1.13.2013

Tip to Choose Color

There are some projects on the horizon for 2013 and of course paint is involved. I found a great way to help me choose a color. Some of y'all probably have already done this, but I just figured this out.

(I mispelled LaCraie. oops)
I found three colors I like and created a collage. I just clicked on each color and saved each image and then used ribbet.com to create the collage so I could see the colors side by side. Now I can see how light or dark the paints are and the undertones.

This is an old picture of the dining room with the brown chairs. Y'all usually see the yellow breakfast room chairs in here since I switch them up. These are the chairs that came with the table.

I want to paint my brown dining room chairs so now I just have to make a decision. I am also going to recover the seats. I have ordered some linen swatches so I can choose a color. I know some of you cringe at the thought of painting over these chairs, but these are not antiques or anything special.

I am leaning towards French Linen since I have used it before and it is a gorgeous color. I just thought I would share with y'all an easy way to see your choices side by side so you don't have to flip from screen to screen to see them.

There are a few other projects on the horizon for 2013. The main one is painting my black kitchen cabinets since they are so banged up and have lots of white spots showing.

Have you made a list of projects for this year?

Sharing at the following:
Stone Gable Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits


If you need any La Craie paint you can find it here.
Annie Sloan Chalk paint here.

30 comments:

  1. I agree with your color choice, the other two have more of a green undertone to them and they may look even greener depending on what you put with them.

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  2. Oh I'm excited to see what you'll do. Especially in the kitchen. We're still living with some dark brown stained cabinets, and I would love to do something with them. I'm sure you'll provide us lots of inspiration. Enjoy your Sunday.

    Debbie

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  3. I think we need a dining room redo challenge. Redoing mine is why I started blogging and I have NOT made much progress. I know a few bloggers with dining rooms on their agenda. Hope you all don't leave me in the dust.

    Bliss

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  4. Hi Kim, what a great way to view the swatches of paint! I would love to hear your thoughts on the LaCraie VS the Annie Sloan for furniture. Is there any difference between the two (besides the colors). I am wanting to paint my DR furniture and would love to hear your thoughts. Maybe you have blogged about it already! I'll try and look.

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  5. I'm sure they will turn out wonderful! I'll wait until you paint your chairs before I paint my breakfast nook table and chairs!

    It's a new year and time for some changes!!

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  6. Painting is the one thing I desperately need to do. Furniture and walls. Thanks for the great tip!

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  7. Busy busy you will BEE:) I love this tool and will have to remember it when I want to paint something. I am painiting our fireplace soon but I already chose the color.

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  8. those chairs will be fabulous painted out!!

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  9. Thanks for the great tip on choosing paint! Lots of projects at my house!
    Have a great weekend!

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  10. You will love your chairs painted! They will look beautiful! I painted my set last winter and I have never regretted it.I love your color choice too!
    xx
    Anne

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  11. Oh do I ever have a list! Abby is going back to college today, so I am gettin' after it! I think I might paint my dining chairs too, they're nothing special but they would be a lot more charming painted up. I want to make pleated, skirted cushions, too. The Ballard catalog came yesterday and my to-do list doubled after seeing it :)

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  12. You know there's always a list here Kim LOL! Your chairs are going to look fabulous painted, I've been thinking of painting mine too. Can't wait to see what you do in your kitchen!! Don't keep us waiting:)

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  13. Kim, don't worry about painting your chairs. Your chairs remind me of the ones in my dining room. I would paint mine over, a lighter white. But ours actually came from France, antiqued like this. They use some strange way to do this. If it gets wet, it feels like glue. So, painting over would do the same crackling. I think your dining room would look lovely this way, and love the idea of the linen cushions too.
    All the paint colors look great. I do my collages by getting paint swatches from the store and glueing them onto a mood board. I can take that with me for anything else.
    Have fun. Can't wait to see it finished.
    Blessings,
    Evi

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  14. I've never heard of La Craie paint before. I think painting your chairs will be a good idea. They'll blend in better with your kuboo chairs. Painting chairs is so tedious though. I know that will be a lengthy project, but well worth it when it's done.

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  15. I'm looking forward to whatever you decide, there are so many possibilities! Have a great weekend!

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  16. I'm a huge fan of French Linen, I find it a perfect neutral.

    Yes, lots of things to paint, especially my dated bedroom furniture. I still like the lines of it, but the cherry wood and the brass handles have to go!

    Nicole

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  17. Great tip, Kim ... thanks! And, French Linen will be perfect for your chairs! Look forward to seeing all of your upcoming paint projects.

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  18. Yes, I think French Linen would be lovely! My favorite color, Kim. Can't wait to see!
    xo Heidi

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  19. Can't wait to see the final outcome. Your projects are always so much fun and come out lovely. Keep it up --- you give me inspiration!!!

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  20. You just paint away, Kim. I think it will look great painted. It is a good way to change things up without spending a fortune. Plus, then you get exactly what you want.
    I have a list a mile long because we will probably try to sell come Spring...my to-do list just keeps growing.

    Are you going to paint the kitchen cabinets black again and just freshen them up-or go with a different color? xo Diana

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  21. I like the linen , sounds like a huge project.I'm married to one of the cringers (he won't let me paint anything) thats why I love coming here, I can live vicariously through your projects!!!I have painted a pie pantry cupboard and a few chairs, and one small cabinet but thats pushing it in this house,

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  22. Great plans!
    I'll be waiting for the before and after photos. I enjoy your paintings a lot.
    Besos!

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  23. Using the chalk paint should save you some time on not sanding all the chair details. I have lots of 2013 plans this year to start new projects and finish some from last year.The buffet and hutch was one that I am glad to have checked off my list.

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  24. I like the French linen, too. I know whatever you do, it will be lovely.

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  25. Your chairs will look great and I think FL is the best way to go as well. They will stand on their own against your beautiful china cabinet. Choosing a color is always so hard but you figured out a great way to do it!

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  26. I usually do samples on a paper... You are luch more modern than I am!!! I didn't know Ribbet and I wanted to thank you for introducing me to this fun site! It's so easy to use! I did a new header for the blog in five minutes! Thanks again... And of course I am biased, being French, about French linen!!!

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  27. I think your chairs will look great. I've been wanting to paint my dining room chairs for a while now but haven't gotten to it yet. I have so many projects planned for this year, first up refinish the kitchen floor.

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  28. Yes, yes, yes to French Linen for your chairs...and of I may be so bold to suggest...while the brush is still wet :) ...maybe the back of your hutch?

    Love that you are always CREATING!

    Thanks for sharing

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  29. I have no doubt your chairs in French Linen will be beautiful!

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  30. I can't wait to see your chairs painted gray! I'm excited!

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Thanks so much for stopping by. I do appreciate all your lovely comments...Kim

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