Painting Rooms, Rather Than Nails

[Image: farrow-ball.com]

Happy August!

Firstly, I just want to say that I don’t work for Farrow & Ball or anything: I just had a great experience with their paint!

If you’re into interior design at all (which I’m not! I just like to look at the magazines), you’ll definitely have heard of this British paint company. It was founded in 1946, and spent much of its early years making paints for Ford in the UK, and the British War Office. By the time the 90s rolled around, Farrow & Ball had established itself by making paints for the National Trust for restoring historical buildings to their original colors. Today, Farrow & Ball is probably best known for its library of elegant paint colors that each have interesting histories behind them. The paint names are also appealing in a very British way: Mouse’s Back, Elephant’s Breath, and Cat’s Paw are some of their more popular shades. Not to worry, they are not all named for animal parts! There are others like Calamine, Downpipe, and Churlish Green.

I’m currently in the process of finishing up my half-assed paint job in our home. I sort of did part of it when we first moved in, then many things conspired to delay the completion of the job: work, side projects, having a kid, and my unstoppable urge to become a world-class procrastinator.

I’m happy to say that now, two-thirds of the way into summer, I’m getting closer to being done!

First, I’m going to explain why we wanted to paint. You see, the entire place was done up in colors very similar to these:

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