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Nick’s dad, Grampa Luke, flew out for a week-long visit and we had a trim party. He and Nick caulked, spackled, sanded and painted all the trim in Sadie’s room and our living room. It was a lot of work, hindered somewhat by the gloomy weather we had for the first few days of Luke’s trip. But the end result is phenomenal, as you can see here in Sadie’s room:

Next up: some fabric roller shades I plan to make out of this Amy Butler fabric.

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This morning we had two painters and our carpenter at the house. The painters are here to tackle the high cathedral ceiling. It will be nice not to look at drywall mud anymore.

Not sure if you can see the color samples below that I painted on our kitchen wall. There are three squares of white paint, from left to right, Atrium White, Dove White, and Decorator’s White, all by Benjamin Moore. We decided to use Atrium White for our walls (a warm white with pinkish undertones) and Decorator’s for the ceiling. I’d read that many standard white ceiling paints can tend to have a grayish cast to them. Since the cathedral ceiling is such a major element of the upstairs architecture, I wanted to be sure it was a clean white, so we went with Decorator’s. Though initially we planned on using it on the walls as well, we found it to be a little too cool as a wall paint.

I think the painters are having a hard time painting around all our stuff. But we’ll be happy with whatever they can get done today–I think it would be really hard for us to get up on ladders to reach those tall ceilings and walls.

In other news, our carpenter stepped on a rusty nail on the deck, where he is cutting wood for the trim. The nail went right through his shoe and about two inches deep into his foot.  Apparently he is allergic to tetanus shots, and therefore has not had one. Nick found the hydrogen peroxide and had him wash out the wound. Though he was debating whether or not to have it looked at, we insisted he go to Brighton First Care for an evaluation. Puncture wounds are not to be trifled with!

Luckily, Ben, our contractor, has workman’s comp insurance. I guess that’s just one more reason to hire a general contractor.

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So…for some time now I’ve been dreaming of a soothing, bluish-green color for Sadie’s room. Not robin’s egg blue, not baby blue, but a blue tinged with green, the color of Casco Bay on a still day in late summer just before twilight.

Unfortunately, I’m terrible at picking out paint colors. Nick is really good at it, but he wasn’t with me when I picked out a gallon of “Green Flight” by Mythic Paint from the Paint Pot on outer Congress. I love Mythic paint–it’s completely non-toxic, zero VOCs, and has great coverage–but this just was not the right color.
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Actually, it doesn’t look all that bad in this photo, but in person, it makes you feel like you’re waiting for a flight at the Miami airport: it’s bright, garish, and unnerving.

Luckily this paint job went pretty quickly, so I’m not dreading having to paint over it. I’ve already taped the top of the walls near the ceiling, and we don’t have trim yet, so the rolling goes pretty quickly. I just hope I don’t have to prime over the Miami Vice paint job in order for the new blue to look okay.

Thanks to some internet sleuthing, I’ve already got a new color picked out: Robin’s Nest by Benjamin Moore. Fingers crossed that a coat or two of this new color will do the job.

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THIS is the color I was going for. Photo taken from Ohdeedoh (http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/nursery-tours/my-room-little-p-massachusetts-076389)

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Which White is Right?

It may be a bit early to be thinking about this, considering we are currently missing some WALLS, but for some time now we’ve been contemplating the perfect white color for our living and dining rooms. We like the clean, uncluttered look of white, which we think it will offset our brightly colored furniture and artwork nicely.

We’ve done some rather extensive Internet searches, and over and over again Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White comes up in any top ten list of favorite white paints. It is supposedly a true white that lacks pigment and doesn’t lean too cold or too warm.

Of course, we’re going to buy ourselves some little paint pots and brush a square of color up on the walls (when we get some), but when we can’t get out to the paint store we have to scheme and dream virtually. The two images below are from PotteryBarn.com; one shows a room painted in the famed Decorator’s White, the other, a creamier shade called Atrium white, which is another color mentioned by those in the know.

Looking at these two rooms side-by-side, we’re thinking that indeed the Decorator’s White might be the shade that gives us the effect we’re going for: a white that will bounce light around the room and keep things as bright and cheery as possible when Maine’s long, dark winter descends upon us, as it most certainly will do.

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