The color was pale. I didn’t realize I wanted something as high contrast as the original green color. So, added 1 test can of Market Flower by Valspar and added 3/4 cups of the large basement bedroom color, to help mellow the bright colors.
We’ve lived with this color for a week, and I’m still not sold. It’s still too sweet baby girl, not as much dark and moody adult pink as I’d like to see. I searched my favorite blogs for pink paint colors and found Wild Aster in Nicole’s living room and Proposal in Sherry and John’s baby girl’s bedroom.
Here in Montana, we don’t have Benjamin Moore stores, but Ace Hardware does carry Ben Moore paint. Luckily, an Ace Hardware recently opened up a few blocks from our house, so I took the boys pink paint swatch shopping. We pulled nearly every pink pain swatch Ace had, including Proposal and Wild Aster. Oddly enough, the colors are very similar. No, nearly identical. I liked how the colors showed in the pictures, but I also liked a few other colors. Namely Desert Rose and Odessa Pink.
Proposal is a single swatch card, but Wild Aster is the lightest of seven paint colors. I also liked Sonoma Clay, which is the third color down on the Wild Aster slip. And, I liked the online description: A darker, never-fail neutral, this intriguing shade is a modern marriage of pink and gray. Rich and reliable, it has a sleek and sophisticated sensibility. It had me at a marriage of pink and gray. That’s exactly what I needed. I taped the three swatches up on the wall in the bathroom to see what they looked like in the right lighting.
Almost immediately, I eliminated Odessa Pink because it has a heavy orange undertone. After looking at Desert Rose, I decided the color might be overwhelming on the walls, and it might look too red.
Before I could get too excited by my single paint choice, I compared the pink and the bedroom green.
I like that the colors have a similar value. And, I like that Sonoma Clay reads as a muddled pink. Hopefully we won’t repeat the baby pink look with this color. It seems Sonoma Clay is the winner.
Truth be told, I don’t know if or when I’ll repaint the bathroom. Ben thinks I should leave the color as it is. I’m guessing just because he doesn’t want to spend more money on pink paint. We’ve had this color on the walls for a week and I’m still not happy with it. I don’t think I ever will be. I just don’t want to spend more money and my time on something if I’m not going to love it. And, I’m starting to doubt my pink paint selecting abilities.
But, the helpful Ace paint man showed me Ben Moore 1 pint paint samples which cost about 7 smackeroos. I just searched online to see what the coverage is. It seems each 16 ounce can can cover two 4 foot by 4 foot walls with two coats. So, if my math is right (which I know is a stretch) each can will cover 64 square feet with one coat. Good news, I just measured the bathroom walls. The wall behind the toilet is five feet tall and three feet wide or 15 square feet. To the left of the vanity, the wall is 4 feet tall and three feet wide for 12 square feet. The right side of the vanity is three feet by three feet, making it nine square feet. Total that up, and it’s only 36 square feet. I just might be able to use one small sample can for the entire bathroom. Does this seem right? Or am I off my rocker?
Perhaps I should live with the current color for a few more days? Maybe I could use a sample can to paint the entire bathroom? That would keep the cost around $20 for both paint colors, which I can handle.
Aghh, it sounds like I’ve already convinced myself to repaint, doesn’t it? What do you think of the swatches? Do you have a favorite?