Monday, June 28, 2010

Living With It...


My turquoise wall.

In our entryway.


I'm living with it.

For now.


Don't get me wrong, I like it.

But that's the problem.

I like it. I don't love it.

And, more than anything, I want to love it.

The way I love my family room blue.

In the morning it's such a pretty color, but by the time the afternoon sun hits it, it turns a color that I am just not a fan of.


After I got the paint up on the wall I thought...

"Ok. I'll leave it up for a week and see how I feel about it then."

And then summer vacation took over and my plans have given way to family plans.

But I wouldn't have it any other way!


I will find a solution for that wall.

I considered mixing two colors that I already have and Googled it to see if it was even a good idea. Unfortunately, what I read was just scary enough that it has kept me from moving forward with that plan.

So I have to ask...

have any of you mixed paint colors and been successful not only with the color that you ended up with, but also successful with the application of it? I read things about peeling paint and bubbles and all kinds of crazy things that can happen when you mix paint.

I'm definitely open to hearing what you have to say about that!

For now, it's back outside with the kiddos.

We've had way more rain than sun up here, so when the sun comes out to play, so do we!


I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!




27 comments:

mckenna said...

Have you thought about trying the more subtle color on the paint chip? The spring sky? That one looks really pretty to me.

Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. said...

I've only ever mixed colors with white...but there's no reason why you should be scared. :) Just make sure you don't mix sheens.

Trish said...

I mix colors all.the.time! Usually with great results.
As the previous person said, just don't mix sheens and you'll be good to go.

Cara said...

I just applied a custom mix to my bedroom walls. They were all eggshell finish, so I didn't see why not. It's been up for a few weeks, and I haven't had any problems to speak of! I say go for it!

Karla said...

Good to know! Thanks you guys! XO

I'm good to go on the sheen. Almost all of my gallons are eggshell, but can I mix different brands of paint? I read some things about that and it seemed like it was pretty frowned upon. Have you tried it??

Thanks!

~Karla

Shanade said...

I've mixed paint colors before and never had a problem. It's a great way to get the custom color you want. Good luck!

emptynest4two said...

I have done a lot of paint mixing in my day and never ever had a problem. I say go for it! The only drawback is if you love love love it and needs more it's hard to duplicate your own mix. Enjoy the sun and the kids while you can!

Jennilyn said...

Since I buy a lot of Ooops paint (Home Depot and Lowe's) I do a lot of home--mixing. Biggest tip, make sure you really stir it well for a long, long time. I also use universal tints to get something greyer or brighter, if needed. I use a big 5 gallon bucket and dump lightest color first, then brighter, darker until I have the color I want, and then imagine it sligtly darker when it dries... NO PROBLEM mixing sheens--if you don't care what sheen it turns out. YOU CAN mix flats with satins, etc, just stir, stir, stir. The end result will be greyer than you imagine because you will be creeping towards BROWN/NEUTRAL when you add all the colors together. Look at the paint mixing label to see what percentages of blue/red/yellow are in the colors you are mixing, and try to stay with one temperature. I have had happy success. (I think your turquoise needs to be brighter and you would love it!). Good luck! I always know paint can be painted over (unless you go oil based and then want to go acrylic--must prime first).

Anita@GoingALittleCoastal said...

I've mixed small amounts for project but never for a large wall. I just don't see it being a problem though. What colors are you thinking of blending?

TheVirginiaHouse said...

Big fan of mixing my own colors!! I've never had a problem so far.... What about using a (self made)glaze to soften/darke/lighten it?

McCarty and Company said...

I have mixed paints A LOT too. It works great. I always try a couple tablespoons of each, or one tablespoon of one, and two of another, depending on how dark you want it. Then remember the formula you used, ie. 2 to 1 etc. I usually ALWAYS paint on a piece of old poster board or wood or something. If your wall was white before, then paint your poster board with the paint you have now, let dry, then coat with your new formula. That way you will know what it will look like over what you have now. After my sample board is dry, I hold it up or tape to my wall for a day or two. That way I can tell if it will work in different light etc. Hope you get the color you want. LOVING TURQUOISE here as well, going to do one wall in my living room. :-)

bebepoppy said...

