Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rednesday: Drumbeat

Drumbeat. That is the name of the red paint you can see in this picture. The paint that nearly drove my husband mad! You see, last year, we were considering selling our house. We put it on the market, but the market is soooo bad that the only offers we got were insulting. Ones we could not afford to take. To ready the house for market, we painted this room, what we now call the family room, in Drumbeat Red, Ballet Pink, and I have forgotten the name of the trim, it is some shade of creamy pink. Because we were selling the house, (*sheepish grin*) I was going for color over quality of the paint, and chose a cheap paint for the red, based on color alone. I love the color, but the paint made my husband nuts. First, to get such a deep shade you need a gray primer, and when the paint is cheap, about a million coats of the red!

Here you see Missy perched on the couch, showing off the wall colors, and that fabric next to her is the fabric we are going to use to make curtains. Tiger and I are working on that next week, I think.

Here is our Queen Cat, the momma, sitting in the picture window that will be curtained with that striped fabric.

And, here are three more of those red doors (we have 5 in the dining room). You can see here that the dining room is adjacent to the family room. The dining room is gold, navy, and red. The family room has the red below the chair rail and the pink on top.

Soooo, why did that red paint drive my husband batty? Aside from needing a million coats, we had multiple catastrophes with that red paint. One gallon, nearly full, spilled across the dining room floor (thankfully before the old was pulled up and the new laid down). Another gallon was outside, too close to the hose when one of the children decided to clean brushes. So yep, that one got drowned. And of course, because we needed a million coats, we always underestimated the amount of paint to buy in that drumbeat red color.
With each trip to Home Depot to purchase yet another Drum Beat Red, my husband's blood pressure rose. It has, however, been a year. Do you think it is safe to tell him I'd like to put some more of that red into the kitchen now? Mind you, just as an accent color...
This post has been linked to Rednesday on It's a Very Cherry World.


Amber @ Paint Chips and Frying Pans said...

Love that deep red! I totally wanted to do my living room walls in a tomato red last year, hubby would not have it. We ended up with a fabulous green. It is my second fave color and one we can agree on.


Mary said...

Don't do it Rambo! j/k I've heard red is hard to get right. It looks good, if that makes ya feel any better ;) Note to self: stay away from red! (I don't need anything to make me nutz ;)
Happy REDS~
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craftyles said...

I love the red, but don't think I could go through that much effort to get it. Looks pretty!

Ann said...

Such a funny story! Hubby and I are having paint issues/differences this week!! Good luck with more Drum Beat Red.:o)
The Tattered Tassel

Mary Bennett said...

Your gold is our "something" yellow, from Home Depot also. I love it. It's in my (tiny) kitchen and my fron entry. I LOVE it. The more hubby painted it, the more he can't stand it. When it comes time to repaint, I'm sure it won't be that color!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your red room, and I can't wait to see it with curtains!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!

L Harris said...

that looks great!

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

LOL! Funny!

....Petty Witter said...

I like the red but love the yellow. What a time consuming job, I can understand why it drove your husband mad.

SueLovesCherries said...

I like the red shade, but am not crazy about the yellow and blue with it - looks like a preschool class. (Just my humble opinion!:) )

But I DO love the red and pink walls!

CMash said...

Love the red!! Thinking maybe you should hire a painter for the good of your hubby's health lol.
Know what you mean, we took our house off the market and going to wait for, hopefully, the market to bounce back.