Full Disclosure: This is a super embarrassing post I almost didn’t write because it’s that bad. BUT in the name of good blogging, and knowing that it is my job to figure out these mistakes so my readers don’t have to, I bring you… The Big Green Monster. Ahhh!
Rewind to a few weeks ago when I was trying to pick a gray color to paint my new kitchen and dining room. I went through twenty one different samples. TWENTY ONE. That’s some serious crazy. But despite my constant trips back to the paint store, eye rolls from my contractor, hours of online research, and many head scratching moments second guessing myself, I was determined to find the perfect gray. I mean, I’ve done this before, I run a home decor blog, how hard could it be?
I still don’t know the answer to that question, but it’s somewhere in the ballpark of: apparently really flipping hard.
I finally decided on a tried and true Benjamin Moore color, Gray Owl. I loved the sample, it was a light wispy gray that didn’t lean too much in any color direction. And the internet loved it too with lots of reviewers raving about it. Also solidifying my decision, it’s the second most popular BM gray out there (second only to Revere Pewter, which we’d already painted our living room). After staring at samples and narrowing down my choices over the past two weeks, finally, I was sold.
So we bought the paint, handed over the brushes, and prepared for an exciting day at the Orchard project. Until this happened…
I’m no color expert but, y’all, that’s not gray. That’s green. And a candy-sweet sea foam green at that. This might look lovely in a nursery, or a cute clothing boutique, but definitely not in my dining room. And it wasn’t just that room, the kitchen wasn’t looking so hot either.
I couldn’t believe it. After all of my paint sampling, internet searching, and opinion taking, I’d flopped. Hard. Ugh my version of Gray Owl was not coming out anything like what I expected. When the contractors went to lunch I immediately did what every girl does when she’s in distress, I called my mom. Di to the rescue! She convinced me that, yes, I’m not crazy, and that is in fact green. After further discussion we decided to tell the contractors to stop so I could rethink this.
Randomly, I remembered that I had two cans of BM Stonington Gray in the basement left over from a previous project where I’d flopped on yet another paint decision. (Yes, I’m seeing the theme here.) So we decided to give it a shot and see if I liked it any better than the current mint green mess.
As it turns out, I did. Not a giant surprise considering how much I haaaated the Gray Owl. But I liked it enough to confidently (ok semi-confidently) tell them to continue painting with it. I couldn’t believe how green the Gray Owl looked next to the new paint. How did no one else online have this problem?
So after 20+ samples and more than two weeks of staring at walls and ‘expertly’ (eye roll) narrowing down my options I ended up going with some old paint I had sitting in my basement. Really?!
Ugh I’m becoming an expert in how to mess up paint color decisions. As a result, I plan to write an upcoming post about what NOT to do when picking paint colors because…I’ve done it. And to make these
Gray Owl mint green walls good for something, I should share my hard earned advice with my lovely readers!
Stay tuned for my how-not-to-post and some pictures of how the kitchen finally turned out.