Before I get into the paint colors in the galley and how they aren’t quite what I was expecting, I’d like to say how much I love Sherwin-Williams.
I paid a little more to get the proper cabinet paint. My mom tends to use the same paint throughout the house and we have had issues with paint scratching off easily in the kitchen, in every kitchen we’ve ever painted. I knew this would be a definite problem in a more confined space and since it was a small space didn’t mind the slightly higher price. It has been covering perfectly. I could have actually gotten by with just one gallon of the Vanilla Custard (my white) and just a half gallon of the other colors if I had any idea how many fewer coats of paint it would take. I bought the amount it would have required if I were using cheaper paint. I have definitely learned my lesson. It will take less paint (fewer coats) and less time if I spend about the same in a lesser amount of higher quality paint. Who knew?!
Which brings me to the color. I gave the guys at Sherwin-Williams my color swatches that I had picked out at Lowe’s or Home Depot, can’t remember. He matched up the paint and handed me my swatches back asking if it was all right. I was like, um, these are the same swatches I just gave you… He had to show me where he’d put the paint on the swatch. You can only tell there is paint on top of the color swatch if the light hits it just so. The color matching was FLAWLESS. As God is my witness, I will never use Lowe’s, Home Depot, OR WalMart for paint EVER AGAIN! I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve had to repaint an entire room because my second gallon of paint from one of those other guys wasn’t even close. The guy at Sherwin-Williams said that I could come to any Sherwin-Williams in 5 years (or whenever) and ask what color I used for the trailer and they would be able to match it perfectly. Is it possible to be in love with a paint store? I think so.
Okay, so about the color being not quite what I expected. I had chosen my colors to fit a Steampunk theme, which meant some serious neutrals. I had chosen the kitchen color because I was using the same color with a brown in the living room. The color is called Honey Beige and I was expecting an amber caramel color. Now this color does match perfectly the swatch I gave the paint guys, but I forgot all about color theory. ^_^;; Being an artist, I should have known better. I did check that this golden color looked good with the brown and wouldn’t clash with the green in the bedroom, but I neglected to look at it with the white color. Against the white it is yellow-orange. I forgot how colors can look entirely different if placed next to another color and this one really does. Both it and the green are vibrant and cheery, not the subdued and elegant colors I was planning for my Steampunk style. But that is okay because I love color! My original theme was going to be Eclectic and Funky, Bohemian Gypsy, Artist Cottage on Wheels and looks like I’ve come full circle right back to that. (I think I had given that idea up because the description was so long. Haha!)
On to the pictures!
Right Side Galley - Before and After
The cluttery white shelves had to go. If you can’t get everything into the ample cabinets, you’ve got too much stuff. I can’t get over how much cleaner everything looks just because it isn’t dark. Again, the white looks WHITE, but it’s really more off-white than the pictures indicate. I’ll be interested in seeing how the Honey Beige looks with the brown color it will be paired with in the living area.
Ew! Gold Marble Mirrors
I just had to add the above picture because of those horrid gold marble mirrors. Another sign of the times that really dated this to the ticky tacky design style of the early 70′s. They were one of the first things that I told mom HAD to go, right after the carpet and those yellow squishy squares in the bedroom.
Left Side Galley - Before and After
Here is the left side of the galley. Yay! No more ugly mirrors! I am not positive, but I’m pretty sure the refrigerator is bigger in here than was in the Airstream. I can’t get over how the Rocketship is actually smaller, but the use of space is more considered. I am really happy with how it’s turning out.