Tag Archive | Benjamin Moore Color Stories

A Painting Frenzy

I know you doubted me. Don’t worry, I doubted myself. I didn’t think I could do it either.

You were almost right. It almost didn’t happen. Then, in a crazy slow motion kind of way, everything lined up. The kitchen paint job turned into a community-based project. I had help: kid help, babysitting help and friend help. It was a long day filled with giddiness at the change that was going on, disgust at the dirt that had been exposed (mixed in with a little shame), and fun. The atmosphere was charged, as if I had placed all my chips on the table, and the result? It is fabulous.

Paris.

Paris.

Kitchen painted Benjamin Moore's Indi go go.

Kitchen painted Benjamin Moore’s Indi go go.

Pot Rack.

Pot Rack.

Dog Food & Coats.

Dog Food & Coats.

Kitchen AFTER.

Kitchen AFTER.

I edited the things as I brought them back. I put a few bulky items in the basement, and I thought carefully about what I needed to have available. The microwave? It is still outside. I keep thinking, “who needs it anyway?” The jury is still out on that one.

My to-do list is long and impressive. I need to replace the fan, and now I really want a new floor and cabinets and counters…. (excuse me while I go buy a lotto ticket.) I love the color. It is dramatic, fresh and clean. But the paint? Paint is cheap and the impact is powerful. My bet paid off and I could not be happier.

 © copyright 2013 Mariam d’Eustachio at Simply Turquoise.

The Floor…. Reveal!

Never question the motives of a (mad) genius.

Not to say that I am a genius, or even a mad genius. However, if I had paused along the way to reflect and answer the question of why I was painting the floor, I would not be able to show you the following results.

The floor is glorious!

The Porch Floor, After.

The Porch Floor, After.

 

The Scary Porch, Before.

The Scary Porch, Before.

The truth is, I do not know why I was painting the floor. Perhaps just to see it done. Perhaps just to gain experience. Perhaps just so I could blog about it. Perhaps just because.

The Porch, After.

The Porch, After.

I am trying to remember how long that room has been torn up, how long my house has been in disarray, and I can’t. I am blinded by the beauty of the floor, and even dare to whisper out loud, “it was worth it.”

My $20 Thrift Store Chair.

My $20 Thrift Store Chair.

These are the specifics:

I used two colors of paint, Benjamin Moore’s Puritan Gray (HC-164) and Kendall Charcoal (HC-166), for the darker gray. I first applied two coats of the lighter gray as my base coat, marked and drew the lines in pencil, and then painted the darker gray on top.

The diamonds each measure 24 inches and the grid pattern is 6 inches around each diamond. I marked the grid first, and then marked each diamond inside, measuring from the center of each side. I drew the pattern to scale with paper to see how it would look.

Map of the floor.

Map of the floor.

It took approximately 12 hours total painting time to paint the pattern. You are probably shocked at this fact since I have been seemingly working on this for weeks.

The view into the dining room.

The view into the dining room.

The wall color is Benjamin Moore’s Skydive from the Color Stories collection, and the trim color is Benjamin Moore’s Steam. This is my go-to color for trim. The trim still needs one more coat of paint, and the windows need to be washed, but those are just details at this point. The painted floor adds drama to this space, and I am delighted with the results.

© copyright 2013 Mariam d’Eustachio.