May the roof above us never fall in
And may we good companions beneath it never fall out.

~Irish blessing

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Behind the Blue Doors

I finally got around to painting the inside faces of the front and side doors this week. 

As a lover of all things Murobond it's frustrating that there's only one stockist in Melbourne, and on the other side of town. It's terrific, easy to apply, non-stinky paint which comes in a range of gorgeous colours and finishes. Most of the wall space in our house has been done in Murobond neutrals such as mole and marble. My friends laugh at me poring over my neutral colour swatches but I can't get enough of them.

For the doors though, I was looking for something with a little more whimsy, perhaps something that picked up on the beautiful turquoise highlights of the hall runner but still maintained the 'town' feel of an inner city worker's cottage. As I've said, Murobond have a fantastic range of colours but going across town for sample pots is becoming an effort so I dropped into our local Paint Spot and discovered this fantastic range of Resene colours by NZ fashion designer Karen Walker.

The swatches are grouped into complementary palettes and accompanied by a photograph of a cute diorama modeling the colours in each group.

We loved the mid-century feel of palette no.1 and decided on Periglacial Blue for the doors which Resene describe as "an icy river blue with a hint of green".I also really like the metallic paints that feature as part of the range and am looking for something to paint with the deliciously geologic Burnished Orange below. A footstool perhaps?

The laundry door also came up beautifully in the Periglacial Blue. When we moved in the existing door was really a poor excuse for an exterior door with three glass panels and a shoddy frame, so we went over to  Select Salvage in Kensington and bought this lovely old all weather door with its beautiful gothic window. 

The door was HEAVY and took the two of us to get it on top of the roof racks. Tom trimmed it to fit fairly easily but the lock and handle had been on the other side in its former life so we had a couple of tricky holes to fill. Apparently car body filler is the best thing for filling holes like this, but a trip to Bunnings to buy some left us without the requisite 'hardener' you need to mix it with, so we just filled it with expanding foam, trimmed the foam then went over it with timber polyfilla and you'd never know the holes were ever there.

The old door had decades of layers of peeling paint on it, and after going through an entire tin of paint stripper I decided I liked the rustic look of what was left and primed straight over it. We also got this beautiful old handle from Select Salvage that goes beautifully with the blue.

There's still a fair amount of painting to do - the new raw mdf robes in the second bedroom and the rear exterior and pergola - but we'll chip away at it between the bigger jobs and keep you posted.

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