Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Painting

The past couple of weeks have been busy. Mostly cooking type busy. I've prepared some old recipes and tried some new ones like the most delicious lemon bread in the history of delicious lemon breads and the most amazing brownies in the history of amazing brownies. And because it's autumn season, which means apple season, lots of applesauce and apple butter; two things that you should never buy store bought because they're ridiculously easy to make. Not to mention much healthier and tastier when homemade.

Yesterday I put down the wooden spoon and picked up a paint brush. I'm back to painting again. Not walls but furniture. This week's project includes two natural/maple-coloured nightstands (yawn) that are going to be sporting a bold yellowish shade (English Daisy by Behr) by tomorrow morning. Once that's done, I'm going to tackle a rocking chair, two bookcases and an office storage cabinet. All of them will get a colourful facelift. Then we'll see after that.



I love taking old stuff and giving it a brand new look. And pops of colour. The way IKEA (the best store in the history of best stores) does with some of its products. Painting is a wonderfully affordable way of getting new furniture into your home without actually buying anything. And because too much wood in the house makes me nuts, painting it away on some pieces will solve that problem. My preference in home décor is minimalistic, youthful, bright, bold and sleek. So something like this really appeals to me:

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The most amazing man in the world, on the other hand, would have no problem at all with something like this:

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I swear I would suffocate in a room like that. Even lose my mind. Much too dark and heavy.

How do two people with such differing tastes get along? Well, the most amazing man in the world doesn't really care. It's just not that important to him. And if painting something colourful and bright makes me happy, that's great. He even helps me choose punchy shades for my projects. He's amazing for so many reasons.

Have you been tackling any projects lately? Do you like painting (aside from preparation and cleanup, which totally sucks)?

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  1. My life is one long project of repair and improve. Lots of painting. I like your idea.

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  2. Sounds like lots of creativity at your home, Martha! Yum on all the delicious cooking you have been doing :) That is a good idea to re-paint furniture to give it a fresh new look. Have fun with it. No current projects here going on, a brief rest before we tackle more :)

    betty

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    1. We have a lot of furniture that could use a little update. And since I love pops of colour around the house, this'll be an affordable way to do just that!

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  3. Have I been tackling any projects lately? Hmmm? Let me think, let me think. Maybe just a few.

    Love that you guys get on so well. This is wonderful to read about.

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    1. You are a busy bee! But the end result is always worth the hard work.
      I love that my hubby is so cool about these things. And love how he goes with me to the hardware store to choose a paint that I want! He's a keeper :)

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  4. I can't paint. It ends up a huge mess. My projects are ongoing: constant re-orginization to scratch my OCD itch. I like pops of color, too.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Could you possibly post the lemon bread recipe? I love lemon.

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    2. Janie, I'm going to send you to the website where I found the recipe. It is soooo delicious. And while you're there, you will see so many other amazing things to make!
      Click here:
      Lemon Bread

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  5. They always say that opposites attract...must be true :)

    I'll bet your house smells heavenly when you are making apple butter... yummy!!!

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    1. It always smells great when all this cooking is going on!

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  6. I adore painted furniture. I am not so much a minimalistic as I am "cottagey". If I lived near a body of water my house would have lots of white furniture with bright yellows and blues around....but then I would be called "beachy". (not bitchy but beeechhyy)

    Have fun with your projects. I bet it will all turn out adorable.

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    1. Bright yellow and blue! I LOVE that combination. That would be a gorgeous place near the water. I can actually picture it!
      "beeechhyy" BAHAHAHA

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  7. Well, about 40 years ago I repainted a pair of wrought-iron bookends that I bought at a garage sale -- black with silver accents. And about 10 years ago I sprayed a terra cotta statue of the Goddess Lilith with silver spraypaint. That is the full extent of my career decorating with paint.

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  8. I appreciate creative people, because when it comes to home decorating, I'm anything but.

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    1. You are creative in other ways, particularly photography!

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  9. Have you sold your house yet? Did I miss a post when you moved?

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    1. Not yet. We got rid of our real estate agent in late spring. He was so bad as a seller. We actually should have gotten rid of him months before that because he really made a mess of our listing. We decided not to go back to an agent but sell our home privately. Since then, we've gotten two offers but they didn't pan out. I'm guessing we'll eventually move the hell out of here but we're stuck here... The market is saturated with homes that are similar to ours because baby boomers are unloading them and downsizing. So it's not exactly a hot market!

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  10. Well, I started to organize and clean things up in the attic, and in the process I broke the pull-down attic steps. So at this moment, they are sort of hanging down in the in the middle of the second floor hallway. That's pretty much how things go when I try to do stuff around the house.

