A few of you said that you were going to join me on my half-finished project challenge, so how are y’all doing on it?
My work on my list got off to a late start because I was too busy obsessing over my pixel art that took an obscene amount of time. But I’m off to the races now. I decided to ease myself into things by tackling the two easiest projects on my list — the credenza and the frame around the grasscloth.
The credenza is one that I found at a local second hand store, and I originally painted it white and gray. So why did it need to be repainted? Because, the gray that I used turned an awful shade of light purple during the day. I do decorate with purple, but this super light, icy purple was just all wrong.
I had planned to just paint the inset portions of the credenza white and call it good, but a few of you suggested that a white credenza wasn’t really “me.” That’s probably true. I tried out some purples…
…but the light purples that were close in color to the living room draperies looked horrible, and I didn’t want a deep purple credenza since I already have the dark purple buffet in the breakfast room.
So I went with green.
That’s definitely more “me” than an all-white credenza would have been.
The color is one that I mixed myself. I started out using Behr’s Fresh Olive. That color looked great on the small sample that I painted, but when I painted a larger portion of the buffet with that color, it just fell flat and looked dirty and dull.
I didn’t want to select another color or purchase more paint, and I knew I could brighten and freshen up the olive with the addition of the right green, so I rummaged through my massive collection of paint samples to find a truer, clearer green. I found a Behr color called Deep Viridian. It’s a fairly dark green, but it’s also a truer green, so I added just enough (about five or six ounces) of it to the quart of Fresh Olive (I had to remove some of the Fresh Olive to make room for the needed amount of Deep Viridian) so that it would cut the dull and dirty look, and give the green a brighter, fresher, cleaner look.
You can see the two here.
I only painted one coat of Fresh Olive on the top and the drawer, so it’s very streaky. But you can imagine how much darker and duller it would be with a second coat, and in fact, you can see some streaks where the paint is thicker that will give you a good idea of what the color would look like with a second coat. The custom mix on the left has a brighter and cleaner look to it.
I don’t know why, but I thoroughly enjoy mixing my own paints to get exactly what I want. 😀 And this is what I ended up with.
I like that it adds color to the room without overpowering the paintings, like a bold, warm color probably would have. And entire credenza painted in orange or pink or coral or magenta would have completely stolen the show from those paintings.
And as you can see, I also got the frame around the grasscloth painted. I had in my mind that panting it a dark teal would look great and tie in with the fireplace on the opposite wall. I was wrong. Very wrong. Surrounding the grasscloth with such a dark teal made the color of the grasscloth look completely washed out in comparison. It looks so much darker and richer with a white frame.
So that’s two of my half-finished projects done. Although while I was painting the frame around the grasscloth, I realized that I never did finish painting the baseboards after I refinished the floors the last time. There’s still stain on the baseboards in some areas, so that certainly qualifies as a half-finished project. It’s just the music room and living room/entryway that need baseboards touched up, so I should add that to my list.
The other projects still to go are the music room walls, the second living room drapery panel, the shutters for two windows, and the front porch ceiling. And I have 22 days to meet my goal. I’m pretty sure I can do it.
So how’s your list going?
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.
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