Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Thursday, March 14, 2013

painting furniture before and after

This past weekend, with Batman tucked snug in his bed, Gretta and I took some old furniture out into the sunny driveway and scrubbed it down. Well, really, Gretta did the scrubbing. The blue bookshelf had been in the kitchen, holding the KitchenAid, some big bowls, the coffee maker...that sort of thing.  The purple table had been in Hannah and Gretta's room when they shared space way back when. The two bedside tables were in the master bedroom, not sure what that color choice was all about, but those were different times. All well used and banged up, they needed a freshening to compliment the beautiful new colors that are floating around our home.
I bought a gallon of "Advance" Benjamin Moore paint in satin finish. Honestly, I was not super impressed with it. It promised an oil type finish, with water clean up. Meh. Next time I'll stick to the more affordable paint.

I tried to pick a color that would go well with all the rooms the furniture would end up in, and I'm delighted with the Shaker Gray 1594 that I chose. Here in the newly Wedgewood Gray kitchen, it looks handsome with our maple Shaker style cupboards. Once it has dried thoroughly, I'll put all my carefully culled cookbooks within easy reach of the kitchen island. All that other stuff will be stowed behind closed doors.
Here is one of the nightstands, in our Misted Green bedroom, complete with new drawer pulls.
I'm always amazed at how quickly colors change according to the light. Compare this to the first photo's hard to imagine they are the same gray!
This little table is in the Mesquite room (which looks a whole lot like the Misted Green this afternoon, but they are actually different).

Batman continues to heal. Yesterday was a two steps forward one step back kind of day, but his doctor said he might have a few of those. Spring approaches, house work continues and our dreams are getting closer to reality. Patience, deep breathing and hope...that's where it's at these days.

Curtain magic in the laundry room tomorrow...


  1. everything looks serene and spiffy! just the names of the colors ease the mind...but i think a little red is needed....somewhere....
    love to peter. tqoe

  2. Lovely, Karen. There's something so satisfying about transforming things with paint. So glad Peter is recovering - sorry it is a slow process.
    Wishing you all well. xo

  3. I love the grays so peaceful. At the moment I am a yellow/red girl. i Think that's because I am very happy with Thom these last twenty years, the black years are gone.....
    Hope Batman will recover completely soon.