Just Paint it Already!

I’m not one for shopping around.

Unless it’s a house, a car, a piece of furniture, or an expensive electronic of some kind, I’m not going to go to 13 other stores over a period of eight weeks, take home brochures, analyze prices, and try to haggle the salesperson into a better offer.  If I find something that I like, and declare that I cannot live another day without it, I’ll just buy it.  Right then, right there.  It’s not impulse buying, it’s just… living, purchasing, moving on, and being happy.

This is especially the case when it comes down to selecting paint colors.

If I decide that I want to paint a room green, I’ll drive to Lowe’s, head over to the paint section, stare at the different shades and hues of green for less than five minutes, and then stroll up to the mixing counter with the winning paint strip in hand.

We have a winner!

I don’t bother with taking home booklets of paint colors.  I’m also not into that whole slapping-three-paint-samples-on-the-wall-and-then-scrutinizing-each-selection-for-five-days.  To me, that’s a waste of time.  The room can be painted by the time you decide which hue looks best under every light condition the wall may experience.

Fear of commitment!

I think the whole spontaneity of selecting color is the best part.  My master bedroom, for one, is a great example.  When I finished painting the crown molding, I was ready to call it a day and relax.  The room was, technically, “done.”

And then it hit me.  I should paint the ceiling!  Silver, of some kind! So I went to Lowe’s, chose Olympic’s “Volcanic Ash,” and came back home.  When I rolled on the first coat of the paint, I had a moment of utter terror.  It’s too dark!  What am I doing?  I hate painting ceilings!  I could be watching a chick flick right now!  This room is going to be a CAVE!

Two hours later, the ceiling was done, my panic attack had subsided, and I adored the color choice.  It was the exact kind of look that I was looking for in that room.  And no, the paint colors didn’t make the room too dark.  They were bold and perfect.

If I had gone the route of buying paint samples, however, I know that I wouldn’t have chosen “Volcanic Ash.”  I would’ve gone with something a lot lighter.  Perhaps, then, I wouldn’t have achieved the same, bold effect that my room has right now.

Therefore, if you like a certain shade of red, green, blue, yellow, purple… then go for it!  Paint your living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, or basement with it.  Don’t second guess yourself.  Then, if you really, honestly, aren’t happy with the color, just paint it over.  That’s the great thing about paint.  It’s never permanent!


4 thoughts on “Just Paint it Already!”

  1. What you say is too true! Every time I've just picked a color, I've loved it. Every time I've over thunk a color, it's just ehh. And then I feel bad about all the $$ I wasted on those itty bitty samples, which just makes me feel worse. So I hear ya.


  2. The thing that I admire about your work is not only do you do an incredible job with every project, but the fact that you're simply CREATING. What frustrates me the most is when I hear someone say, “I want to paint my house… eventually,” but then they never end up doing it. You, on the other hand, DO. 🙂 I cannot wait to see how your bedroom with the blue walls and board-and-batten will turn out! It will be fabulous!


  3. Thank you, ChiWei! I'm so glad that I'm not the only one. And you're totally right, any time that I dwell on a color decision, I end up not liking the color choice. Spontaneity works!


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