…or you’ll have a tantrum, mix a bunch of colors together, and somehow luck into the color you’ve been looking for!
Sometimes that’s just how it goes.
Since last year’s Pantone color of the year was emerald green, I’ve been seeing lots of images of green-painted furniture. This one in particular from BHG grabbed my attention.
I’ve been feeling like my dining room looked a little anemic, so our dining room hutch seemed like the perfect candidate for a re-do.
I’m terrible at picking paint colors. Terrible. Or maybe I’m too particular? Not sure. But whether it’s lack of talent, or persnickety-ness, I’m always very thankful for the invention of sample quarts.
I spent a ton of time on Houzz and Pinterest searching for colors. I love that Houzz has a question and answer section for every picture. The most popular question is always regarding paint color! I actually bought the colors of paint that were sourced on 3 different pictures that I loved. None of those worked out. I’m not sure if it was the lighting in the photos or if the color was recorded incorrectly, but what I bought looked nothing like the photos!!! grrrr…. (I think it’s a trick that the designers like to pull. Give them the wrong color so they can’t replicate your work!)
I eventually ended up with a Serwin Williams color called Pickle. I really liked the color, but it was just a little too leafy-green, and I wanted something a little more appley-green.
Two more sample quarts (that were soooo far off the mark) later, and I had reached my limit. Kevin had the nerve to suggest that I might have an ‘issue’ (I had painted most of the hutch at least 4 times by this point). Can I help it that I’m looking for just-right? I really don’t think that’s an issue. My response was that if he thinks that’s my biggest issue, then he’s the one with the issue. haha!
The last 2 samples were very vibrant, one was almost neon yellow. (What made me pick that?!!) Out of frustration, I started pouring them all together and somehow managed to make the exact color (nearly!) that I was looking for.
I love the color. I love the energy that it brings into the room. But it was a little too much energy, so to tone it down a bit, I used a black glaze over the paint,
and attached fabric to the backs of the shelves.
I’m not sure how long the hutch will stay this color (I have it’s next color in mind already!), but it will definitely stay over the summer.
Maybe I do have an issue.
Have a great week!