It’s Just Paint

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Most of us can recognize the Girl with the Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer.  Her expression leaves an impression that lingers with us.  What makes this portrait so memorable is not only her gaze, it is the relationship of all of the colors.   In other words, the paint.

Some people are naturally gifted at selecting exactly the right color combination.  After considering the lighting, they then use the perfect technique to portray what they want us to see.  In the art world, these are the Masters.  The Masters are immortal, living forever because of the way they use paint.


“A colored substance that is spread over a surface and dries to leave a thin decorative or protective coating.”

dreamtime white greek houses with colorful doors and porches

There is the utilitarian history of a white wash being applied to newly finished plaster walls to keep dust down.  The Venetians couldn’t let a simple wash go unadorned so they developed a technique to add color to the top coats.  Perhaps the great alfresco murals need the plaster dust knocked down.  It’s really too far back for us to figure out.  What I do know is that for a very long time we have thought of paint as a decorative finish.  It’s a way to add interest to our homes.

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Let’s look at these before and after examples of the power of paint on this Friday Favorites!

Can A Wall Paint Color Make A Difference?


Charles & Hudson

Yes!  Oh how everyone wants to paint their walls!  No matter what the size or scope of a project is, the first question that pops into heads is what color should we paint?  This room is attractive with either the snowy white walls or the key lime walls. Which would you choose?  Can’t know who to call! (or email in this case)

It’s Just Paint…Really?



The kitchen above shows a very impressive paint transformation.  All the elements remain with the only change being this striking color.  Talk about adding instant value and loving your home!



Painting both walls and trims in the same shades of white can make rooms look larger and brighter.  When the furnishings have so much character they are showcased with a neutral decor.  Choose the exact right white and enjoy!

Paint It – An Option To Built In Storage


Migois Home 

Large, dark stained casegoods can be painted for such impact.  Thinking of new uses for these storage pieces is recycling at its best.  In a very early post, we talked about making new heirlooms?

Paint Those Kitchen Cabinets!

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These photos are a bit blurry, and the source is unknown.  What we want to point out is that counters, appliances, sink, and flooring have not changed.  Cabinets have been painted, hardware and a tile splash are the new additions.  This is a substantial change without the expense and disruption of a more extensive renovation.

Painted Staircases

Just in case you are one of the very few who does not have the guts to paint your staircase pink here is an option you scaredy cat!



This renovation is a favorite.  We suspect this hardwood was discovered under the vinyl tiles and that the treads were wood under the carpet.  So this amazing renovation is wonderful example of “it’s just paint” (or stain in this case).  Sometimes the uglier the start the better the finish!

It’s Not Your Nana’s Furniture Anymore! navy painted dresser

Want That Navy Cabinet…

DIY With Paint

homedecorbyjane stained 4 drawer dresser with black and white painted drawers

Look Grams!  I’ll cherish this piece as much as you did.

blue cottage black painted old walnut china cabinet with white interior

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designnonce gray house with cantaloupe colored door

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8 thoughts on “It’s Just Paint”

  1. I found this topic to be very fresh and inspiring. I love to open your blog and venture to the possibilities .

    1. Thank you! We love to get our readers involved with suggesting topics they like to get our slightly edgy twist about.

  2. