Category: diningroom

Winds Breath Paint Dilemma


If you haven’t read my Kitchen & Dining Paint Upgrade yet you can read about it here. I was so excited to paint those rooms I didn’t do enough research. Although I thought I did with all the paint cards I was holding on to for months.

What I didn’t share in that post was the first time I got the paint cans. Ocean Air was spot on. Winds Breath, well…I got home and realized the store mixed a different color on the card. I went back the next day and with a little hesitation from the associate, he mixed the ‘correct’ color. Which is what is on the walls in that original post. Also, in the post I state that while it’s a nice griege color, it doesn’t work with Ocean Air very well.

I didn’t know what to do. So for 6 months it sat like that. I figured it was better than the bright yellow walls.

After talking to my husband about finances and us deciding to appraise the house to increase our 20% and decrease our MI owed. Hubby expressed his frustration with several spot in the house with paint samples on the walls. Lol.

I had decided to work on that wall again and those three colors weren’t doing it for me. I was getting beyond frustrated.

A soffit in our bedroom was accented and we both wanted it the same as the rest of the room. So I chipped some paint off our wall and went to the store for a custom match. While I was there I decided to take another look at the cards and hopefully find “the one”.

It must have been fate because I walked right over and pulled a card out. Lo and behold it said, Winds Breath, by Behr. I double take and realize that is the color on my wall. That I’m loathing. And it has a green undertone. No wonder it didn’t look right with the Ocean Air blue I had going on, on the adjacent wall.

The funny thing is, is that the paint can has the Benjamin Moore code for Winds Breath, but inside the can is Behr’s Winds Breath. I wanted to cry with relief because I couldn’t ever find anything I loved as much as BM Winds Breath and I was starting to lose it.










I hiked up my big girl pants and headed off to a BM paint supplier and got the correct color. It is amazing and everything I hoped for.

If you made it this long, I applaud you.

Basically, if you are planning on color matching across brands, double check to see if there are other brands out there with the same name so you can resolve the problem quickly, instead of waiting 6 months. Oops.


I’m not sure on your screen quality but while it’s ever so slightly different. I can tell a difference in person in the overall feel and cohesiveness with the other wall. The blue doesn’t present accurately but you can see how the BM product on top looks WAY better than the Behr color of the same name on the bottom.

I hope I shared something new with you today.




Kitchen and Dining Paint Upgrade


This is what our kitchen / dining room looked like before we moved in and well for the first year we lived in our first home. I promised myself it would be the first thing I did and some how that year went fast. My parents helped us move in and when they came to visit again the following year, I made sure I had a list of things my dad could help me with. Painting this loud kitchen was one of them.  I guess it wasn’t too bad but yellow is my very least favorite color, at least while I’m wearing it. I think it looks fine as an accent but this was just too much.

before-kitchen before-kitchen-1

There were two things preventing me from painting. The big one was that the wall had some heavy venetian plaster technique on it that made awesome spots for collecting dirt and dust.

img_6149You can see that here on the right and the result of using the rasp to smooth the ridges down. img_6150 My helper using the wet/dry vac to clean up the dust. He had a blast. img_6167The final results of all the hard work smoothing it down. My mother and I did wipe the walls down with a wet rag, so the paint would adhere without issues.

The second was debating on color. While I know the technique of buying samples, I didn’t bring myself to do that here. What I did do was take sample cards and placed them around the outlet that’s hanging out half way up the dining room wall. I also leaned some above the countertop against the wall.

After months of indecision and changing my mind of the route I wanted to go. I finally chose Benjamin Moore 2123-50 Ocean Air   and I am SO in love with this color. I am so glad I didn’t go with anything too bold again. I’m liking the subtle and muted for the majority of the house.

ocean-airOcean Air

img_6169Look at that difference. Oh and the other thing I forgot to mention, if you can’t tell here, is that the yellow was a flat sheen. Like what was going on, flat in the kitchen, dining, living AND hallways.

img_80701The color on the window wall is Benjamin Moore OC-24 Winds Breath. Its a great greige color but right in the corner where the two colors meet, it looks off, too gray. I like my warm tones and I’m experimenting with gray but its too much on the cool side for me. Maybe its too warm for the blue.  The point was to take that color into the living room but I’m not convinced so it’s staying as is until I can make up my mind again.

windsbreathWinds Breath

img_6173 Pardon the mess. Reality.img_6172

This is just to show we painted the little entry into the pantry/laundry room.

Needless to say, I am SO excited that this is done. I have felt so much more calm and at peace, not as irritated and on edge as I felt before. I mean it happens but it’s amazing to see and feel the difference that a little paint can do for your home and your sanity.

What kind of differences and changes have you noticed in your life because of a little paint?