Skip to main content

New Year, New Paint

The clock has struck 12 and a New Year has begun,
one filled with a wealth of creative possibilities. 

 My wish for each of you
is that you make time to explore,
and nurture
the creativeness that lies within. 

Be free in expressing yourself for the pure joy of it. 
Let's not be shy, or fret that our efforts
may not be perfect. 
 But rather, be content to bring
our personal touch onto the everyday things we do --
whether its growing vegetables,
spending time with children,
holding a meeting or
doing laundry. 
Let's resolve to do all with a sense of excitement and unique purpose, striving for excellence, not perfection.

H a p p y   N e w   Y e a r  !___________________

Because we live in a northern climate,
this is the time of year when we're inside more often. 
 Autumn's glorious golden days are a distant memory,
and the weather outside the window is blustery and grey.

It's the time of year when we feel like nesting. 
We look at our rooms and dream of change
 --of wrapping ourselves with color
that feels cozy and warm like a quilt. 
You may find this is the perfect time of year
 to express your creativity by painting your walls.

Color is our most affordable pleasure. 
We can use it to perk up our mood and chase away any winter "blahs" that may be knocking at our door.

But is there a way to take the guesswork out of choosing a color?

Let's play with two webistes that are fun to use, and will help ease any color anxiety. is a free on-line tool
that turns photos into color plaettes. 
Developed for the website-graphic designer crowd,
the site offers more options than I'd ever need. 
 My favorite part of the site
is the ability to develop a color palette
from artwork, image or photo. 
You can do this from the opening page.

Here's the image I experimented with. 
It's a colorful art print that hangs in my livingroom.
  With the click of a button,
 the photo yeilded a palette with 10 colors
 ranging from french vanilla, pumpkin,
rusty red, olive and brown. 
You can narrow the field to 3 colors,
or expand it to 50. 
Have fun and play!

To turn these colors into actual paint you can buy at the store,
write down the RGB numbers next to the swatch you like. 
 Then travel to another site:

Click on the tab titled "RGB to Commercial Tints"
at the top of the page and type in your number. 
 Select a paint manufacturer from the drop-down menu
and VOILA! 
 Four color matches appear with the name of the swatch and number for easy reference.  

Armed with swatches,
its time to head to your favorite paint store. 
Here's what I ended up with,
including swatches of fabric and rug. 
 And while the store is closed today because of the holiday, who knows what possibilites lie ahead for tomorrow?



Popular posts from this blog

A Family Tree

I was given AS a Mother's Day gift!
A friend's children, all young adults,  asked if I would paint a tree  on the wall in their game-room as a gift for their Mother on her special day. 
They had collected family photos, both old and new, and wanted to create a wall similar to one she had seen on-line, and admired.
Here's the inspiration shared with me.
Painter's tape helped plan where the main branches would go. And then I began to paint... until the wall was filled.

All the photos were framed in black, which helped unify their various sizes and shapes.
We decided where the frames would go
by holding them up to the wall, moving them a little to the left here
-- or a bit higher there.
Satisfied, the empty frame was nailed to the wall.

One by one the frames were filled with family photos,
and here's the happy result.

The tree spills across the entire wall
and wraps around the corner,
so as the family grows, there's room for more photos.

What a thoughtful gift,
for a very special Mothe…

Birch Tree Nursery

The color Grey is hitting our area -
and while I've never been fond of grey, I'll admit that my opinion is quickly changing.

Today's little project was a grey nursery -
with the new crib soon to be delivered,
and yellow/white linens from Pottery Barn.
...A smart look that's appropriate
for a little boy or girl.

The Mom-to-Be shared a photo of her inspiration with me.
She found it on-line at Off-Beat Mamma.
Notice the grey walls again!

But she wanted only a few trees flanking the crib.
And the design looked too stripe-y (is that a word?) for her.
Could the branches be bigger?

So feeling properly inspired, I set to work.
I made a little sketch
and used tape to lay out the tree design.

Before long there was a little grove of birch trees,
and the crib will nestle underneath them.

Hopeful...A Hope Chest Make-over

A hope chest.
Perhaps your grandmother had one.
There was a time when young ladies would stitch lace trimmed linens, quilts, towels, and gather dishes and silver in anticipation of starting their own home.
They'd save them in their hope chest.  Today brides merely register at Bed Bath and Beyond! .

This is how the chest looked at first. Well almost.  Originally, the chest sat on the ground. But adding new legs gives it a lift.

Then step by step it got a face lift!
It started with an inspiration clipped from a magazine.

And grew from there. First with paint.
And some glazing.
Some sanding.

Followed by gold highlights.

I dabbed the brush here and there, back and forth, and all around.  Finally, I was satisfied.
And the chest was ready to go to its new home.

Yes, this is a sneak peek at my friend Sherry's master bedroom re-design.
I can't show you more, until she's ready!

P.S.  See more inspiring projects at Domestically Speaking. Power of Paint Party!