Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mystery Paint

Yesterday, I told you how I combined 6 paint samples and painted over the red paint in my dining room. It turned out really pretty, but it is not the final paint color for the room.  A  few of you asked me what I used...here's what I mixed up:

Sherwin Williams quart samples: 
Sea Salt
Comfort Grey
Svelte Sage
 Benjamin Moore sample:
 Gray Owl

 Two coats covered the red pretty well. It was difficult to tell because the second coat went on at the end of the day and then a coat of our real color went on after that.

It's hard to see here, but all of the colors except for the Gray Owl,  are a shade of green. Rainwashed is a little bluer, but it's still green. My paint sample is on the left. It looks grey in the photo, but the photo of it painted on the dining room walls is what it actually looked like in person Depending on the time of day & where the sun was, it looked a minty green to a minty grey. 
When you look at the sample I painted on paper, it looks nothing like how it looks like on the wall! If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I never would believe it's the same paint. I'm considering using this color in another room because it was so pretty.

The second coat of grey (the final color) has been painted and now the trim work begins! Hopefully, the trim will be finished by the end of the week. The grey that I chose was by Olympic, but I had the guys at Lowe's mix it up in Valspar. The color is Secret Passage and it's a blue -grey. 

Hope you staying warm and not in the way of the big storm that's moving across the Midwest and the East Coast!



  1. It will be fun to see the new combination. It looks so fresh- what a great project for the winter!
    Love your new china cabinet...such a great find!

  2. Wow! You are awesome! I wouldn't have been brave enough to mix everything! I think I may have found a gray finally! I can't wait to see your dining room when it is all done! It is going to be so beautiful!

  3. For mixing all the colors together it turned out so pretty! It made good use of the left over paint, too. Can't wait to see the room when it's all done.

  4. Great color. If I attempted mixing I would have some oddball color.

  5. Love the flavor on the walls!! It looks great. I'll have to try that once it warms up here in Michigan makes it hard to get in the garage and get some projects accomplished... LOL

  6. What a beautiful color -- I would never have thought to mix up all those colors. Thanks for your visit last week -- I'm really behind in getting around.

  7. Thanks for the post. Off to mix some paint!

  8. How weird is that. I have exactly five Sherwin Williams paint samples sitting in my garage and THOSE are the five. Weird.

  9. What a fun post :) Found your blog thru an original link at MMS Linky Party (I think it was for the craiglist bookcase finds you remade over for your daughter's bedroom that turned out so lovely). Happily became a Follower now and have spent the last 1/2 hr or so drooling over your site. Nice job!

    I'll be back :)
    Suzanne in IL


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