I can no longer beat around the bush about my plan. I wanted to wait a while longer because you know how it takes me forever to act on my decisions. And, it’ll probably be the end of the year, possibly even early next year, when I finally do it.
When we moved in, the kitchen color was first on my list for re-painting. It was a nice, orange-y shrimp color. Not in my color scheme.
It took seven or eight sample pots of green tones to find what I liked, but Sprout at Sherwin Williams was my final decision. I have loved the color for all these ten years!
After painting the old dresser and bringing it downstairs to use as a buffet/server/linen cabinet, I immediately started to see a new vision.
Wouldn’t you know? The year my kitchen color is the color of the year, that’s when I decide to change it. Go figure!
Light blue has been on my mind, so I painted cardboard with the Bathroom Update for Major Impact color (Valspar Lament Blue 5001-5A).
It was close, but I wasn’t sure it was blue enough for what I wanted. (Board on bottom right below.) In some areas of the kitchen, it looks sort of aqua.
I was at Lowe’s last week and decided to try a couple more colors for comparison. That’s when this happened.
It’s a kit you get free with the purchase of three sample pots of paint. (If you have paint, buy the kit for around eight dollars.)
Simply paint the clear side and peel away the backing and stick it on the wall.
They’re moveable so you get the feel for your color in different lighting around the room. The kit includes rollers with little trays for each paint color. Aren’t they cute?
Keep track of which sheet goes with which paint.
Color number three is my favorite. It has a periwinkle tint to it – too purple in some areas I think. Number 2 was immediately out of the running.
Across the room, the lighter colors were washed out a bit.
I do love #3! But it’s on the dark side (like my green). Northern rooms are so dark!
Sample #1 is a lighter shade that I think will be best over the entire room. These below aren’t numbered but are in the same order. See how well the top sample matches the blue in the valance? Night pictures show more true colors. (Bottom left is the Valspar Lament Blue board, which looks sort of gray in comparison.)
So far, my top choice is #1. I’m so glad I discovered this process. I would have used the Lament Blue, which I see now isn’t SPOT ON.
I only peeled away the small strip on each sheet so I could use the sheets later with other paint samples. (Aren’t I a cheapskate?)
What about you? Can you see how this process works to our advantage? No more poor paint choices! 🙂