Category Archives: Paint

Interior Doors: The Paint Color

I laid out my paint swatches to see what color would harmonize with all the rooms.

Sparrow is a dark, warm grey verging on brown used for the interior side of the exterior doors.

Sparrow is a dark, warm grey verging on brown used for the interior side of the exterior doors.

I wanted something value-wise between the dark warm grey “Swallow” on the insides of the exterior doors .  .  .

Greys, blues, and greens with subtle differences.

Greys, blues, and greens with subtle differences.

And the brighter wall shades:  Moonshine and Tea Light.

Paint I mixed for the shelving in the master bedroom.

Paint I mixed for the shelving in the master bedroom.

I had chosen “Secret” by Benjamin Moore for the shelves in the master bedroom. (I custom mixed it from paint I had on hand to the approximate color on the swatch.)

The door on the left will be painted; the wood doors will be stained.

The door on the left will be painted; the wood doors will be stained.

The winning color is for the doors (8 of them) is a bluish-grey called:

Silver Half Dollar should look nice on interior doors.

Silver Half Dollar should look nice on interior doors.

Silver Half Dollar.

What color are your doors?

The Dining Room is Coming Along

This is a view of the dining room in June of last year. As much as I’d like to say the dining room is finished I got sidetracked by a million other projects.

I started with an almost empty room.

I started with an almost empty room.

So in that year we’ve mostly used the dining room as a catchall for paint cans, tools, boxes of music, all sorts of clutter.

We had a party on New Year's Eve but the paneling was only half painted and the top of the walls were primed.

We had a party on New Year’s Eve but the paneling was only half painted and the top of the walls were primed.

We did use it for Christmas dinner and a New Year’s Eve party but the orderly appearance didn’t last long.

The wallpaper above the paneling has been removed and the walls primed.

The wallpaper above the paneling has been removed and the walls primed.

So far I’ve removed the blue wallpaper.

After removing the wallpaper the next step was to paint the crown molding.

After removing the wallpaper the next step was to paint the crown molding.

Then I painted the cornice molding.

Revere Pewter on the dining room ceiling accents the white cornice molding.

Revere Pewter on the dining room ceiling accents the white cornice molding.

Painted the ceiling with Revere Pewter.

I've begun to hang the wallpaper.

I’ve begun to hang the wallpaper. The ceiling and adjacent wall are painted Revere Pewter.

I ordered wallpaper to hang above the paneling.  It takes me a while to hang a whole room of wallpaper but I couldn’t wait to see how it would look so I hung a few pieces.

The whole dining room list looks like this:

  • Remud any holes, seams, or dips to make a smooth wall.
  • Wipe down the entire wall with vinegar and water to remove any residual wallpaper glue and to further smooth the plaster.
  • Paint the ceiling. We used Edgecomb Grey in the adjacent kitchen.  I’ll either use this in the dining room or go one shade darker to really make the cornice molding pop.
  • Finish installing the baseboard trim and trim up the door opening.
  • Prime and paint the paneling.
  • Paint the trim.
  • Paint or paper the wall above the paneling. (See my dining room Pinterest page for inspiration.)
  • Clean the floor. Then repolyurethane the new boards.
  • Buy a room-size rug.
  • Finish the cushions for the window seat one of which some mice have chewed.
  • Move the piano and table back into the dining room.
  • Hang blinds and curtains.
  • Move onto another room.

Would you say “almost there”?

How do you stay on track with your projects?

Trying to Finish Something . . . Anything

Yesterday I had an orderly list of things to do and had started doing them when Charlie told me he had planned a cook-out for 2 p.m.

I started early in the day polyurethaning trim for the kitchen island.

I started early in the day polyurethaning trim for the kitchen island.

Not actually having any food in the house we made a quick trip to the store which totally stopped my momentum.

The old dresser is ready for our new bedroom.

This solid wood dresser is too heavy for me to help move.

Switching gears, I decided I could get some heavy items moved around if I called our son to come over for a meal. I was totally transparent and told him in advance we needed his muscle.

Maneuvering the bend at the bottom of the steps was tricky.

Maneuvering the bend at the bottom of the steps was tricky.

He and Charlie hauled Charlie’s dresser from the cottage to the bedroom.

The footboard and headboard of our king size bed has been leaning against the wall in the bedroom for months.

The footboard and headboard of our king size bed has been leaning against the wall in the bedroom for months.

They carried the sleigh bed (which I plan to refinish) and the bottom of the linen closet (which I plan to paint) from the bedroom over to the cottage for convenient storage.

The white and grey cabinets that were in the dining room are now in the master closet.

The white and grey cabinets that were in the dining room are now in the master closet.

And they removed the extra kitchen cabinets we had from two mix-ups to the master closet where I’m going to try to work tem into the design.

The dresser in the master bedroom was heavy even with the drawers removed.

The dresser in the master bedroom was heavy even with the drawers removed.

Today I plan to finish at least one project I personally began yesterday.  I hope I have something positive to report tomorrow.

Happy Independence Day to my fellow citizens!

What draws you off track?

