Painting is not my favorite thing to do. Not even close. So, when I do paint a room I really want it to be done for awhile.
I’ve decided it is finally time to paint over the hideous green color I picked for our kitchen and entryway 5 years ago. I’ve been putting off because someday we will be renovating the whole kitchen anyway. Realistically, though, that is probably 10 years away. I can’t look at that color for 10 more years!! When I picked it I wanted a nice country green – maybe sage is the word? – like my Mom had in her kitchen. Instead… it looks like mint ice cream. Seriously. Yuck.
This time I’m not taking any chances. For less than $10 total I picked out three different colors of paint and had little samples mixed. I bought mine at Menard’s. The lady at the paint desk assured me it won’t really matter that the sample size paint is a different brand than what I will ultimately go with. Likewise, I was able to pick from all of the paint chips and not just those available for that brand.
I want gray this time. Here are my top picks, with a sampling of mint ice cream in the background:
I’ll carry over the same color or a complimentary color in to the living room. I love it that I get to see what a big swatch looks like with our existing lighting.
For $10 it is well worth it to me to buy samples. I will never be stuck with a paint color I hate again. The samples are supposed to cover a 2’x3′ area but I did two stripes about 1’x3′ or larger and I still have at least 2/3rds of each color left. They will be perfect to have around for touch ups and accent pieces!
Have you ever tried paint samples? Are you contemplating any room makeovers?