Category Archives: Paint

The Living Room Needs Color

Our first floor plan is open. You can see the kitchen from all the other rooms: living room, dining room, conservatory, mud room.

Looking into the kitchen from the dining room.

Looking into the kitchen from the dining room.

The kitchen is yellow (Benjamin Moore Waterbury Cream) and dark, warm grey.

The living room looks through to the dining room and to the kitchen to the left of the dining room.

The living room looks through to the dining room and to the kitchen to the left of the dining room.

The living room is grey with a grey sofa and blue chairs.

The living room is looking very monochromatic.

The living room is looking very monochromatic.

I want to tie these two areas together.  I know I can do it with pillows.

Grey bird on an ochre and white background would add some charm to our living room.

Grey bird on an ochre and white background would add some charm to our living room.

My inspiration shots are here and here.

This picture seem to tie all the colors in my first floor palette together.

This picture seems to tie all the colors in my first floor palette together.

And then inspiration really did hit when I found these two identical trays on the free table at church.

Can you see the tie-in?

Can you see the tie-in?

Any idea where I’m going with this?  I hope my next post isn’t a “project fail” post.

Do you get unlikely brain storms? Is it more like a storm or a gentle rain?

Am I Blue?

I’m not blue, but the master bedroom is. When I used Benjamin Moore’s “Design by What Matters” color feature tool my color bedroom color personality came up much like the room I had planned.

Virtuoso by Glidden color-matched by Sherwin Williams for the walls.

Virtuoso by Glidden color-matched by Sherwin Williams for the walls.

We woke up early and started working on the bedroom walls.

We prime the bare drywall and plaster so it won't soak up the expensive paint.

We prime the bare drywall and plaster so it won’t soak up the expensive paint.

First I wet-wiped all the raw spackle and Charlie primed it.

The last bit of primer.

The last bit of primer.

Then after a short break waiting for everything to dry I opened Virtuoso.

I wanted to get a good photo of the new color against the old but it was so humid my camera fogged up.

I wanted to get a good photo of the new color against the old but it was so humid my camera fogged up.

I would say it’s periwinkle so naturally to me it was a heavenly blue, to Charlie it had a hint of lavender.

After one coat the master bedroom is blue with a pale pink ceiling.

After one coat the master bedroom is blue with a pale pink ceiling.

As the paint dried and the day progressed he’s seeing blue, too.

The headboard of the bed goes on this uninterrupted wall.

The headboard of the bed goes on this uninterrupted wall.

I was eager to see how our Limoges lamps would look in the blue room.

With such a brilliant wall color, I'm picturing some neutral elements in the remaining decor.

With such a brilliant wall color, I’m picturing some neutral elements in the remaining décor.

I can picture my French-themed bedroom. It’s coming together.

Thinking in Grey

I’m tired of having a pale, pale grey house.  People usually think it’s white but it’s actually “Glamour Grey”, a Duron paint which is no longer made since Duron was swallowed up by Sherwin Williams.

The Glade looks white but is actually pale grey.

The Glade looks white but is actually pale grey.

I have decided that I would like a more dominant grey so the white trim will be more prominent. Revere Pewter is the darkest grey I used inside the house for walls and thought it, too, would look washed-out on the exterior walls.

The living room is Revere Pewter which is a warm grey.

The living room is Revere Pewter which is a warm grey.

After looking at 3 greys:

Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor Gray by Benjamin Moore

Sag Harbor Gray by Benjamin Moore

Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook Gray by Benjamin Moore

Sandy Hook Gray by Benjamin Moore

Rockport

Rockport Gray by Benjamin Moore

Rockport Gray by Benjamin Moore

I decided that the Sag Harbor was too tan although it is a very pretty color, especially when you see houses painted that color on Google images.  I narrowed it down to Rockport Gray and Sandy Hook Gray.  Both are warm greys.  I went warm because:

  1. I didn’t want the house to read “blue” which is the tendency outdoors due to the color of the sky and the general blueness of cloudy days, and

    On a sunny day the house looks white; a a cloudy day - blue.

    On a sunny day the house looks white; on a cloudy day – blue.

  2. The “bluestone” on the porches and the roof shingles have a warm component, and
    The far right swatch is Sandy Hook gray which also looks good with the bluestone porches.

    The far right swatch is Sandy Hook gray which also looks good with the bluestone porches.

    Although taking a true color photo is difficult, Sandy Hook looks good against the roofing shingles.

    Although taking a true color photo is difficult, Sandy Hook looks good against the roofing shingles.

  3. My doors and shutters are blue so I wanted some contrast.

    The doors are blue and the shutters are deep bluish grey.

    The doors are blue and the shutters are deep bluish grey.

And my decision is:

Sandy Hook Gray against the shingles.

Sandy Hook Gray against the shingles.

Sandy Hook Gray by Benjamin Moore.

Do you know your house’s exterior color? Are you satisfied with it?

 

The Play by Play

We’ve been working all week on decluttering for the purpose of moving large furniture out of the bedroom.

Here's how we looked at the beginning of the week.

Here’s how we looked at the beginning of the week.

First Charlie moved his dresser.

The new master closet has ample room for two dressers.

The new master closet has ample room for two dressers.

My dresser still needs to be moved.

My dresser still needs to be moved.

The furniture is moved and we’re ready to wipe down any dust that might be on the walls.

Our dressers are in the future master closet.

Our dressers are in the future master closet.

Now the tall dressers are in the closet and the room is ready to prime and paint.

After the extra drywall is moved and the walls painted, the headboard will be against this wall.

After the extra drywall is moved and the walls painted, the headboard will be against this wall.

The king size mattress is in the hall.

Mock-up of the master bedroom.

Mock-up of the master bedroom.

I can’t wait until we can sleep in our own room again.

