Greetings from the Arctic South! The Shaver Three are buried in an entire 6 inches of snow. It’s a big deal to us Southerners. Northerners, don’t steal our thunder…er snowdrift.
Last week before the “blizzard” hit, I finally got the opportunity to swing by Sherwin Williams to pick up some paint samples and I’m stoked! Our entire upstairs is still primer white from when we moved in two months ago, and I’m dying for some color up there. But waiting a little while can be a good thing. It’s given me time to get to know my house, get acquainted with the lighting a little bit, and have some time to envision what I like…and not to mention save up some mulah for the job.
Even though I’m ready to get started on it, paint is a little daunting to me too. I’m scared that I’ll love the color on the little square on the paint strip, jump to a decision, slap it on the wall, and then think, “What have I done?!” So erring on the side of caution is good…and something I’m not always good at when it comes to having patience with house projects.
This time, I didn’t trust the colors on the paper strips and snagged the real stuff. I painted the samples on poster board for several reasons. 1.) I wanted to be able to see the colors at different times of the day in several places in the room and in different types of light. 2.) Sample paint is not like regular paint. It will wear off, and I don’t want weird spots on my wall underneath the paint that I do finally decide upon. 3.) I don’t want to paint different colored streaks all over my current white walls. As much as I hate their stark feel, pink chicken pox aren’t cool either.
So here are my handy dandy paint pot poster boards. I put them against our furniture to see how the colors would look with those pieces.
(Left to Right): Amour Pink, Dishy Coral, Begonia
For Olivia’s room, I wanted a warmer non-Pepto Bismol pink. (And after the nasty stomach virus that just attacked our household this week, I have an even bigger aversion to that hue.) Coral is inviting and energetic, and I think it will work well with the Lilly Pulitzer plans I posted about earlier here.
I decided on using the Amour Pink on three of the walls since I didn’t want a pink that was overpowering. It’s just enough of a pink to give it color without overpowering against all of the vibrant fabrics that I’ll use. I’ll also be painting wide stripes on the focal wall behind her bed using the pre-existing white and Begonia shade. I might even find an aqua paint for accent pieces like her nightstand eventually too. I’m diggin’ Sherwin Williams Pool Blue and Bubbles and Valspar Woodlawn Charm for those projects.
SW Pool Blue:
Valspar Woodlawn Charm:
For the rest of the house, this is where I get tripped up.
Master Bedroom, Bathrooms, and Gameroom/Upstairs Hallway:
(Top Left to Right): Aloof Gray, Versatile Gray, Popular Gray
(Bottom Left to Right): Svelte Sage, Sea Salt
So far, here is the paint plan:
Master Bedroom- Aloof Gray
Bathrooms (all three of them)- Sea Salt
Gameroom/Upstairs Hallway- Popular Gray (two shades lighter than our downstairs but still on the same paint strip as our Perfect Greige color posted here)
When I went to Sherwin Williams, I meant to get a different color than Svelte Sage and somehow the salesperson mixed the wrong one. But it might have been a happy accident because Robert is now liking that color for his office. I guess it has just enough of a hint of military green. It’s his room where he gets to do whatever he wants with it, so I’m excited to see what he will put in there.
Now the biggest obstacle is finding the time amidst school, work, and juggling our toddler to tackle the job.