Month: June 2012

Before & After

June 20, 2012


My husband’s nephew Jonathan and his wife Megan recently built an addition on their existing home. They gained three bedrooms, a big new kitchen, dining room, playroom and living room. They are a young couple with a little 3 year old sweetheart named Kailey and her ten month old little brother Cameron. Meg and I were talking at a recent family gathering and I told her that I would love to help her pick colors for her new home!

The above picture is their new den/family room. Below is the before picture:


One reason I love the color Ben Moore Fernwood Green is because it works well with so many other colors. I knew the color would be great for a young family that will be growing and will always give them the flexibility to change any item throughout the room.

In the photo below, I wanted to demonstrate how a color will always lighten when painted up on the wall. See how much darker the sample is against the wall?:


It is also a beautiful color for a room with a lot of light. Below is a picture of the kitchen before:


Meg had a sample of her countertop when we choose colors so we used that to help select a color for the walls. Here is the kitchen below that was painted Shaker Beige:


Do you see the red wall? Here it is before painting:


And here it is with some personality!:


Meg wanted a fun color that would ‘pop’ so your eye would be drawn forward from the kitchen into the next room. I think the BM Caliente AF-290 did the trick and worked beautifully. Don’t you love her mirror art? Looks great!

Here is the master bedroom before:


And after painted BM Wyeth Blue:


Below is a picture of Cameron’s room before:


And after. I love this color! Philipsburg Blue HC-159. They love it too!:


This picture came out a little fuzzy below, but I wanted to show you how well it works with the Fernwood Green (color brought up the stairs):


Meg and Jon plan to use this room as an office someday. Did you notice how the color looks different in the different lighting?

I saved the best for last. Here is a picture of the Princess Kailey’s room before:


Below is Kailey’s room after painting with Ben Moore Angelina 1376:


The color in the photo looks pinker than the actual color sample.


Look how pretty it looks where her mom put the stencils on her headboard. And here is the beautiful princess resting for just a quick minute:


She would not let me take picture of her unless she was jumping on the bed! So I did get quite a few motion shots. And here is sweet, little Cameron:


I really had a fun visit with the family when I came to take pictures. Jon and Meg are so pleased with their new home and the new colors which really makes me happy. Kailey was sad when I had to leave, but look at the picture she made for me!:


I hope you enjoyed the tour! What do you think of our color choices?

If you need help selecting colors for your home, contact me today.

From Trash To Treasure

June 17, 2012


Remember that old wicker chair I found by the side of the road?:


It was on my list of summer projects I wanted to tackle this year. I found this great fabric at Joanne Fabrics on sale:


I wanted to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint because I have had such beautiful results with other projects, here and here. I loved both the ASCP in Napoleonic Blue and Barcelona Orange with the fabric:


Both colors would have worked well but I really thought the orange would make a great statement piece. I wiped the chair down and started to paint with a brush. About halfway through painting, I decided painting wicker with a paintbrush was not such a great idea. I used three different size brushes and still could not get into all the crevices. Plus, the wicker was soaking up so much paint, I thought I would run out of the quart size paint!


I gave the chair two coats of paint and let dry. The paint dried to a flat finish:


I thought it would look better with a shinier gloss finish, so I rubbed on a coat of the ASCP clear wax. After drying, I buffed the wax and look how pretty it came out:


The old seat just lifted out and it was easy to take off the old fabric:


I used the old fabric as a pattern to cut the new fabric out:


I stapled the fabric to the seat and put in place and I was finished!:


I am very happy with the way it turned out. Especially happy it was a free chair! I love the color even more with the sun shining on it. I think it will make a great addition to my NH home porch. One project down!

Do you like the orange? Or do you feel safer painting furniture white or a neutral color?  I took a chance with this piece because it was free and I felt ok with experimenting a little more. I am glad I did!

If you need help with color in your home, contact me today!


Linking up this weekend with Amanda at Serenity Now!

A Color Scheme

June 13, 2012

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Olga Oslina

“A color scheme can come from anywhere. Forget fanning through hundreds of color chips on a paint wand, wondering do I like this or that?“ It is confusing and much too analytical. Instead, look at the ocean or a grove of trees. I have started with a chip of cerulean blue paint from the hallway of the Quisisana hotel in Capri, a fragment of silk from Thailand, a scrap of paper found on a street in NY. It will always be something that sets off a strong emotional reaction, something that pulls me in. Absorb everything in your environment. Put yourself in places that open up your senses. Creativity comes from a place deep inside you. Follow your instincts, and you will find what you need.”

