Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
Ah, how I love three-day weekends. You can get so much more accomplished on your house, enough to rescue your blog from stagnation. Enough to make you feel less like a loser in comparison with your more hardworking blog associates.
On Saturday we had another work day with our crew of handy neighbors (who have found this site now, so we’ll have to come up with some code for me to say if they make me mad … how about “the bluebird is flying”). We helped S&B scrape and paint their beautiful, extremely tall 1850s house. D volunteered for the high-up work, while I kept my feet planted firmly on the ground … or at maximum three feet above it. S&B’s house is white – like every other house in Eutaw – but they are bravely painting it sort of a subtle tan with cream-colored trim. It looks fabulous, and I am so proud of them for taking the color leap.
When our work day comes around, we are probably going to work on scraping/painting/conditioning our extremely weathered front porch floor. I’ve been working on color combinations for our white-house-with-green-shutters in the Benjamin Moore Color Viewer, which I’m proud to say I finally figured out how to use. It refuses to give me a proper red door, though, so I have to fix that in Photoshop.
I tried out combinations of browns, blues and greens (I like tone on tone stuff), but my favorites are the grays. Behold:
Of course, this is a very simplified view. The porch railings, for example, would probably all be the light gray with certain parts accented with darker gray. And we might paint the gingerbread in two or three shades of gray, changing with the different patterns of shingles (pointed, rounded, etc.)
So what do you think? Be honest. The blues, greens and browns are OK, too. Remember, we can’t change the base color of the house, only the accents, and the roof isn’t due for another painting for a good long while.
I also played with color for our master bedroom. The best by far was this:
On my computer at work the navy (Hale Navy, by Benjamin Moore) has a hint of green that it didn’t have at home. But in general, I think the navy walls look great. The room has three tall windows that let in lots of light, so I don’t think it would be TOO terribly dark.
But we won’t be able to paint the master bedroom until we rip out the closets, which we won’t be able to do until we build the new closet outside the bathroom, which we won’t be able to do until we remove the tub and install the clawfoot, which we won’t be able to do until next year.
If you can’t tell, I like to
obsess plan ahead.