Beginning in early spring, people usually ask me this instead of saying good morning. They ask this question for a good reason, since I have been painting furniture and floors for 31 years, especially at my river house- a painted furniture kind of place. I always have a painting project to do and am never happier than when I have a paintbrush in my hand, a fresh can of Benjamin Moore high gloss paint on my painting table and a piece of furniture sitting on my sawhorses ready to be transformed.
I enjoy obsessively fussing over the color choice for each piece, often mixing colors to get just the right shade. Later when I began to design jewelry I realized that my long experience with blending paints directly corresponded to the creation of my necklaces: deciding which “parts”- pearls, spacers, stones - should be juxtaposed to create a beautiful “whole.”
I usually prefer pastel shades of blues, celadon greens, and yellows. When you enter the cottage you see all of those colors.
PROVENCE CREME is my current favorite soft yellow; it is so perfect for a cottage floor or for the legs of this old stool.
BASHFUL BLUE, CRYSTAL SPRINGS, BLUE ALLURE, and HYDRANGEA are all wonderful blues and show up regularly. Depending on the visitor, this aqua hutch holds these vases or tea party cups and saucers.
My new preferred blue is BUCKLAND BLUE, a stronger shade which worked well for the mantel and chimney wall and other vertical pieces in the living room.
FLEECY GREEN by Pratt and Lambert is the only non-Benjamin Moore color I use. I absolutely love this color on my desk, a vintage washstand, and my dining room chairs.
Spring is here and I am itching to paint! I can’t wait to use my most treasured Christmas presents- an electric sander and some snazzy sawhorses.
Painting on a sunny breezy day next to the river is the most relaxing thing! You should try it sometime.