About That Shed Color

So I may have gone a touch too yellow with the shed color:

Fortunately, I only bought a gallon and the wood sucked up the paint, so I went and got two more gallons of something a little less retina burning:

The main reason for painting it was to protect it, but I did want to brighten it up, too, but I didn’t intend for it to be so fucking bright you could see it from the space station. Hopefullly “sunglow” will be better than the first color.

The paint never looks like the sample on paper they have at the store.

91 replies
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    Laura says:

    On the other hand, you could put red tile on the roof and the folks on the space station could wave at the world’s biggest pencil as they zip by…

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    misterpuff says:

    Now we know where the mustard went.

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    raven says:

    My wife is a color girl and she put all kinds of sample on whatever she is painting. She also ALWAYS is bummed out by whatever she picks at first and then she realizes what she picked is right.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I don’t know why you’re apologising for it. That’s a nice cheerful shade of yellow.

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    piratedan says:

    seems to me that with your college connections you could bring some kids over and make it a mural project… you get something unique and probably save yourself some paint….

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    Anonymous At Work says:

    Wet paint on boards never looks like the dry stuff on bleached paper? Say what now?

    If that’s one coat on unprimed wood, no wonder. Give it another coating before you start bitching.

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    JCJ says:

    Well done! You are a master detective!

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    rikyrah says:

    I like the color😏😏😎😎

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    The paint never looks like the sample on paper they have at the store.

    Ur doin it rong.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I’m having a problem with the second photo. It’s not displaying, and when I try to reload the image, the frame disappears from the page. I can’t view the mage because it seems to have errors.

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    @rikyrah: Definitely need shades for that color.😎😎

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    @Amir Khalid: Hmmm, you had that problem with OTR this morning.

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    MomSense says:



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    Ruemara says:

    IDK, I like the sunny yellow. It has verve.

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    jl says:

    Colror’s fine. Yeesh. Thanks for shepic and paintpic. Only the finest full service blogs feature paint swatches for critical evaluation of the blog boss’ paint job on the shed out back.

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    Ah, I’ve been waiting for an excuse to share one of my favorite twitter bots: @pantone_colors

    Pantone 313-u
    hsl(192,100%,35%)#008db1 pic.twitter.com/uuiYBgmqr0

    — Every Pantone Color (@pantone_colors) April 22, 2019

    Edit: okay, that rendered way too big, anyway it’s a bot that just tweets nice colors.

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    p.a. says:

    I took a piece of the 1 wall being worked on to scan to match the color to Home Depuke. New paint was at least 2 shades darker with an unpleasant greenish tint. Just wanted the job done, so it’s the ‘accent’ wall now.

    Also too, ‘mustard’ comment wins the day. I like the yaller shed.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @piratedan: I call this one Three Doggos and A Magnificent Bastard.

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    gwangung says:

    Um, I LIKE that bright color. (TBF, in warm climates, it’s great because it reflects the heat….)

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    @jl: I’ve been thinking about doing some Milky Way pics in the western Sierra, Shaver Lake, Dinkey Creek(there’s a cool old sawmill there), and maybe Huntington Lake. I’ve been up there, but the last time was 1968. Aren’t you from the lowlands around there?

    ETA: Also noticed there’s a Reefer City a few miles from Mojave, not the best light, but would make for a good caption.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I was hoping that was the haircare company, but that’s Patene.


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    Steeplejack says:

    Too many people on the shelter shows are nitwits. On Property Brothers: Buying and Selling the client wife is nitpicking Jonathan’s renovation color choices in the kitchen of the house they are going to sell. He gave her good reasons for the colors in the current market, and she said that she thinks her taste is “more like what most people want.” And of course doesn’t offer specifics, just “I don’t like that.” Serenity now.

    I turn over to these shows to avoid Trump rage. I don’t need reno rage.

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    dww44 says:

    Re paints never actually matching what was on display in the store. That’s certainly true of Big Box stores in these parts. We converted our back screen porch to a sunroom and needed to match the gray color on the rest of the house. We made 4 different trips to Lowe’s with a paint chip/sample from the house andnever ended up with the right color. Finally went to the local Sherwin Williams and got an exact match the first time.

