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So... remember that "Little Bathroom of Big Work"? I had this crazy bloody notion wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy back the end of February, that the thing would be done in one to two weeks.

Ok... you can quit laughing now )
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The Cairo Gold thus far has been a pleasant surprise - even to me. It's not like I've ever picked a paint colour, put it on the walls and said "Oh MY! That just won't do!" And while the 'Battleship Purple' in the office is very nice, it wasn't the look I was originally going for.

The colour, of course, looked VERY yellow in the can... scary canary even. However, experience tells me you just don't know till it's on the walls and dry. It paid off. It IS golden, warm, sunlight, deep and comforting. James likes it, I like it, the Evergreen Forest wall likes it, the paprika bed linens like it. I'm still not sure on the blue/green/gray linens - but that's really an after thought anyway.

green and gold

It really does work so much better than the washed out beige did.

I was working with a textured finish - a dry brush technique using a long stiff bristled wall paper brush to give it a linen like finish.
linen texture Cairo Gold
It really has turned out well and I'm very pleased with it.

I am a bit concerned with the lap lines - this is the result of having to work in sections as a thin coat will dry very quickly and if you work a whole wall at a time the first sections will dry out too much to brush them. The solution would be to do this job in tandem - one person rolling, one person brushing.

Close up of the finish
I can always second coat this if I'm still not happy with it tomorrow, but I'm a bit loathe to do so, as I fear some of the linen effect will be lost with the loss of the lighter beige undercoat.

Well we should have the lighting, and the second coat of trim paint finished tomorrow - that means Monday for the hardwood. If James can get the closet doors cut for me, I'll spray them next week and we should be able to chock this one up in the 'done' column in only 2 weeks. Hey I'm getting quicker!

Colours...

Feb. 2nd, 2011 02:35 pm
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The wonderful thing about paint is - if you screw it up, fixing it isn't that big a headache. But, I'm already behind and don't really want to get into a week of painting the master bedroom.

And of course, I'm all about using what one has, and is available or inexpensive and working it - rather than get locked into an idea or plan that can prove expensive. The problem with this is - the more creative you get with what you already have available - the more difficult it becomes and the greater the chance of messing it up.

Welcome to the master bedroom. Way back when we moved in - I hated, the boring builder beige. A colour so nondescript that ICI has discontinued it. Nevada Sun 20YY 61/231. My original plan had been to do a faux finish in greens (my private forest schema) - Country Cottage light undercoat, Tall Evergreen dark overcoat and accents of Louisiana Hot Sauce and Golden Retriever.

As things go, when we decided we were gonna sell up, that scheme seemed a bit too dramatic, and it went to the wayside. However, the beige was still boring so we decided on a accent in the window alcove - we tried the Country Cottage - too bright (but perfect for the kitchen) and ended up with the Tall Evergreen. (That was when we decided to do the master bath in Tall Evergreen with the ivory marble shower).

All this seemed to work with our bed linens (which had always meant to be a complimenting part of my forest greens theme) which are sorta-mostly paprika-ish red and dark wine and gold duvet cover.

So far so good.

So Walmart has a linen sale on with the perfect King sized comforter sets for $59, very nice, and as our usual linens are inundated with dog fur - an extra set for showings would be a good idea. Except we couldn't get the red; but there's a very nice dark green/blue/gray tones with brown/gold accents set which will still work with the greens and the wrought iron look of the room. I think.

This morning cleaning the walls in prep for doing the hardwood flooring (chestnut bamboo) I decide that parts of the walls are in rough enough shape I should just spruce em up with a quick coat of the last 2 litres of Nevada Sun. But if I'm gonna go to the trouble of painting the walls I might as well brighten it up with a nice finish and some .. depth. In comes the plan for a slightly deeper tone of the same colour, and a dry brush technique to give it a bit of a linen look. Sounds great.

Except - Nevada Sun isn't on ICI's books any more - so we get a VERY close next colour Farmer's Almanac. (20YY 61/231 vs 20YY 63/258) and work from there into a deeper accent of either Moonstruck or Cairo Gold. Still with me?

So ... we got Nevada Sun on the walls now, Cairo Gold dry brushed over it, accent alcove and master bath in Tall Evergreen, Chestnut bamboo flooring, current linens in paprika red with wine and gold duvet cover, and back up dressing linens in green/blue/gray w/brown/gold accents.

Does it work? Frankly I haven't got a clue now. I suspect I may have to keep the back up linens packaged away, and maybe look for a different comforter/duvet cover. But hey, it's only till the house is sold... the next bedroom I start all over again with a fresh scheme!


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