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Sea Salt to Swiss Coffee

This post is about nothing much in particular. Prepare for whinging.

I’ve been repainting my bedroom. It’s a west facing room and gets a lot of warm light in the afternoon. A few years ago, I painted it in the color Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. It’s a soft, light, greeny blue color. The color is beautiful but it didn’t quite work in this room. During some times of the day, it fades out to a gray, which is not my favorite color. On other days, it just felt cold.

I’ve wanted to repaint for awhile because the color works against me and I end up sleeping on the living room sofa. That’s totally unnecessary because I have two other rooms with comfy beds. In fact, my newly painted office has a daybed and the whole room is painted White Dove by Benjamin Moore. It’s so soft and calming that I thought I’d try a similar color in my main bedroom.

(I’m into colors. Sometimes, I can spend hours flipping through my Benjamin Moore paint deck and online paint visualization tools. I can pick up undertones very easily. But I digress.)

So, I picked up Swiss Coffee for my bedroom. Why not White Dove? I wanted something just a smidge warmer. A teensy bit. Surprise, surprise, every paint manufacturer has their own formulation of Swiss Coffee. I love Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee but it is $$$. I went with valspar’s Swiss Coffee instead. They’re close but I probably should have gone with the Benjamin Moore color instead. Let me tell you why.

My whole second floor is all about ceilings. Yes, I live in a house that was built in the 50’s. I love it but the second floor is not a full 8 ft. everywhere. I guess to save on materials, the builders did what looks like a floor and a half elevation from the front of the house. Maybe it was a bungalow crossed with colonial? Who knows. The house has beautiful spacious rooms so I’m not complaining. Except for the ceilings.

I can’t just slap paint on the walls and call it a day. No. Because the ceilings are curved down to a half wall towards the exterior of the house, there is no natural stopping point for any paint treatment. The ceiling must also be painted.

This has presented all kinds of tricky problems. For example, I painted another room a soft light shade of pink with brown undertones. I got sample pots and swatched it and it looked fine. It was light and delicate. When I got to the ceilings, I realized I had made a mistake. The ceiling bounces more color around the room and seems to absorb any natural light. Instead of light and soothing, I have oppressive pink. If I ever start my own paint line, Oppressive Pink will be in it.

Ceilings will multiple and intensify that color wave frequency all over the damn place so if you’ve got ceilings, make sure you go up about 10 LRV before you start painting. You’ll thank me later.

I bought a paint sprayer for the office room. The whole painting process took about 45 minutes for two coats including the ceiling. It was glorious. The bad thing is the amount of overspray. You need to cover and tape, EVERYTHING. Then there is the cleanup. The whole apparatus must be completely free of paint before you put it away. It’s tedious.

So I thought I’d just paint the bedroom with rollers. I have a Bob Timberlake cherry sleigh bed that I can potentially sell for mucho dinero and I don’t want to get it covered in a fine veil of Swiss Coffee. The walls were pretty easy. Took about an hour.

Then I got to the ceiling. For some reason, all of the other surfaces only needed one coat of paint with some touch ups but the ceiling, the CEILING, needs TWO full coats. The first coat seemed almost transparent. I blame myself for this. I used a roller with a longer extension that is specifically made for ceilings. I thought it would make things easier. Do not do this, people. If you see this product in your home improvement store, run. Run away quickly.

I might have been able to pull this off with Benjamin Moore paint. That stuff is like heavy cream to all the other paint companies’ 2%. The roller glides over the walls with a satisfying smooth completely opaque coat of luscious pigment. It’s so saturated. One coat perfection. (This post is not sponsored).

Today, I am repainting the ceiling. I’m taking a break to give my arm a rest. It’s a pain in the arm.

The good news is I have taken all of next week off. Normally, I would try to go on vacation. But my vacations on the east coast have been ruined by hurricanes (3 of them, two required evacuations and one resulted in me breaking my arm in three places. Don’t ask.). Then there was the “first named tropical storm of the season!” that stalled off the coast of North Carolina. For a week. The same week the almanac swore there aren’t any storms in the outer banks area. (I hated 2020). Then there was the beach vacation that was completely ruined by a super annoying homophobic, rude and disrespectful, relative who was obsessed with Nancy Grace and Casey Anthony. I learned that homicide is never a good solution. Wait… no, it is always wrong.

It has gotten so bad that number one child says that if I really don’t like someone, I should offer to go on vacation with them and that my superpower is conjuring storms.

My vacations for the last decade have been washed out or carelessly destroyed so many times that I have given up. I’m going to try to save my money for a Mediterranean cruise where there are no hurricanes, or a British isles walking tour where the weather is expected to be damp and chilly and I will know that in advance. That should take some time to save for in my Acorn account and at some point, something will break in my house that will require an expensive repair. I know how these things go. My retaining wall is still sitting in a heap at the end of my driveway. The southwest by campervan would have been nice but I’ve heard that rentals are scarce this year. So, staycation {{😢😭😭😭}} it is.

There will be a lot of painting/waterproofing going on this week. I’m going to bust out the sprayer for those projects.

Stay tuned.

7 Responses

  1. (Adapted from YT comment thread) Shariiiiiiiif don’t right-click! 😛

  2. Jim Morrison died 50 years ago today. May he rest in peace in Rock ‘n Roll Heaven.

    “Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as ravens’ claws.” — James Douglas Morrison

    (He preferred to use his full name in his poems.)

  3. As I read your treatise, I was instantly, and incredibly appreciative, of your insights into color.
    I am looking forward to seeing your work, going forward, as you take a week off. 😊

  4. I understand the vacation issue. I haven’t had the storm issue so much as something always happens when it comes to vacations.

  5. I am also color obsessed. A great website for finding “your” special colors is Kettlewell Colours, a UK company.

  6. I’m going to try a link to a beautiful Summer song:

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