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Monday, June 20, 2005

Seeing Red

Red was the theme of this weekend. We both got slightly sunburned from our day at my parents' pool, and we painted the living room Cajun Red. Thanks to Bungalow Addict for posting about the Sherwin Williams historical collection, which is divided into styles (arts and crafts, Victorian, suburban modern, colonial, etc.). Cajun red was on the Victorian palette.

We normally use Benjamin Moore paint, but I liked the fact that the Sherwin Williams stuff made it so clear which colors would be appropriate in our house. Next time I might choose a color from the Sherwin Williams stuff and match it to a Benjamin Moore color. We're very happy with the color; it sets off the woodwork and makes the room stand out ... it makes the other rooms look awfully dingy and dull in comparison.

We were hoping - with our pink primer - that we would only have to do one coat. In some spots - and if you don't get too close - the one coat looks fine. Unfortunately, we used every last drop of paint in the bucket, and there are still some uneven areas.

So we figure we'll have to do a second coat with another gallon. *sigh*

Oh well ... it looks good enough for now. We are tired.


misschrisc said...

It looks very regal! Great job guys. I've alwyas read and heard that it takes a ton of paint to paint a room red. My sypmpathy for what must have been a difficult job :(

9:16 AM  
mindy said...

Wow, that looks great guys. Very dramatic. I am a huge fan of bold colors like that, especially in Victorians with the high ceilings and whatnot. Your woodwork really pops now.

I used a strawberry red in an apartment once and did 6 coats of it to get it the color I wanted, so I know how hard it is!!

9:28 AM  
Becky said...

Looks great guys! That's the color we want to do for our dining room, so it's great to hear that the primer helped.

10:04 AM  
Jordana said...

The color looks great. Some place I read that you should use a dark grey primer when you are painting with red. We did that when we painted our front door, but still needed two coats. Actually, I have never painted anything any color that didn't need two coats to really look good.

1:08 PM  
Blair said...

So, are you going to use the trim and accent colors too?

1:31 PM  
halloweenlover said...

Beautiful! We used red primer when we painted our dining room red and still had to do 2 coats, so I am jealous that it looks decent at one.

It looks great! Where did you get the curtains? I really like them!

1:33 PM  
Greg said...

That looks nice. I made the same mistake when I painted the bathroom. I thought one gallon would be enough, and it almost was, but there are places where it is a little thin. It is light blue over white primer so it is not real noticable.

2:04 PM  
Jocelyn said...

We did red in out Living room also and it took like 3 coats! It pays to get a higher quality paint and rollers as well. We got the cheap rollers and ended up w/ a case of the fuzzies- live and learn!

Looks great in that room too :)

2:56 PM  
Trissa said...

Way to go- it looks fabulous!

3:40 PM  
Kristin said...

Thanks, guys! Blair, we are probably just going to paint the trim antique white (when we get around to it). We aren't quite brave enough for the accent colors! :) Though the recommended shades of green and yellow-gold are in the curtains.

9:03 AM  
Chris said...

LOVE the red! We have the same trim in our house, painted white.

We were thinking of painting our dining room red. Our foyer is a red toille paper and i thought it would flow nicely together. I agree with Jordana, I always need to do two coats of paint, not matter what the color is

2:47 PM  
Kasmira said...

Love the contrast between the deep red and the bright white!

2:49 PM  
Jenne said...

That looks gorgeous! It looks like a pic from a magazine!

10:27 PM  
Anonymous said...

Really, the 2 coats of Sherwin Williams red worked for you? I've just put up with 6 coats I think at last count and it still looks terrible - used a grey primer but you can still see all kinds of flashing marks. Has anyone else ever had a problem with Sherwin Williams paints?

12:39 PM  

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