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Paint-over

I haven't been very posty lately. I'm suddenly feeling kind of shy, and I don't know why that is. Granted, I have been digging into TD 218 and tackling home improvement projects, but so what else is new?

*shrug*

Anyway, I decided to scatter the remaining vacation days I hadn't scheduled yet across Sept, Oct, and November, and the first one was today. I kind of thought I might just write all day, but I was a little burnt on that and decided to tackle painting the guest bathroom. This is the bathroom that used to be plum colored. Then, when I hired the paint contractors to repaint my master bedroom and bath, I casually mentioned how dark the guest bathroom was, and when I came home, they had painted that, too, as part of their same quote.

But they painted it that same "swiss coffee" AKA Bone White as most of the bedroom and the master bath, and over time I have just found that too cold-looking, even though originally it was a relief not having the previous owner's colors.

But what to paint those rooms instead? I have taken forever deciding, I must admit, tossing around about a gazillion paint chips and staring at them idly at odd moments to get a "gut" reaction. Meanwhile, painting other rooms has proved to be a bit of a wallet drain (it's not just the paint, it's the brushes, rollers, pans, clean-up stuff, drop cloths, etc, etc.) So I had this idea to paint the guest bath the same mellow gold as the living room, hallways, and guest bathroom, since I have extra paint. It makes a kind of sense; the guest bathroom is surrounded by those gold rooms and would look odd sticking out.

But, boys and girls, the extra gold paint is four and a half years old. It predates my ownership of the house, and it's been sitting out in my garage for four Arizona summers. I didn't know what I'd find when I opened a gallon, especially since I opened a few sample cans from projects earlier This Year to do test patches with them, and one was as clotted as coagulated milk.

But this old gold stuff has never been opened since it was first sealed at the paint store (they overbought by three gallons), and it mixed up pretty well. Just for good measure, I put two gallons in a large bucket, and bought one of those paint-mixer attachments for my power drill.

I had a brief fuss this morning when I put a sample of the gold paint on the wall and thought it looked crappy with my refinished counter tops, but it was just not mixed well, and not dry yet. I think the well-mixed paint will look OK with the countertops. It looks great on the wall, bringing a cozy warmth to that room it's been lacking.

I am resting up from the first coat and waiting for it to dry before doing the second.

Painting this itty bitty room, and not having to prime it first, makes this way easier than painting the kitchen. Or maybe I'm just better at it now.

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superplin
Sep. 5th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
Heh, I'm painting my bathroom a gold color, too!
masqthephlsphr
Sep. 5th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
Finally decided on a shade, huh? That rust color was a little harsh for a bathroom.
superplin
Sep. 5th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, that was just nasty. I happened to have it in a small can from another project, so I tried it out, but it was immediately obvious that it could never work.
masqthephlsphr
Sep. 5th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
You should have seen some of the atrocious colors I tried in the guest bath this morning, all left-over sample colors from the fireplace wall and master bath decision-making process.

This was after I decided the gold wouldn't work, and then tried the beige kitchen color and that was just too cold-looking, not to mention it completely *blended* with the countertop and wasn't distinctive at all, save for being monochromatic.

I got fed up not wanting to have to do the whole paint-chip thing, and just slapped the gold up. I don't think it will be too bad.
superplin
Sep. 5th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
This "home decor" stuff is hard!
masqthephlsphr
Sep. 5th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
Especially when you won't get it done if it's too hard. So you "settle" and then have to live with something...meh.
superplin
Sep. 5th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
I am officially tired of subtle meh.
masqthephlsphr
Sep. 5th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
From what I've seen of your place so far, I think you are well on your way to snazzy!!
superplin
Sep. 5th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
The question is whether I can muster the energy (and in some cases, funds) to actually get it done...
masqthephlsphr
Sep. 5th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
Funds is definitely an issue in the snaz-factor. But I got my second painting wind lately, so I'm taking advantage of it before it goes away!
superplin
Sep. 5th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
There's hope for a return of my wind, too, then. Whew.
masqthephlsphr
Sep. 5th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
I just thought, "Dang it, I want to get this done and over with already!"

So I probably will go on a painting spree and tackle both bathrooms and my bedroom in a short period of time.
superplin
Sep. 5th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
I will cheer you on at a distance! "Go, girl, go!" ::shakes pompoms::
masqthephlsphr
Sep. 5th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, get too close and there's a paint fume-factor.
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