*under construction*

30 January 2009

The Inside Scoop - and a Delicious One at That!

It's been a real challenge for me to stay on task with the grunt work of the exterior here at the McBeachshack - I keep getting lured away by my inner Muse wanting to play inside with the interior - the fun part! I keep pushing that to the back burner for now, because I'm doing my best to push through and give the exterior my full attention - it will be done faster that way, and I won't have to keep thinking about it. Any normal person would know that and get on with it.

.... Not me.

At 3 am my precious sleep was abruptly shattered by my creative flow --which, by the way, pays no attention to mundane things such as time of day and such .... so I shot up in bed, leaned into Poor Tired Husband's ear and began chattering away about my ideas for the living room. He is such a good sport - he didn't get angry, and he even grunted sleepy responses occasionally.

Mega talented Joni, over at Cote de Texas got my heart pumping yesterday with her incredibly gorgeous post featuring my hearts desire wrapped up in homes in Belgium. (If you haven't seen it, do yourself the favor and go check it out! You'll be drooling within seconds)

While I, myself, don't have anything as grand, I can certainly make Museville look much better than its currant state and the beauty within Joni's post lit a fire that no amount of guilt regarding my little McVilla's unfinished exterior could stop. Not even close. It would be like trying to stop a tidal wave with a feather. My creative flow refused to be denied. Beides, this current Massive Chaos and Construction style here on at Shack ala Muse is making me seriously blue!
So I got pragmatic and right down to business. I needed more than a rough idea - I needed a paint color - or colors. I don't think this yellow is going to do.

I didn't have to look far for inspiration

some Dove white Linen ...

or the burlap ... or both.

And then there is the wicker and perhaps tortoise shell blinds --

Enter a little grey in the Angels on my broken slab of color washed concrete

Add a little more grey and some silver to the mix from my sweet little cherub

A pair of old chippy large, wax covered candlesticks that I have are heavily playing into the color palette for the walls - this candlestick is two toned. I've had it for over 20 years and one side shows its age in sun-faded paint and cracks born of father time and mother nature, while it lived outside. The paint hues on the other side, however, are the same as when I purchased them because that side faced the western sun - and something different than you would expect happened -- the afternoon heat, instead of fading the colors, melted all the wax that had dripped down the side, creating a protective layer, thereby freezing time for the paint beneath it. If you look at the photo below, you can see the different halves.

The luscious darker grey seen is going on my bookshelves and will be layered in a few shades and then sanded back to expose all hues, including the current mahogany stain.

The taupes and silvers, sagey green that's also in my delicious velvet sofa and these lighter greys are going in a wash reserved for my large armoire.

The dusky mauve/taupe will make a nice undertone to keep it all from looking too chilly.

This is the second candlestick - it doesn't have that same rosy element - it's the perfect combination of colors for that armoire, don't you think it will be gorgeous?

I love these candlesticks - I don't know where they are going to end up, but they aren't going back outside - maybe in the bathroom... maybe on top of the grey armoire or dark shelves ...

So first thing this morning, with candlesticks in tow, I went to pick out and purchase paint. I came home with a plethora of everything here - along with some glaze, rags and a new "Lambie" ...

While I do a lot of layering when I paint the furniture, there isn't any layering involved on the walls -that's right - none. ...and it's a lot easier than you think. You just slap all the colors you are using up on the wall - all at once - in heavy (dripping heavy) swatches in random places in a 4' x 4' or so area ... using the same brush for all colors -

working in that 4' x 4' area, using your brush, swirl the colors all together, moving in any pattern you choose - you can't make mistakes. The more you mix, the less dramatic the contrast - stop whenever you are happy with what you see. Don't go too far, or you'll just have one muddy color.

After swirling, take your sheepskin tool (watered down and squeezed out, and dabbed with a brush with each color you are using before you initially begin - you only have to do this once, at the start) and blot in random motions to soften the brushstrokes and lines between colors - the more you blot, again, the softer the contrast gets. (again, don't go too far)

And you end up with a one of a kind interior that perfectly compliments everything in your room. This picture doesn't do it justice. ... but you'll have to wait and see the final reveal!

Hrm... too dark -- Needs more of the dove white in the mix- that's the beauty of this process, you can just paint right over it and change it as you go! Much easier than colorwashing and working with wet edges.

So that's what's going on here today - there's always tomorrow for the outside

.... right?


niartist said...

How lunchly! I lunch it! I lunch it with all of my heart! And I feel stupid now for trying to explain a faux finish to you when you obviously have it down pat! But, because you lunch me, you let me think I was helping, how sweet of you!

The Bliss Journey said...

Wow, your little mind is a goin. Love the inspiration from your candlesticks. It's going to be very soft and pretty. I am really lovin grey. I have always liked a greyed downed hue. Those woolies are great. I have used them for clients. Hope you can sleep tonight and your Husband too.

Naz said...

You make faux finishing look so easy but knowing me I wouldn't know when to stop.

It's so gorgeous.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

So beautiful! I love the colours you are working with! It's always so interesting to me where inspiration comes from. I also loved the last post. I myself have a large chandelier that hangs within an old magnolia tree in my front garden. It's over a dining table and we often breakfast out there inside the tree. Not at the moment however, because it is toooo darn cold!!!

Happy Weekend!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! So nice to meet you! I love your blog as well! I'll be adding you to my favorites!

cottage farm villa (cottagecharm) said...

The candlesticks are gorgeous....and the faux finish is awesome.....you have truly inspired me with your painting techniques!!


jerseygirl211 said...

Good Evening Isa, :)

I love using grey, it's on the walls in our master bedroom and it's so easy to work with. I especially like it with ivory, so rich looking to me. Our LR & /DR in our old house were painted grey with grey carpet,I can't tell you how many other colors I used with that over the years. I adore what your doing, I know what you mean about the need to do some decorating when the idea burns it's way into your mind. No rest until you try it. Have fun with your project, the outside with be there.

Love & Hugs

jerseygirl211 said...

Correction......'will' be there. ;)

once in a blue moon... said...

first chatting with your husband at 3am about decor, and he doesn't go nutz is hard to get beyond... its like you must be newlyweds, i can't fathom that here at 3:30 pm!

ok then you have that wonderful creative eye of yours with dazzling pics of the future.

and then instructions, oh yes, its a good day at isa's!

Cote de Texas said...

Thanks for the shout out!! soo sweet. thanks a million!

Paris Atelier said...

Oh you are killingme with anticipation to see it all done! I do envy your incredibly talented mind and creative abilities! You make it look so easy! I have a feeling your "poor tired husband" and my "poor tired husband" would have a lot of stories to share about us! LOL!
Best wishes! Wonderful post!

Musings From A French Cottage said...

Wow!! This is gorgeous, I love the colors and the way they all came together. I would love to try a faux finish technique but I have always been too chicken. You make it look so easy, I may just have to give it a go!

Thanks for a great post!


ness lockyer said...

That looks like a lovely aged wall in a Parisian loft...I love it! Your explanation was brilliant. That is something like how I paint...slap it on and swirl it round til you get what you want.
Ness xx

moondiva said...

Dear Isa,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the faux painting lesson!!! My home has the standard white builder walls. I've been admiring those wonder soft-muted-blended-mixed colored walls and trying to figure out how it's done. Living here in OK faux painting classes are hard to find, but I found you!!I'll send you the results. Love you playlist too. Deborah and the gang ~..~ ^..^ ~..~ mswoodytx at yahoo