    BTW, the 2nd yellow is indeed much better. Yellows, for me at least, are almost always problematical, whether one’s using them inside or out.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Steeplejack: Is there a baseball game on in your neck of the woods?

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    eemom says:

    I also like the color.

    Jeez, Cole, not EVERYTHING has to be gloom and doom 24/7.

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    debbie says:

    It will weather and be just fine.

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    IDK, I kinda like it.

    Since this is a thread about color, I stumbled upon this project that turns movies into lines of color – you have to see it to understand it – and even then your response may be similar to mine – “why?”

    But pretty: The Color Of Motion

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    debbie says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Following. Thanks!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    It seems to happen with at least one photo in every post. But only photos. Embedded tweets and the like are okay.

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    Just plant a willow in front of it.

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    @Major Major Major Major:

    When the AI gets to name the color.

    I, personally, am quite fond of the Stanky Bean.

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    MomSense says:

    Had some good news today. One of my clients has been doing his community service obligation for his deferral agreement at a humane society. He told me that since he was a kid he has wanted to work with animals. I think we found a way to get him into a training program so he can become a veterinary assistant. He was so happy he cried. It’s amazing how healing caring for animals can be. And shout out to the humans at the animal shelters who make miracles happen every day.

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    White & Gold Purgatorian says:

    Wow, that looks like “traffic yellow.” My Daddy bought a couple of big buckets of it at an auction (maybe $5) 35 years ago and painted their shop/garage with it. It was just exactly the color of the yellow stripe on the highway. Bright! Mother hated it. But the damned paint stayed on there 25+ years. A few years after he passed away she had it repainted — beige. Looks real nice now.

    That sunglow color will be pretty bright outdoors, too. Whatever color you choose, use a high quality primer under it and don’t forget to caulk the places where water can get in behind your siding. Don’t skimp on the prep. I’ve been painting our house for two summers and prep takes about 5 times as long as actually painting. Lots of cleaning, scraping, peeling and fixing cause it’s old. Less prep for new stuff but primer and caulk is still money well spent.

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    @p.a.: Are yallers anything like yinzers? Asking for a friend.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Ah, the Pantone conspiracy group — they keep you from buying more of those perfect towels for the guest bathroom, because this eyar’s colors aren’t ever the same as last year’s colors. The committee that selects all the colors for all the manufacturing corporations world wide, every year,

    I know a guy who was an industrial designer, and was a member of the Pantone committee for quite a while. I can’t tell you any more about the conspiracy than that, they meet and agree on the colors to be used next year in paint, yarn dye, clothes, towels, socks, you name it, they color it.

    Cole, that fact that you don’t like the colour overlords’ selections for your shed has been noted in your permanent records!!


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    Chief Oshkosh says:

    and the wood sucked up the paint, so

    Did you prime it first? If not, I’d put a couple of coats of a good exterior blocking primer (KILZ, Zinsser, etc.) on before putting that buff topcoat on. Otherwise, the baby-diarrhea yellow will bleed through and give an uneven final look.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Yeah, White Sox-Orioles and Phillies-Mets. Neither very compelling, and the 9:00 slot is a new episode of PB:BS. Thought I’d check that as a change from the 200 reruns the rest of the week.

    I know these shows are sort of like professional wrestling, where they arrange things to heighten drama and interest, but occasionally it’s a bit much. Owners who haven’t updated their house in 10 years suddenly going all Anna Wintour on a place they’re leaving is a WTF moment.

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    debbie says:


    This is wonderful to read!

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    Sebastian says:

    I like it a lot. Needs a second coat, maybe a third.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    After spending two days alone with my two toddler grandkids, probably the last thing I need at the moment is a request to read and edit a 36-page paper that’s to be submitted tomorrow. Fortunately, I have some excellent beer on hand.

    One of the things that slipped my mind from being a parent – if you’re going to take them to the beach, pack a change of clothes, because no matter the water temperature, they will get soaking wet.

    On the bright side, grandma is on her way home from the airport.

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    billcinsd says:

    The initial color of the shed appears to be baby shit yellow, not always a popular color

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: But not too close to the house!

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    Ohio Mom says:

    Your shed looks like it has the exact same kind of siding as our house. Which in our case, and probably yours, was originally stained, not painted. That might be why it is soaking up the paint.

