Do As I Say, NOT As I Do

“The only good thing to do with good advice is pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself.”
Oscar Wilde

Ok. Here's the deal. I failed to follow my own good advice and I am passing on my hard earned wisdom to you.

A few months ago I'd written a post called 15 Shades of Gray. In it, I discuss my top 15 choices for gray paint. I also impart some very important advice... I believe my exact words went something like this:

I've selected each color within its specific brand because I DO NOT recommend color matching (that is, taking a color formula from one brand and having it matched for another brand). Each brand has a  base color that is specifically designed to coordinate with each color formula.
Although color matching results are usually pretty close, 
on occasion it can go oh-so-wrong, and it's not worth the risk.

To make a long story short, I color matched.

In my impatience (it was, after all, the weekend and the store carrying the brand I wanted was closed), I went to a local big box retailer to get a gallon of paint so I could paint my bathroom, rather than waiting until Monday to buy the correct color in the actual brand. I goofed up. Big time. Here is error of my ways:

Can you see the difference between the painted wall (on the right) and the color chip (on the left)? Instead of a warm gray, the unfortunate result is mint green. Luckily I only painted a small section of my bathroom, but I am now out $40 for the paint I bought, $40 for the paint I will purchase, and I get to start over.

Dang. Why don't I listen to myself!

Please learn from my mistake. NEVER COLOR MATCH. Ever!

As always, stay tuned...

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