Have you ever had an item you love – say, a favorite tee or art print – color matched to paint? When we choose colors for our home, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that, more often than not, we rely on classic colors: white, black and navy. So when Ace Hardware asked us if we’d give their color matching technology a try at their Paint Studio, we really wanted to go for it and go bold!
The problem became that every piece of furniture waiting to be saved in our home – which, side note: we have a scary little room in our house that has been adequately dubbed The Scary Room for its ability to contain all the scary salvaged stuff – has a future in either being 1) refinished in its natural wood state or 2) painted black. Or navy. You know, our usual.
Rather than fall back on a safe choice, we put our feelers out in the universe, and we asked our neighbors if anyone had a household item that could use a makeover, and if so, we’ll do it for you! Bonus points if they were open to anything. Within minutes, I had a text thread going with too many yes-es, and a clear winner for the refresh:
This credenza lives in our neighbors’ playroom for their two sons, scored at a flea market years ago. It had already been painted matte black when it came to them, and we think at some point the top must have gotten ruined, causing the previous owners to flip the whole unit upside down. There’s a new-ish plywood bottom (and when I say bottom, I really mean the old top) to replace whatever had been damaged, which is why the louvered doors are also upside down.
Scott and I debated flipping the doors around, but it began to create a whole mess of issues, as the magnetic closures aren’t centered on the doors or the unit. In the end, we decided to leave well enough alone, and instead, we took 30 minutes to level up the doors, spackle the chipped areas and sand things smooth.
But on to the color! We chose this bright blue jacket from their son’s room, and the friendly folks at the Ace Paint Studio didn’t bat an eye when we asked them to turn this blue into paint:
Having loved the ease of the Amy Howard One Step paint, we opted for the same this time around, too (although you can get as creative as you’d like; they’ll match to any brand in any finish). The color matching technology gave us a code unique to our item, so check out Italia Blue!
A tip to keep in mind if you’re color matching a reflective surface like our jacket: Once scanned, it read the darkest blue within the jacket. The color in the can was very, very vibrant, and although I knew it would dry down a bit, it ended up darker than we had in mind – a good 3-4 shades darker, easily. After the first coat, I’ll admit that neither Scott and I were loving it (see below), but after the second coat, it came into its own. Note: We followed this same One-Step paint method as before, all the way down to the clear wax finish.
I’m glad we hung in there, because three and a half coats later (the previous paint kept sucking up the new color!), we had a bold, punchy blue – still funky enough for a playroom, but a color that the boys won’t outgrow in a few years!
Let’s dive into the before and afters! Here’s the credenza when we picked it up from their playroom last week…
… and after painting it over the course of Saturday, it was back in their home by Sunday, ready to load up! (While we were at Ace, we picked up a handful of clear storage bins to keep things organized inside the cabinet as well!)
If you’re looking to color match a favorite anything of yours, here are a few things to keep in mind:
• Your item needs to be at least the size of a quarter
• Choose something opaque, as it will get the best color reading
• One part of the item needs to lay flat in order to fit in the color matching instrument
Okay, ready to create a color of your very own? We’d like to help! Together with the Ace crew, we’re giving away a $100 Ace Hardware gift card to one lucky reader! The giveaway runs through Monday, November 30th until 5pm CST; simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. The winner will be announced within this post by Wednesday evening. Good luck, happy entering and have a fun holiday weekend!