As in—shades of adobe. Which (a light version) is what the kitchen is. After looking through every paint chip in Spokane, we settled on a color from Benjamin Moore, which went perfectly with the cabinets we are not now getting.

By sheer luck and the fact we had to match other things, it still does go well with the other cabinets we ARE getting.

But—we need a lighter shade to go with it. We picked out a color called ‘soft music’ —which on the chip is a sort of apricot. We optimistically bought a gallon of it. When it went on the wall, it was flaming pink. Which is horrid next to adobe. Would it dry closer to color? Nay. It got worse.

So—back I go, to Ace, from whom we had bought this Kensington-Clarke ‘soft music’. They tried again. The mix was still baby bottom pink. I suggested they analyze their own color chip with their color-matching device, and it showed something different than the colors the machine was putting into it. Oh, joy. They tried matching it, but it was a dead dull color still slightly pink. So back I go this time with a painted strip in our MAIN color, and ask them to analyze that and match it. Well, it sort of works. A color called ‘something peach’ sort of goes with it in a lighter way—and so we are testing that on a strip WE are going to take to Lowe’s to compare to the door sample of the cabinets we ordered, to be sure that the minute difference in tones is not going to be godawful…

I am getting very weary of driving to Ace. I am getting even wearier of paint matches that don’t, and they are calling Kensington to tell them that their computer program has a glitch in it on this one color—the one we need. What, in all the paint chips in Spokane, are the odds that we would pick the one color I have EVER seen that far off from what it’s advertised to be? And Adobe is a pure bear to try to match. So we are hoping with two paints of the same brand and base that they WILL go ok with the doors, or we will be back at it again.