Posts Tagged ‘paint colour’

We can’t have friends to stay and we dont know when that will change. But I dream of having guests: People to cook for and with, friends whose presence justifies that extra drink that now just makes me feel guilty, and someone new with whom to play board games and cards.

This desire, along with a decision not to rent our place this year to vacationers, was ample motivation to spend a few days improving our guest room.

2019 guest room. Someone had to sleep against the wall.

This room – every room in fact – was freshly painted with a matte white when we bought the place in late 2007. So repainting was not an early priority. It has; however, become increasingly desirable over the last few years. And no excuse not to do it right now.

Benjamin Moore has a new, extra durable paint called Scuffex. It’s not outrageously expensive either. I chose a pearl finish as the room is a bit dark and would benefit from a reflective lift. As for colour, as usual I went with my gut, quickly singling out a pale grey white called White Wisp. It isn’t a warm colour, which is what one craves just now, but the cottage is principally a summer spot, so I had to put myself in summer thinking mode.

The paint went on beautifully, and floor, ceiling, 5 panel door and window trim were all given 2 coats of gloss in BM Cloud White.

We replaced a cheap ikea ceiling fixture with a lovely nickel fixture that we wrote out of our sales contract when we sold up in Port Moody. I was so glad to find a perfect place for it. We also replaced the non- functioning dimmer switch.

We reoriented the bed so there is (some) room on both sides, then edited and rehung wall decor. We also painted up some found “free” shelves with trim paint and installed them at about 2 metres from the floor, to add a splash of interest and some high storage to an otherwise bare-by-necessity wall.

A shippy light fixture and some free, high shelves are favourite touches.

I washed the duvet and mattress pad, replaced all the pillows and polished the floor.

As usual, there are a few things holding me back from declaring the job fully complete. We are hoping to refinish an old piece of furniture to double as desk and dresser for this tiny room. And the baseboard heater needs to be replaced.

But in general, I am happy everytime I walk by the room and can’t wait to welcome our first guests of 2021. Whenever that becomes possible.

Meanwhile, we use this as Break Out space for our individual activities: puzzles and crafts for me, and music and gaming sessions via Zoom for my partner.

A more inviting space, just waiting for friends.

There was about a litre of the grey white paint left, so after a few days rest, I washed, taped and painted the small hallway outside the guest room.

I followed on with the trim and other doors off this hallway. Now I can’t stop. My room next, then the livingroom and eventually, a complete redo of the bathroom.

The hallway before it got a fresh coat of paint.
In progress. Lighting is not optimal, but this photo shows the soft grey shade of BM White Wisp as I started to paint the hallway.

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Snuck away from my responsibilities for some of the fresh air and quiet of the cottage.
Messed around in the garden and got some of the railings stained in between spring squalls
Two teenage girls walked up and down the road today playing their violins. I love stuff like that.

Deck Railings Before

Satisfying to spend time outside

And make the cottage look nice too

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This old vanity stool has been hanging around our place for years now – a legacy item from my mother-in-law that didn’t seem to hold much promise. Cottager was able to reach way back in his memory to describe – in detail – the pattern on the fabric that’s under this blue velvet. Yes, this has already been remodeled once. Why not again? 

Could this sad old thing have a place at the cottage?

Finally a vision for where it might go coincided with a few rainy hours to make it happen.  I sanded it down, brushed on a coat of primer and then a second coat using the dregs of a can of Benjamin Moore Tealight Green, used in our closet-to-alcove make-over.  A small remnant of an English floral fabric containing a perfect match for this green completed the update.

Yep, this will be useful.

Since I most often spend just a night or two at the cottage, I generally just live out of an overnight bag left on the floor. From now on, my bag will be up off the floor and much easier to get into when resting on this stool. This re-furbished item can also quickly be moved into the living room to act as a foot rest during winter movie nights.

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cushions.jpgMy post on Colour Input Wanted is far and away my most visited and continues to attract great advice. At Fred’s suggestion (http://oneprojectcloser.com), I looked around the room for something I liked to pull a colour from, but found nothing! Not a good sign. But I have found two things that would be easy to acquire that inspire me. 

The first is a print which a local framer has had in his shop for years. He has offered it to me for the cost of the framing. I think it would look great over the fireplace. You can see it here: http://www.gallery.ca/exhibitions/past/alex_colville/english/visualpreview/toprinceedwardisland.html

And then there are these Pier 1 cushions. I kept going back to look at them. At the moment they are ‘visiting’ with me, while I try to decide if they would provide a starting point for a cottage colour scheme.

I am trying to put my finger on what I like about them, so I can explain it to Cottager, who is not feeling the attraction. I always like stripes. And the two tones of blue are nice, if a bit subdued. The beige stripe is like sand – too bland for the walls. 

The silver-white sateen and thin stripes of golden brown and blue velvet prevent the cushions from looking like remodeled beach towels, and give them some all-season versatility. And the brown detail pulls the leather from the furniture which will, of necessity, be a part of the decor for the next several years at least.

I think a few coral accents might look good with these blues, and if I wanted to mix it up a bit, I could swap-out the coral accents with brick-tones during the winter months. Coral is a big step out of my comfort zone; in fact I can’t find a single coral-coloured item in my house to test this theory.

So where does this bring me with the wall colour? Stephanie (http://localcolourstudio.com) suggested Montgomery White or Hepplewhite Ivory. I thought I preferred the first, but have found that in some lights, it is too peach-y. The Hepplewhite is still in the running, but I am leaning toward a Benjamin Moore light yellow called Antiquity. While a little on the safe side, it seems to look good in all lights.

And does it go well with the cushions? No, not particularly. Stay tuned

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windows-opt-blog.jpg The ‘Great’ Room

The whole darn place is white. When the sun pours in, it is glorious. I’ve never lived in such a bright space and would like to keep it basically white for awhile – maybe forever. But have a look at these pictures. There’s a white french door and five white-cased windows (not all in view) along the front of the house – and absolutely no ‘pop’!  Would it be reasonable to just paint the window wall? Would a different, much creamier white make enough of a difference to get the ‘pop’ I want, or would it just look mismatched or a bit discoloured?

What about a quiet taupe? If so, would it look best if applied to one other (small) wall in an opposite corner for balance?

Colour is not my strong suit. Cottager and I both agree that the window casings are sadly lost and something is needed. We aren’t thinking curtains, so it will have to be paint. And if I don’t come up with something, he might decide to wing  it – possibly by throwing a dart at the colour wheel. So your suggestions – and links to any relevant photos you might know of – would be much appreciated! 

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