Is your bedroom a peaceful haven? Or the catchall for the rest of the house?

My Paintbrushes

Once upon I time I was a scene painter in the theatre and as such I had special paint brushes which I still own and use.

I prefer using the largest brush available that also suits the job.

I prefer using the largest brush available that also suits the job.

Some of them are over 35 years old.

I've had these 2 brushes since college.

I’ve had these 2 brushes since college.

One of the most useful brushes of which I have 3 (or maybe 4) is a “lining” brush. In scene painting a lining brush is used at the end of a bamboo pole with a lining stick to make outlines and shadows. In its use at home it’s great for window frames and interior trim.

The black bristled brush is a lining brush although I also have one with light bristles.

The black bristled brush is a lining brush although I also have one with light bristles.

I also have a few newer brushes (none newer than 5 years) which I use to paint trim, stripe in the boundaries of a wall (before rolling it) and furniture.

I love a natural bristled 3-inch brush.

I love a natural bristled 3-inch brush.

When I dip a brush in paint I’m careful to keep the ferrule out of the paint although it sometimes gets up into it when painting upside down or overhead. I try to keep my brushes impeccably clean by rinsing them with cool water and brushing them with a wire brush after usage.

From time to time my good brushes need a few hours in brush cleaner to loosen hard paint near the ferrule.

From time to time my good brushes need a few hours in brush cleaner to loosen hard paint near the ferrule.

I seldom use soap or detergent to clean the brushes. I do however have brush cleaner in which I soak my good brushes to loosen up any old debris.  I rarely do this as the water and wire brush method seems to keep the brushes supple.

I pour the brush cleaner in the metal can (on the left) and suspend the brushes in the liquid with an aluminum foil cover. After the brushes are removed I put the can's original lid back on to reuse next time.

I pour the brush cleaner into the metal can (on the left) and suspend the brushes in the liquid with an aluminum foil cover. After the brushes are removed I put the can’s original lid back on to reuse next time.

When necessary, however, I pour brush cleaner into a metal can up to the metal ferrule and hang the brushes in the liquid for a few hours or overnight.

Every so often I have a lapse after which I soak the brushes in stripper then use the same water/wire brush method to clean.

Every so often I have a lapse after which I soak the brushes in stripper then use the same water/wire brush method to clean.

Then I use the wire brush/water method, sometimes adding a bit of liquid detergent, to remove the oiliness.

My wire brushes aren't pretty but they do the job of remving paint from the hairs of brushes.

My wire brushes aren’t pretty but they do the job of removing paint from the hairs of brushes.

Now my brushes are ready to get back to work.

Do you keep old things hoping to rehabilitate them one day? (I think I already know the answer to the question. HA!)

In a Few Minutes

Last evening I did a small amount of painting after working all day.  First I needed to touch up the front door in a couple of spots.

Sparrow on the front door.

Sparrow on the front door.

While I had the brushes dirty I painted the sideslip on the fireplace.

The exposed brick which had been painted to match the old wall color is sometimes called the "sideslip" of a fireplace.

The exposed brick which had been painted to match the old wall color is sometimes called the “sideslip” of a fireplace.

Ultimately I’d like to tile it with herringbone soapstone or slate but until then it’s painted Benjamin Moore Sparrow like the front door.

LivingRoomFireplace

Tonight our buddy is supposed to come over to help Charlie get started on putting Hardie backer in the showers.

The incredibly heavy 4 by 8 sheets of Hardie backer are leaning againt the closet in the conservatory waiting for someone who knows how to use it.

The incredibly heavy 4 by 8 sheets of Hardie backer are leaning against the closet in the conservatory waiting for someone who knows how to use it.

Yippee!

What are your plans for tonight? This weekend?

A Reminder to Be Grateful

Yesterday I actually finished something that I’ve been working on for a few weeks: painting the living room.

The fireplace was really discolored and dingy.

The fireplace was really discolored and dingy.

Revere Pewter on the walls.

Revere Pewter on the walls.

Now the ceiling and the walls in the living room and attached front hall are painted. Yea!

I cleaned the mirror I use over the mantel and hung it back up.

I cleaned the mirror I use over the mantel and hung it back up.

Before the front door was moved the secretary was tucked in the corner and disappeared when the door was opened.

The living room before the renovation. The secretary was tucked into the far corner near the front door.

The living room before the renovation. The secretary was tucked into the far corner near the front door.

Temporarily the secretary was against near the front door.

Temporarily the secretary was against the wall near the front door in its new position.

I moved the secretary from near the front door to the weird wall created by internal duct work.

The height of the secretary might disguise the beam running through the middle (not exactly the middle) of the wall.

The height of the secretary might disguise the beam running through the middle (not exactly the middle) of the wall.

In its place I put our old marble-topped washstand.

LivingRoomWashStand

I also got brave and gave the front door a coat of dark grey paint: Sparrow by Benjamin Moore. I wasn’t sure it would be OK until the whole door was painted and now I’m ready to give it a second coat.  Actually I love it.  The color Sparrow is funny in that it looked brownish until it’s totally on then it’s a warm dark grey.

Sparrow on the front door.

Sparrow on the front door.

On a low note the handyman who came to look over our drywall/Hardie backer project on Friday called to say he couldn’t do it.  At first Charlie and I were upset then we realized God was in the refusal.

Charlie called our talented but busy friend who knows how to do all the building trades to ask if he would give us a hand for a few days.  While they were chatting we found out that our friend’s girlfriend had been in a horrible automobile accident 2 weeks ago which resulted in her losing her right arm up to the shoulder. I hope you’ll pray that the rough road ahead for both of them will be made easier.

Sometimes we just don’t know why things happen the way they do then we get a little glimpse of understanding. So thankful here.

Have you ever been disappointed then realized how petty your troubles really are?