Client L has a rambling ranch house of Pennsylvania gray stone. I fully expected to cross the threshold and find glossy golden-oak hardwood floors, like usual ‘round these parts. But no, my Danskos landed on a huge expanse of honest-to-goodness Saltillo tile in a deep red-orange-brown color. It was a whole houseful of Mexican Saltillo … More Saltillo tile in Pennsylvania – a saga
I had a young visitor at the paint store today, who knew exactly what to do with the color brochures: make houses! It was very clear that I was in the presence of one who may be designing our living spaces in the not-too-distant future. She went to town opening up the color brochures and made … More Choosing Colors on the Internet – Arrgh.
A quick note to give you the link to the HOW MUCH PAINT Calculator. I know you are getting ready to paint a wall or two or 17, and you need to figure out how much paint you need. Fill in the blanks and the answer appears. Send me an email with paint/color questions you may have. … More One gallon? 2 Gallons? How do I figure this out?
Many of you already have tremendous Paint Store Savvy. You know your way around the color names and the codes and the different palettes of colors. This post is for those of you who are in the process of ratcheting up your Savviness Factor. Insider information is always helpful, and in this case, it’s even legal. … More Insider Information and the Secret Codes
I get a lot of questions about all the colors on the wall here at the store. I think there are 5000. I know a lot of their names now, but not all. Benjamin Moore has nine collections (aka palettes) of colors: Classic, Preview, Historical Colors, America’s Colors, Trusted Favorites, the Affinity colors, Color Stories, … More How to deal with the 5000 color choices on the wall – the Affinity Deck
A dear friend in Texas posted this article on Facebook the other day and up it came into my news feed. I like reading about whole neighborhoods dedicated to creativity and what my people, the artists, do with their houses, decoration-wise. The aspect of this sweet little bungalow I want to point out is that, in … More The color you desire, when you desire it.
Happy New Year, Painters! I have noticed that the beginning of a new calendar year often involves the primeval urge to tidy up the ol’ habitation. If you are doing any cleaning and/or clearing out this week, or ever, and you come upon your stash of paint cans that you don’t need anymore, the question … More New Year. Old Paint. What to do with leftover sample pints, etc…
Searching for a great lead-in for Window Treatment post, I came across an article, which I now cannot find, stating that lace was hung at open windows to keep out the dust and the bugs before someone thought up wire screening. Even with the high-tech screening in place, lace curtains were kept at the window to … More Before screens, there was lace.
Long story short, use an alkyd paint for shelves, cupboards and bookcases. Benjamin Moore’s ADVANCE formula is the one I have here at the store and it’s a great one. The paint science people have made a combo oil and water paint that has a lot of the hardness of oil and all the easy clean-up of water. … More Painting Shelves to Avoid the Tackiness Factor
This comes up at every consult. What the heck to do on the ceiling? Common practice says paint it in Ceiling White in a Flat finish. This technique guarantees the ceiling to be pretty much a non-entity. In some rooms, where there is a lot going on and one wants absolutely no distraction happening on the … More Ceilings – what to do?