Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Week 2 of the One Room Challenge.

You can start from the beginning here.

The week of a million paint swatches.  Or six actually.

Hello old friend...

I was trying to find a paint color that:

1.       Was light enough in color that it didn’t scream, "Look at me I'm an 80” ceiling!"
2.       Coordinated with the drapes
3.       A cool color to coordinate with our master bath.


Ruh roh raggy.  After 6 swatches I realized I had a problem on my hands.  The drapes had a warm yellow tone to it so there was no way I was going to find a way to accomplish #2 and #3.  The only swatches that worked with the drapes I didn’t love (turns out I don’t like yellow tones) and clashed with the temperature of the master bath.  Hence the reason this room has gone unpainted for 2 years.  

Scrap the drapes. Round hole, square peg.  I like them but I can't make them work with the tones of the space.  They'll find a better home in another room.  Now that I'm not trying to force the drapes I have a blank slate.  My husband thinks I'm crazy.

Off to Benjamin Moore.  Oh Benji you never disappoint.  I picked up their brochure of neutrals, organized from warmest to coolest, and chose the one right in the middle.  Revere Pewter.  I even gambled and bought a gallon rather than the swatch.  What can I say? I live on the edge.

It is a great color because it can look warn or cool, tan (above), green (below) and gray (bottom) all in the same room depending on the lighting and time of day.  


Coordinates much better with the master bath.

Mission accomplished.  When my husband first saw it in the paint can he didn’t like it.  After I put 2 coats up I heard the rare words, “you were right.”  After I cleared my ears to ensure I was hearing him correctly I decided Revere Pewter is my now my favorite color of all time for mostly that reason.  
To do:
Sweet talk the husband into crown molding
Paint trim
Finish shelves
Art & Finishing touches

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  1. Ahh..."you were right." Savor it. :) I've seen Revere Pewter in a few rooms now and love the versatility of it! You've got a great canvas to add to now!

  2. I love this color!! And I love hearing those words too, especially about home decorating!! Can't wait to see what the new drapes will be!

  3. Love following your blog, though I rarely comment....not sure why?!? I've been hooked since reading your DIY living room/wood work post. As in: 'you're up on a pedestal' kind of impressed! :)
    At any rate, I use Revere Pewter almost monthly for clients and I've never been disappointed. Batting 100% and that is tricky with paint colors (Edgecomb Gray is a staple, too)! Loving your ORC plan...
    Claire, Raleigh

    1. Thank you so much Claire you seriously just made my day! My living room is color matched to Edgecomb Gray. Benjamin Moore always gets it right. Love, love, love that one as well!

  4. Is Revere Pewter near Coastal Fog on Benny Moore's color spectrum?

  5. I can't help it, and I am sure you don't know this movie....but check out the Benji movie song
    You reminded me of it. Your kids will love this movie if you have never seen it. Love the paint color! C'mon hubs, give the wife crown molding.

  6. Glad you finally found your true match for this space Meg! It's looking really beautiful already!

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