Okay, there's no twist - I am giddy! The color - a gray brown - is lighter than we expected, which is probably a good thing. But best of all, it's one uniform color, and it's smooth and shiny and wonderful!
We painted two coats of primer and one coat of paint so far. We're waiting on the final paint coats until after we finish some work on the drywall ceiling and beadboard walls. The drywall mud will fly, the ladders will scratch, etc.
I'm glad we went ahead and painted at least one coat of paint, though. Because seeing the color in the room ... now I'm not so sure about our planned wall color.
Now I'm debating sage green instead of off white, in spite of the cool name of the off white, "Treasure Map." I was already thinking about it when we went to our new favorite restaurant, Miss Melissa's in Moundville - a surprising gourmet restaurant in the middle of nowhere - and the back room where we sat was painted sage below the chairrail, off white above with a terra cotta chairrail. The color combo was so crisp yet earthy, and I fell absolutely in love with it.
So last night I blew the dust off the old Benjamin Moore Color Viewer program and tried some combos.
Here's the real thing:
My favorites by the mile are the green versions (I crudely drew in the future bookcase under the window). But I have some reservations about green.
1. Our kitchen is mostly green already. Is there a limit to how much green a person can tolerate, even if it is at the moment her almost-favorite color? (I hesitate to displace pink as my favorite, but in decorating how much can you do with pink?)
2. The room is kinda small, about 12 x 7. Is lighter better for the walls?
3. This is the room where I'll get ready in the morning. Green can make a person look depressingly sallow.
4. What if I get sick of green? With the clawfoot tub and our unfitted vanity, this won't be the easiest room to repaint.
And yet, I also have misgivings about off white.
1. It's off white. Nothing exciting about that, even if it is cleverly named to disguise it's boringness.
2. The tub will be white/off white. We're going to all this effort to fix up and install a clawfoot tub, and it's going to blend right into the wall.
3. I like color, darnit! I am known for my general opposition to off white, and I'm already having to succumb to the off white for the kitchen walls (where at least I have the pleasure of colorful cabinets).
You know what? I think I just talked myself into the green. What do you think?
While you're thinking, some gratuitous cat pics:
Henry has a love/hate relationship with holes in the floor. He fears them, but his curiousity is too great, and he can't resist.