The wrong paint color. You thought it was perfect…until it was on the walls….now what?!
I wish I could tell you this was the only time I’ve ever made such a mistake. But that would not be the truth.
It’s happened before. *ahem*
But there IS something I have learned…
- it’s not worth it to live with a color that makes me give it the “stink eye” every time I walk into the room.
- it won’t “grow on me”.
- no amount of ignoring it will help.
There’s only one option…for me anyway…
and that is owning my mistake – and then correcting it.
Here’s my latest escapade with a color that was “just wrong enough to make me cringe”. But first, I want to show you why this room was in desperate need of a new coat of paint.
See the wall going up these stairs? It *will not come clean*. I have scrubbed and scrubbed and sprayed and scrubbed. It just desperately needed a new coat of paint. I love – ADORE – the hands that made all those fingerprints and marks, but it was high time to give these old walls some TLC.
*This is part 1 of a post sponsored by Behr paint. All experiences and opinions are my own. Full disclosure here.*
When the wrong color mocks you to your face
Yes, that’s right. I ordered a color that ended up being all wrong…for a sponsored post. Talk about humbling…to have to contact the company who sent the paint – and explain to them that the color is just. so. not. right. And NONE of it was their fault. It was all on me.
The color swatch I chose looked nothing like the paint that was now on my walls. I thought I had chosen a white in a shade of super-light grey. But as you can see, on my walls, the color looks…lavender. I strongly dislike any shade of lavender. Plus, is made my gorgeous woodwork look purple-y. All The Cringy Faces!!
I texted my DIY girlfriends and asked what they thought. Was it just me? Was I imagining the purple hue?
But no…they saw it too – and it had to go. It was all wrong for my house.
Time to wave the white flag, admit my mistake – and fix it.
So I contacted the sweet people at Behr and explained my difficult predicament – how I totally picked the wrong paint color – and wasn’t really sure what to expect back.
To my delight, they were SO SWEET and understanding – and explained that they would be happy to send me more paint!! Not only did they generously send me more paint, they even offered to send me primer to cover the lavender!
I was impressed.
Since their Marquee line of paint covers so well, I passed on the primer – and it turned out, I didn’t need it. But I still found it commendable of them to offer additional help in this way. A company that goes above and beyond always ranks high in my book.
This time, I went with the shade I knew in my gut I should have gone with the first time. My favorite. Ultra Pure White. You can see a peek of the three colors below:
- the existing wall color
- the lavender
- the Ultra Pure White that makes my heart sing
Stay tuned for the “after” post – coming next week. 🙂 The new shade of white is absolutely perfect – and compliments the woodwork in our home beautifully. I can’t wait to show you.
So if you find yourself with the wrong paint color in your house?
Don’t “just live with it”.
You’ll hate it – and you deserve to love the home you’re in, sweet friend. See ya soon!