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Ding Dong, The Mint Is Dead.


Have you ever taken x-rite’s online color challenge?

Before you go running out my virtual blog door, hang on a sec. It’s not a “girly” thing — it’s a vision thing. Sure, girls may be better at it, but still. Aren’t you curious? There’s something about the rods and cones in the back of our eyeballs that makes it easier for women to see color. Men, it turns out, can see better in the dark. So even with the lights off, ladies, he’s still gonna see you. You may as well own it.


There’s this test you can take to see how well you… see. How well you see color, that is. Or hue — the various shades of color.

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Not to brag or anything, but I just so happened to get a perfect score.

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On the first try.

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If you took the test, let me know how you did:

My *cough* perfect *cough* score would probably explain why painting our master bedroom was at the top of my to-do list when we moved into this house.


To many, mint green is probably a pretty subtle hue. Nothing to get worked up about.


But to me, it was like an explosion of toothpaste and hospital scrubs.


The walls, molding, the trim, the doors — even the window frames! — were all the same, drab mint.


And if there’s one place in your house that shouldn’t feel reminiscent of a nursing home or dental office, it’s your bedroom.

There’s not much natural light in our room, so it was really tough to get consistent photos. But basically, aside from a purging of the mint, it needed contrast. 

So, I did what any sane person would do. I taped a bunch of swatches on the wall across from the bed and refused to put out until we made a decision.


Kidding. But we were forced to stare at them every night until we I picked one. Justin was all for using darts to decide.

The unfortunate thing about hue, however, is that you can’t get a really great grasp of it until it’s up there en masse.

So I primed the walls and trim.

And then I primed the trim again.

And then I painted the trim white.

And then I painted it white again.

And then I painted it white again. And again.

That mint wasn’t going down without a fight.

All-in-all, I think it took one coat of primer, four coats of paint, six beers, three movies, and every ounce of my sanity to get the crown molding, baseboards, window and door trim looking a nice, crisp white.

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Then it was time to paint the walls. We settled on Valspar’s Urban Sunrise (4004-1B).


If I was the careful type, I’d have picked up a sample pot to test it on a couple of walls first. But at that point, I just wanted the mint gone. It was haunting my dreams.

I splurged on a higher quality paint, Valspar’s 2000 series, and two coats later, I’d gone from this:


To this:


And while that may not seem like a huge difference to you, to the High Hue IQ sensitive types like me, it was the world.


No more dentist office. The white trim pops against the soft, gray walls.


The hue is a little bluer than I’d like — especially at night. And we still have a couple of issues to address. Like the old, yellowed glass fan. And the scalloped roller shades. And the fact that I still haven’t painted the window frames.


Or the doors.


And now I can really see just how mint it used to be.


And there are still just a few inconsistencies with the other finishes.


Plus, it still needs a few things, like some curtains, a rug, and I don’t know… maybe some actual color.

But I’ll get to all of that.

For now, I’d just like to rejoice in the fact that the mint is dead.

And I killed it.

And I finally get to cross off one item on the massive to-do list for updating this house.

Which makes me feel happy and catatonic at the same time.

Next up?

The kitchen.


I’m gonna need a lot of wine.

P.S. Thank you so much for your incredible responses to Friday’s post. I’m still soaking it in and turning some ideas around. If you haven’t yet, feel free to go leave a comment or answer the poll, which should be active for a few more days.


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Nice work. Mint green only belongs on mints.


Agreed. (Though I’ve seen some homes I actually like it in, you still need to have a different color trim.)


wow. i must be colorblind like crazy because i got a 72 on that quiz. 72!!!! I may need to borrow your mad seeing color skills when it comes time to decorate my apartment. maybe this is why i am so attracted to bright contrasting colors? because i can actually see them?


Ha! Maybe it’s your monitor. Yeah… that’s it. Your monitor. ;) That actually might explain why you like high contrast colors!


Love the new paint – it is always crazy to me how much of a difference paint makes. Nice choice on the color :-)


Thank you! It’s SUCH a huge difference. I no longer feel like I’m suffocating when I walk into my bedroom. :)

Monika Sharma

Hi Katie,
Very Nice and interesting article. I really like this post. This is really nice work (y) :)

Colleen Brynn

Omg I clicked on the colour vision test and had horrific flashbacks to colour vision lab last year. I actually had to do this test in lab (along with a couple other different ones), and we had to simulate colour deficiencies by doing the tests under different kinds of light. Talk about tedious.


Haha, sorry — I should’ve placed a trigger warning for aspiring optometrists. :)


We’re currently struggling with how to paint the living room due to some inconsistent painting, no left over paint to touch up existing problem spots, and the previous owner painting around a TV wall mount that took me 4 months to remove all 14 stripped screws. Plus, there are accent walls that have been established that we like and how to coordinate with that and weigh which is most important, and how much painting do we really want to do since we’ll be painting ALL of the kitchen cabinets come the spring, along with the master bathroom.



Painting is a HUGE pain, but it’s also one of the most invigorating things you can do to a room. If you can find the energy, re-paint it all. Even if you pick similar colors. Chances are, aside from the screw holes and other problem spots you mentioned, it’s going to be just plain dirty and marked up after years of living with another family. A fresh coat of paint on the walls and trim will do wonders to make the house feel fresh and new!


The TRIM! I can’t wait to paint the trim…particularly the door and window frames. Mine are painted white and I CAN’T stand it.

I don’t know if it’s because it’s old and looks like crap, or if it is the white.

We’ll see what Becca lets me do. ;)


LOL I’m painting all of mine white because most of it is mint or cream! To each his own. ;)

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