Painting! with Benjamin Moore

During our long house search, my mom and I often day dreamed and talked about how much fun it would be to paint our new house. And now we are there! LIVING THAT DREAM! The previous owners of our home liked dark colors which are not us at all. We have not been able to wait to start brightening the place up! Moving and unpacking and then emptying storage units and other life stuff delayed us from getting started but now we are! Thankfully the previous owners did paint almost all of the woodwork, paneling and kitchen cabinets white so we don’t have to worry about that (except for what will be our family room which does have some dark paneling we have to tackle. I’ll take you along on that journey as well! That room is going to be TRANSFORMED!).

We went to our favorite local hardware store and got some advice on how best to proceed with the painting of the dark walls. They recommended putting a coat of primer on the walls first because the previous colors are so dark. Then we spent a good amount of time on Saturday morning trying to match the white paint of our kitchen cabinets with a Benjamin Moore paint. We brought a kitchen drawer to the hardware store with us so they could use their magical color matching device. The first time it read a green-hued white which just was not right. The man who worked there (a very nice, informative man named Bob) then further wiped the drawer to try to get a more accurate read. This next time, it picked colors closer to the drawer color but still not right- too much purple and gray this time.

Bob said there are 10,000 shades of white paint available! I’m not sure if that was hyperbole or accurate but there are for sure A LOT to choose from. Benjamin Moore “Super White” was the closest in my eye to our existing white paint. Bob then suggested we take a look at “Chantilly Lace” as it is a very popular white and often people choose between “Super White” and “Chantilly Lace”. Well, we instantly loved “Chantilly Lace”. It had that little bit of warmth that we were looking for without it being too yellow or off-white. We were sold! With Bob’s help we decided on an eggshell finish for the walls in “Chantilly Lace” and one gallon of semi-gloss “Super White” for our kitchen cabinet interiors which the previous owners had not painted.

We left there two very happy campers. The sun was shining, the air was brisk, we had the whole day ahead of us to get started – BLISS!!

Paint journey to be continued…

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