John and Alice's Kitchen

Not Quite Right

Have you ever worked on a project, thought you were close to your big “taa daaaaa” moment, only to be completely disappointed when you realized that it was just all wrong?  Yeah.  Me too.

Things started off great yesterday.  I took John & Alice’s little breakfast table apart and primed and painted it.  Then I primed the chairs.  (Yes, I’m sticking with the mismatched look.  Thank you for your input!!)

j and a kitchen table and chairs primed

I love how the table turned out, although it required lots and lots of sanding.  (The paint job on it was…well…it was really, really rough, to say the least.)  But I got it sanded smooth-ish, primed, and painted in a semi-gloss black Rustoleum spray paint.  (And no I didn’t break it.  The original top was made to accommodate a leaf.)

The chairs looked so much better even with just a coat of primer.  (See the leg I missed?)

j and a kitchen table and chairs primed 2

So I was well on my way to having all of the painting finished, and was so excited to see the paint color on the chairs!  I worked carefully and methodically to get a good, smooth first coat of paint on the first chair, thinking to myself the whole time, “Wow, this paint color is absolutely gorgeous!  It’s going to look sooo good in the room!”

So as soon as the first coat was on, I carefully carried it into the room, anxious to see it against the draperies and wall color.

Well, here’s how it turned out…

j and a kitchen chair painted wrong color

LOL…ummmm…Where’s the chair?!  I can’t believe how similar it looks to the wall color.  The paint chip looks several shades darker than the wall color!!

So, it’s back to Home Depot for me today to pick out a new color.  Honestly, I may have been a little more open to this softer color had I not already seen how great a more vibrant color looks in there.

j and a kitchen breakfast table 3

But after seeing the teal chair against the draperies and wall color, I got my heart set on adding jolt of color to the chairs.  So hopefully I can find just the right color…a little less blue, a tad more green, but with that same intensity of color.

Well, I’m off to Home Depot.


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    Barb Hany
    May 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Can you please tell me the color of the blue grey that you used on the chair?  I love it, though I can see where you want it a bit darker.


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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    May 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Barb, that particular color is called Arrowroot.  It's a Martha Stewart color from Home Depot that I had color matched in Behr paint.  Although, I'm starting to wonder of they color matched the wrong color.  I really thought Arrowroot was supposed to be much darker than that.

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    Tanya @
    May 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Gosh, that is so frustrating.  You're right though – they did look good lighter.  But having seen the darker version, I too would be running back to the paint store.  Show them the chip & the finished chair to get some free paint.  They have likely mis-tinted it and should pay for their mistake.  Or, they can just add a bit of tint to your existing paint. 

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    May 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    totally agree w/ you!!

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    Kim Kern
    May 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I actually love the softer color!  But of course I also couldn't put together gorgeous rooms like you do.  So I am sure it will come out much better with the darker color chairs!  Kim 

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    May 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm

     Kim, I definitely love the color.  In fact, I'd love to design a whole room around walls this color.  It's really gorgeous!  The problem is that when I was standing on the other side of the room, I almost couldn't see the chair at all.  It just blended right into the wall.  I'd like for them to be noticeable from all viewpoints in the room.

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    May 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I love that color but do agree with adding some zing!

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    [email protected] Home Decors
    May 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    This is one of the biggest flaws of DIY projects – when you realized at the end that you're doing all the processes wrong.

    I too had the same experience before when I DYIed some garden accessories and home decorations. However, it was a great learning experience for me. I learned a lot from my mistakes and it made me patient and systematic. 

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