Who knew picking paint would be this big of deal? After a couple go-rounds of mixing paint this week I’ve decided that the paint I found at the recycling center won’t work. It’s a pretty color, but very, very light and heavy on the yellow end of the beige spectrum. I tried mixing different amounts of my gunmetal black paint to see if I could find a grey I liked (which was the favorite reader color by the way) and never could. It’s kind of hard to see in that picture, but the yellow cast is pretty heavy and looked almost sickly. All the shades of grey looked sun-faded or like they had that awful indoor-gross-yellow light on them. Not good. I also realized that it was a satin finish and I couldn’t find any more 5 gallon paint buckets in satin finish to mix in to try and stretch it. (Thanks to those of you who recommended not mixing finishes—so right you were). Add to that my realization that a half 5 gallon bucket wasn’t going to be enough and it was time to take the paint back to the recycling center. And in one of those tender mercies sort of ways, there were two practically full 5 gallon buckets just before I got there in nice, pretty shades of … beige. Ha! But at least it’s on the soft tan end of the spectrum rather than the sickly yellow. And thankfully both of them are the same finish which means I should have plenty to finish the whole upstairs. The only slight downer is that it’s eggshell finish instead of a satin or semi-gloss and I worry about wear and tear from sticky kid prints that need to be wiped from walls all . the . time. Hopefully having extra paint left over will help. As far as color, I’m going for grey again as a first choice and beige as the back up. And the good news is that Mr. Thrive is coming around to the grey kitchen idea … slowly. I had always figured that we’d have to do one color for the whole upstairs because of our open-ish floor plan. But it looks like there might be an easy way to break up the miles long, formerly red wall so that we could potentially do one color in the kitchen and another shade for the rest of the upstairs. So the plan for this week: 1. Get paint mixed, decided on and actually on the walls. 2. Finish sanding the acres of bead board and get priming done. 3. Start watching Craigslist and Freecycle for remnant wood and/or trim to use to break up the kitchen and living room. 4. Get left over sheet of bead board to use for the new kitchen back splash cut down. 4. Send ornery new camera to the repair shop (*gulp*) and see how well I can blog for the next month using still images from a video camera. Wish me luck on that one … And what do you think about using eggshell finish paint? Will it hold up? Any tips to keep it from showing wear quickly? Thank you!