Thursday, June 6, 2013

Home Improvement: The perfect match



Had I the energy and talent to choose a new color for my stucco, I would. But knowing me the way I do, we're looking forward to a half-assed paint job -- if we're lucky. A new color would mean glimpsing the old color in all manner of nooks and crannies, or just out in the open for god and everyone to see.

So old color it is. I've pretty much finished the trim on the street-facing side. The "TV side" as they say in used-car circles. The trim is white. I can do white. I know white. In fact, if I can give credit where credit is due, I'll give it to me. I absolutely nailed the white.

It's the stucco that's a problem.

I carried home lots of swatches from the hardware store. All my supplies are from Altadena Hardware, by the way.



The greatest little small town hardware store in all the land. They even took the time to walk me through a putty-knife/woodfiller meltdown. I'll never set foot in another Home Depot if I can help it. I'd Like Alt Hardware on Facebook, but they don't have a Facebook page, so I'll just have to, you know, like them in a general and old-fashioned kind of way.

Altadena Hardware gave me some color swatches to compare to my stucco. The swatches have these seductive names, like, yes, my house can be "Amber Grain," "Ripe Pear," "Sugared Lemon." I leaned towards "Sing-Song" but then came to my senses.

Who was I kidding.

The perfect match, the color I seek, is something closer to a healthy urine sample, from someone who drinks at least six to eight glasses of water a day.

They don't have a name for that, so this may take awhile.

42 comments:

  1. I'm thinking somewhere between the second and third block down on the center paint chip. Our stucco house is white, which is sort of easy to match when touchups are required, although you'd be surprised how quickly Benjamin Moore Bright White becomes Benjamin Moore Kinda Dull White. I'm just thankful that the people before me changed it from salmon with tan trim. THAT would have driven us to distraction.

    But you can "feather the edges", meaning you ease up on the brush strokes at the edge, so the colors blend. That presumes you use a brush, of course, whereas any sane person would use a nice, wide, fluffy roller full of fresh, clean painty goodness.

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  2. They don't have a Facebook page?

    At this point I would think even Floyd the Barber has a FB page.

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  3. I know! Along with Aunt Bea, Otis, and Goober at the filling station. I'll talk to Alt H. about it on my next Spackle run.

    Marjie, I'm thinking you might be right about the second block.

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  4. I've got a great painter who knows color.. email me.. seriously...
    You are lucky u can make the choice in color.. where I live in Nazi land, we have to follow what is allowed.

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  5. They do have a name for the color. It's called "Piss Clear." Seriously. And it's a kind of nice color.

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  6. Looking at the pic in your June 2 post, I'd have assumed you had a clapboard exterior. It seems to have the profile of a California bungalow.

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  7. I agree with Marjie on the paint chip color.
    And Altadena Hardware sounds like an excellent place. Great that they haven't been "taken out" by the Big Box store.

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  8. You slay me. And I think you should go darker but stay on the second string.

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  9. I'm just impressed at all this do-it-yourself home improvement!!! Given your description of the current color though...I'm thinking a change might be in order!!!

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  10. I'm just impressed that you're painting your own house. The paint could peel off my house completely before I'd even consider painting it myself.

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  11. i only do white. Color challenged.

    I like that main street very much. I wonder if I've been in Altadena and didn't even know it? Love those trees.

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  12. I confess, I got a bit twitchy when I saw the paint swatches. It's not a project for the faint of heart. And, whites, as I'm sure you know, are not all created equal. Good luck!!

    There's nothing to match the customer service of a small business.

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  13. This is Altadena's TV side; would it were all of downtown looked so charming. This string of shops is from the 1920's, I believe. And there's all kinds of great ghost signs on the backside. One for a restaurant, another for a 5 and Dime. Petrea's favorite dry cleaners is next door to my hardware store. It's a time warp.

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  14. I'll grab some more building shots when I take the leap of faith and buy a gallon of ole yeller.

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  15. There's a dry cleaner about four blocks from my house, but I prefer to drive an extra couple of miles to go to Merit.

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  16. I much prefer the small, independent stores...though I have to admit, I do still go to the big ones upon occasion!!!

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  17. I'm also impressed that you're painting your own house!
    Love this street, it looks very calm and tranquil.

