If there’s anything you know about me so far, it’s that I have a deep and passionate (and highly inappropriate) love for Restoration Hardware. Remember my map and my chair? Is it a disease? Some kind of “itis?” Probably. There’s no cure for people like me. But there are support groups!
Last time we were at Restoration Hardware, I took a paint sample and put it in my wallet. I took it to Sherwin-Williams, and together we came up with a dead on match. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, so I decided to get a few other samples:
- analytical gray
- cotswald (Benjamin Moore knock off)
I am a FIRM BELIEVER in paint samples. It might cost a little more up front, but SO WORTH IT. Would you buy a car without test driving it? If you answered yes… you’re rich and bored. I’m neither of those.
Two things happen when I use paint samples:
1. It shows me I was loony as august on a drunken baboon for wanting my first choice… because it looks TERRIBLE in real life.
2. It confirms that I really did love what I had my eye on all along.
Samples in this order: RH, analytical, cotswald, mushroom
Here is the actual swatch of Restoration Hardware Slate
I love the warmness in the gray. It’s inviting and soothing. But I wasn’t about to spend $40 + tax per can. So I took my sample to my buddies at Sherwin-Williams.
After a little “needs to be lighter” “needs to be darker” “needs to be warmer” banter, we came up with a winning paint.
We brushed some on the card, and it is a dead match. There is only a very slight difference in sheen. That’s it. We don’t mess around.
It felt better than any 4.0 I got in school.
If you’re interested in this color, here’s the formula to write down, or save/print this picture. Take it to the paint counter, and they’ll know exactly how to cook up your knock off color recipe for you. All the hard work has been done for you!
I am in love with this color. It looks beautiful in natural sunlight, and it looks beautiful in the warm glow of our lamps at night. I could just eat it up. But I won’t. Seeing as how my day job is real estate compliance… I read several documents on the dangers of eating paint. But no one says anything about the dangers of eating it up with my eyes!
I was planning on doing the source list today, but I’m going to share that with you tomorrow. Haters gonna hate.
So have you ever been so crazy about a certain color that you went to great lengths to get it color matched?