Let’s start by saying, please excuse the horrible pictures but this post is about painting which I can only do when the kids are sleeping and it’s 1:30am as I type this. So let’s just pretend this post has amazing pictures. thanks.
Our dining room is connected on one side to my husbands office and on the other side to the kitchen. It is a smaller room with gorgeous built ins but only one tiny window which lets in no light. So it’s naturally a dark room which is one strike against it. Then add the fact that it’s next to my husbands office which is dark brown with green accents and my stark white kitchen on the other side, it’s a hard room to pick a good color to paint.
The people that lived here before us had the entire house painted a yellowish white color before listing it for sale. I don’t like yellow tints to things, it really bugs me. So right after we moved in (last year) I got paint samples and started trying to pick a good color out for the dining room.
Oh my. I could not do it. I was so confused as to a great color that complimented my husbands brown office and green accents without using green because our bedroom will be a greenish gray tan and I didn’t want the house to look like the jolly green giant threw up on it. (Wow I should not be allowed to blog this late at night. Is this coherent?) Plus I didn’t want red, orange or yellow so what else was there? Gray, blue or more brown basically.
So over the past year I have gotten paint samples and paint chips like crazy. I put them up on the wall and just watch during the day to see how it looks when it’s really dark in that room and how it looks with the lights on. One year of this! one year. Then finally this week I couldn’t take the yellow tint anymore and cleared out the room to paint it. I knew we had bought a gallon and a half of blue paint for my husband’s office that we had never used so in a last ditch effort I grabbed it, or so I thought I did. I just grabbed the half gallon thinking that if I liked it I could get the other gallon to finish the room.
I started painting it and it was bright. It was so bright that I just could not keep going although people on Facebook were saying that they liked it. (Don’t blame them it wasn’t as bright on the computer as it was in real life). At this point I really did not know what on earth color I should paint this room!
I started pulling out paint samples and laying them next to our dining room chair covers on the black table that goes in that room just hoping for the right color. Finally I gave up and went to the garage to start putting up the paint supplies when I saw a different color blue. Somehow I had grabbed the turquoise sample that I got a long time ago for Princess Newbie’s room. I had cut in half the room with the wrong color!!
I grabbed the right color, the one that I never got one single paint chip or sample for and started painting away.
And a few hours later I had this;
So far it’s the right shade for me. It’s darker in person and tomorrow when I paint all the trim a brighter white I think it will really be amazing. I still have a lot to do to get this dining room in tip top shape before Christmas dinner but I’m on the right track now. This is not a color that I would have usually picked but I’m kidna digging it.
The best news of the night is that this gem is finally gone;
Yes have a nice long stare at that beauty which I am ashamed to admit has hung in our house for a year. It’s hard to tell but that is true mauve silk sateen fabric with baby blue backing. But it’s gone and tomorrow will be relocating itself to Goodwill.
Tomorrow I have to paint all the trim and the built ins. Hopefully soon I can show you the finished project.
Have a great weekend full of crafts and projects!