I was living on the wild side.
Usually I bring home several samples, paint them all over the walls and stare at them for weeks. So picking the paint color sight unseen was like Snooki showing up for work on time. Crazy!
Well, I did have a little wine.
Awesome shirt, huh?
Seriously though, to prep for paint we carefully mudded the drywall, textured and cleaned the walls.
Primed the whole bathroom.
Painted the ceiling white, and then started applying the green paint I’d picked out for the walls. It was called Dune Grass.
According to Ben Moore, a gray undertone produces this soft, light green that's clean, vibrant and versatile. This sweet shade creates a beautiful backdrop for richer, heavier colors.
Sounds pretty, right?
It was yellow.
Not calm, spa-like dune grass, but “Am I a baby’s diaper or a rotten banana?” yellow. Enter Katie crisis mode (which is not a pretty sight). When I get frustrated or flustered I tend to do what my family refers to as PP-ing. (Short for premature panicking. We shorten things).
So as I was PP-ing, my nice, nice husband went to Home Depot to pick out some other colors for the bathroom. While he was there he had a light bulb moment, “What if its the lighting?”
We had a halogen lamp in the bathroom since we were waiting to hang the light fixture until after painting. Its a pretty harsh light, so Matt thought if he changed out the lights it might change the color of the walls.
Problem was, while he was having this epiphany at HD, I was doing this.
I dumped a bunch of light blue into Dune Grass! When Matt came home we tested my newly created color on the wall. It was a little better, but not much; so Matt went along his way installing the light fixture while I was making jam.
And I don’t admit this very often, would even consider it risky putting in writing :) but Matt was right.
The light made a huuuge difference!
The yucky yellow turned into a grassy green. Except now in the paint can we had Dune Grass mixed with a light blue. I crossed my fingers and we painted the rest of the room.
I love it! I kept going back and forth but I do really like the color. I like to think my mixing job calmed down the green and helped with the color, but I know it was totally the light switcheroo.
Its so hard to capture paint colors in photos but here’s what it looks like.
So, lesson learned (the hard way).
Only judge paint colors in the correct lighting, it makes a big difference!
Actually, I usually do this. So maybe my lesson learned should be to not live on the wild side (when it comes to paint color at least).
Its smart to paint a swatch on the wall and look at it during all parts of the day to see what morning, afternoon and evening light does to the paint color.
Now if only Thrifty Decor Chick’s post about caulk had been published before we caulked the shower.
I would have known to use paintable caulk. The 100% silicone caulk is important to use around the tub to create a waterproof seal, but for the top of the shower I should have used paintable caulk. Paint doesn’t stick to silicone, so we’ve got some touching up to do around the shower.
Since we finished painting two weekends ago, last weekend we were able to work on the flooring. Here’s a sneak peak.
I’ll share more about the new floor soon!
So what painting lesson have you learned the hard way?
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