Shake, Splatter, and Roll

While we were on the KaZoo blog hiatus, we didn’t totally stop doing things around the house. In fact, the big project we talked about here, we actually did tackle over the winter–Valentine’s Day/Presidents’ Day weekend, to be exact.  We are obviously romantics (see message in paint below).

We have 4 foot scaffolding that Chris’s mom got us when we bought our first home with Cathedral ceilings, but this time it was too short for the job.  We rented scaffolding from Coastal Equipment Rental over the weekend (you get a better deal that way), and Chris painted while I worked on school stuff.  Call me crazy, but I’d much rather be painting than writing a paper.  Talk about torture–hearing the sounds of rollers against a wall and the creak of scaffolding when you’re in the next room staring at a blinking cursor. The creak of scaffolding made Chris a bit shaky, but it sounded positively delightful to me. Pure madness.  Anyway,  Chris spent Saturday morning prepping the walls for paint and that afternoon painting the west wall of the living/dining area Sherwin Williams Sea Salt, followed by the south kitchen/dining wall in Sherwin Williams Drizzle.   IMG_4209

While he took a break, I studied the paint and came to a disappointing conclusion.  Sea Salt just did not look good on that huge wall.  Sea Salt and Comfort Gray are both considered chameleon colors, which can be good but also tricky.  Unfortunately, the way light hits that big ugly wall, Sea Salt looked good in small test patches but not on such a large scale, and especially bad compared to how awesome the Drizzle looked.  Although Chris wasn’t thrilled that he had spent an entire afternoon painting a wall that would have to be repainted, the paint handwriting was on the wall.

Saturday night/Sunday afternoon Chris put a second coat on the Drizzle accent wall and repainted the west and north living room wall in Comfort Gray, which was a huge improvement over the Sea Salt.  Is it a perfect color combo? No, but it is so. much. better. than the Sea Salt.  In the long run, we plan to shiplap this entire wall, so this is a temporary fix to tide us over.  Yes, I just used shiplap as a verb. #shiplap 


While taking a dinner break from screen-staring, I quickly slapped some Sherwin Williams Light French Gray I had from years ago on this small, yellowy-beige table we use to store the cat food.





I still need to scrape the paint off the glass panes, though.

After the wall paint dried, I hung 4 Pottery Barn chalkboards in the kitchen that we bought five years ago with a coupon from our sofa purchase (making them half price) and my favorite vintage travel poster art print in the dining area.  It is difficult to photograph this area because of the southern exposure and the dimness of the living room. Apologies.


The font color of the poster is almost a perfect match to the Drizzle!  Interestingly enough, Drizzle is also a color that changes dramatically with light.  Note how blue-green it looks in some picture, compared to how green-blue it looks in others.


As our mini-command center in the kitchen, the chalkboards have proven extremely useful, and we get lots of compliments on them.


Now, those blah renter white walls are gone.  It’s amazing how just a little paint (or in this case, a lot) can make such a dramatic difference.  Yay paint!


Because I’ve seen so many people Pinning Sea Salt and Comfort Gray as colors, here are my two cents on these colors and other members of their family we’ve tried (Oyster Bay, Retreat): Comfort Gray dries with more green-gray undertones, Sea Salt dries to a paler blue, which is pretty, but I’m not one for ‘pretty’ colors.  I want colors that are clean, crisp, moody, or dramatic, and it is none of the above.  I would describe its gray undertones as dishwater gray–perfect for the rustic, shabby chic, cottage look, but we prefer a more industrial farmhouse look. Our kitchen is currently Sea Salt, but you won’t see any of it when we do our big kitchen reno, and right now, its dinginess makes our truly dingy cabinets look crisper.  We’re also using the rest of the Sea Salt we bought in hallways because it is light and airy, helping the tiny hallways out.  In larger rooms, we like a little more color.  Oyster Bay dries to a dusty blue-gray color (again, not what we wanted in our main area), and Retreat dries to a deep, moody, marine green.  Interesting how they seem to alternate which undertone is more pronounced as you move down the swatch. We love Comfort Gray and Retreat best.  Of course, the light in your home plays with all of these colors in different ways, and the light in our house is arguably the weirdest we’ve ever experienced…making for tricky business indeed. Live and learn, right?