So, I took down Christmas (tear) and then began. I thought I would just paint the wall over the stairs in one of the paints we already had in the basement.
I took out my old paints left from other projects. By the way, I always look for mismixed Mythic paints at the store. They sell for about $10 a gallon (bargain!) and they are eco and family friendly. I can usually find something to do with whatever color they have! We didn't have a full gallon of anything, except the paint I had used in the closet and Annie's room were mostly full, so I got creative and started mixing. It was fun playing mixologist, or so I thought, except that this is not like mixing colors in kindergarten. Back on Labor Day weekend, when I spent the entire weekend in the paint store, the kind paint man told me how pigments are much different than just mixing paints. I guess I only partly paid attention. When you mix paints, it's not the ratio you have to worry about, it's the amount of pigment. The color I ended up with today was much more of a purple brown than I had planned, but I love it! It's dark enough to make a statement, it's definitely not beige, and it welcomes and warms what was a very cold space.
Well, after I finished one wall, I got so excited I kept going. The wall going up the stairs will still be a feature wall with all the pictures, but the whole space had to be painted.
It does make the white wood work pop! I just wish there was actually room to sit there and enjoy it! Still, when we all came home after an evening out tonight, we really felt warm and welcome!