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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Finding the right robin's egg blue {The up front and honest truth}

Happy Tuesday to you, dear friends! I hope you are doing well, and having a good week so far! :)

I know I have been a bit scarce around these parts lately...We had a little crisis over here~ nothing at all life and death {thank goodness!} but enough to take some extra time and effort! :)

BUT, in other news, David and I finished putting up the bead board ceiling almost two weeks ago! :)

Yes, we got the whole {darn} thing up there...with a lot of help from this thing:

The Saturday before that, my husband hit his hand with the hammer WAY too many times to count just getting one 4' x 8' up, with both of us trying to hold it up....We voted to wait until the next weekend and use a nail gun!

Let me tell you, that was a good decision! It made such a difference! Now both the bead board ceiling and wall are up and primed and I am painting them, as well as the other walls...

The walls are to be white, and the bead board wall robin's egg blue

I would have never guessed it would be this hard to find the right robin's egg blue, but I really should have known better!

For me, finding the right paint color is very, very tricky. And no other but the just right color will do...

Along the way, I tried many colors in the attempt to find the right one, far, far exceeding my three sample cans rule...ahem...

...only to be left more confused and bewildered than I was in the first place...

And then I found THE color, but there was just one little problem...

I found it by painting a blue sample color on top of the greener shade that was already there. But it made the most gorgeous shade of robin's egg blue ever. A complex color that was neither just blue nor just green, but a wonderful blend of both. It was calm, yet had such a vibrant *pop* to it!

I tried mixing the two colors in different ratios, and came close. Close but just not quite right.

BUT then I found a Martha Stewart paint color at Home Depot, and it is the right color exactly! I think I need to try it at 50% or 75% of the color, though, and make it a bit paler...

*Edited to add: The name of the Martha Stewart color is "Enamelware", and Home Depot will make the color for you in their Behr brand paint. And have your heard of their Behr paint and primer in one? What a fantastic idea! 

 And I have help:

This little one wanted to paint with me for a while. She is very serious about it. :)

Here is a little peek of what we were working on, and it lets you see the color of blue a little bit.

And we have a theme: a beach cottage room it is! This I am so excited about, because it lets me decorate in a different way, which will be fun!

So things are looking up. We have a color, and we have a theme. :)

Before I close, though, I do want to apologize to you for getting so behind on my emails! I am trying to catch up, and plan on doing just that this week! :)

Thank you for coming by, and have a lovely night!



Lynne said...

Firstly, I am here to wish you and your family Easter blessings.

I bought Mr D a nail gun for Christmas 2010. It made installing the cottage planks on the walls and laying the floors so much easier!

How adorable is your precious painter of the perfect robin's egg blue.

I am excited to see the finished look! Have fun putting it all together!

Deborah said...

Jenni it looks so beautiful and soft!
Im so excted for you...decorating in beach theme is so fun!
Lovely little helper you have too!
I love beadboard..I have it in my kitchen and bathroom!
That nail gun thingy looks so handy!
Blessings dear friend!

Deborah xoxo

NanaDiana said...

Jenni- I think finding a blue color that "works" is the hardest color to find. I have tried many. Would you mind sharing the name of the Martha S color that you ended up with? I love it! xo Diana

Teresa@magazineyourhome said...

The is going to be one calm haven of a room, I love it! Your little painter is so seriously adorable too. Now that you have the perfect robin's egg blue you can have Home Depot color match it and have the formula! If you do please please share so we all can have the perfect blue! I can't wait to see the finished product, you always create such beautiful spaces.

Kate said...

Wishing you and your family a very blessed Easter holiday. I love the story about the paint LOL You are adorable, can't wait I know it will be gorgeous.

Much love

Maria M. said...

How beautiful -- I love robin's egg blue! :-) Can't wait to see how this whole room comes together.

Erin said...

Hello Jenni!! I hope that all is well, and that things are on the up and up. Glad nothing too bad was wrong:) I LOVE the blue bead board(and girl, I would so be all over those paint samples!!!Love me some SW pale blue paint!!)and your little helper is a cutie! Have a wonderful Easter:)


Brandi said...

I know how you feel searching for the perfect shade. The color on the paint chip always looks so different on the wall. Glad you were able to find what you were looking for. Wishing you and your little helper a wonderful Easter.

Seawashed said...

I finally found you again! There are just so many blogs and I always forget the name of yours so I kept thinking 'hmm, I wonder how Jenni is?' but couldn't find you. Oh, my you have been busy and it all looks wonderful. I know what you mean about the blue...there are so many choices that it is enough to make you give up! My daughter's bed, dresser, and side table were all painted in a lovely blue called 'summer sorbet' but she has since grown up and painted them black....which to my surprise, I like better. The side table went into our sitting room and is now a grey. We are going to put beadboard in our kitchen when we paint the cabinets white. My hubby and son are both Carpenters so they have nail guns. :)

luci wallis said...

Love that shade of paint and the bead board. Can't wait to see the finished project. Great blog.

Tiff said...

Wow! I love it! What a perfect blue! Can't wait to see more! Big hugs Jennii, I don't get here to visit enough! I am having a good catch up! Hope the weather is amazing and your family is well! God Bless! X

sandy said...

oh YEs! love this color!!

sandy said...

it's funny i could take a picture of almost the exact same one of your photo of the behr paints! no kidding! I know I have the meander blue and i will have to check on the other ones, but they are all close to your colors, although not as many LOL

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