I mentioned last week that Homestead House recently sent me some more of their milk paint. I had requested some neutral shades, and I got plenty of those (and will be sharing a piece in one later this week), but they also sent me quite a few colors that I probably wouldn’t have chosen on my own. One of those colors is called Gatineau.
Here’s how it looks on their website.
Hmmmm. Yep, I definitely would not have put this one at the top of my wish list. I’m not gonna lie, when I pulled it out of the box of paint I received I really didn’t think I would ever use it. It was way outside my color comfort zone.
We all have a color comfort zone, right? I actually have two. One for items I’m keeping for myself and one for items I’m planning to sell. My own personal color comfort zone is pretty wide open. In fact, the front door of my house is quite similar to the Gatineau …
But I tend to be a bit more cautious about color with items I want to sell. Almost anyone can work a neutral color into their existing décor, but there just aren’t as many buyers who will be able to use a color with a lot of personality.
Regardless, while testing out a few of the more neutral shades last weekend I decided to mix up a little Gatineau to see what it looked like IRL (that’s ‘in real life’ in case you didn’t know). I painted it on a Popsicle stick and then pushed it aside for a bit, but I kept glancing at it and finding that the color was really growing on me. It wasn’t until the paint on the Popsicle stick was fully dry that I realized it wasn’t nearly as yellow as I thought it might be.
If you’ve mixed up green milk paint before, you’ll know that the dry powder looks yellow. Your first reaction when seeing it will likely be ‘uh oh, I’ve got the wrong color’. When you add the water and start to mix, the paint will still look much more yellow than the final color. You have to be sure to give the green shades of milk paint plenty of time (15 to 20 minutes at least) for the blue pigments to dissolve before starting to paint with it, always mix frequently while working with it, and always paint your entire piece at one time (cautionary tale here).
After admiring the color on that Popsicle stick for a while I decided to be daring and step outside of my color comfort zone and paint something in Gatineau. Specifically, this incredibly adorable little table that I picked up recently.
After re-gluing some veneer that was lifting up on the top, I sanded it lightly and then wiped it down with some TSP substitute. Next I painted it with two coats of Gatineau. I followed that up with some Homestead House Limestone milk paint on the details including that really cool ribbed section.
It’s interesting to note that I got a lot more chipping in the areas that were painted with the Limestone than I did with the Gatineau. Normally I would say that is because I didn’t sand those detailed areas as much as the flat areas before I started painting, but in this case even the legs didn’t chip much and I hardly sanded those at all (the distressing you are seeing on the legs is more the result of post-paint sanding rather than chipping). So, I wish I had an answer for you on this, but it’s a mystery to me.
With milk paint, sometimes you just have to go with the flow. Personally, I was happy to do that with this table.
Had I lined up all of the paint colors from Homestead House in order from most favorite to least favorite, I think Gatineau would have been somewhere near the end of line. So imagine my surprise when it ended up being one of the first colors I chose to use, and then my total astonishment when it turned out to be so perfect on this little table!
Sometimes you just have to step outside of your color comfort zone! But the real test will be whether or not this table sells. If any of my local readers are interested, be sure to check my ‘available for local sale’ tab for more info.
But hey, how about you, do you like to experiment with color? Any favorites that you’ve used lately? Please share.