Saturday, February 16, 2013

More Paint, More Siding

Well, are you ready.  I told you that the guest room would be something to see.  And it is.  We saw it today.  It is painted.  And though some people may not like it, I think I'm going to.  As we came up the stairs, at the end of the hall it looked like a light was on in that room, though there are no lights in the house yet.  I am not going to show you yet.  Pictures will be at the bottom.  I want you to be surprised and you wouldn't be if you could see them before I got to write about it.  The color is daffodil.  I could tone it down, but I think I'll leave it at least for a bit to make sure how I feel about it.
As you can see, two sides of the house are sided now.  The green at the top I'm going to have to get used to.  I pictured it coming down another row of shakes.  And the rounded fishscales I'd hoped would be more pronounced.  But it is growing on me.  It looks a bit grange hall to me this way.  I am going to get a gable decoration I think, to help soften the look.  It would be painted white to match the other trim.

These are from Vintage Woodworks.  Any opinions out there?

Here is the den "Beach House" blue, looking from the living room to the one and only closet downstairs, and the "Rose" half bath.  This was all one room originally with a door to the kitchen on the right wall.  We closed that off and opened the kitchen to the living room instead.  I like this light-ish, but not a baby, blue.

Now, the blue bathroom upstairs is a bit brighter and deeper blue.  It looks a bit too blue here.  I'm going to try another picture and see if it looks better.

Yes, this is better.  This is Delft Blue and it is deeper, though it looks different in different lights.  I think this is going to look nice with the all white fixtures and the chrome and brushed nickel.  It may still be a bit bright for my taste, but we'll see after the second coat and curtains, etc.  Here it is again viewing the area where the washer/dryer unit will be placed.  I'm still thinking that the eaves should be painted.  Any opinions on that out there?  It just seems that there is a lot of white if we leave the eaves white.  Maybe it could be a lighter blue or some other color on the eaves?
I don't want it to feel too closed in, but I also don't want the ceiling to feel too low.  When people wallpapered houses of this age, I think they went up the slants to the flat ceiling.  Didn't they?

Same issue in the master bedroom.  Love this Ocean color.  But should it be taken up the eaves?

Here is the view from the kitchen to the living room now.  The two paints look very similar, but the kitchen wall is lighter.  It all depends on the natural lighting as to how it looks.  I'm going to like looking out there and seeing the water.

And now.  The view into the guest bedroom from the hall:

And the rest of the room.  Again it seems that the yellow needs to be extended up the eaves.  The hallway view especially doesn't look right to me with the closet door so outlined with yellow and then white.   But it is a great yellow.  Very cheerful and bright.  It really did look like a light was on at the end of the hallway when we came upstairs.  I think it deserves a fun, colorful stained glass fixture on the ceiling.  What do you think?  How about either of these by Oyster Bay?
These are both the same size and style though they look different from the different angles.  I am leaning toward the blue with butterflies.  I like the bit of yellow in the wings and can see using any of the other colors in the rest of the room for bedding or curtains.  But I could be convinced of the dragonflies on a more subtle yellow mixture.  We also have a square more Mission style fixture that is only 4.5 inches high and has yellows and browns in it.  I could use that in this room instead of in the living room (where I'd planned on using it) and use one of these downstairs in the living room.  Hmmm.  And upstairs in my bedroom... how about this one:

Or maybe it's better in the living room?  I'm going to sleep on it...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Two More Lights

Two more lights have arrived.  These are Tiffany sconces: one for the stairway and one for the hallway upstairs.  They don't match.  I don't want them to match.  It might look better if they did, but so far, I think I'm going with not matching.  The Jewelstone - brown, green and amber tones will be for upstairs in the hallway just outside of the guest room.  It can't extend very far out into the hall due to the pull down attic access stairs just above it.  The online measurements are not very accurate, in that I believe they said it extended 7 inches.  Well, that is without the shade on.  With the shade it extends 8".  This may still be okay.  If it isn't then it will go in the stairway....

This sconce also had incorrect measurements, extending 9 inches into the room, so it definitely cannot go in the hallway.  It will be mounted in the stairway, unless I think better of it and get a second Jewelstone sconce so they match.  The other thing that is a concern about this second sconce - the Meadowbrook - is that it plugs in!  That was not mentioned on the website, nor did it show a cord in the picture.  The nice thing is that it came with a cord cover.  But I don't want a plug in.  So my husband or the electrician will rewire it so it ca be hardwired.  IF I don't do that, then it just may be my light for reading in bed.  It's just SO pretty.  I still want it!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

First Coats of Paint

Finally after much ado involving getting more paint chips, posting them on my refrigerator with magnets, leaning them up on the countertops, laying them atop the kitchen stain glass lampshade, setting them beside each other in the order you would see them entering the house....oh, and probably a dozen more ado's...  I finally sent in my perfect picks to the contractor.  Enough is enough.  Paint it already!

And now those carefully chosen colors are going on the walls.  First coat is done on a few walls in a few rooms.  I love them so far.

The Bitter Rose stayed my choice in the small downstairs bath every time I changed my mind.  It was a constant.  I could picture it from day one and searched for the color I had in mind.  Here it looks a bit too bright pink, but in person it is very pretty.  Believe me.
Small half bath downstairs off the den.

Here is the kitchen by the back door.  Our table will be by the windows off to the right.  I am not sure of the kitchen cabinet colors yet.  I have a couple colors/stains in the running.

Here you can see a bit of the paint in the den and through the right hand door is the half-bath.
On the den's window wall is Beach House - a nice blue.
This is the living room on the front of the house.  The stairway beside the front door will be painted the same color.  This color is a little darker than the kitchen but blends nicely with it.  It just looks like the sun is shining more in the kitchen.
Seaweed Wrap adorns the living room, the stairway and the upstairs hall.
Aha, here's a better picture of the den's blue and you can see the living room through the doorway.  I am so excited about the colors.  Now I'm having much ado about lighting them.

Beach House and Seaweed Wrap
This is the master bedroom color.  I'm going to have the eaves painted also.  This color seems to change with the lighting, just as the real ocean does.  Sometimes it looks blue and sometimes green, and always a little grayish.  It's a very relaxing color to me, really as all the colors I've chosen are.  Just wait until you see the guest bedroom!
Ocean - seems fitting again.

Inside Primed and Ready

The upper photo shows the livingroom primed and ready for painting.  The protective covering is off the original flooring.  That will be sanded and refinished after a couple of holes where they put registers in are filled.
The second photo is the corner of the kitchen ready for painting.
Tomorrow or Monday, assuming we still have power, I will upload pictures of the painting that has been started.
The blizzard has delayed work for a few days now.  When this storm dies down we'll start up again.  The corner bullseyes will be coming from a place way, way up in way, way up northern Maine.  It's a little place called Harttwood in Wallagrass, Maine, which is just shy of the Canadian border on the northern border of Maine.

Here's what I picked out:
These will be in the upper corner trim of doorways and windows, stained the deep wood stain seen in older homes.