It has happened at long last! The paint project we began in our house three months ago is finally complete. I’m pretty sure turtles have made thousand-mile journeys in less time than it took us coat the walls in our living room and hallway with the perfect shade of yellow, but that’s not the point. The point is that it’s finished(!!)… And the color looks just as amazing as I’d hoped when we took the plunge and purchased two gallons from our local paint store in March.
Since my last update on this project was months ago, here’s a quick recap:
Nearly every wall in our house was painted white when we moved in. It vaguely resembled a hospital; cold and colorless. I wanted to paint the living room yellow to warm up the space, but yellow is a difficult color to get right. Choose a shade that’s too bright, and you end up with migraine-inducing walls reminiscent of highlighters and 1980s Lisa Frank notebooks. Too dull, and your walls can look dirty.
Since we have enough trouble keeping things clean around here on day-to-day basis with two kids and a dog and wearing sunglasses inside isn’t my idea of a positive fashion statement, we settled on a more subtle shade of yellow: Benjamin Moore’s Mushroom Cap. It’s not too beige, but not a color that screams from the walls, “I’M YELLOW!”
Bonuses: it is warm, pretty, and it looks wonderful in full sunshine and on overcast days.
Here are a few pics of the end results. Please be merciful about my limited (::ahem:: HORRIBLE) photography skills.
March 16, 2015
*Warning: The following is a uncensored look into my brain during paint projects. Hint: I’m obsessed. If you came here for parenting stuff, please check back on Wednesday.*
We’re painting again, which means I’m on the verge of an existential crisis over color samples. Overly dramatic? Of course! True? Partially. Maybe it’s because I’m a textbook Type-A, but painting is one of those projects that spurs obsession. It’s truly ridiculous, yet I simply cannot help myself. I spend hours perusing swatches in various stores, I waste money on tiny pots of color that I will never use, I seek out those silly simulators online that let you virtually paint rooms (even though I’m fully aware the colors appear different on my laptop screen,) I ask friends for input on different shades via social media. Paint even invades my subconscious. I’m currently dreaming in muted, buttery yellow.
We decided to paint the living room yellow because I wanted to warm up the space, but also because I love a challenge. This color is especially tricky because (as I quickly discovered upon purchasing seven different samples) it appears much brighter on the walls than it does on those tiny bits of card stock. Since I don’t enjoy being assaulted by neon hues reminiscent of the early 1990s whenever I walk into my living room, this particular paint project has been, shall we say, involved.
I’m not proud to admit that I’ve spent upwards of sixteen hours on Google image search peering into other people’s yellow living rooms to see how different hues look in the midday sunshine and dwindling light of dusk. I’m aware that’s totally creepy, but I like to keep it real for you guys. Sorry (not sorry) if I looked at your yellow living room like an online stalker. I promise I won’t show up at your house or anything, as my crazy paint lady behavior does have its boundaries.
After much obsessing, I finally chose a color (Benjamin Moore Mushroom cap – see below) and we’ve begun the painting process. We started edging after dinner last week, carefully cutting in with our brushes along the baseboard. Am I the only strange person that finds edging paint to be relaxing? We’ve painted so many rooms that we don’t even bother taping along the woodwork and ceiling anymore. It’s tedious, which is my nice way of saying it sucks, and the lines rarely come out clean anyway. (Unsolicited painting advice: if you’re planning a paint project, just buy good brushes that are designed for edging and be careful. You’ll be fine without tape. Make sure you go to an actual paint store because they’ll have a better selection.)
One coat is up on the walls. We’ll be applying another when we can find the time to do it with a 11-month-old and a 3-year-old. I’ll post some pics of our living room when we’re all done with the project, but here’s a quick glimpse at the color in some random person’s house so you can get a better idea of how it will look… Because I know you’re all on pins and needles at your respective computers wondering about the muted yellow paint color in our living room. It’s the probably most exciting thing to ever happen on the Internet, but you’ll just have to wait for pictures.
Mushroom cap is a soft, buttery yellow, which is exactly what I wanted for our space. The color isn’t migraine-inducing, and you don’t need to wear sunglasses when you sit on our couch. You can, though, if that’s your thing. No judgement here.