Could you live with the wrong paint color? Or would you paint right over it as quickly as you can? Probably depends upon just how wrong that color is, right? In our case, we moved “into” the wrong paint color, although I can’t deny I’ve chosen the wrong paint color many times, too.
But back to how we’re dealing with moving into a new home that is covered with paint in colors we don’t like. Why we’re choosing to live with them for now and how I’m making the best of it.
Here is an example of why I’m choosing to live with most of the paint “as is”.
This is my craft shed.
It needs attention, and lots of it. I have a goal of making the craft shed a functional space by sometime this summer.
Craft shed aside, we have some flooding in the basement, exterior siding repairs, and many other home projects that are more important than the color on the walls at the moment?
I’m hoping if I keep repeating that sentence, I’ll believe it and won’t jump ahead and start slapping white primer over everything!!!
Here is a before shot of the pale yellow that we have in the several of the rooms, including the living room.
Sure, it’s not horrendous, but it’s just…off!
Here is a slightly different angle that shows the green painted kitchen walls.
This is the sun porch which leads out from the living room and is the currently home for Ken’s game machine collection. Due to the flood issue in the basement, this is where it will stay until that is resolved.
And it’s also the reason why the china cabinet and buffet are sharing space with the couch in the living room.
If you have the wrong paint color on your walls, for whatever reason, and you are choosing to live with it temporarily but indefinitely, here are my five tips for living with it:
#1 – Try to use what you have already where ever possible.
The vintage temperature thermometer was hanging on the side of the garage when we moved in (Ken didn’t like it and took it down,) and the white cornice shelf was left by the previous owners in the craft shed.
I’ve had the china cabinet and buffet for years, so in the room they went, along with my primer painted side table, my kitchen cabinet to coffee table, my farmhouse textured print, a lamp that was my mother’s, the Route 66 chair with a Sherpa throw cover, and bunch of baskets from my stash.
I’ve left out a few things, but as you can see, this list covers many of the items shown.
#2 – Add only necessities.
We purchased the couch, the knitted throw, several throw pillows and a temporary paper shade.
#3 – Choose items that either compliment or tone down the color.
I went with neutral items for a softer look, but going for the glory with blue tones against the pale yellow would create a whole different look.
#4 – Buy paint markers and let the kids use the wall as a canvas.
This may sound far fetched, but when my sister knew she was going to eventually re-paint the kitchen, she let the kids write and draw on the walls. She even took a picture of their artwork before repainting for them to remember how much fun it was to “write all over mom’s wall.”
#5 – Do nothing and just deal with it until you can change it.
As I’ve mentioned, we have a bright green color in the kitchen and there just isn’t anything that I feel inspired to do to make it more livable. We’re just going to deal…for as long as we can anyway.
It’s hardly fancy now, but it’s comfortable and homey.
And from certain angles, the color doesn’t even seem so bad…for now.
PS: You might think this color isn’t bad at all, but the truth is, it reminds me of the walls of my kindergarten room. Why that bothers me I don’t know.
Isn’t that funny how colors remind you of another place or time and it determines whether you might like the color or not?
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Have a great weekend ~ Amy