Paint Ho!

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FIRST THERE WAS AEGEAN OLIVE, a green-brown (center top), as well as a brown-brown and a purple-brown. I stared at those three patches all summer. Then it became September, and a friend suggested we get on with it, and paint the exterior of my mid-century house in East Hampton, N.Y. Ourselves.

A date was chosen, texts exchanged, trips to the paint store made. I wanted the house to remain low-profile and blend in with its surroundings, in keeping with the brown tones of the houses in Japanese gardening books. The house already was brown, and I liked it in concept, but the paint job was ancient and I  wanted a prettier brown. I sampled two lighter shades: Country Life (left top), immediately adjacent to Aegean Olive on Ben Moore’s color strip, but disconcertingly much lighter when actually applied, and Tate Olive (bottom right), from Ben Moore’s Historic Colors line. That was lighter still.

Longtime readers of this blog know I can sample up to dozen colors for a single room, really make a fetish out of it. But the time was now and short (getting colder, busy schedules) and a decision needed to be made. So Aegean Olive it was, and the job began.

My friend is meticulous, enjoys painting, doesn’t mind ladders. I am more of the “let’s get it done” school, happier down low than up high. Together, with her guidance, we finished the job, neatly, in a marathon Saturday. Everyone should have such a friend.

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In progress…

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Next day…

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In the morning light…

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It needs touch-up, and the rafters still need painting. I’m planning to do the door and window trim with colors from those leftover sample quarts before too long. But heading into winter, it feels great to have the bulk of it done.

Belatedly — two weeks after our big painting push — I came upon this image, which I’d photocopied from a book called The Garden in its Setting by Noel Kingsbury. It reminded me of my own place, with the vertical siding and awning windows. Note the color! I guess I did, subliminally. And there’s the Japanese-style landscaping I so admire. Amazing how our minds file things away, even as they forget they filed them.

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About cara

I blog for fun here at casaCARA, and write about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites. My recently published posts and articles can be found here: https://casacara.wordpress.com/recent-articles/
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5 Responses to Paint Ho!

  1. Astor C says:

    Enormous difference! Low key, but blends perfectly with all the green around it. Something livelier for the trim?

  2. Julia Mack says:

    Looks like your summertime house put on a fall overcoat — sophisticated, earthy and perfect for its surroundings.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful, of course! Nice to see all the great changes since I last saw the place. Even in your pictures it feels serene. I completely agree what Julia said.

  4. judithdean2013 says:

    Great! Congratulations on such a big project. The color choice is perfect, natural but more spring than fall. It’s fresh and lovely. So glad to live vicariously through your experience.

    Thanks,

    Judy

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    From: c a s a C A R A ~ OLD HOUSES FOR FUN & PROFIT [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] Sent: Monday, September 30, 2013 4:23 AM To: judithdean@earthlink.net Subject: [New post] Paint Ho!

    cara posted: ” FIRST THERE WAS AEGEAN OLIVE, a green-brown (center top), as well as a brown-brown and a purple-brown. I stared at those three patches all summer. Then it became September, and a friend suggested we get on with it, and paint the exterior of my mid-cen”

  5. mud4fun says:

    It looks lovely and blends in perfectly with its surroundings.

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