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Are You Ready For Some Mushroom?

As I mentioned previously,

G.O. has been busily replacing all of our original woodwork upstairs.

Before:

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During:

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More during:

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Yet more during:

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And, in conclusion, even more during:

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My goal for all this beautiful woodwork?

I want to paint it gray with warm white walls.

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gray woodwork with dress

gray wainscoting and woodwork

gray woodwork -- fixer upper living room

This time I’m choosing a gray

which skews a bit more beige than plain Jane gray.

Something just like this,

which (my personal favorite), Country Living magazine,

is calling Mushroom:

mushroom staircase

A Pinterest search for Mushroom yielded this yummy photo:

mushroom country living

I have a Pittsburgh Paint fan deck upstairs this morning,

hoping to find the most perfect Mushroom.

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The good news is that I found 3 contenders!

The lightest — Swirling Smoke:

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Or perhaps something in the medium range, Ghost Writer:

pittsburgh paint ghost writer

Or the darkest Mushroom, Stonehenge Greige:

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(Greige is another word for Mushroom, by the way.)

Here’s my inspiration photo again:

mushroom staircase

My 2 top contenders are the medium, Ghost Writer,

or, if I am brave enough, the dark, Stonehenge Greige.

Stay tuned!

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Has Gray Finally Had Its Day?

G.O. has been busy with the woodwork upstairs,

so it’s now or never for me to select a paint color for said woodwork.

I’m thinking a medium to dark color with white walls.

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G.O. wasn’t on board at first, as he often isn’t.

The last time I had darker woodwork with white walls was in 1985,

when I chose a pretty gray

from the Benjamin Moore Historical Colors Collection.

kay with gray kitchen cabs

How 80’s of me!

Fun fact:  Benjamin Moore still has their Historic Colors Collection!

Back to my dark woodwork with white walls aspirations.

This:

https://www.remodelista.com/posts/workstead-house-fresh-take-old-south/?utm_source=Southern%20Modern%20in%20Charleston:%20A%20Fresh%20Take%20on%20the%20Old%20Sbeige dark woodwork with white walls.

Yum!  Notice the wainscoting,

which is painted with the same color as the woodwork.

Upstairs, we happen to have a pretty embossed wainscot of our own:

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Sad!

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I can’t wait to see that original feature shine,

once it’s painted something darker, with white walls.

My first thought was gray, which had me asking:

Isn’t there enough gray downstairs?

Is gray going to fall out of fashion soon?

Aren’t brown +/or beige making big comebacks?

surprised boy

THE STRUGGLE IS REAL!

Anyway, within moments, I began my search

for a neutral that’s more beige than gray,

or, as the popular kids call it: “GREIGE”.

Speaking of which, check out these beautiful greige rooms,

in a charming Charleston, SC home:

beige on remodelista 2

beige on remodelista

 

It’s not just me —  you love it, too, right?

Meanwhile, I’m now back on the prowl for a greige paint that I love!

Stay tuned!

 


A Couple Of Big Projects

Announcement:

G.O. has decided to strip the beautiful woodwork

of our Dutch colonial!

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While this means that we’ll never, ever move in (just kidding!),

it also means we’ll have the prettiest woodwork on the block!

Feast your eyes on one of the 2 pocket doors

between our living + dining rooms:

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Beautiful!

My plans are to leave the wood as natural as possible,

but I’m hoping we can somehow tone down that orange a bit.

Stay tuned for that.

* * *

Meanwhile, here’s another look-see at our beautiful woodwork.

This particular type of molding is called egg and dart:

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I recently observed said-same

on the exterior of an old building in our town:

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I think this illustrates very clearly why it’s called egg and dart.

Check out our molding in this before photo:

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Yikes!  All those pesky coats of paint almost obscure the gorgeous details!

 * * *

SO.  While — again — we may never, ever actually reside in our house . . .

. . . G.O. did share with me, just this a.m.,

 that a huge project should get underway this week, at long last!

T I L E !

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These 2″ hexagon marble tiles will be the floor of our powder room.

Here’s my grout chart, strategically placed next to the tile samples:

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I shall choose a medium-to-dark gray,

which is easier to maintain, will pop against + accentuate the light tiles,

+ I also think that dark grout looks more old-fashioned.

* * *

I’ve also got a few paint charts in the powder room.

At this point (meaning I might change my mind!),

I want to paint the walls a medium-to-dark gray.

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Since the floor’s so light + the room is so small,

I think I’ll be brave + go with something quite dark.

Maybe not this dark:

gray dark bathroom white tiles apartmenttherapy

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. . . but maybe a bit more dark than this:

gray bathroom walls with white floor apartment therapy

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Here’s what I have in mind:

gray walls -- #1

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Definitely stay tuned for that, because I dunno if I have the courage!

Whatever shade I do pick for our powder room,

I want to install picture-frame molding on the walls, like here:

gray panelled bathroom walls -- apartment therapy

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I KNOW — YUM, right?

Oops!  I’ve not yet shared these fun factoids with G.O.

surprised boy

I’m not sure which he’ll dislike more — the dark walls or the paneling.

Please.  Stay tuned!

 


Gray Woodwork, The Sequel

gray woodwork -- living room

I pinned this photo today

+ commented that it might be time to bring back gray woodwork.

You see, way back in 19 + 85,

I painted my kitchen cabs + woodwork a luscious gray

from Benjamin Moore’s historical color chart.

See for yourself in this spectacular Polaroid snapshot:

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I’m really rocking my 80’s perm + sweater,

+ I’m pretty sure those are acid washed jeans with pleats.

Va va va voom!

* * * *

But back to TO-day, people.

Here’s what I’ve been trying (but failing)

to persuade myself to do in our Dutch colonial:

gray walls -- #1

Dark gray walls!  Yesh!

You see, our new home is blessed with 1 south + 1 west-facing bay,

both sporting nice, big windows . . .

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. . . the woodwork of which some interloper chose to paint, years ago:

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Tragic or no?

When we first toured our house, both our (very nice) realtor + G.O.

immediately agreed that we’d have to strip it all

+ return it to its natural glory.

Thankfully, there’s plenty of natural gloriousness remaining:

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Meanwhile, I said nothing

(at the TIME — I mean, who wants to quarrel in front of the real estate lady?)

You see, images of dark gray walls with luscious white woodwork

were already dashing through my head!

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Since then, I’ve given it my best college try, people,

but I just can’t pull the trigger on the dark gray walls.

White walls make me happy . . .

gray woodwork -- living room

. . . +, after all these years,

I guess I’m still carrying a torch for gray woodwork!

So that’s why, when I came across this photo,  I was thrilled!

Immediately, I set out to find more images of said-same:

gray woodwork -- staircase

gray woodwork - bathroom

Loving the relaxed Roman shades!

gray woodwork -- bedroom door

Now I’ve got my it’s-great-when-a-plan-comes-together buzz!

I’ll share said-same with G.O. — LATER.

I mean, who wants to quarrel

on such a beautiful summer morning?


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