Vicente Wolf , Learning to See: Bringing the World Around You Into Your Home

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Are you feeling any inspiration?

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I think Vincent Wolf’s quote is so accurate and true. Find the colors that set off an emotional response in yourself. Those are the colors you will love in your life and home.

Do you agree ?

If you need help choosing colors for your home, contact me today.

Best Wall Color For Oak Cabinets

June 10, 2012

One question I seem to be asked frequently from readers is “What color works best in a kitchen that has oak cabinets? I cannot/do not want to change my cabinets at this time.” Which color would you suggest?”



All woods have undertones. Oak has yellow undertones that we need to be aware of. If you want your cabinets to ‘pop’ off the wall, then I would suggest a  blue or violet color which is the complimentary (across the color wheel) color of yellow. But most people do not want their cabinets as the main focus of the kitchen.

I also feel blue in a kitchen gives you more of a country look:

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As I posted in my blog Best Wall Colors for Stained Trim , I typically do not like to suggest using a white paint with lighter wood cabinets for a few reasons. One-white has different undertones that do not always work with the yellow wood. Secondly, I personally do not like the look with no contrast since it looks a little too pale for me.

Yellow seem to be the color of choice for many people that have lighter wood cabinets. Yellow might work but my but only concern with yellow is that this color doesn’t really create any personality in the room. Without any contrast, the room tends to look a bit too boring for my taste.


So, what is my suggestion for a wall color when you have oak/light cabinets?


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So green is my first choice when looking for a great color to work with oak or light wood cabinets. My color advice is based on working with oak cabinets. The floors or countertops were not taken into consideration for this example.

Do you agree  green is the best color for kitchens with oak cabinets? I also like a few terra cotta colors but that is for another day! Comments?

1/2015 New:  Here is a link to a new kitchen design with oak cabinets, here.

Here is the terra cotta post if you would like to see other options: Great Wall Color For Light/Medium Kitchen Cabinets

You can see more color ideas here.

If you need help choosing the perfect paint color for your home, contact me today.

Summer Project List

June 1, 2012

I read an inspiring post the other day at Serenity Now ‘Summer DIY and Craft List 2012’ and thought it was a great idea to actually write a list of projects I am working on (or want to work on) for this summer of 2012.

My project that I am most excited about is my new home office redo. I am painting the room next weekend with California Paints in the color Appleton. Remember how excited I was about the painting the room in pink here? Well, here is a sample of the pink I painted:


I am so glad I tested it first! It just did not work out. The Art Deco pink was so pretty, but for my walls the color was too bright. I am working with the California Paint Company’s Timeless Trends 2012/2013, (read more here) and I want to find the perfect color for my office!  Another color I love in this collection is Appleton HC. The color is a bluish green (love) which plays so well with others:



I thought it looked great and I can’t wait to paint because that is when the real fun starts – decorating and accessorizing!

Then after painting the walls, I have this old table for the office:


I decided to take it to the cabinet makers and he is going power spray it for me in a high gloss white paint. I love doing crafts and I need a table I do not have to worry about ruining. Bookshelves are going in on both sides on the window with a window seat for me:


Maybe like this:

Or how about something like this:

Another project is something I found on the side of the road! Doesn’t it look like it has tons of possibilities? I thought it was so cool (as I ran for the car hoping no neighbors would see me!)!:


I really like the detail. I am looking for a fabric for the seat and then I want paint it in an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color. Maybe this fabric?:


Whew! I am wearing myself down just talking about all these projects! 🙂 One more I will share is my dining room table chairs. I love my table:


But look at my old, ugly chairs. I am not even going to bother redoing! They have served their duty for 15 years now:


I have three, (I need one more) wooden chairs from my mother-in-law that I want to paint and use with my table. I was thinking I had to paint them in a soft white to go with the table legs, but I think I will be able to paint them a green or blue and they will work great! Like these beautiful sets:

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Martha Stewart


That is enough for now! I really like doing projects but I also look forward to just working outside enjoying the outdoors. Do you have any projects you hope to complete over the summer?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

I am linking up over at Serenity Now Link Party with my Antibes Mirror I painted this week!

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