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When I told the clerk at Big Orange that I wanted a paint sample of “Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore,” she literally typed H-E-L-L into the computer and asked me if she got the name right.

This is The South, people. It’s a funny place where those two words sound similar enough to misspell (you’ll also find people writing “fell” to describe how they feel all. the. time.).

Anywho, after a final coat over the weekend, I can now proudly say that I have two navy walls in the study-o:

I’m surprised it only took two coats, but I was using Behr’s Premium Plus Ultra which has primer built into the paint. Coverage in two coats when going from light blue to navy? Impressive.

Of course, this is only half of the room. Up next, I’ll need to paint the other two walls white, build (or find) storage, and make over the Craigslist chair.

But for now, I am taking a moment to enjoy the way the desk I built pops off of the new navy walls. It’s even better than I’d imagined. And much more enjoyable than the mess I must now clean up.

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  1. Whoa, I've never met a navy that I liked so much. Does it feel like it has some gray color in it more so than blue? The desk is incred too.

  2. Yes, it has some gray to really tone the blue down a bit. I didn't want to see BLUE!!!!! when I walked in, just a subtle, sophisticated navy. Totally the right color.

  3. That is so funny about the paint name. My last name is Hale and you would not believe how often I get funny looks from people when I say my name is Candis Hale. I always say its not a place or a presipitation lol!