swatch it and weep

So we got some paint swatches for the bathroom walls, and I am disappointed to say that neither of them suits us.

bathroom paint swatches

The green is SO not as dark/rich as the chip suggested it would be. It’s way too minty for our taste. Both of the above have THREE coats, so I’m pretty sure that the green wouldn’t get any better with additional coats. Plus, I am SO not going to do that many coats on the entire room.

bathroom paint swatches

This yellow-y color is just okay, but not a color I like for the entire room. It also doesn’t suit the grey fixtures as well as I’d hoped.

bathroom paint swatches

Take a look at this green! Seriously! This is how it looks without the peach around it for contrast. Way less minty, but also way less green than we wanted. It’s just, like, BLEH. So at this point we are going to skim coat the walls, prime, and just paint it all white. Should we come across a color we like after that, we can always throw it up there, but at least with white we will have a blank slate.

The skim coat is to cover up the stupid damage the previous owners did to the walls when they were removing wallpaper. They paper tiger-ed the crap out of the drywall, and according to the research I’ve done, skim coat is the easiest way to fix shallow damage like that. If any of you have a line on self-healing drywall primer or any other magic solutions, hook me up!


8 thoughts on “swatch it and weep

  1. It isn’t fun when chips are SO much better than the real paint. šŸ™

    I think you are making the smart choice with leaving it a blank slate for now. Hopefully the right color will come to you!
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  2. I get all excited when I get to look at paint chips, and then when I get home I get the disapoint when I see what they look like actually under our lights. The second shot of the green does look nice, and way less minty than the first shot of it.

    • Thanks, Kat! Is is amazing how less minty it is when you don’t have the peach around it for contrast. As you surmised, lighting is definitely an issue for us, too. We’ve got all sorts of fluorescents that are not doing us any favors.

  3. I am not good at picking colors! When I moved into my house, I asked my brother. I told him what I wanted, and he went to the store with me and told me what to get. It’s hard when you know what you want but can’t find it! And painting sucks. It’s first for the first wall then it goes downhill. For me, anyway!

  4. This happened to us when we painted the baby’s room. The chip was supposed to be this really soothing green and after Brian repainted the whole bedroom, it is a bright blue! (He never saw the final chip selection, after I narrowed it down from 1,000 to 5, he said any of them were fine) Not what we are going for at all, but we actually really like it anyway.
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