The last few days have flown past. Last Friday, my brother and I put wallpaper on the kitchen ceiling. While I won’t be volunteering to do that again, we got it done easily enough (if you don’t count the kinked necks and sore arms and shoulders). But it’s certainly a challenge working over your head and lining up the repeats. Yesterday I primed it, along with two and half walls. The walls took two coats of primer to cover the sage green. Today, I painted it all. And now I’m ready for a break! However, there is no rest for the weary. I’ll be working with this group of Heather Bailey True Colors fabric this week, sewing up last minute samples for Free Spirit for Spring Market. I also get to work with Joel Dewberry’s True Colors.It’s going to be another busy week here at Casa P. Besides the sample sewing, we’ll be getting the remaining walls in the kitchen patched, mudded, primed and painted. Gonna be a full caffeine week to be sure!
From time to time, I receive offers to help promote merchandise. Most of the time, it’s not a good fit and/or it’s not something I use. On rare occasions, one comes along that clicks for me and what I do here on the blog. One of those rare occasions happened last month when I received an offer from Behr to get the word out about Behr Marquee Interior Paint & Primer. While the kitchen will be getting new paint soon, the timing wasn’t right. However, I did have this side cabinet that I’ve been considering repainting. Nice but definitely a “ho hum” piece.
I requested three color samples and Behr promptly sent me Blue Edge, Coastal Jetty and Tibetan Turquoise. I love all three of these deep colors; but the color I chose for this cabinet was Coastal Jetty. What a change for this humble little cabinet! (And look at how well it matches the Talaveras pot.)So here’s the thing…I use Behr paint as my go-to paint. It’s readily available and not incredibly expensive. (The walls in the background are Behr’s Silver Screen. In fact, the off white color is also Behr.) I’ve never had problems with coverage; but then, I follow the rules and prime medium to dark colors before painting another color over them. With Marquee, the formulation of the paint includes the primer, so theoretically, you only need one coat.To be honest, I didn’t notice any difference. I enjoyed the same reliability and ease of use I am accustomed to. The thing I love most about Marquee…the colors! With 372 colors to choose from, you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy. And it has a low VOC rating, so that’s a nice bonus.
I’m entertaining some crafty ideas for the other two color samples. They’re very well suited to projects that incorporate either Anna Maria Horner’s fabrics or Amy Butler’s fabrics. All-in-one paints are great choices for small paint projects–like this cabinet or other crafty items. Less time is required for the paint, which leaves more time to play with the embellishments and other decorative elements. And who doesn’t love that?
Find out more about Behr’s Marquee paint and their guarantee here.
Last month, Free Spirit asked me if I could whip up something in Denyse’s Ansonia collection. I already had fabric, left over from my sample sewing, so I was able to start working on it immediately. Using one of Denyse’s photos (with her permission) as an inspirational starting point, I began making a patchwork pocket. The rest followed in short order.This project is quick and easy. Even quicker if you simplify the patchwork or use a single piece of coordinating fabric. You can find the instructions for this bistro apron on Coats & Clarks website here.