Working Up Steam

When we moved into our house we were very gung-ho about repairing and painting and refinishing. But we eventually ran out of steam.

I’m trying to work up the energy to paint the upstairs and downstairs hallways. Many months ago, I painted sample colors on the walls, didn’t really like any of them, and so these weird little squares of color, patchy and unpleasant, have been up ever since.

I finally decided that, although it’s thrilling to be able to paint the walls any colors I choose, that I may actually be best served by just finding a nice off-white. I know. Boring.

But goodness knows that my experiments with vivid Barbie pink, bright aqua, and deep mustard yellow were unfortunate at best. I think there’s something to be said for a nice, neutral off-white.

But have you seen how many whites are available? It’s nuts.

Is it cheating if I just decide that, since I like the white I chose for the trim and baseboards, I should just pick a white one or two shades away from the trim color on the paint chip? A safe, not very adventurous choice, but one that’s almost given to work well, right?

Well, that’s my plan. Now to find the steam to make it happen.

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