Category Archives: Paint

I Never Get My Whole List Completed

I’m not sure if I’m a pessimist or an optimist.  I always have more on the to-do list than I have time and energy for.

The blue ceiling in the conservatory ties to the curtains in the kitchen.

The blue ceiling in the conservatory ties to the curtains in the kitchen.

I wanted to paint the conservatory and the attached bathroom this past weekend. The conservatory is finished but the bathroom has not been started yet.

The conservatory is painted in Benjamin Moore's "Tea Light" on the walls and Valspar's "Hydrangea" on the ceiling.

The conservatory is painted in Benjamin Moore’s “Tea Light” on the walls and Valspar’s “Hydrangea” on the ceiling.

I also wanted to get the conservatory furniture set up again.

The view standing near the bathroom looking toward the French doors into the back yard.

The view standing near the bathroom looking toward the French doors into the back yard.

Even after all the painting was finished every piece of furniture needed a major dusting.

The conservatory has a television and, hopefully, a sound system (in the future).

The conservatory has a television and, hopefully, a sound system (in the future).

That included washing the windows which were covered with drywall dust.

I really don't know how Charlie can move furniture by himself.

I really don’t know how Charlie can move furniture by himself.

Charlie wouldn’t let me help with the heavy furniture so he carried the hope chest and 2 love seats into the room by himself. Grrrr!

All of this furniture has been stashed in the dining and living rooms. Chaos!

All of this furniture has been stashed in the dining and living rooms. Chaos!

This room still needs flooring, doors, and trim, none of which will happen until the bathroom floor is tiled.

A cute little corner bistro set with a dedicated pendant light.

A cute little corner bistro set with a dedicated pendant light.

I love that it is painted. And I still love the blue ceiling.

Are you a good estimator of time and resources?

Painting, Painting, During the Snowy Day

(The title is to the tune of “Sailing, sailing, over the bounding main.”)

I got up early yesterday and finished priming the corners of the conservatory and bathroom with a brush.

4 inches of snow predicted -- 8 inches actually on the ground

4 inches of snow predicted — 8 inches actually on the ground

Then, the snow fell, I painted two coats on the conservatory ceiling, both edging and rolling.

Uh-oh, it's pretty dark.

Uh-oh, it’s pretty dark.

The “Hydrangea” blue paint on the white primer looked very dark.

Even wet I liked the blue ceiling.

Even wet I liked the blue ceiling.

But wet paint can be misleading so I finished the first coat, let it dry then painted another coat to fill in any holidays that remained from the first coat.

Eventually the doorways will have double Shaker-style doors.

Eventually the doorways will have double Shaker-style doors.

I love the finished blue ceiling so I was eager to see how the green walls would look with the blue.

The wall color is "Tea Light".

The wall color is “Tea Light”.

My shoulders, knees, and neck were aching but I needed to get one wall painted so I could assess the results.

I think the loveseats will look nice in this blue and green room.

I think the loveseats will look nice in this blue and green room.

At first I wasn’t sure (and I won’t be totally sure until the furniture is moved back into the room) but I held up a pillow that matches the slipcovers on the loveseats and I think the paint and upholstery look good together.

This was my mock up of the conservatory with grey ceiling and Tea Light walls.

This was my mock up of the conservatory with grey ceiling and Tea Light walls.

This is the conservatory partially painted with Tea Light by Benjamin Moore.

This is the conservatory partially painted with Tea Light by Benjamin Moore.

Today we’ll finish the conservatory paint, then on to the conservatory bathroom.

What job makes you feel old?

The Weather Outside is Frightful

On tap today is painting the conservatory.

The steps lead into the conservatory from the back yard.

The steps lead into the conservatory from the back yard. We’ll be painting inside; not out, this weekend.

Charlie finished priming it yesterday.

The ceiling is the halfway point in the conservatory.

The ceiling is the halfway point in the conservatory.

I went to our local hardware store that is having a “20% off anything you can fit in one bag” sale and bought 3 gallons of paint, batteries for all the smoke alarms, and mouse traps.

I finally decided the ceiling will be blue -- Hydrangea.

I finally decided the ceiling will be blue — Hydrangea.

The final color selection for the conservatory is “Hydrangea” by Eddie Bauer for the ceiling .  .  .

Tea Light by Benjamin Moore

Tea Light by Benjamin Moore

and Benjamin Moore’s “Tea Light” for the walls of both the conservatory and the conservatory bathroom.

Moonshine for the bathroom ceiling.

Moonshine for the bathroom ceiling.

At the last minute I decided we should paint the bathroom ceiling BM’s “Moonshine” which we have used in the mudroom and hallways both upstairs and down.

Let's add a few more inches of snow to the landscape.

Let’s add a few more inches of snow to the landscape.

We’re expecting another big snowstorm so spending the weekend housebound with paint brush in hand is the action plan. I’m sure we’ll run out of time before we run out of tasks.

What have you been putting off that could be solved by a shut-in weekend?

It May Not Seen Like Much Progress

For the past two weekends we’ve had drywall finishers in the house and, guess what, they are finished.

The drywall finishers are finished.

The drywall finishers are finished.

Then Charlie spend a day wiping joint compound dust off the drywall in the conservatory. (He’s still has the master suite on his list.)

After dusting the walls, Charlie also wiped them down with a wet cloth.

After dusting the walls, Charlie also wiped them down with a wet cloth.

