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September 12, 2021


Cop Car

Your sitting area in back is looking good, and the not-your-cat is cute - and has such a pleading look to it in the last photo.

It's been 20 years since I've done anything other than touch-up painting; but, I can still groan looking at all the work in your house. You did great lining up the crown molding - with which I've never been faced. I think that your bedroom will be a bit brighter and cheerier with your white chocolate. That is a change.

I have noticed over the past 30 years how well the technology/technique of matching paint colors has come. They've taken the risk out of what used to be a risky venture.

You've surely told us, but I don't recall: Will the inside "windows" in your living room remain open, be filled with glass, or be fitted with louvered panels? The openings, themselves, look good.

Are you still pleased with your mini-splits?


All the lights in the rooms reflect better off the ceilings than they did previously. I hadn't really noticed how grungy the ceilings were until I painted.

As for paint matching; the brand of paint was different (from a BBS) and all they had to go off of was the color card that I kept.

I don't plan on filling the "windows" with anything besides trim.

Cop Car

Thanks for the reminder on your "windows". That does ring a bell.

"A paint matching machine scans an actual paint sample and reverse engineers the amounts of pigment it would take to create the color it sees." Thus, brand of paint doesn't matter. They even have apps for one's phone if one wishes to try that; although, I wouldn't trust the phone app nearly as much as I would trust an in-store, computer-driven system.

The original paints used in/on this house were Mary Porter paints mixed to match some other brand's chips (an unfamiliar brand carried by a store up on Harry - expensive), for which I still have enough left-over paints to touch-up, no more than we need. However, we've had the exterior painted twice since move-in and I've had a door and associated wood trim installed inside within the past 8 years for which additional stain was required. All those new paints and stains were well matched by our local Sherwin-Williams store from the original exterior paint board that I had given Rich during our build.

Cop Car

Well...the exterior paint board wasn't responsible for the match on the stain. I have a cabinet door that had to be replaced in the kitchen when a re-do was required on the cabinets in order to get the refrigerator into the kitchen. It serves as my sample for the stain. (And the leaf from the dining room table was our color chip during the build. I asked the finish carpentry shop to match the leaf in color, but make the woodwork a couple of shades lighter - which the owner's wife did by eye.)


I didn't have a paint chip - just the color name and number from card that I picked the color from in 2014 (yes, I have the date on the card). A card is much different from a board, which is actually painted and they can do a light analysis on. Using a paint chip is great for matching weathered paint on the exterior of a house.

Stain is a whole different animal as it all depends on the wood pores, and even to some extent the grain pattern. Even the same can of stain may produce slightly different colors on different woods (oak, pine etc), or on the same type of wood with patterns that are different.

Cop Car

Absolutely, on the stain. Wood Chuck's told me that the table leaf was oak (I had thought it walnut!) and they used oak for our finish trim, which means that the match was easier, I guess. Of course, any stain is going to vary from piece to piece and, within the same piece for the reasons that you listed. The woodwork in your Grandmother/Grandfather H's home was also oak, according to Mom.


Oak is a great wood for staining. I used oak for the stairs last year. I thought about pine, but it can be finiky and probably isn't as durable for heavy use.

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