Too many paint fumes?


I’ve been working on painting a room for the last week. In some ways, it seems a bit unfair of me to have conscripted my son, when home on break, to assist with this endeavor, because while it was his room for awhile when he was young, I never would have allowed him to write on the walls in crayon or play darts without a dart board. What a mess was waiting for us behind the layers of wallpaper.

Orignially I thought that I would only paint the portion of the wall that had been wallpapered. There is wainscoting and I thought it looked in good enough condition to leave as is. But, I didn’t count on two things: 1) that what looked white was in fact, once I painted the walls, a sickly peach shade, (It did not look good with the blue!) and 2) that the painter’s tape would take large amounts of trim paint when removed. This, of course, means that I will likely have to paint the crown moldings too — something that would have been better to do before I painted the walls.

So, now that I have finished with the part I intended, I need to select a paint color for the wainscoting and trim. Everytime I’ve been in Lowe’s recently — the paint project necessitated at least three trips — I’ve picked up paint sample cards to determine what I should buy for the remainder of the project.

When selecting the initial color, my son attempted to persuade me to use the color “Determination”, as the finished room will be my workspace. He said that it would “speak” to me as I worked in this room in the future. I told him that I needed “Motivation” and its coordinating color “Writer’s Block Vanished” rather than ‘Determination”. I have determination by the paint can; I could do without it. Eventually we settled on something that we thought was close (I had left the sample at home when we went to the store) that went by the name “Hinting Blue”.

Tonight, I aligned several samples against the wall. All of these were eliminated based on color, rather than name. Can you guess which is Crisp Morning, Apple Blossom, Rain Puddle, or Foggy Mist? How on earth do they come up with these names. I want that job: color name creator. I wonder what the market is for someone who could come up with these names. Since universal agreement on color names does not exist in the domestic US paint market, it means that there must be several people who do this for a living. I want one of these jobs!

Color Samples

I settled on these colors: Blue Suede and Smoke. May only go with Smoke. Not sure I can trust a paint called Blue Suede. It would be all together different if it were named Blue Suede Shoes.

Smoke or Shoe-less Suede?

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