Thursday, March 24, 2011

Paint...yet again...

I've come to realize I might be a little, tab bit obsessive over paint colors. I cannot just choose a color and be done. I literally scour the internet for any and every painted room I can find. I can look at paint swatches, but it definitely doesn't compare to seeing it on someone's actual wall with their decor. I'm also pretty sure the people at Home Depot hate me by now. I've had plenty of trips their in the last month(have even been 3 times in one day). I stare at the paint swatches in one brand, shimmy over to the next brand, usually skip Disney, then over to the next. I grab a few swatches, throw them in the basket and then back to where I started. About a month ago, I was looking for a Tiffany blue. I told the guy that I needed a paint match to Sherwin Williams Tiffany Blue.

He mixed up the sample and it came out a weak, baby blue, clearly not robin's egg like it was supposed to be. So then, he searched Tiffany in his swatch matching thingy and mixed another color. This time it came out  very close, but a little too green. So I had him add more blue. What I had was pretty dang close!

He told me it would be easier to just bring in the box to match. Did you hear that Hubby???

Finally. I grab my paint samples and move to the front of the store where there is a plastic tote the exact color of Tiffany blue! I grab it up and take it back to the guy to match the color. By this time, he tells me that on my receipt there is a place to go on the internet and tell HD how their employees are doing. He said if I do that he could get a $50 gift. Ha! Apparently, I put him through so much trouble, he thought he really needed that extra $50!!

During one of the most recent trips, I went in looking to get a sample that matched Ben Moore's Santorini Blue.

I super serious wanted this for my bedroom and bathroom. I tell the older gentleman and he tries to look it up. He says it does not exist in Benjamin Moore, but Sherwin Williams had that color. Since he could not see the color on the screen, I googled it. It was wayyy too dark. I also couldn't understand why I could find it on BM's website, but they didn't have it in the system. So then, he asks me, in such a lovely tone(did you catch the sarcasim?) if I wanted to take the chance with that color and pay the $3 for a sample. Um, no. I want BM's Santorini Blue, not SW's. Finally he leaves and I do some more research and find out that they changed the formula a tad and call it Nantucket Fog. It is almost the same. So I get my $3 sample and move on, only after the other employee kindly laid out every other brand's swatches they had available :)

Nantucket Fog

Finally, the day came when it was time to get the actual paint for our bedroom and bathroom. I confidently(only because I had actually made a paint decision) went up to the employee(one whom I had never seen) and told him exactly what I wanted. BM's Nantucket Fog and Philipsburg Blue. He goes to the computer, looks them up and tells me he doesn't have to formula for either one! Luckily the kind employee who had scattered the swatches the day before took over and found the colors for me before I had a nervous breakdown.

The rooms look great and I love the colors, but I have to put my finishing touches up before I reveal!

If your my friend on FB you know that I have been struggling to choose a paint color for my kitchen. I had three narrowed down, but now I have added two more. Sheesh. Will it ever get done?? Here are the updated options.

Also, I wanted to mention that Melanie, over at The Frosted Gardner is giving away a $50 Home Depot card! Wouldn't that be lovely if I won? Maybe I should just invest in HD!


  1. Thank you ANdrea! Your blog is beautiful. I am your newest follower!

  2. Pretty color! Finding the right paint can be so frustrating sometimes!

  3. I think Behr Island Oasis HDC-MD-18 is a perfect Tiffany Blue. I just had it mixed yesterday at Home Depot.



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