    The fellow whom Ohio Dad hired last year to re-roof and re-stain the house, took it upon himself to paint it instead. What the long-term implications of this are, I do not yet know. Hopefully, it does not peel, bubble or do anything else untoward until we sell the house in about 8 years.

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    lamh36 says:

    Wha the hell is going on!

    Isn’t this like the 4th person this MONTH!

    Stay DAFUQ away from the edge people. I’ve been to the grand canyon…Just cause you can go near the edge andlook over the edge…doesn’t mean you should.

    Follow Follow @wsbtv
    70-year-old woman falls to her death in Grand Canyon National Park: https://2wsb.tv/2XA39J8

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    Hopefully, it does not peel, bubble or do anything else untoward until we sell the house in about 8 years.

    I’m sure you know that by posting that you’ve guaranteed that it will peel in about 7.5 years.

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    Dan B says:

    Designer hat on: if you paint something at the back of the yard yellow it will “proceed” towards you. It will foreshorten the garden. Also it will distract or overpower the background. If I recall you’ve got nice fields and views beyond the back fence.

    An off white creamy yellow would fit well with the vintage of your home. A dark neutral green can look like a Martha Stewart tasteful garden shed and allow the background to be seen. Whenever I’ve managed to persuade my clients that some things ought to be datk so the surroundings or background to shine they never go back.

    It also works if you’ve got a homely structure or a big overdone house, the kind we call Bellevue Tudor here – big looking because of an excess of gables. Your shed and home are neither but same principles can be applied: keep it simple, keep it subtle, add accents, success!

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Steeplejack: Phils-Mets is a toss up for me. O’s just won.

    Cubs just tied it at 3 vs LAD at Wrigley.

    Enjoy Property Brothers (?)

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    lamh36 says:

    Ugh…I’ve said it once…I’ll say it again..


    Measles cases are continuing to rise: There have been 681 cases so far this year, according to a new analysis. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/measles-cases-new-high-since-2000_n_5cc08870e4b0764d31dbb3f6?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004 via @HuffPost

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Hmmm, I think I will send that link to my BIL, the former newspaper movie critic turned food writer.

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    Currants says:

    John Cole, you’re my kind of people! Love that other people have the same problem figuring out what a color will look like in real life.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @MomSense: What a great story! Happy not only for your client but also you. Congrats!

    Can you imagine if the system was designed to really work? You’d have a story like that every week. We’d be bored of them! How lovely would that be?

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    NotMax says:

    Mix in any leftover pink from the bedroom.


    Tip: Always take the color sample sheet out of the store and look at it in honest to goodness sunlight, not under in-store lighting.

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    MomSense says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    Would be so nice.

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    NotMax says:

    The picture of the color of the painted shed looks exactly like the siding on half the buildings in a small Finnish town recently seen in Deadwind on Netflix.

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    CaseyL says:

    I had most of my rooms painted a few years ago, and I wanted lots of color, and lots of colors. (Every room different!)

    I found what I thought was a cheerful sunshine yellow for the kitchen. Turned out to be a REALLY saturated, almost metallic, yellow. I was bummed at first, but then started liking it. Very fond of it now.

    Alas, the project was never finished: the fellow who was doing the work was a paint sales manager by day and a handyman/contractor in his spare time. Once his wife had a kid, he no longer had spare time. :(

    (Me do it? I’m not painting my place! I’ve helped some friends paint their house interiors, and always wind up with nearly as much of it on me as on the walls.)

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @MomSense: That’s awesome! Good for him (and the doggos, feline overlords, etc)!

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @lamh36: I just read something interesting about the measles. It appears to erase parts of your immune functioning — your system “forgets” it knows the cold viruses and other bugs it once conquered, so you are back to zero.

    After the measles vaccine was developed, doctors saw the overall rate of childhood infections drop because immune systems were protected from being erased.

    Science is so fascinating.

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    joel hanes says:

    OT: I followed a link from another place on the internet to an article at Splinter, and read the comments after I read the article.


    The BJ snarling jackals come off very well by comparison;
    informed, rational, calm, and articulate.

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    Steeplejack says:


    I enjoyed the show. I always like seeing the candidate houses, the design choices, the results—and people’s motivations and reasoning. Everybody wants a house 50% bigger in their same neighborhood at a price that is woefully out of touch with the market. That’s a given. But sometimes the thinking is a little screwy.

