I think we are about finished with the house painting!! The painters returned to paint the vent on the front of the house white. I think it gives the house a little something. Once they were done, it was time to give the house some extra touches of personality… and so it began.
My front door has been red since I painted the house gray, many years ago. My entire house, inside, is decorated in reds, browns, and neutrals, and I have spent years acquiring beloved red objects. Of course, when I painted the house I wasn’t thinking of that. I was thinking that a new house color warranted a new front door color, so I decided on blue. I got a couple colors of paint, decided on one, and painted the door and window trim, with the help of my lovely mother. That night, I began to think of my quest for red and neutrals… I began to think of the ramifications of changing the front door color and what it would mean to the future of decorating my house… Would I have to start trading all of my red stuff in for shades of blue? Ok, so clearly this was not a rational thought process, but what can ya do?! Maybe it was the paint fumes… Oh, and did I mention I started thinking that the blue didn’t look as good as I hoped it would or as good as the red?! So, the next morning, I woke up, went to Lowes… again… and bought red paint, in a shade slightly darker than the previous red to make myself feel better about my silliness. Did I mention my mom is amazing? She didn’t even complain about the fact that we wasted hours painting blue the day before! I must say, I think the red looks spectacular, and I am glad to have ditched the blue. I will use the paint for something else.
One thing we painted blue and left that way was the porch ceiling. I have always loved stories of blue porch ceilings in the South… Whether I believe it wards of spirits (haints), keeps bugs away, or is just pretty, I am not sure. I do love the nod it gives to old school New Orleans and Atlanta, and I love that it brightens the formerly dark porch. I also love that the wood on the front porch is no longer naked!! The painters did a beautiful job painting it white!
Tomorrow, I will write about the progress on the deck, which has been going on at the same time as the painting touches. After 3 solid, 8 hour days of painting, I am tired and feeling accomplished!! Until next time, happy creating!