July 12, 2017

If you've been reading along, you already know what a big fan I am of white paint. It solves so many problems and white washes so many flaws and mistakes. An easy and very gratifying solution and it always looks fresh. I've been following a number of design sites on Instagram that are entirely dedicated to white. Sometimes there are even small perfect looking children dressed in white, hugging a soft white bunny or little puppy while sitting on a pure white cotton sofa. Their lives look so freaking perfect.


So when I decided I needed to paint my dining room, I of course immediately thought yes, it's got to be white. I got out my stacks of decorating books and poured over them. This is a favourite past time of mine which basically means I have too much time on my hands and I like to live in a fantasy world. Who doesn't right? But on this particular day a room popped out at me that was painted the most beautiful rich colour, almost like the inside of a watermelon. I dragged the book to my local Benjamin Moore paint store and asked them to help me match the colour. It took three tries, but I finally got it right.


Now, my dining room is a big room with very high ceilings and I'm a scrawny little sixty year old lady but damn it I got up the ladder and got going. About an eighth of the way in, I started having second thoughts. Maybe the colour was too bright, maybe there was too much orange in it. Maybe I should have gone with the white. Maybe I'm too old to be balancing on one foot on an eight foot ladder trying to tape the trim. If I fell maybe no-one would find me for days and then the room might never get finished. I think I did mention in an earlier post I can be a bit of a catastrophic thinker. But I persevered. It took days. Im still sore and somewhat covered in paint splotches. But the room is gorgeous. It's a courageous, strong and hopeful colour and it works. Well at least I think so and the rosy hue makes my wrinkles slightly less visible.


So my great pearl of wisdom today, is if you're having a fantasy about going bold with paint, do it. Be brave. Get up on that ladder and find your balance. And when you're done if you need to post a pic with a fuzzy bunny, that's just fine.







Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

  • Black Pinterest Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon
Please reload


October 3, 2017

September 9, 2017

September 5, 2017

August 24, 2017

August 3, 2017

July 20, 2017

July 12, 2017

July 5, 2017

June 18, 2017

June 8, 2017

Please reload


Please reload



© 2017 by Carol McPhee

  • White Pinterest Icon
  • White Instagram Icon