Finalizing Paint Colors

I’ve been threatening to paint this brick since before closing on the house and it seems it may possibly happen this spring. It’s time to cover up the paint splatters, mismatched grout and put some color on this bad boy.

Problem is I am torn on color and finish.  Do I paint in earnest or have the brick white-washed?  There is a strong case for both sides.

I continue to come back to this combination.  Creamy base with a grayish-green shutter.  But what  to do about windows and paneling?  Hmmmm.

And then there’s this house that keeps pulling me back into the whitewash camp.  Green shutters, the white trim, it all would work on our house, too.

Here’s another beautiful house with the same color scheme.


Painted Floors

When we first started house hunting oh so long ago now, we toured a tiny cape in a cute little neighborhood.  By the time I had thought maybe this is the one, the house had sold.  It was the kind of market where you had the make a decision on the spot, write up an offer as you were touring and pray hard that you were only bidding against one other person and not six!

I don’t remember much except just off the living room was a charming screened-in porch.  The wood floor was painted and it was my very favorite thing in the house.  Years later I bought a different house because of the floors.  Love my floors! This house not so much.  The oak floors are just meh and not in the greatest shape.

Maybe it’s time for some paint.

One Kings Lane

Designer and shopkeeper Loi Thai is my idol.  I linked his gardens in yesterday’s post.  He can do white floors.  I can’t, but I still love them.  Brown furniture has never looked better.

Loi Thai

These floors are stunning and I love the casual, beachy vibe set against the more formal furniture.


Gorgeous but definitely better suited for a regal country house.

John B. Murray

This might be my favorite one at least for my leaning-towards-formal house.


This is paint.  Gorgeous!  Another contender for our house.


The Front Door

My mom went to visit Holland years ago and came back talking about the beautiful doors there. She returned from her trip and tracked down a paint kit at a local paint store that promised the same European mirrored finish.  It was the Fine Paints of Europe Dutch door kit.

The process is not for the faint of heart.  From what I understand, the technique takes quite some time to master, the right tools and a lot of sanding.  My mom tried and ended up abandoning the project as it was just too difficult.  We all know how frustrating high gloss paint can be – it is tacky and highlights every brush stroke and imperfection.

Years later, forgetting about my mom’s Fine Paints of Europe debacle, I first start thinking about laquering something/anything after seeing a couple of Miles Redd’s rooms.  I knew my husband would never agree to laquering the library (the paint is not cheap!) so I figured maybe the front door was the compromise. After a little bit of research, a lot of Pinterest browsing and a friend who tracked down just the right painter for the job, our door is getting a very special treatment today.


That is a can of Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac paint in their Brilliant finish.  A mouthful!  It is a Dutch marine-quality oil-based enamel with a high gloss sheen and a deep rich color.  It is different from our domestic high-gloss oils.

The crew of two arrived early this morning and sanded away.  They were pleased with our door’s condition as apparently it had not been touched much over the years.  There were not the layers of paint so typical of houses this age.

About an hour in they cleaned the workspace of dust and started applying the first coat.


My hardware is going back to the shop for a good polishing and the cloth is to protect the door from the pollen, rain, dust, and anything else.

Here is my neighbor’s finished door.  Stunning!  You can see your reflection in it and the paint feels like it is going to wear like iron.


The next step for my door will be to sand the door before the last coat.  The second and last coat will really give it that glass look.

The storm door I chose will also get a two coats of the Hollandlac Brilliant in black.  This front door should look quite different soon enough.

This weekend those poor pots will finally get some attention and color.  The stairs are fixed, the landscaping has improved, the door will be prettied up which means the shutters will now stand out like a sore thumb.  I guess I know our next project.




Paint: Grays and Blues First

This post is half optimistic, half delusional as we are quite far from the painting stage, nevertheless I did want to hash out paint here as choosing the right color can be as complicated as it gets.

I typically lean towards similar colors in my rugs which means I like to keep the walls in the house in similar tones so the light remains constant as you move from room to room.  I am also constantly moving furniture and accessories from room to room, so it helps if there is a common thread between spaces. Of course, taste and trends dictate selection but over the years, I have noticed that I lean towards muted, cool colors.  I may mix this up in the new house though.

So let’s get started.  First, here are some of my favorite Benjamin Moore colors:


Healing Aloe 1562

Traditional Home

Quiet Moments 1563

Aquidneck Properties

Palladian Blue HC-144

via Pinterest

Glass Slipper 1632

House Beautiful


Wickham Gray HC-171

Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray HC-171
via Hirschfield’s

BM Horizon 1478

via For the Love of a House

BM Chelsea Gray HC-168

Architectural Digest

Gray Owl – OC 52

via CocoCozy

Rockport Gray -HC 105

neutral bedroom

Creams and Greens next!