I forgot to take a before picture but you can use your imagination. This started out as a rustic-looking vanity. Now it looks like something out of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-Johnny Depp version.
I took a swatch of my curtain material to Home Depot because they can color match anything right? Wrong. Apparently fabric doesn’t work under their little scanner so he pulled some paint chips out and told me which one he thought was the closest color. On paper…yes, it kinda matched. However, as soon as he did the little paint dot on the top of the can I knew I was in trouble. Magenta was not the color I had in mind. He assured me that it would dry darker so I foolishly trusted him and took my little paint can home. The darker color was only a few shades less purple and definitely not the deep red I had in mind. Frugal girl that I am, I decided to give it a try…I didn’t want to waste the $12 because I certainly didn’t have any other use for that color. And I am going to glaze it anyway so that should mask some of the atrocious hue right? Wrong. This morning I had to come to terms with the fact that I may have just ruined this piece of furniture. It’s hand-me-down so it’s not that big a deal but it may curb my ambition for a while. I’m going to head to Home Depot this morning and take this board which is the red that I was aiming for. I’ll see if I can salvage it but in the meantime….I’ll chalk this one up to experience.


12 thoughts on “Oops…

  1. Wow! that is really bright. I hope you were able to get something more manageable. Can’t always count on Home Depot can we! 🙂

  2. AH HAHAHAHAH!!! I know a certain three year old who would love a piece of furniture that color. I love how you described it as something out of Willy Wonka.

  3. When I blew up the first picture it didn’t look too bad, but the one with the sign does have some issues. Probably Heidi or Aubs would love it. I’m confident that you’ll be able to salvage the piece…somehow. 🙂

  4. i know you can do it!! Dont give up on it!And, at least you didnt have to ask the paint mixer, which was bigger, a quart or a gallon like I did once…

  5. although i do love that color, i’m not quite sure it fits into the color pallet you are aiming for, it’s true. and i guess i’ll never look at those home depot commercials the same ever again.

  6. Same thing happened with my pink wall in the living room. I was going for a much deeper hue- those pinks and reds are HARD. Hmmm, maybe distress it a LOT? Or do some kind of dark black crackle finish on it? I dunno. I’m sure you’ll come up with something though.

  7. Ha ha! You have probably already thought of this, but maybe you could try giving it a few coats to make it a little darker. If anyone can fix it, you can!

  8. Don’t trash the cabinet. If you haven’t salvaged it yet, I’d love to help you try. I’ve got all kinds of paint odds and ends here and I think we could come up with something. I would add some dark brown or black to the paint to darken it up a bit. That’s the beauty of painted furniture, you can always do a do-over.

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