Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Shades the Thing


A blue by any other name is still a blue


Honey, the wall color is different, even if you don't think it is.

 Sometimes just the right shade of paint can make a big difference in the feel of a room. I've never really cared for blue is a wall color before, but D really liked the blue in the dining room.

I just wasn't feeling that particular blue.

To me, it screamed baby nursery blue

Really hating the spoilers in the picture, but ...

it's totally not the same color.

It's a darker blue with a hint of purple. Reminds me more of a periwinkle.

The change was very small but it was absolutely the right change. The room gets a lot of natural light and I could go a darker shade without the cave feeling.

As a matter of full disclosure, we also replaced the flooring in the dining room. I mean, D was already tearing up the bathroom floor...what's doing one more floor space on the weekend?

This is the before..

That's vintage right there. I really wish we could have saved it.

But someone decided it would be a fabulous idea to pound hundreds of nails down from the linoleum (real asbestos backed linoleum) directly on to the 2 inch thick hardwood floors!

Feel free to sob along with me.

That meant we couldn't even get to the hardwood floors without going through a horrendous and expensive process.

We went with a cheap option for now: subfloor and vinyl. Tile is out of the question because houses like this tend to shift and that would mean cracked tiles, which would essentially just be throwing money away.

We're still trying to decide on more permanent floor options, but for now, it' works. The foot molding will go up soon and I'll do a proper reveal of the dining room changes.


  1. I repainted my kitchen 3 times to get the right blue for it.

    The first time was more like a hint of blue... the second time was a baby boy blue (nursery).. and the third and final time was a lovely blue with just enough grey in it to be adult.

  2. Oh, I can sing the blues right along with you ...

    Love the tip of the hat to the Bard!



  3. The right shade is incredibly important.

    This fall I painted my living room twice because I didn't quite get it right the first time!

    I like the darker shade. And I am crying for your floors, too. I live in a 100 year old house, and one of our bedrooms was carpeted, but we thought we'd pull it out and refinish the wood. But somebody had painted it black. Too expensive to go through that, so new carpet. :(


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