It’s time for some updating and new colors. I’ve been thinking about some new colors for awhile, and went to browse the chips this afternoon.
When I got home, I checked them all out in the rooms and against the light and existing paint, then gave them a quick run-through in Photoshop, as I can’t resist that sort of thing.
Two shades of yellow for the kitchen; a rustic sort of dark Naples yellow for the walls, with pops of a true, bright yellow (this tint named “Cheerful!”)
I’ve rather always regretted how very subtle my choice was for the kitchen— looks barely a color in that West-facing room. Time to make right.This exuberant yellow will appear in two pops, on walls directly opposite one another— in the recessed shelves and on the double pantry doors. Can’t wait to see it up!
And in the teeny, tiny bathroom (which has done really well in a nearly-black brown color for 7 years now) shall be updated with a color pulled from a couple of the tchotchkes in there, eg. the bath salts tin— a sort of burnished aqua tone.
I’m hoping that it will make the awful dusty-rose tiles appear more neutral, and disappear in its high-key presence. Distraction is often a key component— a designer’s sleight-of-hand.
You may recall a post in which I talked about getting a new (to me) piece of furniture for the nook between the kitchen and the dining area of my apartment. The secretary in question arrived a couple weekends ago, a piece from the childhood home of a dear friend of mine. Before it arrived, I cleared that wall and painted it as per my plan.
It suits very well! And brings a gravitas to the space; still has plenty of room for the do-dads that were on the old shelves, plus room for stemware, a jar of creepy dolls, and the nested mixing bowls that belonged to my great aunt Dot.
Now I just need a more elegant solution to the cords from the lamps, and to replace the broken drawer pulls. I also plan to get a globe lamp to reside on top to illuminate the nook in general, in addition to the string lights inside. Below is the composite I made in Photoshop last year to visualize the transformation:
I’ve no recollection of what these plans / designs were intended for; sketches at least 18 years old. Regardless of their erstwhile infamy, I don’t know what the three screens were about, and don’t know to what room these referred. And what on earth is “Model of Strategy”? It had to be for work (“Time to Market” is a phrase I’d never use otherwise. But there’s a midget!? Or I was just taking the piss.)
At any rate, I’m fond of both the spirit and execution of these sketches.
Some scans from an old sketchbook— whimsy with art markers. (Always with the forks) This one is a drawing of a table i inherited from my grandparents’ house. I stripped the top surfaces and painted a black and white harlequin pattern which nicely offset the brown veneer and brass-tipped legs. I had to leave it behind when I moved back to NYC in 1998, and my brother took it on. See photographic evidence below.
The stereopticon (and lots of 3D images for it) was also from my grandparents.
I’ve been thinking about painting a patterned accent wall in the work-lounge (living room) of my apartment, so I’ve been looking through pictures of what I’ve done in other places.
One thought is to create pattern similar to the leaves on that Marimekko curtain, and paint it on the wall behind the Queen Anne. Not in white, but in a shade just a bit lighter than the wall color, or in varying degrees of lightness to mimic sunlight filtered through leaves. Subtle.
Another idea: cast shadows of the palm plant with a bright light, trace them with a chalk pencil, then paint them just a shade darker than the wall. I don’t know; I’m just thinking out loud. I may rather repaint my kitchen first.
A few weeks ago, as I mentioned in this post, I found a discarded table around the corner from my apartment. It’s a modern reproduction, a simplified (straight legs not curved) variant on a Queen Anne style (yay, more QA!). It’s a gaming table to boot, as the top flips over and the obverse is felt-lined. A really pretty and well-constructed piece.
The post referenced above has a few ‘before’ images, including ones in which the Gaming Table aspects are shown, all of which have remained intact after this restoration of the exterior (top and legs only).
Drop cloth in place, the top surface is ready for stripping. Heavy duty gloves and disposable foam applicators, as this stuff is destructive (it will eat through latex gloves, don’t use ’em).
I used the fast-working type of stripper (with windows wide open and fan on on a very breezy day). Slather it on the wood— thick so it doesn’t dry too fast. You have to scrape the coating off while it’s still wet or it gets hardened.
This part is immensely satisfying, all those layers of old finish coming off. I learned as I stripped the piece that several types of wood were used, which explains why it was finished in such a way that looked stained and polished like an antique, but was in fact an opaque, painted finish to hide the discrepancies. That also masks places in which wood filler was used.
This table may find its way to being my new coffee table. My brother and I came across it Sunday night walking home after dinner. As evidenced from the photos it needs some work— to be stripped, sanded, and re-stained. Also, it’s too tall, so the legs will have to be sawed off (as I did to my current coffee table). The top lifts off, and its obverse is lined with felt. As you can see from what lies beneath, it is a gaming table. Two dice cups and a folding cribbage board were on the inside which is also lined with felt. On either side: slide-out drink rests, to keep condensation off the felt. Really nice details.
A couple of potential problems: 1. It may be a little too large (about 4″-5″ wider than current table), and 2. It lacks the shelf underneath that the current table has, so where will my boxes of photographs live— and the wireless keyboard I use when watching movies or want to adjust volume?
Also of concern: my coffee table always has all sorts of things on it, so how often will the top of this new one come off? Perhaps only when we have a game of Euchre or French Tarot, but it’s a nice idea. I’m torn. I may just refinish it and sell it, or see if anyone I know wants it as-is.
Kelley has a secretary from the Bell house that she’s saved for me. The place where it will make the most sense is the kitchen nook which currently houses the map chest and some shelves.
So I’ve been working on plans for the it— on the left is what it looks like now; on the right is a rough draft in Photoshop of my plan. I’m going to paint that wall as an accent wall to help unify that expanse with the brick chimney behind the stove.
The shelves will come down, but those do-dads will work nicely inside, and leave room for some stemware. (The change will also encourage me to find a place for the miscellaneous boxes that have been sitting there looking an eyesore!) Now, someone go buy that Amsterdam painting on the left. It’s on Etsy for sale.