Agonizing Over Paint

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Paint Samples and Plate Wall via Cottage Magpie
Paint Samples and Plate Wall via Cottage Magpie
Workshop Paint Sherwin Williams Waterfall via Cottage Magpie
Workshop Paint Sherwin Williams Waterfall via Cottage Magpie

So, I have a hard time with paint choices. I always have. I honestly am not sure why, because I'm not indecisive about other things, just paint. I don't dislike painting, either. I do, however, hate all the furniture moving, unloading shelves, living with chaos... that part I don't love. So I know once things are painted they're likely going to be that way for a loooong time!

Case in point, I put primer on the shelves and wainscoting in my workshop in November. Then I didn't have time to finish so I loaded up the shelves. Now it's April and I'm finally working on it. Or Baby Girl's room, which is half primer and half paint samples and has been that way for over a year. So yeah, it's important that I get the color right the first time.

Speaking of color, do you know this is the first time I've considered putting an actual color on the wall in TEN YEARS??? Amazing. Part of it is that I love light, bright, airy spaces, so I tend to go for the classics of white and cream on the walls. But part of it is because last time I put color on the walls they looked like this:

Red and White Kitchen Nook via Cottage Magpie
Red and White Kitchen Nook via Cottage Magpie
Dark Purple Dining Room
Dark Purple Dining Room

That's the kitchen nook and dining room from our last house. It was such a cave, and it was only a few years later that I painted all the walls white.

But, since I have all the white wainscoting in the workshop and all the white plates on my cottage plate wall, not to mention all the great rooms out there with pretty blue-green walls, I thought, now it's time.

So I put up some samples.

Paint Samples and Plate Wall via Cottage Magpie
Paint Samples and Plate Wall via Cottage Magpie

With the help of everyone on both Facebook and Instagram, I decided I liked the green one (Refresh), but wanted to go one lighter. So I painted the trim my usual white (Westheighland White), and the wall Waterfall, which is one step up from Refresh.

Sherwin Williams Waterfall via Cottage Magpie
Sherwin Williams Waterfall via Cottage Magpie

And I didn't like it.

In fact, I could say that I hated it.

I know it looks great in the photos. It even looks great in the photos to ME! If I saw someone else post a photo like this, I'd be all, "That's Amazing! Love!"

But in real life? No thank you.

Everyone said that I'd get used to it, or that the artwork would tone it down.

So I tried it with a sample of artwork:

Sherwin Williams Waterfall via Cottage Magpie
Sherwin Williams Waterfall via Cottage Magpie

And a plate:

Sherwin Williams Waterfall via Cottage Magpie
Sherwin Williams Waterfall via Cottage Magpie

And then with a whole bunch of paper plates, stuck up with masking tape (to avoid putting any holes in the wall until I was sure):

Sherwin Williams Waterfall via Cottage Magpie
Sherwin Williams Waterfall via Cottage Magpie

And I've been living with it for a few days.

Sorry, everybody. I still hate it. It might make for great blog photos, because it's very exciting, but it's not giving me the feel I want for the space I spent 80% of my time in.

It's hard, you know, making unpopular choices when you have a DIY blog! :-)

A lovely commenter on Facebook, though, asked me the perfect question (thank you Heather!). She asked me how did the wall make me FEEL. Did it make me happy? Did it make me want to be creative, to spend time in the space?

The answer was NO.

So it's going to change. On the other wall, I have a new row of samples. Most of them are variations of white on white, although I do have one sample with the Refresh mixed with lots of white, and I'm kind of loving it.

But of course, I won't know for sure until I paint the whole wall.

I was feeling discouraged, but then I remembered. The only way to figure out how to get the look and feel you want is to be willing to try stuff, rip it out, and do it over. At my old house, I ripped out and redid the garden about a hundred times. Fully redid it. Moved walkways, moved beds, moved lawn. In the end, after I stopped trying to be clever or follow current trends and just went for simple and classic, it turned out beautifully. I was so afraid it would be boring, but instead it was perfect.

Valentine Cottage Front Garden via Cottage Magpie
Valentine Cottage Front Garden via Cottage Magpie

So I'm sure there's hope for me yet!

I'll keep you posted!

Meanwhile, tell me. Do you agonized about paint or is it easy for you? Are you afraid of being boring if you go with classics?

~Angela :-)
~Angela :-)
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