About ten years ago, I painted my mantel brown. You can see just a bit of that "brown" mantel in this old photo of my son and grandson. It would be the bilious green strip at the top of the pic.
I swear it looked brown in the store! Somehow, in my house it looked like a pea soup green . By the time I accepted that it was not going to somehow turn brown if I just put enough coats of paint on, I didn't want to deal with it anymore. I have spent the ensuing years telling people I thought it looked just fine, thank you.
Well, it may have taken ten years to get up the courage to try again, but I do love it this time. It's Behr's Dark Cavern. It's a deep gray with a brown tint, not blue.
I should have done this ten years ago. Another job off the list!