When I moved into our house in 2006 I had a vision for the dining room. It would be just the perfect shade of milk chocolate and purple. To make a long story short, the vision was a fail. Four paint jobs later I gave up completely on the perfect shade of purple walls and painted the walls black. Enter new vision.
But this post is not about the dining room - it is about the $70.00 can of paint I bought that was to be the ultimate purple paint (number 4) for the dining room but actually turned out to be practically the same color as purple paint number 2. That was when I permanently gave up on the purple vision.
But what to do with the purple paint??????
Well I had this entryway, stairwell and upstairs hallway that was coated in a really BAD venetian plaster job. The color was pretty - kind of a bronzey butterscotch color - but as I said it wasn't the best application and there were chipped (white) and dirty places all over the stairwell. I didn't have any idea what to do to fix it and didn't find any practical way to remove it.
I had a brainstorm. I would paint over it with the very expensive purple paint and then stain it with Old Masters Gel Stain (dark walnut).
Was I worried that it would be dark? No. It was already dark. The hallway would be dark if it were bright white. That's just the nature of hallways in the middle of Tudor style houses in Michigan. I've never been afraid of dark colors and I wasn't going to get afraid then.
It turned out beautifully. It looks a little like leather. I have wanted to post about it ever since I started blogging - but it is so difficult to get a good (not to mention interesting) picture. I was going to wait until I learned better photography techniques - but that isn't happening so I just took some and did the best I could with Pic Monkey! Now at least I can go to the Mission Impossible: All About Color party.
I wasn't able to edit all the color/tones to be identical. However they are all close to the real color - and it does change color in the light.
What do you think? It's easier to live with than you might imagine. It's just so pretty.
Have a great week.
And make something wonderful today!