That is the question I kept asking myself.
As you know, our master bedroom has green walls with pink accents.
Originally, I wanted the master bathroom to have pink walls with green accents. You know, to keep it cohesive but differentiate each room. The reason our bathroom is green is because I chose an awful pink. I mean seriously awful. It looked pretty and pale on the swatch, but turned to bubble gum on the walls. Anyway, we’ve lived with the bathroom as it is for three years and I’d like a change.
Last week, while my parents were visiting, I decided I had enough of the green paint. Not that there was anything wrong with the green, I just wanted a change. So, on a trip to Wal-Mart, I bought a gallon of satin paint, color matched to Martha Stewart’s Pink Sea Salt. Based on my earlier pink paint experience, I thought it would be best to choose a color that looked lighter on the swatch. I figured the paint would look darker once on the walls.
Before I could add color to the walls, I had to touch up the white trim paint.
Easy enough. Now, bring on the (very pale) pink!
Because I had only three small walls, I decided to cut in with a brush, skipping the annoyance of taping. I’m not going to lie, it kind of sucked to cut in along the mirror, going around the lights.
The back wall was the easiest. A rectangle with two hook supports.
I finished painting as the sun set, so here’s a glimpse of the color at night.
And during the day.
Honestly, the color was fine. Definitely better than bubble gum. But, I didn’t love it. Going from the high contrast green and white combo to the lot contrast pale pink and white didn’t tickle my fancy. And, it was a more sweet baby girl pink than I had hoped for. Maybe I didn’t want a pale pink after all.
Then, I realized I had a sample can of Valspar’s Market Flower, a bright pink. I added the whole thing to my gallon of Pink Sea Salt.
It still wasn’t quite what I had in mind. Way too bright pink. I trekked back to the basement to dig out a gallon of grey/beige left over from the large basement bedroom.
I added roughly three-quarter cups, hoping it would give the bright pink are slightly more aged look. The test swatch I painted seemed better, so I painted the walls. Again.
Definitely brighter, but I’m still not in love. As for Ben’s opinion? He said he feels like a natural woman in there.
This picture most accurately shows the color.
I might try to add a grey wash, just to tone own the color. Or I thought about going into Wal-Mart to ask for just the colorants for a paint formula to add to my mixed up pink gallon. Do you think they’ll do it? If those options fail, because I don’t want to spend more money on a failure, I’ll probably be painting the bathroom green again. Gotta cut my losses. I’m my own worst enemy. I knew I should have gone with a pink I had seen in use somewhere.
Do you have any pink paint experience? Was it good or bad? Have you ever gotten just the colorants from a paint store? What’s your favorite pink paint color?