Paint Choices

3 Sep

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Sweet Thing and I have been having arguments discussions about what colors we wanted to paint the interior walls. We finally settled in on these colors as a starting point. It is hard to tell what a color will actually look like on a wall just by looking at a small paint chip in the store. We had these 5 colors mixed at the building supply company and we painted some splotches on an extra piece of sheetrock in the garage. We are happy with the three colors on the left, but she wants the red to be a little more red, and both of us have some doubts about the dark brown on the right. It might just be too dark, so we will throw that choice out and pick another color. The painter likes to mix a little of the wall paint in with the primer coat so we will use some of the unacceptable red paint to prime for the darker red she settles on. I will use that gallon of brown paint in my workshop on some shelves or storage cabinets so it won’t go to waste!

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5 Responses to “Paint Choices”

  1. carynverell September 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    my hubby was doing some repairs and replacements around the homestead the last several days and asked if i knew what paints and colors we needed…i just crawled under the bed and pulled out all that he needed and all he needs to do is carry the buckets to the store and use the shaker machine…i had accumulated brushes, rollers, paint, solvents and you name it from our last big interior and exterior paint jobs a few years ago. and it is a good thing i did cause the prices of these things are through the roof these days!

    • doublebhomestead September 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

      Ah, so you always save things too, “Just In Case.” This paint is Grey Seal Premium, and it was $26 a gallon. That’s a lot but it was less than I expected.

  2. Interior Builder September 4, 2012 at 1:23 am #

    I like to do the same when choosing colors. However, my experience has been that its not a bad idea to prime your wall board before testing fr true color. Also I discovered by failure a number of years back that red paints often require grey tinted primer. Cheers

    • doublebhomestead September 4, 2012 at 7:41 am #

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I know you are right, the primer might make the final color a little bit different but we needed to make a decision pretty quick. The Paint Mixer gave us that tip about the grey primer, Sweet Thing said if the primer made the red darker she would like it better. If it lightens it up, EH, not so much.

      • Interior Builder September 4, 2012 at 11:18 am #

        I once used a red without grey primer and it took 5 coats to get a decent cover and still didn’t look right. Anyhow, dry paint on the walls is a good feeling. Have fun.

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