Tuesday, November 2, 2010

There's no turning back...

I've finally chosen (I mean I'm 99.9% sure) a color to paint our dining room cupboard.
This only took me 4 months.
Heaven help me should I ever tackle a major home renovation.
I believe I over think things like this too much...
#1. B/c I'm home during the day and I stare at it all the time.
Not to mention we eat all meals, do homework, etc. in our dining room.

# 2. B/c I'm slightly worried that I'm choosing a "trendy" color. 
Do I like it because I see it every where or do I like it because I really like it?

#3. Everyone thinks I'm nuts. 
This was not an inexpensive piece of furniture. 
 It was a handmade antique reproduction
 (key word being reproduction, I would not paint the real deal unless it was damaged). 
When I was first married I liked early American, traditional, colonial furniture. 
 I still do, but with less fervor. 
 I was also long ago over the cherry wood,
especially when set against our dark floors and other "real" antique pieces.

So... while my inspiration pictures grew,
my decision making capabilities didn't.

Until I finally just went ahead and did this

That's real paint up there, ya know.

Our trim throughout most of the downstairs is already grey.
I needed to find a color that contrasted,
but wasn't too dark,didn't look like cement,
wasn't too blue (while pretty, I think I'd tire of it),
and wasn't too green.  See?  Not easy.

I also thought about painting the inside a different color

Not pink, but high contrast

Pretty and subtle.

I even had a painter show up to give an estimate but he said he couldn't "bring himself" to paint it.
Apparently, he didn't need the extra money.
But that didn't ease my concerns.
Anyway, I've now got a new painter lined up who is ready and willing.
I believe my color is picked out.
And I'll leave you in suspense until it's finished.
Which will be soon, because the stripes are worse than the cherry wood! :)

**I just read Lauren's posts for the last two days. 
Not sure that makes me feel better or worse about slapping paint on this thing! **


  1. I think it is going to look great, and I totally get what you are saying about taking forever to decide. I look at things forever trying to decide what to do with it too.

    We have a craftman type look in our house...still trying to decide if I should paint the woodwork white...who knows if I will ever figure it out.

    I can't wait to see the color you pick.

  2. You are TOO cute!

    I can't wait to see your final choice of colors. I totally appreciate the time spent making this decision. It takes me forever to make up my mind.

    Looking forward to the unveiling.


  3. wow, you are brave! i think it will look awesome painted, but i would be so nervous to paint it.....i fear committment i guess. you sound like me trying to make up your mind. i do the same exact thing. i overanalyze it to death. can't wait to see!!!

  4. I love the idea of using a different color on the inside! Can't wait to see the finished product!!! Love the grey, too!

  5. People get so crazy over painting wood. I just bought a wooden sleigh bench sofa at a resale shop and I'm painting it and distressing it. A older lady shopping in the store was appalled. I think that your furniture piece will look beautiful!

  6. Yes, yes, Tessa! Paint it and don't look back:) I totally vote for you painting the inside a different color. I can't wait to see. Have a great day!

    Amy R.

  7. So funny how opposite I am. I'll walk out to my garage, pick up a few leftover cans of 'oops' paint from Lowe's, and start mixing until I find a shade I like and slap it on the wood. I painted a dark mahogany buffet (from the 70s) in my dining room last year and I love it. It's a light gray/blue shade.
    Can't wait to see what you end up with and I love all of the white goodies inside!

  8. I can't wait to see how it looks! Any chance you want to come to Georgia and help me with my house? I am the world's worst at making a decision! Therefore, I still don't have window treatments in 3 rooms! :)

  9. HI TESSA!

    Love your name too :)

    Thanks for your comment. Your blog is so cute, and I will be a new avid reader!

  10. We are peas in a pod! I agonize the same way! Over think things for far too long! But yes...paint this piece! Can't wait to see!

    And I love your comment on my post. I'm totally with you...will spend that amount on my home, but a piece of clothing? Not unless I want to wear it three times a week!


  11. oh yes it will look great! i take forever to decide!!!

  12. I bet it is the third one down!

    Girl, it is your house--there are no rules! Don't worry about trends. I love it.

    Oh, the house is 319,000


  13. Hi, I'm coming over from Lauren's post. I'm becoming a follower because I looked around and like what I see, and also because there is no way I want to miss the reveal of this beauty. Good luck and I hope you like it. I also often have indecision painting things for the same reasons. I recently painted a table and four chairs for our kitchen. Even though they were free from a friend, I worried if I was making the right decision. Now sometimes I wish I had picked a different colour :)

  14. I'm new to your site (and I absolutely love it) You've given me great inspiration to tackle long overdue and wishlist projects. I started reading postings that were more current, so this china cabinet was already painted when I first saw it and I thought it was wonderful. Ran across this 2010 posting and saw it in its cherry wood state (which cherry is my absolute favorite) and it took my breath away to see it painted with multiple test paint colors. At first it was like, no no no, you can't do this but I loved the final result so much that yes yes yes. You kept a piece with good bones and made it work even better. Thanks for giving me the confidence to do the same.