Sunday, October 10, 2010

A New Name for an Old Favorite

Part of the process of redoing my living room is making new window treatments. Instead of valences, I will now be using curtain panels. I purchased the new drapery hardware at an incredible discount but everything was a different finish.

To unify all the various components I decided to use my favorite painting and glazing technique.

My number one rule before proceeding with any project has always been “have all your supplies together before you begin.” Too bad I did not follow my own advice.

You see, I started my project only to discover about two thirds of the way through that I did not have enough paint. Although I normally keep a stash of my go to paint – satin finish Valspar Porcelain - I ran out. So off I went to Lowes.

Much to my surprise, however, Porcelain spray paint was no longer available, not on the shelf, none to be found! Panic set in. What was I going to do now?

Luckily, I was able to find a sales person who knew that recently Valspar had renamed some of their paint colors. So the paint was there, it just had a new name. To say I was relieved is an understatement.

Now the old “Porcelain” is called Churchill Hotel Vanilla. You can see from the pictures both cans have the same number listed under their names.

Since many of us love this paint, I thought you would want to know!

So has this ever happened to you? Have you ever began a project only to discover part way through you did not have what you needed to finish the job? What did you do?


ritad said...

I just wonder, WHY do people always have to change things!!! When we find something that we really love, just leave it alone, please! Especially when it is the SAME thing.

Courtney said...

That happened to me once when my friend was helping me paint my bedroom. We were using Behr paint from Home Depot, but it was late in the evening and Home Depot was already closed. My friend had the great idea that we could just bring the paint chip to another store in the area (which shall remain unnamed) and have them color-match the paint (which was a shade of white). This seemed like a great idea, until the next day, when the sun came up...and revealed that we had painted the room with TWO different colors of white!! We had to re-do at least half the room in the RIGHT paint from Home Depot! I learned my lesson. ;-)

ChRiS said...

lol i did same thing Courtney....i remember looking at my walls least 4 maybe 5 times saying what the hell!!! then when i went to get the original paint next day they had none!!! Next time i will buy more then i need thats a promise!

Adrienne said...

I never understand why things like this have to change. Obviously it was selling well or they would have discontinued it completely! Doesn't make sense to me but I'm so glad you found what you needed. Can't wait to see your new curtain panels!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I don't understand the need for this either. The only thing I can think of is that the name now matches the color on a paint chip. Because I have seen Churchill Hotel on paint chips.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Lucky you found someone who knew the product! I would have felt that pit in my stomach if I thought there was no more and I had already gotten half way through the job. Of course, it just means respraying everything another color, but still. I love the look, Stacey, and can't wait to see it up!

Karen said...

I've been guilty of this lots of times---even worse for me is when I start a recipe and realize I didn't have an ingredient...yikes. Happy for you that you were able to find the same paint under a different name.

Stephanie said...

Oh lots of times I have this happen. It just makes me think harder outside the box to come up with a second solution. I think a person thinks to change the names to keep their jobs in tact. It creates more things to do. Why else would you do that? I fit isn't broke, why fix it right?

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