A paint contractor called me the other day to help on a big exterior project he was working on. His clients R & M had presented him with their large, dignified stone house that had not been painted in many years. It’s exciting to polish a diamond. This place has beautiful moulding, old wooden shutters with … More Exterior Paint Colors for a Big Stone House
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?
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…
My grandson is no slouch when it comes to color, or anything else for that matter. … More Why bother?
Color is very mysterious and wonderful. And tricky. Client Jillian (not her real name!) visited the paint shop recently looking for a color for a sitting room. She likes earthy colors, she told me. The green and gold she chose for her kitchen, hall and other first floor rooms were beloved by her family and … More Client Story: Massicot, the color of spicy, toasted tumeric
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?
A surprising number of people walk into the color chip part of the store and say something along this line, either under their breath or out loud, but always with feeling. Because of this reaction to the glorious spectrum of visible color, I have a reason to live and a job to do. What’s the … More “God, I hate this.”
In the rowhouse where I grew up, there were no chair rails in sight until my home-making mother added them to our dining room. I was little, but I remember liking that my mom had fancy style. Back then, it seemed the rule to always, always, always put the darker shade of paint below the chair rail. … More There’s more to chair rails than I could have imagined.
Ok, it’s not Saturday but I’ve been very booked with in-home consults on the weekends, so I’m adding weekday stories to the Saturday Paint Shop Report: Another Barbara came into the store today! And she’s the daughter of a Barbara! These sentences require exclamation points because Barbaras have a special bond. We really like to meet … More Saturday in the Paint Shop Report: Barb and the Linen White caper