Sunday, May 15, 2011

When Paint Goes Wrong

...terribly wrong. I'm talking attack you like a glowing Smurf wrong. It was supposed to be lucky #17. Yep, that's right, I tested 17 different colors on the wall. And #17? Had me swooning. I had already decided I wanted a brownish tan on the bottom, and loved Glidden's Olivewood. And I thought #17 was the perfect, airy blue to go with it. I mean it was called, after all, Mount Airy.

Boy, was I wrong.

J took Wednesday off to paint the baby room while I was at work. He called a little after lunch to say the brown looked awesome, but he wasn't sure about the blue. I told him to stop and wait until I got home and looked at it. Then he sent me a picture and said it was drying fine -- and from the picture, it did look fine. So he kept going.

And when I got home at 5? I was greeted with a nervous husband. I asked him what's wrong. "It's glowing," he said. I didn't have to go far upstairs before I could see what he meant. It was literally glowing, like a house for Smurfs. Or Thomas the Train. And I burst out laughing. Laughing. Not exactly the reaction J was hoping for. I felt bad, considering he'd spent his whole day off painting, but it was better than crying, right?

We went back and forth on what to do. I hated the idea of him repainting, but not sure I could live with it. J wasn't in the mood to repaint, but frustrated he didn't just stop. What was amazing was that the color was perfect with the light on. Gorgeous.

But with the light off? There aren't words. And pictures hardly capture the "glow"...

How could one paint look so different?! I guess it wouldn't have been that bad if we hadn't done the ceiling, too. And, the darker it got outside, the darker the room became, even with the light on. I told J I'd do whatever he wanted, and I think he knew I really wanted to do it over. So, we grabbed some dinner and headed to Lowe's to pick out new paint.

We each grabbed sample chips we liked -- me grabbing blues, J grabbing greens (at this point he decided that maybe I didn't like blue... I started to think so myself...), and narrowed it down to two greens and two blues. We got the samples home and on the wall, and I quickly decided on Valspar's Cool Sheets, a light blue with a hint of mint. J was hesitant, but wanted to get it done that night. So, we went back to Lowe's and got the Valspar with Primer in eggshell, and it thankfully covered that blue mess.

Poor J stayed up until 2 a.m. repainting that room. I didn't get a good look at it until the next day, and I looooved it. J was even glad he repainted. And that it was all done before his fishing tournament Thursday night. {Priorities, right?}

I'm super happy with how it all turned out, despite the double money spent in paint. {Note to self: when J says use a certain brand, use a certain brand. The cheap stuff? Glows.}

Excited to finally starting pulling together all the final -- and fun! -- touches over the next few weeks. Maybe we'll actually get done before baby! ;)

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Bradshaw's Buzz said...

How odd it looks THAT different, although I do have to say our living room gives off a weird yellow vibe depending on the lightbulb.
I agree with your hubs, I tend to use Behr or Valspar (sp?) when painting although Behr is my #1 go to! Love the result -- the final one and WTG J!

Buffy said...

I have Olivewood in my bedroom and depending on the light (natural or otherwise) it ranges from grey to more of an Army green...nothing like what is in your picture. How funny!

Holli said...

I made a blue mistake in our master bedroom last night and we finally repainted it this past weekend..... it's MUCH better now. LOL

Katie said...

Yeah, I will never use Olympic paint again, even if it is no VOC!

And Buffy, that's crazy about the color! Although, I was surprised at how brown it was just based on the name. Paint drives me c-r-a-z-y! ;)

Orange it Lovely said...

oh love love the final colors~
So exciting to see it start to all come together!

Katie said...

Thanks Tana! :)

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, Katie! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Yay! Thanks for linking up this awesome post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :) I can't wait to see the final look.

Sam @ The Junk House said...

I feel your pain! My mom came to visit a few weeks ago and painted my bathroom while I was at work. First thing she said when I got home: "OK, now don't freak out." It was a horrible lime/yellow color! So, I had to re-paint the whole room over the weekend. Anyway, I love how your blue and brown look now! Stopping by from the Homemaker on a Dime Party and Hop. Newest follower :) I'd love for you to stop by!

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