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  18. We've got a great hardware store here call Halls. So much more enjoyable to shop there than a big box. Painting your own house--you go girl.

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  19. Damn. Is it cloudy out, or what?

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  20. My walls are painted Vermont Cream, and you know what? In a certain light, it might be just the urine sample you're seeking.

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  21. I swear those swatches are what my parents chose from when they painted most of our house in the early 70's! The office was something close to the babyshit green on the right swatch, deepest color. The rest of the house hit the other colors. Except my room, which had all these, plus bright orange and bright neon green to boot! All chosen either from Balk's or Ole's in SoPas though.

    All I ask is, not harvest gold, not babyshit green and not sunshine yellow. Other than that, have at it. I mean, you know, since I have such a say in the color of your house and all.

    Pardon me while I relive my childhood and barf at the thought of the colors and the polyester...

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  22. Now, the ordinary person would think it's impossible to top Susan's comment. But wait. A friend of mine said a neighbor kid told her the new beige/taupe color-scheme on her house "looked like poo." Which means, of course, when it comes to my house, we're #1.

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  23. I like the color of Susan's walls.

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  24. I hope Susan's colour works. Vermont Cream has quite a nice ring to it.

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  26. This only reminds me of work incomplete. Thanks for ruining my Saturday morning! Hahahahahaha

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  27. Well, I was already smiling and thinking, there’s a high quality witty-smiley piece from AH, the kind I’ve come to expect. However, maybe because my soul is that of a middle-school boy, I just about went over backward in my chair upon hearing of some la-dee-da paint sample called Healthy Urine. The seemingly simple addition of “Healthy” is the key. Brilliant.

    And then Piss-Clear and Olive-Poo . . . maybe I’m not the only one with a streak of middle-school (back when it was junior high).

    Glad you’re staying away from olive.

    I’m hardware-averse, as well as labor-averse, so three cheers for your hardware store, as well as my own Neighborhood Hardware near the border of Royal Oak and Birmingham, MI. They are so relaxed, helpful, and simply human that even I don’t mind going there. (I’m somewhat BigBox-averse too, yet I have an odd half-love affair with Costco. What’s up with that?).

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  28. I dunno; taking all manner of advice here, maybe it's piss clear with a side of asparagus? Fortunately, or not, I had to make 70 deviled egg halves today (no connection intended), so the final decision waits for Monday.

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  29. @Banjo:

    Costco? Is it 'cause they pay a livable wage?

    70 deviled eggs; how very domestic. Albert and his houseguests must have been ecstatic.

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  30. Just looked at the swatches again in the gray, morning light here and I'm no closer to finding a match. Your disciplined use of the duct tape is a highly admirable quality though.

    The color you seek can be found in the deviled eggs. Ommmmmm ...

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  31. Bandit's not wrong--that's a nice yellow in deviled eggs. Of course they're smaller than a house . . .

    Bandit, wish I could say that's my reason for liking Costco, but I'm not sure I was even aware of it. But aware of Walmart's labor antics, yes.

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  32. I was curious what your blog would be like when i read your comment on Paris through my lens.
    Greetings from Brussels
    anni

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  33. The Costco CEO sounds pretty admirable -- take a google.

    Anni, you sound underwhelmed.

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  34. Talk to a Costco employee. They love their jobs. One of them told me they don't have a union because they don't need it.

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  36. ooh the joy of DIY....just say yes!!

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  37. Don't underestimate the power of the name of a paint color ~ in my family we let it guide our final decision. If you have a "chip" of your current color the newfangled paint machines can match it, although they're matching it dry so it goes on that color and looks a bit different when it dries, which is when the feathering mentioned comes in handy. We have a local hardware store and I'm continually amazed at what they carry.

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  38. AH, Banjo52 thinks he has a photo of the eastern wood peewee. Er, make that pewee. Anyway, sure sounds like a great name for a paint color...

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  39. I'd say a job well done on the home improvement. Cheers!
    -John

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  40. Our stucco house is white, which is sort of easy to match when touchups are required, although you'd be surprised how quickly Benjamin Moore Bright White becomes Benjamin Moore Kinda Dull White. I'm just thankful that the people before me changed it from salmon with tan trim. THAT would have driven us to distraction.

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  41. Charlotte, sometimes I'm very glad that my eye is less than exacting.

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