::living room:: paint color #2

So this is the color we ended up with (Valspar Woodlawn Colonial Gray from Lowe's).
Jill came into town right before Chad left for his conference, so I picked her brain and she agreed that the first color was a little bit too blue in some lighting. So as soon as Chad left, we painted. Again. And again, I was worried it was still too blue. (Chad gets frustrated with my indecisive nature - I tell him to imagine what it's like to BE me!) ... so I vented to Jill and she had a brilliant idea. She told me to bring over some things from home that would be in the room and see how they looked with the wall as the background.

This was so smart! It took the focus off of the wall as it will be once we actually have furniture in the room. It also helped to see our couch cushions with the color, and to see whether the walls will be a major focus (not the intention) or blend more into the background (like I'd wanted). Of course it can't be QUITE that easy for me to make a decision, so I still waffled back and forth about whether or not to keep it. Finally, I decided it was do or die. I threw five more colors on the wall and stayed at the house from 7 in the morning until it got dark so that I could see it in every possible lighting situation. I also took pictures throughout the day so I could compare them. Result? It never felt too blue, and I decided that I really liked the color. Finally! Mission living room paint job... accomplished!

And one more shot with our new wall color ... and a little distraction.

ps. What do you think of those floors? Changes coming!!!


::living room:: first paint color

So here it is... see how pretty that grey is in the first picture when we'd just first started?
So light and bright and clean?
And then see how blue it looks below?
I know, I know.
Chad thought I was crazy, too.


Several years ago, I heard about this thing called the 30 Strangers Project - I loved the idea and I loved the pictures from previous years, so I added my comment to Justin's blog and crossed my fingers that luck would shine down on me and Justin would pick my comment for a multi-generational photo of me and my ladies. No such luck.

Fast forward to 2011. Again, the project is announced. And I again I comment.
And (you'll never believe this part, since I'm blogging about it) he chose us! So I called Jill and I called Mom and I called The Gramma and everybody said they would make time in their schedules - so Gramma came from Oklahoma, Jill came from Seattle, and Mom came from ABQ, and we all went to Justin's downtown studio.

Justin was fantastic - he put us all at ease immediately, asking us questions and getting to know each of us before the clicking started. Then he took us into the studio and photographed us each individually and then in little groups - then he cranked the music and told us to start dancing! Jill was in heaven, stomping it out, and Gramma just kept shaking her head and laughing. The very next day we came back and watched a slideshow of all of the images - which I.just.loved.

This Friday is the Opening Reception for the 30 Strangers Exhibit and it sounds like it's going to be amazing. If you can't make it to the Opening, the photos will be up at BYU for the entire month of July, so stop by and check them out if you're in the area...

Huge thanks to Justin Hackworth for these priceless pictures of the three ladies that have been closest to me through my entire life - I can't believe how much they already mean to me, and I know that in ten, twenty, thirty years, they'll be even more precious. I love you guys!
ps. I can't wait to hang this picture in our new house. It makes me so happy.
pps. See two of my favorites of Mom and Gramma here


::picking paint::

I'm laughing as I type this... the idea that I! should write about picking paint colors?
You'll understand later...
So we finished up the bedroom in Rain Puddle, and moved on to the living room. I knew I wanted a pretty, soft grey that would make the white trim on the windows really pop out. I knew I didn't want a blue grey, I didn't want a violet grey... just a ... regular grey. I kind of thought that I wanted a beige grey, so I headed to the paint store. Obviously, I picked up zillions of swatches... I really loved the greys in this room and this room, but I didn't want it to come off too dark or too tan. I grabbed a few samples and brought them home and painted swatches on the wall in several places to make sure I could see them in different lighting and check them at different times of day. Then I realized the yellow underneath may be tinting my greys to more of a blue, so I primed and did it again. My first final choices can be seen in the first picture. (Yes, I said my FIRST-FINAL choices. Can you even use the word final you're using the plural?)

I thought the color on the far left was too much tan - and it's actually the color used in one of my inspiration rooms. Not in our house. The second color I loved, but I was afraid it would make our house too dark. After our current house of few windows, we're starved for natural light, and I didn't want our paint color to negate all of our beautiful windows. The third color felt like a lighter tan, and the one on the far right was just too light, almost white. So, back to the drawing board.

We ended up using a custom color that was just a little bit lighter than the swatch on the far right in the second picture, mixed at Lowe's in the Valspar Signature Satin with primer included. (No, it wasn't even included in my first final choices). Chad and I spent a day priming, cutting in primer, painting, cutting in paint, and touching up. And I LOVED it. And then I just liked it. Then I wasn't too sure. Then I was sure it was too blue. And the longer I looked at it, the bluer it got. Bluer and bluer and bluer and bluer. Until I didn't like it at all.


And then Chad left town for a work conference.
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