After finding some good people to live in one of my dad's houses, I handed them to the keys early so they could get some painting done & I could worry slightly less about the pipes disappearing. And man, did they get some painting done. And fast. I went by to check the mail one day and 2 days later, the kitchen & bath had both been repainted. It takes me many days to paint a small room. And months to work up to it. I got all depressed about my lack of painting awesomeness but then quickly perked up when I noted some things.
- They didn't prime the walls but instead used a paint w/primer in it. That's cool & I'd recommend it when possible, but a lot of my walls need drywall repairs after removing the wallpaper. So, I can't usually skip the stand alone primer step. Also, the paint w/primer trend wasn't really a thing a couple of years ago when I bought a lot of my paint.
- Both rooms had been renovated a few years ago & so the trim / ceilings didn't need done either. That's a massive time saver.
- There are 2 of them. There is 1 of me. 1 person cutting in & prepping & cleaning up & painting takes (duh) 2x as long.
- Empty houses make for quicker painting jobs. No moving the furniture / excess junk out of the way.
This day's project was going to be accenting the future reading nook. I knew the color I wanted but neglected to get the name before my day off. But I was sure (positively sure!) that I could pick it out of the Benjamin Moore paint chips at Ace Hardware. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! No. I grabbed about a million dark gray colors and stared in panic. Finally, I admitted defeat and called my coworker to ask. She gave me the name of our hallway accent wall (I hate the term accent wall) and I wrote it down. Then I looked for it in the chips I had gathered up. Not there. Huh? I looked around for other dark grays. Nothing. Finally I spotted the name on a paint chip in the Historical Colors line. The chip looked not gray at all to me. Let alone this deep charcoal gray that I knew our office wall was. Blargh!
I contemplated calling my coworker back and complaining that she'd given me the wrong color name. I contemplated picking a color that I thought looked more like what I wanted. I contemplated giving up and doing something less stressy on my day off than staring at paint chips & having a panic attack in a hardware store. Then I walked that paint chip around the entire store and held it up to everything until I convinced myself to just go with it. Then... I went with it. I put my trust in Kendall Charcoal. I purchased a gallon of Regal Select (paint & primer in one - Yea!) in Matte finish & a couple of other painting things (good brush, roller cover, etc). I went home. I painted. And painted some more. Then I impatiently took a photo before it was done drying. Then I mashed that photo w/a before photo and here it is:
I will take way better after photos when I am truly done with the space. But this is all your getting right now.
P.S. It was totally the right color.