We have mixed paint many times! It works great and you feel good using what you already have. Good Luck. Deb

kelly said...

i like it but it just doesn't seem very turqouise, do you want it brighter, softer, darker? i say go for it until you love it!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I look mixing colors...all kinds of colors...Your blog is always a TREAT

jen @ {decor junkie} said...

I actually really like that color! But I totally get the whole wanting to love it thing. It's hard when you have a different vision in mind then how it turns out. As far as mixing paint goes -- we did it in my daughter's nursery almost 2 years ago, and it has held up great! I totally agree -- just STIR, STIR, STIR until your arm is about to fall off, and then stir some more! The ONLY thing we had a problem with was making sure we made enough of the mixture because it's next to impossible to duplicate it a second time! Good luck! I hope it turns out the way you want it and you can LOVE it!

Jolanda said...

I mixed a can of behr primer with a can of glidden and it worked out just fine. It's been on the wall for almost six months without problems.

Jolanda said...

I left out that it was the behr primer paint and it was an entire bedroom I painted, not just one wall.

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

I have yet to have a problem with mixing paint, though usually do it for smaller applications, such as adding a small amount of metallic paint when using as a wash or accent color on a piece of furniture or a tray. I like the color, but you know it is possible to love it...with a little tweaking! Show us what you come up with!! Enjoy your summer...Janell

Shannon @ Posh Pieces said...

I am in the process of painting in my house right now.. well, I still need to pick the colors. I am afraid of this happening with me, and deciding I am not a fan. The problem in my house is that my walls are like two stories tall, so it isnt easy to repaint. I love the way the turquoise looks, but if you change it I am sure it will be just as fabulous.

Just Beachy said...

I have mixed custom colors at home a few times , never had a nightmare at all , just do a little at a time .

Simply LKJ said...

I have to agree with most, you can mix...it is best to mix the same sheens and brands, but you can use others. As someone stated...stir, stir, stir. Also, make sure you mix enough to finish the job (2 coats if necessary). It is difficult to mix more later if you needed it and get the same color unless you are very careful with your measurements in the first place. I like the color, I think you did a great job of decorating around it to blend with your other walls nearby. As someone suggested you may want to do a sample board (poster board with 2 coats) then hang it on the wall and live with it for a couple days. That way you can view it in different lighting (day, night, rainy) to be sure you love it!

Lisa at Paint in my Hair said...

I mix paints all the time - colors, brands, sheens, indoor, outdoor...I've never had a problem. But I wouldn't mix oil and latex.

I know what you mean about a color that you like at some times and not others...I have painted my kitchen 6 times in 2.5 years (ugh, I'm almost embarassed to type that!)...I swear the lighting plays tricks on me in there.

Heather said...

I've mixed paints together before and I've never had any problems. However, the paints I have mixed have been by the same company, and the paints were also close in age to each other. I could see problems if you mixed old and new paint together.

Renae said...

My mom and dad were painting a room pink (it was the 80's, what can I say). My mom said, "it's too pink...it needs to be toned down." Dad took a sip of his coffee and poured it in the can. Mom loved that color. Not exactly mixing paints but latex can definitely take it! :)

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

I have mixed paints many times and love the results. Different brands, sheens, and I always keep white on hand to lighten/brighten. I agree to make more than you think you will need because it is almost impossible to get a match again. We have used it in our laundry room, entire basement suite, master bath and one kid's room.

Carla said...

We have mixed paints before for whole rooms, But it takes ALOT of white paint to really lighten something. We have a gallon of mis tint green that was close to what i wanted but not quite, by the time we got done we had about 4 gallons of painta adding white and even some brown i had, I loved it when we got done. I wanted to comment on the color matching, Just take a white index card and paint a good size spot on it , and you can take that and have it color matched, we have done that and it worked great, Just paint it on something white. ( now if you mix sheens that might effect the color being exactly the same. ) I love your wall.

Amanda said...

I saw a designer on HGTV purposefully mix mistint paints to save $$ in a room design, so I say don't be afraid. Speaking of mistints, stores like Sherwin Williams sell lovely colors of mistints for $1/gallon, so if you hate the color you apply, it won't cost a lot to change it up.