i never thought i'd see the day. we are actually finally getting paint on these walls.
we bought this house in april 2004 and lived in the first-floor apartment for two years while we rented the upstairs (two stories) apartment to another couple. we kicked them out in october 2006 and started renovating. tore down the wall separating the apartments, ripped out carpeting (hallelujah), and tore down loose plaster. i lurved demolition.
that round of renovation lasted about a year, maybe a year and a half. i've kind of blocked it out. they tore down dropped ceilings, sistered joists, tore down the decrepit, and polished up the old. but we've had barebarebare walls and ceilings since then in about two-thirds of the house, just waiting to soak up some paint and meanwhile dusting us with bright white plaster every time we brushed up against them. the visible joints and peeping-through previously textured walls mock us almost as much as the c. 1957 cracking linoleum tile that was splattered with plaster, paint, joint compound, and god knows what else; the frighteningly bendy wood floors; and the mismatched, partially torn-out vinyl flooring. the place is, in short, a mess. and not just because we're lousy housekeepers.
so a few months ago, angie's list offered one of its big deals on painting services. the contractor had excellent reports from angie's list members and was rated highly by the better business bureau, so we bought up the deal and brought the guys out for an estimate and walk-through. fast-forward a few months (the soonest we could get on their schedule), and they're suddenly here. (they were supposed to start the last week of this month, but they called andrew yesterday and were like, "we're coming tomorrow morning at 8!" we are not turning them away.) of course, this is all while i'm physically feeling like shite and having a slew of medical tests and procedures to try to make that better; it's not awesome having workers in the house amid all that. but it's totally awesome having the work done, so suck it up, right? right.
anyway. so today i needed to choose colors. i knew just what i wanted (brace yourself, because this is a big shocker):
it's woad (via). it is the color i would want to be the only color i could see if i could see only one color. i love it. it makes me happy.
so don (the painter) handed me the sherwin-williams color deck and told me to have at it. i looked first for the closest match i could find for the woad, and i chose distance. (weird to have that as the color name in our bedroom, but there it is.)
all the rest of the colors pretty much work up the lightness scale on the same card. the hallway and stairwell outside the bedroom will be bracing blue:
all the ceilings will be bright white, and all the trim will be semigloss white. i'm very excited. next week, the floor guys come, and it's going to be like a regular house finally. our house will be a very, very fine house.