The Studio Back Entry Is Painted!

And it’ll also made quick and easy work of finally getting rid of the cobwebs on the light fixture. 😀 I’m really looking forward to gold leafing that light now that I have an easy way to reach it.

Studio back entry with new paint color on walls -- softer green in a custom mixed color

I decided to go for it. It may not have been exactly perfect, but it was close enough for me. You can see all three colors — the original color match attempt, the second color match attempt, and my custom color mix — in the photo below. See how the final color just has a brightness to it that the other two lacked? That’s not only because I lightened it with white, but that’s the result of eliminating some of that yellow in the previous two attempts. I’m just not a fan of yellowish greens, which shouldn’t be a surprise given my love of teals.

failed attempts at Home Depot to color match paint

My first attempt wasn’t bad at all. At least it was in the same color family, but the overall color was still too dark. So I added more white (maybe another pint, maybe more) to lighten it up even more. My second attempt was pretty spot on.

mixing my own paint color to match wallpaper

I think this color is so pretty, especially after living with that in-your-face Kelly green for so long. That Kelly green/black combo just started to look so harsh to me.

Original studio back entry walls painted bold Kelly green with black doors and black and white chevron painted floor

This softer, more muted green complements my studio cabinet color so nicely. It adds color to the back entry without competing with the bright, fun cabinet color or the colorful mural.

Studio back entry walls painted muted green paint color that I custom mixed myself

And I also like the view from the door coming from the breakfast room. The green on the walls blends nicely with the greens on the paint swatch cabinet.

Walls in back entry of studio painted a softer green custom mixed paint color, with paint swatch cabinet in foreground

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So while painting the back entry should have been a one-day project, but ended up spanning four days, I’m so glad I persisted until I got the right color. If I had gone with the original pea soup green paint color just out of convenience and wanting to finish the job in a hurry, I would have regretted it, and I would have hated it. It’s almost always worth it (at least for me) to take the time to get it right.

And here’s another look at the three colors together. You can see just how vastly different the original color match attempt is from the final paint color that I mixed myself.

Mixing my own custom paint color

Well, I didn’t really have any dark blue on hand, but I figured since I was mixing it into an existing green paint color, adding a blue-green color would work just fine. So I pulled out this Behr Beta Fish color, which has quite a bit of blue in it.

Behr Beta Fish - dark teal paint color

Here’s what the actual paint looked like…

Behr Beta Fish - dark teal paint color

I knew immediately what it needed to get the color right. First, the paint color was too dark. How do you lighten up a paint color that’s too dark? Add white! So after emptying the gallon of paint into a new 2-gallon container, I used the only pure white paint that I had, which was Behr Ultra Pure White ceiling paint. I wanted it lightened up considerably, so I added quite a bit. I didn’t measure it, though. If I had to guess, I’d say I added at least a pint of white paint to the gallon of green paint, but it could have been more.