Workshop Color + Function

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After patching and repairing the workshop walls last week, we finally dived into the most rewarding part of that process – paint! Although there were moments of waffling and weakness on our chosen paint chip, Scott convinced me to stick to our guns (and go with our guts), and our walls are now the perfect color. Actually, I’m going to say it’s my new favorite color color; mostly green, a little blue and a good dose of gray. It’s Stratton Blue by Benjamin Moore, and we had it color matched to Valspar Optimus paint in an eggshell finish:

Since switching to the Optimus paint line about a year ago, our room-painting-conversations always go a little like this: whoa, I think we can knock this out in one coat! Followed by gah, I just love this paint. It’s, like, so smooth. We’re big, big fans, and while we used to be afraid of an eggshell finish, it really is just right. Our past preference has always been flat, as any wall sheen will highlight the – ahem – character in our old drywall. This paint looks flat, but with built-in durability for those two meatballs running amok in our home.

The paint had barely dried before we were installing our workshop wish list item – a wall mounted vacuum! As a part of our ongoing collaboration with Ace Hardware, they asked us what product would really kick our home projects up a notch, and we quickly agreed that the Craftsman Clean N Carry Wet/Dry vacuum would be the perfect workshop companion. The workshop + this guy = true love:

It hangs on a handful of anchors, with one of them going directly into one of the supports of our pocket door frame. There were two lengths of hose included, but because this space is just under 6′ wide, the smaller of the two reaches all four corners of the room! Cleaning up any small projects will be a breeze, and we gave it a good test run by attaching it to our orbital sander during a workbench wood refresh:

We were concerned before it arrived that it might be too big for the room, but it tucks up against the wall surprisingly well, and should we need to use it elsewhere in the home, it easily comes off the wall holder and is light enough to carry by hand. All of the attachments tuck into a small compartment below, making everything self-contained and organized – which, as you know, is where it’s at. This guy is going to be a future-projects game changer, for sure.

We’ll be back later this week with another workshop addition, but for now, how about a bit of Ace Hardware cash for your own home projects? Together with the Ace crew, we’ll be giving away a $100 Ace Hardware gift card to one lucky reader! The giveaway runs through this Friday, April 17th at 5pm CST; simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. The winner will be announced within this post by Friday evening. Good luck and happy entering!

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We’re excited to be collaborating with Ace Hardware as a part of their Ace Blogger Panel! Ace has provided us with compensation and the materials necessary to complete this project (thanks, Ace!), and all opinions are our own. That handsome noodle at the top is an added bonus.


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