Live and Learn — WHEN?

I try to get even small discounts and bargains when I can. When I didn’t have enough of the conservatory wall color to finish the attached bathroom, I decided to use a slightly lighter and brighter shade of green.

"Seed" in the bathroom; "Tea Light" in the conservatory.
“Seed” in the bathroom; “Tea Light” in the conservatory.

Last week I bought a gallon of Valspar paint at my local Ace hardware for $27 I thought I could save a couple of dollars by buying it at Lowes.

This is a fairly true rendition of the color in the conservatory.
This is a fairly true rendition of the color in the conservatory.

I forgot to ask before the paint counter attendant mixed the paint “how much?”  Guess how much. $45 much. Such much. YIKES! When am I going to learn?

Lowes had to mix the "Eddie Bauer" color in the expensive paint; Ace didn't carry the "Eddie Bauer" line so could mix it in a less expensive base.
Lowes had to mix the “Eddie Bauer” color in the expensive paint; Ace didn’t carry the “Eddie Bauer” line so could mix it in a less expensive base.

Today I’m going to use that newly purchased gallon of paint to cover both the walls and ceiling of the conservatory bathroom.

Hoping the tile will look like this.
Hoping the tile will look like this.

The shower walls and backsplash will be covered in Snow Frost glass subway tile so it shouldn’t look like a little green box.

The conservatory bathroom has only the 24-inch round window, otherwise it is brightened by a recessed light in the shower and a wall fixture over the sink.
The conservatory bathroom has only the 24-inch round window, otherwise it is brightened by a recessed light in the shower and a wall fixture over the sink.

In contrast to the bright conservatory, the bathroom has only one small round window to supply natural light so the lighter color should both coordinate and brighten the room.

What lesson have you learned and then forgot at an inconvenient time?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

10 thoughts on “Live and Learn — WHEN?”

  1. What a frustrating experience. The color is beautiful, but you should take the drippy paint back to Lowe’s. For $45, you deserve to have paint that goes on like buttah!

    1. No, the Valspar Optimus was $27 (Ace). I think their Signature line was on sale for $23 (Lowes). I was surprised when the “Eddie Bauer” color had to be mixed in the $45 paint base. Jo

  2. Crazy! I just found out that pantone and valspar are the same company. Different prices. Would not be shocked to learn edie bauer is under them too (guessing). I saw a review on paints on the news the other night and they said the highest of the line is not always the best and despite what consumer reports reported walmart paint is crap which i totally agree. Anyway i like your color scheme. So light and airy.

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