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The Right White

By The Ugly Duckling House on Jun 06, 2012
I've always heard that white paint can be a real pain when trying to paint a room.  Between the blinds, the table, and the trim, finding a shade of white that would really work on the two walls opposite the navy walls in the study-o proved to be one hell of a challenge.

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Let's start with the original teal walls - the first color I chose back when I thought this would be just a craft room.

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But after choosing to rename the room based on its combined new purpose, I also decided to repaint it to something more dramatic and statement-y (I know, you envy my remarkable way with words.  Don't feel bad; some of just have a natural talent for it).

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When I chose to paint the window and doorway walls navy (Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy), I knew that painting the whole room the same dark color would turn the room into a tiny black hole rather than an open, creative space.  I still wanted the drama of navy, but clearly needed a balance of a white or light gray on the other side.

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The color I initially chose was mostly due to how cheap I am - I had leftover light gray paint from the master bath remodel, so I thought I'd give it a shot.  Unfortunately, the drama that the navy walls brought in was immediately undercut by the drab gray.  I needed something that was light for sure, but still held its own against the strong color.  Also, I'd forgotten that the bathroom paint had a higher sheen (which is a good idea in a room like a bathroom, but looked really odd next to the navy, which was more matte).

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Since the trim, doors, and newly built DIY desk were all painted the same Ultra Pure White (Behr), it seemed like the obvious choice.  One quart later, and I realized I was terribly wrong.

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What to do?  The final option was to match the color to the blinds.  The crew at Home Depot whipped up a match for me and I slapped it on the walls (okay, so I may have done something more like gently rolled it onto the walls, but the splatters on my arms told a different story).

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But without a doubt, the third choice was the right one.  And with so much extra paint left over, I kept right on rolling and covered a couple of canvases for some artwork I'm planning for the room.

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At this point, I am seriously considering "The Goldilocks House" as a secondary name for this home.  Goldilocks and the three everything.

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