By Caroline Bujold
We had to do some work on the house (more details here). That gave us the opportunity to revamp our colours in the main living space. An interior designer had suggested the original colours a few years back (rusty orange and powder blue). At first I liked them enough, but I got tired really quickly of our orange: too dark, too common and not the look I felt we wanted to achieve. But the remodelling takes time, or at least it’s taking us a long time. And so our rule is “we won’t redo stuff that’s already been done, just because we suddenly don’t like it anymore“; unless of course it’s broken or falling apart or something. Our list of “unfinished“ is still way too long to redo big projects.
The original colours looked like this.
I knew I wanted grey instead of the orange and I’ve been having an obsession with peacock colours for quite some time. I tried to select more subdued blues, but I kept coming back to a vibrant, yet calming blue/green emerald palette.
The new colours almost have an Art Deco feel and it makes me happy to be home.
Once the painting was done, the fun part of reorganizing and decorating could finally start.
In the process of repainting, and even though this particular wall had been painted before, the old oil paint made the new acrylic paint peel off. So we had to strip it down completely, sand a bit and redo. And this is what it looks like when you’ve been painting for a day and it’s starting to be late.
But it became this. Much worth the efforts.
Now that we’ve changed the colours, the back-splash in the kitchen doesn’t match anymore. For sure this will be another happy excuse to redo it, and add some tiles to the front of the fireplace. Did I say how our list is never ending?
Side note on the record player:
A few months back, my husband bought a vehicle to revamp (that’s what he does when he’s not working at his day job or on the house). The thing had been parked in a field. For some reason, the previous owner had left what seemed to have been the remnants of his life in the vehicle: clothing, model cars, books and a record player among other nick-knacks. We don’t like throwing things in the landfill, so we washed the clothes and gathered the books and gave them to Goodwill. A few other things might be part of our next garage sale. As for the record player, it works fine and fits perfectly.