BECAUSE IT WAS PAINTED WHITE — and a glaring white at that — the arch above my Music Room bay has bugged me for a long, long time. But how to select a new, more suitable color? And how to paint this 19th century architectural detail without damaging the wallpaper around it, or worse — the draperies beneath it? I sought the advice of a higher authority:
Dottie is a color-genius. And because no one on God’s green earth possesses her talent, she can never, ever retire.
It took Dottie all of 3 seconds (I’m not exaggerating here) to find something we both liked — Benjamin Moore’s “Mistletoe.” She mixed up a pint-size sample for me to try.
Then I left the room while the real painter took over.
I hope you know I’m kidding.
Tip: If you want to accomplish a professional-looking paint job, be sure to use a professional-quality brush. Dottie recommends — and so do I — the XL brush from Purdy. It runs about $20, but with care it will last for years.
And now, back up the ladder, where the moment of reckoning awaits.
I hope you don’t have vertigo.
Don’t be jealous of my legs.
And incidentally, behind those draperies are the glass shelves which support a bevy of houseplants. The plants are currently vacationing out of doors. But you can see my winter set-up here.
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