April 02, 2008

Dithering about Color

I found the Tin Bucket for the roof, but being a prisoner of the house for these last few days, I haven't been out to the needlework shop for floss for the house on Lemon Tree. They call for a blend of Woodsmoke and Oatmeal, which won't work here, as the model was on 32 count linen with a pinkish hue, while I'm doing mine on 40 count in a browner shade, and one strand will have to do it. I rooted through my stash and came up with porcelain, which is light pink-to-white variegated. It looks ok, but it's more white than pale pink, and I think the coverage is not ideal. And what is it about the white fibers that are so puny and stringy and crisp instead of soft? So I'm borrowing a skein of WDW Fawn from another project and will need to remember to pick another when I finally go out--that's it below the stitching. I hate to frog, but I figure I don't want to look at the house in its frame for the next 50 years (there's an optimistic figure, considering my current age) and regret not taking the time.

Other than I'm getting a bit itchy to get out, it hasn't been bad being here the last few days. I'm getting some cleaning done in the master bath and closet now that the floors are in. They're still working today in the basement, on another project--something not created by Pink. We had ugly "white" berber carpet, and we're having it replaced by something called Konecto, which is a plank vinyl product that floats over the floor (it's tongue and groove, and it's stuck to itself, but not to the floor below). It's good looking for vinyl and most of all, waterproof (Hah, Pink!)--it looks remarkably like wood. Our basement is dry but we sit at the bottom of a slope, and despite having French drains in the backyard and two sumps, we're worried about that inevitable day when the sumps and the drain are overwhelmed. It happened at least once before we moved in; there's a high-water mark in the bathroom linen closet. It's even easy to do yourself if you're not clumsy and inept like us.

So seeing that everything is in the final stages, I'm looking at paints. We live in a neighborhood of approximately 900 houses, each of which has two features in common: a large niche for a television over the gas fireplace and a red-walled room somewhere. It's been kind of fun visiting various houses and looking for the red room. In our case, our powder room is red, and since it's also the cat-box room with lots of gray dust (which shows hideously on the red walls), I'm thinking about this color instead: Benjamin Moore's Dior Gray as pictured in Elle Decor's April issue. I'm wondering though if it will make the room feel like the inside of a stainless or aluminum container. Kind of gives a new meaning to the term "can," doesn't it?

"I don't see color the way you do, but I've spotted the wooden knitting needles in that container, and I want to chew them! Also, I'm available any time to consult on design and materials should you want to redecorate."

Edited later to add, as Anna said, since Pink appears to be wearing those slippers. "I couldn't find my bunny slippers."
Take a nap, Pink!

8 comments:

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

That Pink is a mess! LOL! At least he keeps things interesting!

Anna van Schurman said...

I like how the rabbit looks like he's wearing slippers. My mom has a dark grey bathroom and it doesn't look like a "can." Once you bring in the accessories, it will break it up. Have I been watching too much HGTV today?

divakitty said...

Oh, I love those bamboo ones - they are quite tasty! ~Fiona Bun

Barbara said...

LOL! That Pink is such a character!!

I admire you tremendously for frogging all that to get the color you really, truly want!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Boy, how nice to be able to have colors and a decor!! We have sort of "Hay and Fur" on whatever!

Don't let Pink "blow out his flip-flop!"

blueridge115 said...

Stripes...seriously. Go here to see muted stripes...that color would be perfect...horizontal or vertical. I kid you not...IMHO anyway :-)
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/lr_walls/article/0,2041,DIY_14083_3398147,00.html

blueridge115 said...

...and here! I'm talking so muted you don't even notice the stripes right away...

http://www.bfresco.com/Webpages/painted/stripes.htm

Michelle said...

That photo is too funny of Pink! I like the paint color.