painting blues

There aren’t many colours I really detest, and so when I inadvertently buy paint that is one of those undesirables….there really is a lot of swearing around here. The sticker said Ultramarine Blue and it looked like a lovely smart navy, but this was the result. To me, this is royal blue and I’ve always steered clear of it.

bench 2

Like the professional I am, I realised it would be a good idea to finish the first vile coat completely but, while it was still drying, I’d already mixed in lots of white and a bit of grey to come up with a much more acceptable shade of sky blue:

bench 4

blue chair

Phew.  And in case you’re wondering why the bench is blocking the front door, it’s because part of my oregon pine floors and the joists in the entrance have gone vrot (vrot = rotten to the point of disintegration = flooring specialist to examine and give quote to repair = major bloody expense!) so, for safety’s sake, the French doors are being used instead.

I’ve also been painting inside the house, to very pleasing results. Pics to follow :)


27 thoughts on “painting blues

  1. Fiona Rom

    she’s obviously having fun!!! good – I’m happy for her xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    On Wed, 16 Jan 2019 at 10:27, Nice piece of work wrote:

    > Nice Piece of Work posted: “There aren’t many colours I really detest, and > so when I inadvertently buy paint that is one of those > undesirables….there really is a lot of swearing around here. The sticker > said Ultramarine Blue and it looked like a lovely smart navy, but this was > the” >

  2. katechiconi

    I don’t mind either shade, but what I do love is the brilliant intensity of colour, paired with bright cushions against a white background. I think what you have now is a classic Greek Island blue. Bravo!

  3. The Snail of Happiness

    This is the reason I’ve stopped, in general, buying yarn online – colour names and pictures are frequently miles away from the reality. Never mind, you managed to create a colour that you liked in the end… not so easy with yarn! It looks fabulous, as Kate says, especially with the cushions.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Thanks :) Next time I won’t opt for a ready-made colour, I’ll have them mix one up from the colour chart. It’s more expensive to do that but at least I won’t have any nasty surprises. I had intended to sand it all down afterwards for an aged look but didn’t have the energy. This is good enough for now!

  4. tgonzales

    Hi Jill! You are so talented…mixing those colors and making just the perfect color of light blue. I love the lighter blue too and those pillows are the perfect accent on your bench. Love and Hugs, Tamara

  5. insearchofitall

    I once loved royal blue enough to paint all the walls in our first home that color as well as the outside columns. It was an easy house for our friends to find. I wouldn’t do it again but I love the color your bench turned out. Very inviting, It’s always more work than we expected it to be.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Often things do turn out to be more work than we anticipated, hey?! I once had a pink house, by the way, also easy for people to find :) My current house is white – very boring !!!

      1. insearchofitall

        Painted mine yellow because it’s such a cheerful color. Found out bugs are attracted to it as well. Hmmm. White if for the inside to reflect a lot of light so I can see. You don’t see much wall though. ;) Pink, my great aunt had a pink house. Not my cup of tea. Won’t even wear pink. Now coral is much better. ;) But not on a house. ;)

      2. insearchofitall

        Ha ha. I love bright building and especially those with wonderful street art on them. Not graffiti. I’ve had to be conservative my entire life because of where I lived. That one little house was my rebellion. Even where I am now is so strict about how things look. No fun at all. ;(

  6. Bestemor

    I had to smile over this; I’m an absolute freak about getting colours ‘right’ and once spent well over an hour having a colour mixed to my satisfaction. I’m sure they used to cringe when they saw me coming . . . It was what I can only call ‘neon salmon’ and it was meant to set off a lovely and very large pastel of a blue whale underwater. Worked a charm. I won’t share the whole story here, but there is one!

    I would not call that first blue ultramarine, either, and it is definitely NOT navy! But I love what you ended up with. From the photo, that blue picks up the blue in the cushion on the right.

    I cannot remember if you crochet, sorry, but I just saw a lovely cushion on a facebook group I belong to. The woman made a large granny square, set a square pillow on it with the points at the centres of the sides, then folded the points to the front and joined the seams. It was gorgeous! Now I’m thinking of making one for myself . . . She didn’t measure, just worked until the pillow fitted properly.

    Love your wooden chair, too (another thing I adore is the older wooden chairs). Very sorry to hear of the floor vrot. How annoying, especially if it’s going to cost a bunch to fix! Even so, I’ll take wooden floors over anything else.

    Hope you are having a great weekend, Jill!
    Love and Light to you ~ Linne

  7. Bestemor

    I checked out that tour site just now. I love the colours of the homes there! Most of Canada seems to stick to white, brown, grey and beige, with occasional rather muted colours. I’ve often wondered what colour I would paint a house, given the chance. Thanks for the linkie . . . big hugs to you. ~ Linne

  8. Going Batty in Wales

    I reckon most ‘off the shelf’ paint colours are better for a bit of tweaking. They tend to be not very subtle! Love the one youy mixed and your new place looks lovely.


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