Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Embassy Purple?!

Talk about fate, karma, thoughts become things……I’ve been so worried about using the metallic silver paint…..

Went to Home Depot yesterday to pick up the silver metallic paint and voiced my concerns to the “paint experts”……. “I’ve heard good and horrible things about this metallic paint”, I said.  “Am I going to regret doing this?”

A man standing next to me at the paint counter extalled the virtues of the metallic paint…..”you’ll love it!” he said enthusiastically….. “I use it all the time”.

He uses it all the time? What?!

Yes, he was a professional faux finish painter…..he asked me what color my base paint was….I explained to him that my walls were a light taupe…..and I was planning on painting the silver over the top of it.


“I know this sounds crazy, but if you paint a base coat of  Purple Embassy under ANY of the metallic paints they all look beautiful!”, he said.

Okay, so what are the chances that you are going to use silver metallic paint and are worried sick about it and then you are sent this paint angel?  Who am I to argue….AND the base paint was on sale 1/2 price….I mean come on….the planets are all lining up and the angels are singing a Halleluiah chorus for me.  The man left and went to the register, but then he came back and gave me his business card (postcard actually with beautiful pictures of his paint finishes) and told me to call him if I had any problems.

Now I’m excited….I hurry home and start taping off my work area….

Here goes nothing……or something….something really purple…..

The first coat was looking pretty splotchy when it dried, so I went ahead and did a 2nd coat…..if I’m going to all this trouble I want it to look good….I don’t want to look back and say “man, I really should have put on another coat of the purple”

Much better after the 2nd coat!

So the purple is on and I woke up this morning about 3am with a horrible headache….now researching the VOC content for the Ralph Lauren paints…..primer 84grams/Liter, metallic 91grams/Liter

I normally use BEHR paint plus primer and it’s <50 grams/Liter…..well, that explains the headache.

Will have the windows open EXTRA WIDE while I’m painting on the silver today……more pictures later!


  1. Wow, you guys don't waste any time. I think its going to be wonderful! Have you decided on the accent colors yet?

  2. How exciting! Can't wait to see what the silver looks like... who wudda thunk purple as a basecoat, right?

  3. Your room is going to look great! I love your enthusiasm! Can't wait to see the final pics.

  4. You're not kidding, stars aligning! LOL! wow, when he said embassy purple I would have gotten MORE nervous!! LOLOL! But dang it looks awesome! Can't wait to see what the silver looks like on top of it! :D Yes girl - windows WIDE OPEN!!! And a fan or two sure wouldnt hurt! LOL Good luck ms. painter! You're doing awesome!!!

  5. This is the exact color I am about to use and I was just sitting here thinking about using the metallic silver over it, I used it over a dark blue in my bedroom and its gorgeous! Please post pics soon, cant wait to see!

    1. You can see the final pictures here: