this year,” says Patrick Coye, an Alexandria native who runs Patrick’s Painting, a company that serves Northern Virginia. Sheepish homeowners have been calling him to remedy their botched DIY paint jobs, a mess of streaky walls, sloppy edges and splatters everywhere paint shouldn’t be — floors, ceilings, windows, door frames, furniture, you name it. “Painting is messy no

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