My Pretty Porch This Week
Making 2 Gallons of Paint =
I LUV my pretty porch. 😀 Really! These past few weeks, I’ve enjoyed every change in this ‘prettifying’ process. During each wonderful step, I simply can’t stop peeking outside, then exclaiming, “LUV my pretty porch!” 😎
When I first moved in here three years ago, this damp, old porch with grungy wood & plastic windows was simply a little head protection from the rain in the winter & a storage collector throughout the year.
With some of the plastic ripped & constantly flapping in the wind, rain still got in — anything made of paper or fabric was destroyed.
So, in the summer of 2011, the ripped plastic got replaced & I cleared almost everything out to other areas [right]. I knew I wanted to paint at some point but first priority was filling some of those holes with stained glass creations.
I was hoping to paint in 2012 but too many factors were against it — me still working on windows, funds for glass or paint but not both, & summer ending far too quickly. 😉
And, although the porch was warmer in the winter of 2012-13, it was still damp, grungy, & … sad.
The best part was I didn’t even have to drive to Victoria [Langford] because the local Sooke Home Hardware had Beauti-Tone™ exterior on sale for $7 off per gallon. That adds up when you’re buying a few gallons. And saving $10-15 on gas makes it even sweeter. 😎
The hardest part was picking the turquoise shade — the paint chip I’d chosen was from another paint line & was darker than the choices available. Eeek!
The ivory shade was easy — a slightly yellow ‘Fondant Lace White‘ [FD047] & I finally picked ‘Scooter‘ [F081] for the darkest-bright turquoise.
Yes, it looks very bright going on the floor — but with all the dirty paws travelling back & forth, the brightness does get dulled. And the ivory really cleans up the walls & the ugly yellow plastic well but will not show the ongoing dust as much as a true white would.
For the trim, I filled the roller tray with ivory paint, then added a couple of small dollops of turquoise [yes, I have the ‘recipe’] — it didn’t take much of the bright colour mixed in & I had a lovely pastel turquoise.
Adding Black Makes 4th Colour
When painting the inside walls ivory, I inadvertently left large dribbles of paint on the outside — yeah, the boards don’t quite meet everywhere. Oops! So, just a little early, the originally-white-now-moss-coloured exterior got a fresh coat of ivory — too, too gorgeous! 😎
Needing some turquoise colour outside but not wanting it too bright, I added a bit of black interior paint to the exterior [hmm, problems?] to paint over the old reddish-brown. Oh yeah, this new colour brightens it all & really enhances the stained glass windows! 😀
What can I say? Too, too cool !! 😎