    The Orioles were well ahead the last time I checked, so I didn’t need to go back to that, and the Phillies and Mets are in the “pox on both houses” zone for me as a longtime Braves and current Nationals supporter. A “regional coverage” game started at 10:00, so I’ll look and see what that is.

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    NotMax says:


    Occurs to me that with the spate of bird talk hereabouts I can’t recall anyone ever mentioning seeing an oriole.

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    kindness says:

    It’s bright yellow but the sun is going to bleach it lighter. Summer will pale it out some.

    You won’t be painting it just once if you’re going to use it for several years.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @rikyrah: @Ruemara: I’m with you ladies. The second selection is gonna look like winter butter, or hard cooked egg yolks from caged hens.

    @gwangung: And I agree with you too!

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @joel hanes: Thank you Joel. Much appreciated (by all I’m sure).

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    BruceJ says:

    Give it some time. You know all those pastel colors in classic Mexican Barrio homes? They start OUT as unbearably bright and intense, and mellow over a couple of years. If you try and tone it down now, it’ll look just like bilulous mud in a couple years…

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    joel hanes says:


    My Mom in rural Iowa has orioles at her feeders all summer long, and two pairs nest in the neighborhood, one in her tree, and one somewhere across the road.

    Nail a yellow plastic cup with low sides to a board about a foot long and four inches wide. Drive a couple too-long nails through from the bottom on either end, so they project an inch or more aboe the top. Affix the thing to a post, or hang it so it won’t overturn, spike a couple quarters of a fresh orange on the projecting nails on the ends, and fill the yellow cup about half full of the cheapest grape jelly. The orange and yellow colors will attract their curiosity, and they are gluttons for the fruit jelly.

    When I lived in Palo Alto there were two pairs that came to our apple tree and squabbled — amazingly noisy.

    Their nests are beautifully woven slingshot affairs, with the eggs in the pouch, really obvious in the autumn after the leaves fall.

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    Aaron says:

    Science shows that over the long haul, bright colors on accessories bring joy to their owners. Go with the yellow John Cole, you will be happy that you did.

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    Steeplejack says:


    My bird-fu is limited, but I think orioles like fruit and suet, not seeds, and they tend to hang out high in trees, so they’re probably not regular visitors to the backyard bird feeder.

    Happy to be corrected by those with more knowledge. I knew one serious birder and paid attention to about half of what I was told.

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    NotMax says:


    in a couple years

    What with the honeysuckle, wisteria and incipient ivy, won’t be able to see it at all by then.


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    J R in WV says:

    @joel hanes:

    …The BJ snarling jackals come off very well by comparison;
    informed, rational, calm, and articulate.

    Really? Ya think? When the trolls come out?

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    James E Powell says:

    @TaMara (HFG):

    Is it like the color version of a word cloud?

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    frosty says:

    @NotMax: Saw one in a tree outside my cubicle window at work north of Baltimore last year. First one I’ve ever seen so I was a bit stoked.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @MomSense: That is such great news – it made my day. Thank you.

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    James E Powell says:

    @J R in WV:

    I can’t tell you any more about the conspiracy than that, they meet and agree on the colors to be used next year in paint, yarn dye, clothes, towels, socks, you name it, they color it.

    Brings to mind this scene from The Devil Wears Prada.

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    debbie says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Glad you survived!

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    Barbara says:

    @Amir Khalid: @rikyrah: Totally concur. Outdoor structures were made for bright colors and yellow is my favorite. I think it looks great.

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    Barbara says:

    @Ohio Mom: Yep. Doctors noticed it and then studied and validated it. It is called immunomodulation.

    I read that 20% of adults with measles require hospitalization. But yeah, it is just a harmless childhood infection.

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    joel hanes says:

    @J R in WV:

    Other venues have worse trolls, more often, and worse regulars.
    I think that the commentariat here is one of the four or five best among the remaining left political blogs. (I do miss the fun that used to obtain in the comments at The Poor Man, and at Sadly, No!)

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    joel hanes says:


    Immunity from childhood vaccination fades over decades.
    That’s why a shingles vaccine in adulthood is a good idea.

