Thursday, July 17, 2014

Just Because

A bit of backstory:  All around the house, at the point where the overhang of the eaves meets the wall of the house just above the wide trim boards, whoever built the house used chair rail.  It's a little bit of decoration on a mostly plain Queen Anne Cottage and I've always liked that detail.  When I picked out the colors for the house this time, I chose a dark grayish brown for the chair rail, a color that I never really liked but chose because it coordinated well with the other paint colors.  

So now that I've told you that, a couple of days ago I was doing some invisible but necessary work on the front of the house: painting the eaves and soffit along where the new front porch will go.  I say invisible because, except for the fascia boards at the edge, the rest of it will be hidden once the new porch roof goes up; necessary because the soffit needs to be painted to protect the wood and that's a lot easier now than clambering up onto the porch roof to do it after the porch is built.

Anyhow, there I was on the front of the house, scraping away paint from the chair rail under the eaves that will never be seen again and getting a crick in my neck from looking up.  A big chunk of paint popped off the chair rail and underneath I saw bright turquoise blue.  At one time the chair rail was painted that color!  I love turquoise blue.  It's one of my favorite colors, in all shades.  

Y'all know what happened next, right?

I briefly considered what the house would look like with turquoise blue trim.  I worried that other people might think it was ugly.  Then I decided that, by golly, it's my house and I love that color and I think it would look great!  

So I painted the chair rail turquoise.  

And I painted the underside of the eaves the same pale blue as the side porch ceiling.  Just because.

I think the house looks happier.  I know I am.






14 comments:

  1. I think it looks gorgeous - and it definitely adds some life to the gray.

    ReplyDelete
  2. What color are your sashes going to be? A dark slate blue might complement the other blue bits nicely with the gray (I love navy and gray together)...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They're black right now, because they were black originally, but I hadn't thought about dark slate blue....hmmm....I'd been thinking, before the turquoise, that the house was looking a bit too much like a black-and-white photo. That might help.

      Delete
  3. Love love love it. Just enough to say "yeah, I'm a Victorian house" but not over the top painted lady Victorian.

    Perfect.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Looks excellent!

    Think of it as sexy underwear; you know it's there :-)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love this. It's subtle, but add a bit of somethin'-somethin' to the whole thing. I love that it seemed like fate, as well. Or serendipity. Yeah, that's it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It does add a bit of somethin'-somethin'! Thanks!

      Delete
  6. LOVE the turquoise! It was there all along waiting for you to discover the blue! :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Lottie, I like the way you put that!

      Delete
  7. I forgot that you had painted your house gray! Looks great. I happened to think though: Don't you have to run all of your color choices past some board? I can't imagine that someone should get to tell you what color(s) to paint your house, but I know some of the historical districts are particularly stringent.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are correct! I did not get permission to paint the trim blue, and I hadn't even thought of that until you mentioned it!! I don't have a permit for the work on the side porch, either. Oops. You might say my give-a-damn's busted. lol

      Delete