Yesterday I decide to take the front door from a dreary maroon to a vibrant cranberry. Simple project, right?
Why is it always the easy projects that end up being far more complicated than you intended?
Before heading off to buy paint, I pulled out one of my handy paint fandecks and picked out a color I thought would be fabulous: Radish. The sample looked like the lovechild of magenta and maroon and matched my paisley rug fabulously. I got the paint mixed and the wet paint almost sent me into cardiac arrest… it was hot pink! When I saw a dried sample of it in the store, however, it looked closer to my sample. I went home wary, but hopeful.
Thankfully I decided to test a patch with a few coats to make sure that I didn’t end up with a hot pink door.
Yeah.. that wasn’t going to cut it. Even after 2 coats and letting it dry for 12 hours, it wasn’t even close to the coveted Radish color.
Out came the acrylic paints left over from my design school days- I was determined to tap into my atrophied color mixing skillz and get the right color!
The color was super scary when wet, no?
Thankfully after quite a bit of trial and error, I ended up with an acceptable color and finally got 2.5 coats on the door.
Here’s a reminder of where it started. Not horrific, but could use a touch-up and pick-me-up.
The after isn’t drastic, just slightly cheerier and much less scuffed. (and not neon pink!!)
How did your weekend projects go? Easier or tougher than expected?