Next I bought 2 more gallons of primer and left all the fixin’s (so to speak) to get started on the priming.

Primer, paint brush, roller, roller pan, paint stir, and rags.

Primer, paint brush, roller, roller pan, paint stir, and rags.

Today he’s going to prime.

The ceiling is the first surface we're going to paint.

The ceiling is the first surface we’re going to paint.

It may not seem like progress to you but we’re one step closer to my favorite part: painting. Ceiling first.

What’s your least favorite decorating job?

Off To Buy Some Paint

With the drywall finishing nearing completion I have made my list of paint to buy:

I buy the 2-gallon bucket of primer because it's easier to manage than the 5-gallon bucket and more convenient than the 1-gallon.

I buy the 2-gallon bucket of primer because it’s easier to manage than the 5-gallon bucket and more convenient than the 1-gallon.

2-gallon bucket of Zinsser primer,

Tea Light by Benjamin Moore

Tea Light by Benjamin Moore

I must decide on the ceiling color BEFORE we paint the walls.

I must decide on the ceiling color BEFORE we paint the walls.

1 gallon of Benjamin Moore Tea Light for the conservatory and conservatory bathroom,

We used Benjamin Moore's Moonshine for the upstairs hall so we'll continue with it into the hall of the master suite.

We used Benjamin Moore’s Moonshine for the upstairs hall so we’ll continue with it into the hall of the master suite.

The mudroom walls are Moonshine.

The mudroom walls are Moonshine.

1 gallon of Benjamin Moore Moonshine for the master suite hall and closet.

I love the striated blue ceiling in this green room.

I love the striated blue ceiling in this green room.

I’m still toying with a blue ceiling for the conservatory.  Something like the combination above.

The mudroom walls are Moonshine and the ceiling Edgecomb Grey; I might repeat that combination in the master suite hall.

The mudroom walls are Moonshine and the ceiling Edgecomb Grey; I might repeat that combination in the master suite hall.

The ceilings in the master suite closet and hallway are either going to be pale pink (like the bedroom) or Edgecomb Grey like the mudroom.

The  main upstairs hall ceiling is pale pink, Head Over Heels, which I made even paler by adding a quart of white to the quart of pink. I might reuse that for the master closet.

The main upstairs hall ceiling is pale pink, Head Over Heels, which I made even paler by adding a quart of white to the quart of pink. I might reuse that for the master closet.

This should definitely get us started.

I think we'll start in the conservatory so the furniture can be moved back in before spring.

I think we’ll start in the conservatory so the furniture can be moved back in before spring.

I just can’t wait to get paint on the walls.

What’s your next project?

PB, Are You Reading My Mind?

I just received a new Pottery Barn catalog and it’s full of my colors (see right sidebar) and my patterns. Did they get it from me or did I get it from them? (I’d like to think I was the originator.)

February, 2015 Pottery Barn Catalog

February, 2015 Pottery Barn Catalog

As a matter of fact I can take lots of inspiration from PB’s catalog because, while I wouldn’t pay $50 for a throw pillow, I love the variety.

Pottery Barn pillows: the yellow ochres are lovely.

Pottery Barn pillows: the yellow ochres are lovely.

The blue and yellow ochre patterned fabrics are beautiful and would go great with my grey sofa and blue chairs.

The yellow PB pillows would add a sunny spark to this cool living room.

The yellow PB pillows would add a sunny spark to this cool living room.

PB’s bedroom linens look a lot like the linens I have recently dyed. (Pillow cases and duvet cover.)

Pottery Barn Rustic Luxe collection

Pottery Barn Rustic Luxe collection

My linens include a charcoal grey duvet cover and navy pillow covers.

My linens include a charcoal grey duvet cover and navy pillow covers.

One of the photos in the catalog has a denim colored and textured wall.

PB Denim Wall

PB Denim Wall

I was thinking of using a similar texture and color on the ceiling of conservatory.

I'm trying to picture the conservatory ceiling in denim blue.

I’m trying to picture the conservatory ceiling in denim blue.

The conservatory ceiling is low but large, maybe too large for this technique.

I love the colors in this painting which I can perhaps translate into a tray.

I love the colors in this painting which I can perhaps translate into a tray.

Now I have some concrete pictures of accessorizing. Thanks, Pottery Barn.

What catalog inspires you?

For the record I was not perked or paid in any way by Pottery Barn.

Primed and Achy

Yesterday we primed the conservatory closet.

The closet was primed.

The closet was primed.

We gave the closet 2 coats of Edgecomb Gray because we had some left over from the living room ceiling.

We gave the closet 2 coats of Edgecomb Gray because we had some left over from the living room ceiling.

Unfortunately Charlie didn’t quite finish mudding and sanding the master bedroom closet so we’ll have to save that for another day. But we did prime all the unpainted areas in the dining room.

Dining room before.

Dining room before.

The paneling will remain white but the area above definitely needs some color.

The paneling will remain white but the area above definitely needs some color.

Probably that’s not a bad thing since going up and down the ladder has taken its toll especially on the knee I’m having surgically repaired on Thursday.

The ceiling in the dining room is Revere Pewter which helps the white cornice molding to stand out.

The ceiling in the dining room is Revere Pewter which helps the white cornice molding to stand out.

Of course that will preempt any serious DIYing except for a supervisory role. Oh, Charlie!

What color are your ceilings?