It’s Week 3 of the One Room Challenge! This week I cleaned all of the junk out of the office, gave some metal filing cabinets a makeover, chose the paint color for the walls and got the room all painted.
This post is all about the process of choosing the paint color….
I always, always, always get samples of paint and test them on walls before I decide on a paint color. I learned the hard way years ago when I bought a 5 gallon bucket of what I thought was going to be a light tan and after painting the dining room, living room, and hallway, discovered that it was actually a yellowish peach color. You just never know by looking at a tiny little swatch how the color is actually going to look on your walls. And just because it looks great in someone else’s house, doesn’t mean it’s going to look good in yours.I usually use my paint fan decks to select a few colors that compliment the room’s decor and then go get samples of those colors at Home Depot to test out (go HERE to read about my secret to saving money on great paint).Then I paint swatches in several places in the room so that I can see the paint colors in different light.I am a pro at picking out paint colors in client’s homes, but when it comes to my own house, I have the hardest time. So after staring at the paint swatches on the wall all day and surveying everyone in the house, I finally decided to go with Benjamin Moore’s Smokestack Gray, which is the top color in the photo above. I love how it looks dark gray in some light and dusty blue in others.I was a little nervous about going with such a dark color since I am usually drawn to light, airy colors, but now that it’s all painted, I’m really liking it.And now that the room is all painted, it’s time to start the white plank wall that will be behind the desk. Also, I need to find a 28″ x 112″ butcher block top for the desk, but most places only carry up to an 25″ x 8′ slab. Any suggestions?
To read about the faux zinc finish on the file cabinets, visit THIS POST.