We finished the first coat of paint in the kitchen!
Yay! Right? Except for one thing: I don’t like it.
Yup, don’t like it. It’s too, I don’t know….
Green. Yup, too green.
I started having second thoughts about this color before we were even half done with the first coat. I was just finishing cutting in around the ceiling in the bathroom, and Chris called out, “So, are we getting avocado appliances?”
He thought he was being funny. But now all I see when I look into the kitchen is avocado.
OH my God, my kitchen is avocado. Son of a…
I decided to wait to pass judgement until the first coat was done, because I didn’t want to jump to any conclusions. And I thought maybe it would somehow seem a little less intense when it wasn’t right up against all the bright white primer.
But it didn’t get better. In fact, it got worse. And then I had to get up the nerve to tell Chris he just spent a couple hours rolling on a color that I wanted to change. I was totally prepared for that look—you know, the one that says, “I would punch you in the face if I thought it would knock some sense into you.”
Surprisingly, he didn’t fight me. He did say that he thought the color was okay, and that he didn’t know how I could be so sure that it wasn’t going to work. He also reminded me that he was leaving on a 4-day trip the next day, so whatever I did, I was on my own.
I think his answer might have been a little different if I had waited until we finished the second coat to voice my concerns.
The good news is, I think I have a solution. I think I might do the second coat in the same color, but ask them to mix it 50% lighter. Did you know that you can do that? Fun fact: when you look at a strip of paint chips, even though it looks like they’re all just the same color with different amounts of white mixed in, they’re actually all different formulas that just coordinate really well. If you find a color that you like but it’s too dark or too light, rather than moving to the next chip on the strip, you can have them lighten or darken the color that you like.
Or, I might just choose a different color all together. When I imagined my green kitchen, I imagined “silvery,” not “celery.” Dammit.
All right, spill it. Tell me there are others out there who have gotten part-way through painting a room and realized they hated the new color. I can’t be the only one!