    I’m talking to my doctor about maybe repeating the MMR this year, at age 66.
    I do _not_ want measles, and the fucking idiots have weakened the herd immunity effect so that I won’t know that I’m screwed until I’m already screwed.

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    sukabi says:

    Good lord John, you found the fucking mustard.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @joel hanes: I got the MMR as an adult — I was partcipating as a parent representative in a training program for students planning to work with disabled kids. It took place at the children’s hospital, which requires either vaccination or proof that you have had the childhood diseases. I wasn’t sure if I’d had mumps and my titer test came out negative.

    Anyway, it wasn’t easy to find a place that would vaccinate me. Adult PCP offices don’t do childhood vaccines; the board of health had just cut out childhood vaccines for adults for budget reasons. I ended up paying out of pocket at a private outfit that does shots for people traveling overseas.

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    trollhattan says:

    Learned from painting redwood you have to slap sealant primer on that sucker first, then color. Dunno what Mister Shed is crafted from but if it’s a similarly oily wood (e.g., cedar) a step was skipped.

    After a year that sucker will fade to…something else. In the meantime, be “that neighbor.”

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    dnfree says:

    HAH! Back in 1973 we painted our new baby’s bedroom a color that was called “bizarre yellow”. We should have paid attention. It burned the retinas even at night in the dark. We took the remainder of the gallon, mixed it with white paint, and repainted, resulting in a color that was more cheerful and less bizarre.

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    joel hanes says:

    @Ohio Mom:

    it wasn’t easy to find a place that would vaccinate me.

    The Walgreen’s web site says that the location closest to me will do it relatively inexpensively.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I’m assuming I’m not the only one who thought of Avonlea’s blue hall.

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    JustRuss says:

    I decided to paint my office yellow once. Picked out a nice, warm, subtle shade, and once it was done…was like being inside a stick of butter. Yellow is tricksy.

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    ruemara says:

    @MomSense: That’s fantastic! Best to him and thank you for the work you do.

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    gvg says:

    They sell a kind of contact paper now for paint samples. About a yard square, you paint the paper, then stick it on the wall. Wait a few days to see if you like it.
    Someone already said, take it outside to see how it really looks. I also found out, you need to put up a sample on several areas of a house, because colors look different in sun and shade. I carefully picked out house colors about 15 years ago and checked them in sun. Looked great so I started painting. Then I did the shady side of the house where it never gets sun, and it looked like it had mildew. I finally couldn’t stand it, and repainted. Take the contact paper sample and move it to different sides of the structure. Sun goes east to west so it’s pretty much guaranteed different sides look different.

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    Kay (not the front-pager) says:

    I’m sure I’m way too late to weigh in on this, but I’ve had yellow houses. My current house is 18 years old yellow-painted cedar siding. Yellow exterior paint fades. A LOT. I agree that the first paint is too bright even to be remedied by fading, but the second color will fade beautifully. It’s very close to our original color (it was called Downy Duckling at the time) and it has faded to a lovely creamy color. Even if it is a little bright at first I think you will be very pleased with it by next year. We’ve even had people ring the doorbell to ask the color name because they want it for their own houses.

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    Paul T says:

    I bought a house last year from a family that must have been blind. The colors were just too much. The kitchen was yellow, and since it faces west, by the afternoon it got yellower and Yellower and then BRIGHT YELLOW…. it was just awful. Anyway, I found this while learning about paint and the Light Reflective Value, or LRV.

    LRV can be misleading when it comes to yellow. Yellow is one of the most reflective hues in the spectrum. In addition, the more area it covers it grows more intense exponentially. People err when choosing yellow more than any other color. They end up with a too bright Lemon Chiffon yellow that borders on needing eye protection to enter the room when they really were going for a softer, more muted Buttercream color.

    ©2005 all rights reserved – LRV Light Reflectance Value of Paint Colors – please quote with appropriate link and attribution

    There is a difference between Light Reflectance Value or luminance and visual brightness albeit subtle. When choosing yellow wall colors, consideration of visual intensity – how bright or dull the color LOOKS – would be a more prominent consideration than the LRV Light Reflectance Value number.

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    thebewilderness says:

    Paint chips fool the eye because they are so small. If you do not have the patience to try a pint of your chosen color at different strengths then just buy the paint mixed at one quarter strength. It will match what you think you are seeing on the paint chip.

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