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I forgot to take a before picture but you can use your imagination. This started out as a rustic-looking vanity. Now it looks like something out of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-Johnny Depp version. I took a swatch of my curtain material to Home Depot because they can color match anything right? Wrong. Apparently fabric doesn’t work under their little scanner so he pulled some paint chips out and told me which one he thought was the closest color. On paper…yes, it kinda matched. However, as soon as he did the little paint dot on the top of the can I knew I was in trouble. Magenta was not the color I had in mind.

He assured me that it would dry darker so I foolishly trusted him and took my little paint can home. The darker color was only a few shades less purple and definitely not the deep red I had in mind. Frugal girl that I am, I decided to give it a try…I didn’t want to waste the $12 because I certainly didn’t have any other use for that color. And I am going to glaze it anyway so that should mask some of the atrocious hue right? Wrong.

This morning I had to come to terms with the fact that I may have just ruined this piece of furniture. It’s hand-me-down so it’s not that big a deal but it may curb my ambition for a while. I’m going to head to Home Depot this morning and take this board which is the red that I was aiming for. I’ll see if I can salvage it but in the meantime….I’ll chalk this one up to experience.

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