How the List for June Went

I’m a slacker.  I did exactly what I wanted in June and got very little accomplished. And I all but forgot about my to-do list. Everything on the list is something I must personally:

  • do or
  • pay for or
  • oversee.

I made a few accomplishments not on the list like:

The list I was actually supposed to accomplish follows:

  • Paint and set up potager fence – Between the rain and the heat I have hardly stepped outside.

    The fence at the entrance to the potager needs one more section.

    The fence at the entrance to the potager needs one more section.

  • Buy wallpaper or fabric for dining room

    The new dining room wallpaper.

    The new dining room wallpaper.

  • Paint dining room paneling –  Put on back burner until the new wallpaper is in place.

    The dining room is set up for wallpapering then the paneling can be painted white.

    The dining room is set up for wallpapering then the paneling can be painted white.

  • Paint TV trays

    Metallic charcoal dries to an enamel-like sheen.

    Metallic charcoal dries to an enamel-like sheen.

  • Prime and paint linen closet – On the next clear day I’ll set up the paint sprayer and git ‘er done now that the paint is mixed.

    The top section has been installed now I need to paint the bottom.

    The top section has been installed now I need to paint the bottom.

  • Mix paint for linen closet – I chose a Benjamin Moore swatch called “Secret” and mixed a close match with surplus paint in a semi-gloss finish.

    I mixed a half gallon of grey paint for the bedroom bookshelves and linen closet.

    I mixed a half gallon of grey paint for the bedroom bookshelves and linen closet.

  • Arrange bedroom furniture

    The old dresser is ready for our new bedroom.

    The old dresser is ready for our new bedroom.

  • Hang pictures in upstairs hall

    Another gallery wall is planned.

    Another gallery wall is planned.

  • Paint yellow trays

    My first attempt at painting the yellow trays was hideous.

    My first attempt at painting the yellow trays was hideous.

  • Find pale pink cotton king-sized sheets for a reasonable price .

    New sheets

    New sheets

  • Design book shelves – Paint and install bookshelves in master bedroom.

    I printed a photograph and drew on it to get a feel for the scale of the future master bedroom shelves.

    I printed a photograph and drew on it to get a feel for the scale of the future master bedroom shelves.

  • Trim island toe kick and stain

    The toe-kick needs another coat of stain.

    The toe-kick needs another coat of stain.

  • Varnish shoe molding
  • Paint trim with spray painter

    Partly finished, tons more to do.

    Partly finished, tons more to do.

  • Install trim
  • Stain the back stairs to the conservatory
  • Buy exterior paint for the shingles
  • Door knobs for the new doors

    Doors are not very useful until the knobs are installed.

    Doors are not very useful until the knobs are installed.

  • Take the road trip postponed from April.

This unfinished list will move into July.  Charlie, of course, is ever-committed to his garden so we are eating fresh cucumbers and French beans. How do you get through the dog days of summer?

From TV Tray to PB Tray

I had the bright idea of changing my repainted TV tray tables to look more like the Pottery Barn version of a similar table.

My grandmother's TV trays (from the 1960s) went from faux malachite (original finish) to faux marbre (my finish).

My grandmother’s TV trays (from the 1960s) went from faux malachite (original finish) to faux marbre (my finish).

Using my favorite spray paint, Metallic Charcoal, starting with the tops I sprayed on multiple layers of paint.

The key to great spray paint coverage is building up thin layers.

The key to great spray paint coverage is building up thin layers.

The legs were already black so I just gave them a light covering of chalkboard spray paint (which I had on hand).

Black chalkboard paint covered the dings on the legs and supports.

Black chalkboard paint covered the dings on the legs and supports.

After doing the legs and under-supports I hit the tops once again.

Even the first wet coat of Metallic Charcoal over the lightly sanded TV tray looks better (to me).

After spraying the tops I sanded them lightly before giving them additional coats.

After the first couple of layers I lightly sanded the tops.

Metallic charcoal dries to an enamel-like sheen.  When sanded and wiped it looks more like slate.

Metallic charcoal dries to an enamel-like sheen. When sanded and wiped it looks more like slate.

I was looking for the sheen to be the final coat from the metallic paint.

Metallic charcoal is dark grey like gunmetal.

Metallic charcoal is dark grey like gunmetal.

These trays are as useful as ever, just a little updated.

Carter table on left; Glade table on right.

Carter table on left; Glade table on right.

Thanks, PB, for the inspiration.

Where do you get your inspiration?

List for June

Since the list for May was so successful (half-completion is success to me) I thought I’d try a list for June.  The purpose of the list is to keep me on task. When I have the time and energy to work on something, I don’t have to think about what to work on, I just go to the list.

Everything on the list is something I must personally:

  • do or
  • pay for or
  • oversee.

Some items are left over from the May list but others are due to progress  we’ve made in areas of the house.

  • Mix paint for linen closet
  • Prime and paint linen closet

    The top section has been installed now I need to paint the bottom.

    The top section has been installed now I need to paint the bottom.

  • Paint TV trays
  • Paint dining room paneling

    The paneling is primed but needs 2 (at least) top coats.

