Thank you to SureSwatch for sponsoring this post. All ideas and opinions, as always, are our own.
I have a theory that will probably fly in the face of every other woman who reads NewlyWoodwards.
I believe that hair cuts and paint colors are pretty much the same.
Stay with me …
Neither are permanent. Both are easy to fix. So why do women agonize over a bad haircut or a bad wall color?
I never agonize over paint swatches. Maybe it’s just my personality. (I will continue to promise you that I’m not a perfectionist.) But I typically pick a color in about 48 seconds from a swatch book and trust my gut. I bring home the paint with me the same day. I rarely bring home an abundance of color swatches to choose from.
Now that I think about it, I think that should be something to put on my resume. “Killer paint picker.”
I think this makes me an oddity. I’ve painted so many rooms and I can only think of two times that my paint original choice was off the mark – our kitchen in the first house and Henry’s bedroom. While I normally consider myself an expert paint picker, I also get stumped sometimes.
The barn doors were stumping me. Because I hate painting doors and want to avoid repainting them.
To keep myself from making the wrong color choice on the doors at the barn, I decided to test out SureSwatch. At less than a dollar, the clear film allows you to create a larger paint sample for your walls without having to actually paint on your walls (and then promptly prime and paint over the wrong colors). They are about 9×13 inches, so it’s plenty large to easily see if you love or hate the color.
I tried out a few colors that I already had – elephant skin, starless night and antique red. (Note: I received the paint from Behr as a part of being a Behr DIY Expert.) I simply painted the SureSwatch sheet with a small roller and let it dry. Then, the backing peels off and it sticks easily to surfaces. (It didn’t damage our doors at all and was simple to remove.)
The plan is to eventually finish the barn walls downstairs with the original metal roof. So with that in mind, I tested out a few options.
I know it’s not easy to visualize with the gorgeous yellow insulation. But, when I was thinking of the door being surrounded by silver roofing metal, the choice was simple. The grey would blend in. The navy would be too dark. But the red was the best choice because it would really pop.
Do you agree?
While I don’t normally agonize over paint colors, SureSwatch did help me make the dreaded door decision. And Ryan even swooped in and painted the door while he was waiting for drywall mud and tape to dry. My hero.
(I’m sort of itching to just seal that wood. I think the color will play nicely with the red and the eventual silver metal walls.)
I was also able to narrow down the exterior door choices to elephant skin and starless night. (After asking your opinion in this post, I decided not to listen to 90 percent of you who told me to stick with white. White on a farm is a recipe for a muddy mess. Do you SEE all that mud?)
My favorite part about SureSwatch was that I could take them off the laundry door and try them out on the exterior door.
SureSwatch provides a larger color sample than manufacturer-provided paint chips/swatches and shows and accurate depiction of wall color in the desired room. It also helps you visualize a color in the natural and artificial light of your room. SureSwatch eliminates the need to prime over multiple colors painted directly on the wall. It’s available nationwide at the Home Depot paint counter.
Paint colors and a haircut may both be easy to fix and (potentially) temporary, but I’m seeing the beauty of really thinking through a color decision.
What do you think of my color choices?