Holy guacamole, Batman!

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.

ugly 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!

Comments

  1. Andrea Linnes-Bagley says

    Yep we’ve been there… remember our pepto bismal room? We wanted to do purple but Jeff was concerned about going to dark. So we choose a really light purple that somehow looks pink in different lighting. Our solution? Try to dumb it down a little with furniture until we have a baby. Yay!!! We are so close to being too redo the room now! Be careful with just lightening it with white. If you think it has to much yellow in it now. That’s not going to change. Its just going to be a lighter shade with took much yellow. I would try that before mixing more paint. But the thing is adding white to a partial can is not an exact science. You may wind up with 4 gallons that don’t quite match… also not a great solution. Remember it’s also going to look a lot different one you get cabinets, appliances, decorations, etc in the room. Good luck whatever you do!

    • Sarah says

      Ah ha! Thank you for letting me know I’m not the only one. You know, originally I wanted to go lighter with the wall color, but I was worried that it would look too minty. Maybe we should just go with our instincts next time.

      I was actually going to have Hirschfield’s mix the lighter color. First though, I’m going to see if they can do it as a sample. We don’t have any of the original color left anyway–I was scraping the can to get enough to finish cutting in.

      Can’t wait to see what you do for the baby’s room!
      -Sarah

  2. Mom says

    Yep! Been there, done that. When we did the sunroom. The color was a beautiful blue/green in the can. Got it on the walls and we practically needed sun glasses. Your Dad just rolled his eyes when we got halfway through and I said, “Don’t like it!”

    Know anybody who’d like an almost full can of “Waterfall”? It might look good in a bathroom.

  3. Kathy Glascock says

    One time we painted the shakes on the dormers fuchsia – with the white stucco it then looked like a fishing bobber. Switched it to purple sage.

  4. says

    My sunroom is on it’s 2nd color of paint, and so is my living room… aaand we’ve only been in the house 2 years. Whoopsie!! My first living room color actually lasted less then 24 hours…. ironically, I now freaking love that color and am using it several other places in the house.

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