    The paneling is primed but needs 2 (at least) top coats.

  • Buy wallpaper or fabric for dining room. I have decided instead to paint the top of the wall denim.  If I do find wall paper or fabric that is superior I can always apply it over the paint.
  • Paint and set up potager fence

    The fence at the entrance to the potager needs one more section.

    The fence at the entrance to the potager needs one more section.

  • Arrange bedroom furniture

    The old dresser is ready for our new bedroom.

    The old dresser is ready for our new bedroom.

  • Hang pictures in upstairs hall

    Another gallery wall is planned.

    Another gallery wall is planned.

  • Paint yellow trays

    My first attempt at painting the yellow trays was hideous.

    My first attempt at painting the yellow trays was hideous.

  • Find pale pink cotton king-sized sheets for a reasonable price – this may be an ongoing search.  Apparently pale pink is out right now.
  • Design book shelves – Paint and install bookshelves in master bedroom.

    I printed a photograph and drew on it to get a feel for the scale of the future master bedroom shelves.

    I printed a photograph and drew on it to get a feel for the scale of the future master bedroom shelves.

  • Trim island toe kick and stain

    The toe kick needs to be faced with some dark luan then shoe molding attached.

    The toe kick needs to be faced with some dark luan then shoe molding attached.

  • Varnish shoe molding
  • Paint trim with spray painter

    Partly finished, tons more to do.

    Partly finished, tons more to do.

  • Install trim
  • Stain the back stairs to the conservatory
  • Buy exterior paint for the shingles
  • Door knobs for the new doors

    Doors are not very useful until the knobs are installed.

    Doors are not very useful until the knobs are installed.

  • Take the road trip postponed from April

This should keep us busy.  Charlie, of course, is ever-committed to his garden so by the end of June we should be eating some fresh veg. (We are already harvesting radishes and their greens.)

What’s your first priority in June? Please don’t say a month at the beach.

Crossing Off the List for May

Last month I made a special to-do list for May. The purpose of the list was to keep me on task.  I have a tendency to flit from project to project with little thought about finishing one. It was mostly made up of half-finished jobs. Everything on the list is something I must personally:

  • do or
  • pay for or
  • oversee.

I started out strong but in no way finished the entire list. For the past week I’ve had some kind of respiratory malaise that has all but put me down.  I go to my day job but don’t much feel like getting into a project after work. I’ve left everything on the list below and crossed out the items that are complete, some with a link to the finished project. Here it is:

  • Order bathroom tile
    Each 10.5

    Each 10.5″ by 10.5″ mosaic for the conservatory floor was wrapped in plastic and came 10 per box.

    Marble tile on the floor and white ice matte subway on the shower walls.

    Marble tile on the floor and white ice matte subway on the shower walls.

  • Paint planters

    The planters are painted yellow ochre.

    The planters are painted yellow ochre.

  • Make potting soil

    We mixed up equal parts of dirt, compost, and peat moss for the olive trees.

    We mixed up equal parts of dirt, compost, and peat moss for the olive trees.

  • Transplant olive trees

    The Koroneiki Greek olive tree in its new pot..

    The Koroneiki Greek olive tree in its new pot..

  • Touch up paint on bathroom lighting fixture

    I touched up the paint and electrified the light in the master bathroom.

    I touched up the paint and electrified the light in the master bathroom.

  • Choose paint for master bathroom to go with marble floor, bedroom color

    The master bathroom is painted Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore.

    The master bathroom is painted Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore which does not look blue in person.

  • Mix paint for linen closet
  • Prime and paint linen closet
  • Paint TV trays
  • Paint dining room paneling
  • Buy wallpaper or fabric for dining room
  • Transplant rosemary, lavender 

    The green planter boxes now contain lavender.

    The green planter boxes now contain lavender.

  • Paint and set up potager fence

    The fence at the entrance to the potager needs one more section.

    The fence at the entrance to the potager needs one more section.

  • Get rid of old ironwork

    The old ironwork that help up the porch roof at the kitchen door and front door has been removed and is now junk in the yard.

    The old ironwork that held up the porch roof at the kitchen door and front door has been removed and has been junk in the yard. Now it’s in someone else’s yard.

  • Arrange bedroom furniture
  • Hang pictures in upstairs hall
  • Paint yellow trays

    My first attempt at painting the yellow trays was hideous.

    My first attempt at painting the yellow trays was hideous.

  • Find pale pink cotton king-sized sheets for a reasonable price
  • Design book shelves

    I printed a photograph and drew on it to get a feel for the scale of the future master bedroom shelves.

    I printed a photograph and drew on it to get a feel for the scale of the future master bedroom shelves.

  • Trim island toe kick and stain
  • Varnish shoe molding

And I finished a month of Federal jury duty!

The water jug in the jury room was clearly labeled. I'm not sure who else who actually be there to drink other than jurors.

The water jug in the jury room was clearly labeled. I’m not sure who else who actually be there to drink other than jurors.

I’ve been busy, n’est-ce pas? Are you ready for summer?