Monday, January 31, 2011

McDonald's Arches...New to Thompson Ave!

Along with the carpet removal, I was able with the help of my AWESOME MOTHER!!! Wait let me make that a little bigger, AWESOME MOTHER...That's much better (gotta keep my help happy)!

I was able to tackle yet another painting project. Someone at work commented that I should have all of the rooms in my house painted with as many weekends as I've spent painting! If only that was the case. Painting takes time, patience and a steady hand at least to trim around the baseboards and ceilings, etc. While I could have all the time in the world, my ability to paint around trim looks like I tried to reenact a fist-pumping Jersey Shore member, beating the beat up with a brush in my hand! So fortunately my Mom doesn't mind to come over every once in awhile every weekend paint brush in hand! A paint brush, might I add, that isn't even allowed to stay at my house for fear that dog hair will swarm it, it will get lost in the mess of my house, etc. Please reference pictures below...

This weekend it was the hallway leading from my kitchen to my basement which includes a small pantry. I started out trip one to Home Depot looking for a light orange, a color called Refreshing Mimosa. It was light, but still bright enough to keep up with my purple walls in my dining room. Now, let's pause here for a moment. For all of you non-drinkers out there, a Mimosa includes Orange Juice and Champagne. So wouldn't that lead you to think the color was a shade of orange?!
Refreshing Mimosa...

Like everything else, Glidden sells, the color above is not true to the paint swatch. Imagine a little warmer orange. After being satisfied with the paint swatch, I picked up a gallon of Refreshing Mimosa to roll on the pantry and hallway walls.

Lots of Screws to Remove...
It was about midway through these shelves, I realized I need to buy a drill! Or at least an electric screw driver, holy crap that was a lot of work! The hallway was a tan color before that extended to the ceiling. The picture below shows it painted with the tinted ceiling paint. That later dried white.

Before of the Hallway

And here comes the interesting part....HellllllOOoooOOoo Ronald McDonald! I'll have a double cheeseburger, fries and a large sweet tea!

That Isn't Just the Lighting Folks!

And Yes...It Looks the Same on the Wall!!!!!
I mean I wanted to be "refreshed" but it looks like someone put a little lemon-aid in my Mimosa!! Eek! This folks is when I found out that Glidden's paint samples, do not match their actual paint. What the heck is the point of having a paint sample to take home and hold up, if it isn't going to match? Thankfully, I had my awesome mother with me to be the "b", her words not mine.
After a second trip to Home Depot, and 45 minutes of arguing with "Kate" behind the paint counter, we were able to succesfully return my lemon-aid Mimosa paint. With the added knowledge that paint swatches of Glidden have a disclaimer behind them that the swatches don't match the actual paint I was thrown for a loop and decided to sleep on the decision of what color to paint my now McDonald's inspired hallway.
The next morning I headed back to Home Depot for trip #38203948023984, or trip#3. I decided to totally switch directions after waking up craving a cheeseburger! I picked up a few samples and tried them out then sent a few pictures around to friends and family and begged my mother to come over yet again so I could avoid the fist pumping action on my ceiling and baseboards!! Thanks Mom.

The Color I Ended Up With...Deep Aqua

Trying to Decide Between Two Blues...

Look Mom...Your Famous!

First Coat is Done!

Looking Down The Stairs...I Love It!

Brutus However, Isn't Sure...
Or There is a Window and My Neighbor is Outside :)
Finally 4 trips to Home Depot later I have a painted hallway, pantry, and some brand new, yet extremely ridicilous, Glidden paint knowledge! What do you think?!

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