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    1. WOW! It must be annoying having them handing like that.

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  11. Funny how different your tastes are compared to your hubby's! I don't like painting, other than art! Good for you Martha!

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    1. Our taste in things like this are very different but we are similar in most everything else, so this is a none issue.

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  12. I must say that the second room with all of its leather and wood looks like heaven to me!! I actually wanted to create our livingroom so it "felt" like the Gryfindor common room, if you know what I mean. I'm not good at painting furniture. End of story. -Jenn

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    1. I know exactly what you mean! You and my husband would both agree on that. As for me, I wouldn't mind visiting it but I'd suffocate after awhile :)

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  13. I think both those rooms are nice, but my ideal is Hamptons style (expensive beach holiday - I think) or else French Provincial. We wanted to get away from huge amounts of wood but our new house has so much! Kitchen cupboards, wooden shutters, interior half-wall. Oh well, I guess we're stuck with Australian Country for now. It's not so bad.

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    1. Those two styles are very beautiful, although I'm at a point in my life where I want a small home with very little maintenance. Since the kids are gone and it's just the two of us, I have no desire anymore for extra space.

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  14. Projects? My whole summer was a project: painted roof flashing. new shingles, had fascia cladded, new eavestrough...so I don't have to climb ladders. Now the only thing I did myself was paint the flashing.

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    1. You are one very busy man in many ways! And active, too. We do most of the projects ourselves unless it's a job that we just can't manage. New shingles on the roof would definitely be one of them!

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  15. I like really loud and bright colors too. Dark is depressing.

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    1. It is, isn't it? Sucks the very energy out of me!

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  16. i would prefer classification of the stuff or rooms .i love diversity because it goes along with different shades of moods .i like wooden furniture but not wooden walls at all they scare me .
    i loved your bright colors and got a new idea for my stuff too .so big thanks for sharing you beautifully written post dear

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    1. Bright colours always make me happy. I love adding little pops of colour around the house to cheer up each room.

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  17. Love the bright colors...I have to hire for most projects these days and I do have a lot of wood but no paneling...Waiting for a storm now...Have a good weekend.

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  18. I hate prep and cleanup. I typically only use Benjamin Moore colors. I never get their paints, but I like their colors.

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    1. Prep and cleanup is a real pain. I wish I could avoid it altogether, although I've discovered ways to minimize the work. Benjamin Moore has great colours! The paint is expensive, though, and I never buy that.

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    2. Part of BM's and Sherwin William's issue is that their markup is crazy high.

      Like SW is well known for having 30 or 40 percent off sales. If a company can take 40 percent off for just anybody then you know they're still making a crazy profit. If they can make a can of paint for 20 and sell it for 60, their shareholders are happy.

      They also do crazy deals for contractors who usually never get top of the line paint. So a lot of times, the price you see their is the sucker price.

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    3. You said it...a sucker price! I'd never pay their full price for paint; I don't care what quality it is. I've been painting walls and furniture for years, and I typically use CIL and BEHR. I'm quite satisfied with the results of both. I'm not familiar with Sherwin Williams at all but I do know BM, which truly has great colours. It seems to be very popular with DIY enthusiasts.

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  19. This rolling stone has not stopped long enough to make apple butter or paint furniture ~ LOL My current project (when I am home) is organizing all our papers and photographs, and it is a massive job! I love beautiful woods, but the man cave you pictured above makes me feel like the walls, ceiling, and floor are literally closing in! Give me light, color, and comfort! Have a good one!

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    1. Light, colour and comfort! That sounds perfect, Louise :)
      I'll bet papers and photographs are a massive job! Just organizing your family history and putting together the blog posts is enough!

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  20. We tend to go for neutral walls and add colour with paintings and ornaments.
    I do agree Ikea does have some amazing items available.

    All the best Jan

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    1. It's the same at our place, Jan. All our walls are very light and neutral, and there are pops of colour added in each room.

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  21. I've done little painting jobs like painting jewellery, mirrors and boxes, like making a box look like a book etc, but I really want to be able to pick up some paint in my hand or on a brush and do a painting. Not that that's going to happen.

    I like light and airy rooms as well, but just as we are not all the same, people like dark wood and blacks and whites in their houses. I find neutrals boring and need colour, and lots of it.

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    1. Everybody definitely has their own taste. I like a lot of brightness in a room and lots of pops of colour.

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  22. :) Colourful is for other people. I am sort of a dark themed kind of guy.
    You are what you like they say.

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