paint party – the retake

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Ok, when we painted the walls for the first time I thought: this is it… a few more weeks and we are done…

well…

not really. there were some good and bad things inbetween and a lot more things to do. The harder we worked the more suffered our walls. So we gave them again some much needed love and another layer of farrow and balls beautiful strong white.
I invited my girlfriends over and with them we also invited auntie Vera and uncle David (Martins beautiful sister and her love) and they didn’t hesitate to come and give us a helping hand.
Like the last time I can highly recommend the farrow and ball paints they are easy to apply, great to work with and they don’t smell.

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Linda and I had been the supervisors of this paint party day…
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and we told everybody off to do the work they matched the best, like Anja who had the perfect height to paint the wall standing on the kitchencounter.
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Uli surprised us with a sweet homemade baby-package including some bathing oil and creme she made from her own bees wax. Thank you so much!
Linda (and I) are big fans of her new nurture line!
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Paint Party

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Last weekend I’ve invited some of my dearest girlfriends over and we had a little painting party. Nothing fancy just a casual get together, eating delicious sweets and by the way painting the treehouse interior walls.
Thank you Ladies for spending mothers day with(out our mums but with) me instead at the treehouse.
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First of all we prepared everything: we (Uli, miss ladybird and I) taped the windowframes with masking tape (I can highly recommend the pink, blue or yellow tape from Tesa) while Martin and Kari clean brushed the ceiling (Do you remember this!? and there was STILL a lot of dirt left between the planks..) It was a mess but the two worked their way through this unrewarding task!
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Miss ladybird showed fullest physical play masking the frames!
And because we ran out of ladders she built herself a little ACC block step.
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I was exited to see the first drops of color and to finally try it not just with sample paints.
We went for strong white (No. 2001) from Farrow&Ball – the estate emulsion.
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You could see right after the first few brush strokes that the paint was perfect!
The result was amazing: the walls have such a soft and almost velvet look and feel. (I’ll post some proper after photos next week as soon as I got the chance to see/photograph everything in daylight). Farrow & Ball paints are pricy but in my opinion they are totally worth it! I ordered two 5 liter buckets but we needed just 1,5 buckets (approx. 7l!). We didn’t even use primer first so that’s an amazing high coverage result!
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After we painted the whole house in strong white miss ladybird and I painted one last wall in the bathroom chappel green.
It was almost dark outside and it looked pretty intense … I guess I have to see the result of it at normal daylight to get an idea if it’s too dark or if it’s just fine.
But I like the tint of chappell green a lot because it will look green or blue depending on the colors you combine it with…

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By the way…
I wanted to thank Uta for her beautiful post about our treewindow!
Danke meine Liebe! Take a look at her blog she’s a crafty lady and does amazing things!

 

 

 

farrow & ball sample painting

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There are some fun things that come with a renovation. For me its preparing the next step:

INTERIOR DESIGN

yay!

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I ordered the Farrow & Ball color card to find the perfect white.
Again, Martin thinks I’m crazy a little bit too picky when it comes to “just white walls” but white is not always white and the tint is important for the look & feel of a room. There was a great article about the different whites on Design*Sponge a few weeks ago.
After I narrowed it down to my 4 favorite whites (and 3 tints for the bathroom ceiling) I ordered tiny sample pots and let me just tell you: Farrow & Ball is the net-a-porter for Renovators! The packaging was stunning (but of course also the paint was from exceptional quality!)
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These are the 4 whites I ordered: welvet, ammonite, white tie and dimity.
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I tried them on different spots in different rooms to see how they turn out next to the windows and in natural light during the day. I can highly recommend the sample paints it’s so important to see them “live” on your wall, next to your ceiling, floor, windows and light switches! Also Martin agreed that it was (probably still a crazy but also) a pretty good idea to do that.
As a resume I can tell that white tie couldn’t make it to the final ones. (its a little bit to yellowish for the wooden window frames). And after some back and forth Martin and I decided to go with strong white (not pictured) which is slightly whiter than Ammonite.
Can’t wait to see how it will turn out.