On these home makeover type shows, I always think it looks nice when the camera makes a quick pan in the "after" shots... but I wonder what closer inspection would bear?
When I paint a room, I prime and paint two coats at least. I meticulously tape and the cutting in and edging takes a long time... but my paint jobs look awesome. People compliment me all the time.
I volunteered for a community service project once, where a whole bunch of people came in and repainted a lady's house for free. Well, it got done in one day, and made a good initial impression, but up close it looked like HELL. The trim had drips, there were uneven spots on the walls, paint got on the floor, etc.
The people that owned our house before us did something similar (probably to get ready to sell). They picked lovely colors, but did a sloppy, fast job. It showed nicely when we looked at it, but once we moved in we realized that we had to repaint EVERY SINGLE ROOM to meet our personal standards.
Anyway, what's that saying? "You can get it done fast, well, and cheap -- pick two."