Friday, September 19, 2014

I Think I've Finally Got It!

Happy Friday to you all!  It has been a very hectic week for me, with a new puppy in the house, and a couple of major jobs on our property that I am trying to get through. 

To make it all the more frustrating, this is my third round.  My third round of washing, rinsing, edging and painting my hallways in my home! 

And do you want to know why?  Because, after many dollars, and much time wasted, I have finally embraced the paint can sample.  Can I get a hallelujah?!

Our house has minimal natural light.  The sun rises on one end of our home, where the side window of our kitchen is, and sets on the other end, where our fireplace is in our living room.  What that means is our kitchen is bright, half our living room has indirect sunlight...and that about does it!

My struggle as of late, has been finding a paint color that would give me the results I was looking for.  I wanted a pale yellow.  And I went through several shades of "pale yellow", only to get to my top floor hallway, and my laundry room.  My laundry room is located on my third level, or second level, if you will.  It is one level up from our basement in a 4 level back split.

The problem I had in the laundry room is it is surprisingly bright, with quite a large window, and at just the right angle to receive optimum daylight.  And yet, my upstairs hallway gets zero natural light.  So I had opposite light problems, with the same horrible color problem.

I would get the paint downstairs, the same color I used on my kitchen, that we find so pretty, and then start edging the laundry room, and bam!  A whole lot of ugly!  It is amazing how the same paint color in one decently lit room can look absolutely horrible in another decently lit room, just with the sun accessible at a different angle.

So, after two tries, and getting it wrong both times, I finally broke down and purchased two paint samples.  One was a very soft gray, and I can't even remember the name of it (sorry!), and the other was Benjamin Moore's Mountain Peak White, no. OC-121, which I ended up going with.

You might not think this is that much of a change, and if you think that, check out this next picture, which would be the other side of the same hallway.

This yellow was loud!  With the lack of natural light in this area, it made what was a pretty yellow in our kitchen, look absolutely horrible in this section of the house.

The new color looks white, but with just a trace of yellow, it makes an excellent neutral.  Where I have been embracing minimalism and paring down our possessions, this works well, because any artwork will work with it, and any furniture will work with it.  

Have you had any painting fiascos you care to talk about?  I would love to hear!

On Monday I will share with you two "little" purchases I made for my garden.