Have you ever decided on something, and then regretted it later when it was seemingly too late?  Well, that happened to us recently when we were painting our living room.  We thought we’d like the main wall with the fireplace a darker gray color, Behr Paint Nightclub, but, that didn’t quite work out the way we’d envisioned it. Were we stuck with it? No.  But, we were stuck with the daunting task of re-priming and re-painting the wall a second time.  Oh, and spending more money on more paint!

Before you even ask or assume that we didn’t get samples of paint and swatched it onto the wall, we did.  The paint looked completely different once fully painted on the wall, and then dried. It like morphed into BLACK.  The first coat looked like a nice dark gray, something slightly lighter than a charcoal gray.  After the second coat dried, my husband walked in and said, “Kim. that looks black. I don’t like it. We have to change that.”  I didn’t like it either.  It reminded me of a room in Bill Compton’s house, especially with the wall sconces.  Although I am a die-hard True Blood fan, I, nor my husband wanted to come home to a True Blood-ish set every day.  So yeah, it had to go.

We headed back to Home Depot to pick up another gallon of a different paint color.  Instead, we decided to paint the entire room Behr Paint French Silver, which is a blue-based gray.  And this, we like.  To us, it says ‘Welcome’.  It’s not too dark, and not too light.  It’s neutral enough for us to add whatever pops of color throughout the room with accessories.  Plus, we’re going to redo the fireplace.

The brick and the brass fireplace cover (I think that’s what it’s called) are both pretty dated.  I pick dup some Rustoleum High Heat in Black to paint the fireplace cover in black. My husband is going to change the brick to… something he likes.  The mantel, mantel shelf, and legs will remain white.

What will I do with the extra Behr Paint Nightclub? I plan on turning it into chalkboard paint, and creating some chalkboard projects either in mini me’s room or in our breakfast nook.  Either way, that paint will get used!

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  • It’s one of my greatest fears in life. You made the right decision witht he new colour though, it looks amazing!

  • OOO it turned out really pretty!

  • Justina

    That sucks that you painted a color your didn’t love! It looks nice now though!

  • I absolutely love the new color – it is very mod and chic. I have had that happen to me before… when I worked in corp america, I had them paint my office while I was out on injury leave… they asked me to pick a sample and sadly I chose the color in the dark, when I came to work – it was a horrible moss green. I think the shade would have been great with the proper lighting or window but none of that – so I had them change it. I felt depressed for days until they changed it because it was so dark. lol Great choice for the new shade.

  • It’s been awhile since we painted anything. We had been choosing neutral colors because we assumed we’d only be in this tiny house for about 5 years. 14 years later, we’re not going anywhere – so maybe this next paint job will change things up?

  • what a fun, unexpected shade! LOVE

  • The last time I painted it turned out too dark–so disappointing!

  • What a headache. At least you ended up with a nice color!

  • I love the shade you ended up with. Great idea to turn the original into chalkboard paint!

  • Ange

    Loving the new shade!!

  • Aleya Bamdad

    Great idea about the chalkboard!

  • The new color looks great! This has definitely happened to me more than once!

  • Pammy Blogs Beauty

    The new color looks very nice! I have had a paint color issue before. Sometimes it is so hard to figure out how the end-result shade will look! I just had my downstairs bathroom painted twice because the first green I picked out turned out to look neon in my bathroom! I had it redone in an avacado green and am much happier, lol!

  • New color looks great. when we painted little mr.R´s room last year then my biggest fear was that maybe once the paint dries it won´t look good at all, but luckily it looked just as I expected.

  • LMAO a room in Bill Compton’s house.

  • Oh what a bummer! I hate costly mistakes

  • My entire home is paint-free b/c I have commitment issues. Ha!

    • Wait, what?!? How did you manage that? LOL it’s a good thing paint can just be covered… it just takes more time.

  • Ooo! Nightclub is the gorgeous. I would dig it, my husband, not so much. LOL

    The nice thing about a paint disaster is, a little primer and a new can of paint and it is a mere memory. 😀

    • Yes, paint is just like makeup… It just costs a little more lol

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Great post! I have chosen just slightly wrong in the past and I lived with it. Thankfully in this house, I adore all the shades I picked! Love your new neutral grey. I like the idea of an accent wall, but that was really did read black!

    • I like the new gray, too. Thank you… Uggh I was so disappointed at how dark it came out.

  • I love the light gray! Great idea to use the dark shade for a chalkboard project!

    • Thank you! I hope the chalkboard comes out better.

  • Oooh I like that Nightclub color! I’d never be able to talk my husband into painting a room with it tho 🙂

    • LOL it isn’t that we didn’t like it completely because we did like it, just not for that room. I think it was just too bold , too soon.

  • I love the new color. It looks great! Love the fireplace too. I heard a lot of people have paint horror stories like this one. My old boss painted his living room while his shades were closed. When he opened them he realized the sunlight in the room makes the paint look entirely different on the wall. He had the painter do it over again.

    • Thank you. WE have to do the trim and baseboards next. It sucks. Good thing it wasn’t the entire room. Otherwise, it may have stayed lol. Paint is really tricky.