Category Archives: Paint Colors

A Day of DIY Disappointment

Yesterday was one those days that accomplishments got lost to a larger number of disappointments.  My rose-colored glasses got fogged up and simply could not be cleaned without the help of a blue cheese burger, steak fries and Shock Top beer from our local restaurant Montreux.  By-the-way Wednesday is $5 burger day at this delicious place. 

I am still the positive first junkie so the accomplishment of the day was, wait for it… Popcorn ceilings are gone!  Well everywhere, but the kitchen.  The kitchen is going to be covered, not removed.  While that in itself is huge and on most days we would have done a little dance and been very, very happy a few things happened that overshadowed that remarkable feat.

1-) The reason the kitchen is going to be covered not scraped is that it was basically unscrapeable. Justin spent an hour on a 3×3 space that even after some tedious slow work and unplanned dig marks it was still bumpy.  Good thing we didn’t start in that room!

2-) I thought I had chosen the correct shade of pink for the girls room only to turn around after I had cut-in and realized I had just flung a bottle of Pepto Bismal around the room.  Two more samples later and I still didn’t have a good color.  Some too light, some too dark, none just right. 

3-) I got off to a late start because we had a much-needed PTA board meeting that lasted longer than any of us thought it would, but it all had to be covered and it was nice to check some things off there.  Just hated not being at house to help Justin. 

4-) Then the huge topper of the day was my phone ringing while I was at Home Depot inspecting their shades of pink girliness.  Justin calling to ask me to grab a “snake” to snake out the toilet.  It was overflowing into the floor and the garage sink had water bubbling up through the drain and over the edge.  Needless to say there is a problem in a main line somewhere.   Of course it was the ugly yellow toilet with white seat.  It must know I have been talking about it!

5-) Oh and I almost forgot the “tan” paint that looks like a girl smeared make-up on the wall. 

So do you understand while by 7pm I needed this? 

So this morning we are at the house working on the next steps for the ceilings and waiting on the  plumber.  This afternoon or tomorrow morning we will venture back out to look at paint colors.  We need to feel a sense off accomplishment first!  I want to do a happy dance tonight!


Paint Party for Two

Two little girls, two shades of green, two foam brushes and a large white wall, what do you get?  Two proud little girls, a fun hour and a marvelous mural!

I have been eyeing shades of green for the main color in the house and on the way home yesterday I stopped by and picked up some samples.  I thought it would be fun for the girls to help.  It was!  They loved feeling like they were a part of the process and having that much freedom.  Let’s be honest wouldn’t it be fun if someone stood you in front of a large wall and said paint whatever you want.  Here’s what it looks like when a 6-year-old an 3-year-old do it!

I loved the drawing.  Unfortunately, I did not like either color.  While it is hard to see here because of the poor lighting the Parakeet resembles what I used to find in the diapers of these precious girls.  Needless to say, do not want to think about that everytime I look at our walls.

Next, I decided to check out the shades of green at Lowes.  I tried 3 different colors.  Here is a picture of the 2 finalists with some of our fabric that may be in this room.  I’m not sure the drapes are staying.

The picture is from my phone and there is no overhead light in this room, so not the best representation.   Yes you did read correctly, Laura Ashley paint colors.  How many of you girls immediately think of the big floral dresses from the late 80’s, early 90’s whenever you see the brand Laura Ashley?  I certainly do!

My sweet mom-in-law and color expert extraordinaire helped via picture mail.  We both liked the same color and went with…Apple 3!  If you were wondering there around 5 shades off Apple in this paint line.  Apple 1 looks like a wash, it is basically white with a green tint.  Apple 5 was deep and intense, too much for a base color in our house.

A big shout out to Lowes on Main Street in Summerville   The ladies and guys in the paint department were super helpful and nice.  I absolutely loved the sample sizes as compared to Sherwin Williams.

Who needs that much of a paint color you end up not using?  Not to mention the $5 price difference.

Once I made my final decision I started taping because I cannot yet paint without taping!  I’m a bit of a clutz.  Curious what the final result was?

Here’s a pic from when we put our offer in.

And here is it today.  TADA

Still more to do in this room, but it is starting to feel like ours now!