I decided to paint a little French mural (the writing on the wallpaper is French and English) to tie the colors of the wallpaper and the painted wall in the kitchen together and give us a fun backdrop for the coffee bar.
I knew I wanted the Eiffel Tower right here in the kitchen but I was not sure what color to paint it. The Eiffel Tower in Paris is 3 shades of brown (Eiffel Tower Brown) and has been for over 40 years. Turns out, the Mayor of Paris gets to pick the color. M. Eiffel had it painted red and over the years it has been many colors as you can see in the photo by Bret Arnett:
I finally decided to paint it blue to go with the writing on the wallpaper.
I tried sapphire paint first but actually used Minwax ”Island Water” stain which has a more translucent quality and is perhaps a little more forgiving in that drips and misswipes can be wiped off with a rag.
I was not out to include every gorgeous detail of the elegant tower but a suggestion of it. I filled it some general cross-hatching to give the impression of the intricate metal work.
Using the base color of the wall (yellow) I spattered over the entire thing with a toothbrush dipped in paint.
Spattering is a theatrical painting technique to soften the lines of a figure.
We installed trim around the floor (which still needs to be refinished) and screwed the table into the wall.
We’re enjoying the new layout of the kitchen which seems to give us more room to operate but, of course, we now only have half of a table.
Unfortunately the espresso machine was difficult to use at the lower table height so it remains on the counter.
Have you ever got an idea that requires convincing your partner that everything will be all right? Then got tired of working on it before it was all finished?