When I started picking out paint colors for our house, I was so intimidated. I poured over hundreds of paint samples, drove and walked through a dozen neighborhoods had a professional decorator visit and finally setttled on this palate:
This is SW Red Cent is shown, but I actually went with “Sierra Redwood”, High Reflective White, White Heron, and Silverpoint (All Sherwin Williams). Pittsburg Paints: Gunmetal Grey.
I picked these colors using what the designer had recommended and tweaking them a bit. (Hind sight- probably shouldn’t have done that.) I wanted the house to look bright, feminine and cheerful. I’ve always liked white Victorian houses, and so that’s what I thought I wanted for “my” Victorian. I was so worn out from all of the debating, and also cash-poor from home repairs that I didn’t want to waste time or money on sample cans of paint. Can you say IDIOT????
I cannot even believe myself. Seriously? Instead I just bought $450 worth of paint and brought it home.
Sierra Redwood- loved it
High Reflective White- loved it
White Heron- loved it
Gunmetal Grey- loved it
Silverpoint- hmmmm….. wellllll… maybe? yes. no. maybe??? Nope. Hated it.
This is how it went with me and silverpoint for the last 18 months. I WANTED so much to like it, but I didn’t. It was way too light. It washed my beauty out. Also, in the meantime, I had learned so much through books and blogs about Victorian homes and came to the conclusion that I had made a mistake. In hind sight, I would have had the paint analyzed and painted it the original colors, maybe adding in a few accent colors of my choosing. From what I can tell, originally the bottom clapboards were a medium grey and the shakes were a sagey green. By the time I realized my mistake, I believed we were too far gone.
It really makes me sad to think that I made the decision so quickly- before I had immersed myself in the house and the history of it a little longer. But… in the grand scheme of things, I think it’s ok. I mean, we have done really good things for this house. And we love it more every day. And at least I know what the original colors are.
Anyway, continuing on…
So you want to know what is THE WORST? Working SO. HARD. on something and not liking the results. I have poured a lot of myself into the painting of this house. I have been way higher off the ground than I was comfortable with. I painted in 40 degree March weather. I sacrificed time with my family. I litterly bled, sweated and cried over this paint job. And I needed to love it. And I did not. Every day, many times a day, I looked at the house and wished I had made a better choice.
When we were able to snag some free scaffolding from friends to complete the trim on the North and South sides, I saw this as my only opportunity to somewhat right my wrong. Having the scaffolding up would be the perfect opportunity to repaint the first tier of the shakes. They were brand new- with only one coat of the Silverpoint on them, and frankly could use another coat of paint anyways- they had been banged up when they were installed.
So, I rifled through my giant folder of paint samples and came across a color by Sherwin Williams called “Oyster Bay.”
It was a nice medium grey-green that seemed to coordinate with the four other colors already up on the house. First, I BOUGHT A SAMPLE CAN, Second, I confirmed that it was a great improvement over the Silverpoint, Third, I GOT THE BLESSING FROM MY HUSBAND and Fourth, I went to town, baby!
One more thing- after this picture was taken, we painted the shakes on the front of the porch Oyster Bay, which made a HUGE difference. Can’t wait to post pictures of the finished product. Seriously, I can’t believe I painted a whole house. And I can’t believe I changed my mind and painted it again.