April 21, 2011

Hulk-ish Shoulder Muscles are Attractive On a Woman, Right?

As I mentioned in a previous post (about our dearth of progress), the warmer weather means I can now work on some outdoor projects! One of them? Painting the back porch. This image represents the current back porch 'paint' situation:
I've been scrape scrape scrape scraping the ceiling. I expect to have very hulk-ish looking shoulder, neck, and upper back muscles before this project is through. That'll be totally hot, right?

The section I've finished scraping looks like this:
We originally decided on these colors from Pratt and Lambert. From left to right: the railing/posts, the floor, and the ceiling.
But the orange? Heavy. Serious. Not feeling it anymore. We need something brighter and cheerier. I couldn't get Mr. Man behind the idea of a traditional sky blue Victorian-era porch ceiling color.  He is totally right. I mean, we're not exactly renovating the house to be historically accurate (check out our kitchen, for example.)

Mr. Man suggested a pale green in a similar tint and saturation to Victorian sky blue. Genius! We found a lovely pale lime-ish green for the ceiling, Laurel Mist (color 17-28) by Pratt and Lambert. But every photo I've taken of the paint chip makes it look like our ceiling will be baby poop green (if said baby ate a lot of limes.)  So I am NOT EVENT GOING TO POST IT! Instead, I am going to use my nascent photoshop skills to create a visual representation. Here's what our back porch currently looks like:
And here is the world's most awful color mock up:


That's supposed to be pea gravel in the forground.  Stop laughing.  Hulk no like it when you laughing. Laughing make Hulk angry! YOU WON'T LIKE HULK WHEN SHE ANGRY!

21 comments:

  1. Glad you are skipping the orange - the green will be awesome! Another option would have been a deeper turquoise but I like the idea of tying the inside with the outside.

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  2. Uhhhhh.....You got skills, but this photo-shopping mock up thing ain't it!! Ha! Ha! Is this the before picture?!....Please tell me this is the before picture! LOL I'm sorry. I'm not usually so forward with strangers, but we're neighbors!!! LOL

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  3. I totally scraped our back porch ceiling last summer ... and then primed it and painted it. My shoulders got such a work out. It's hard! Think of it this way ... your shoulders will look hot in tank tops this summer! :)

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  4. Explain what's going on with the doors. They will be the orange that the ceiling is not?
    I am so lacking in vision today.

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  5. Hey loveandaleash! Great question. But first, let's get clear on one thing: you are not lacking vision. I am lacking photoshop skills.

    I'm going to strip the lower back door down to wood to match the upstairs back door. I think it will look really nice!

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  6. For the record I totally knew that was pea gravel. Ok fine I thought it was one of those posters where you're supposed to concentrate and relax your eyes at the same time and then see a boat. Which if you think about it would be really cool as a yard replacement.

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  7. lol... too funny!

    I definitely think the pale green is a better choice than the orange for the ceiling. But maybe you can still add some orange accents somewhere for a pop of color?

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  8. You are effing hysterical.

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  9. haha very funny! I like the orange too! I think both would be great!!!

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  10. Thanks for the laugh. Can't wait for the after pictures! This weekend's project at my place - build a chicken coop!

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  11. I'm no good with paint colors, but I can speak to muscle. Muscle: good! Funny enough, in the olden days people didn't do P90X for muscle; they worked. Like you're doing. Maybe not with the same shade of green, but manual labor nonetheless.

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  12. Where in Holyoke do you find Pratt and Lambert paint? I live in Holyoke, too.

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  13. Hi Anonymous! I get all my paint from Clark Paint in West Springfield. They are a sponsor of this blog and I love them and their products.

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  14. actually, I think you would become She-Hulk http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She_hulk

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  15. Thanks, HHH. (That's Holyoke Home Hulk.) I'll check out Clark Paint. Pratt and Lambert paint is the best, imho.

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  16. What? I really thought by the pictures that you'd already painted the porch and laid the gravel! Hehe.

    Really though I think the color will be wonderful! And match your Hulk shoulders in a nice, subtle way. Also, I love the railing. Also, scraping paint sucks.

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  17. and the red painted brick. it will be red painted brick? i admit, i am nervous about pale green against red painted brick. but, my nerves are outweighed by my extreme faith in your judgment on all things design.

    looking forward to seeing updates!

    aleksandra

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  18. Hey Aleksandra! We're going to strip the paint from the bricks - and are hoping they'll be orange-ish - like the bricks on the unpainted front porch.

    We'll SEE!!!!

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  19. ok good. i didn't want to have to get all control-freak on your house :)

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  20. Alex PetersonMay 13, 2011

    Yeah! I like the green!

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