Saturday, 26 May 2012
Not what it says on the tin
I have not had good experiences with Turkish paint. The colours are not as varied as those in the UK. The Turks seem to like bright colours, or they just settle for good old whitewash.
Our house is whitewashed inside and out and it's frankly boring. I had decided that I would like something different in the bedroom. A very pale green or yellow. The Turks don't do "pale".
In the past I have tried cheap paint and expensive paint. There seems to be no difference, so I wandered up and down the paint aisle looking for some that was reasonably priced. Above the shelves was a large board showing the colours. I got quite excited when I spotted a pale green and Mr A called an assistant over to find me a tin. "Are you sure it's the same colour as the chart, and the picture on the tin?" I asked. He said it was but was happy to open it up for me to check. It was BRİGHT green. So we then pointed out a "pale" yellow. He opened this tin and it was, as you may have guessed by now, BRİGHT yellow...so bright that the thought of waking up to it first thing in the morning made me feel quite dizzy.
So, rather than settle for plain old white, I picked out "Vanilla". This wasn't quite what I wanted but it would do.
Yesterday, I started painting. Has anyone any idea what colour Vanilla should be? Not pink, surely? This "Vanilla" is pink. I don't like pink. I watered it down so that it became a paler pink. OK I carried on painting, thinking that maybe the colour would look different once it was dry. It does look better, but it still looks pink.
Mr A told me that the amount of paint we bought would be more than sufficient to paint the entire bedroom. It wasn't. I now have two walls painted in pink...sorry Vanilla...and two walls still whitewashed. It's not a good look.
Back to the drawing board then.