After Thursday’s discussion about new paint samples, I talked myself into Benjamin Moore’s Sonoma Clay. I couldn’t live with the bright pink walls any longer. On Friday, the boys and I went back to Ace Hardware to get a 16 ounce Ben Moore sample can, hoping that pint would cover the entire bathroom. When we returned home, I compared the test sample to the paint swatch.
Nice match, but will it look good on the walls?
Right away, I loved how much darker and muted the color was. Not wanting to leave anything to chance, I painted small areas on each wall to test the color in different lighting.
Yep, this was the right pink. I touched up the white paint, let it dry, then taped off the edges. I had Everett’s nap time to get this done. Vincent watched me paint.
In one way, the ugly, bright pink helped me. It served as a great primer. The Ben Moore paint covered well with one coat, which means I still have half of a pint of pink left. Wahoo, my math was right! That’s a first, just ask my ninth grade geometry teacher. Ha.
Like most paints, the color varies based on the lighting, which I like. Because the back wall gets less light, it reads as a more moody purple-gray-beige-pink.
Au revoir ballerina pink. Helllloooo sophisticated mauve. Eww, I hate describing the color as mauve. It seems so old lady.
One gallon of Wal-Mart paint: $15.00. One pint of Ben Moore paint: $7.00. Finally choosing a color we like and don’t have to repaint: priceless.
Just to clarify, Ben has never said he hates this color. Usually, he’s forthcoming about what he doesn’t like. Not so much with what he does like. I’ll take his silence as approval.
Did you tackle a painting project over the weekend? Was it the first or fourth time you painted it? Out of curiosity, what’s your favorite brand of paint to use?
Please note: We were not compensated for this post, we simply love the Ben Moore paint we purchased and want to share with you.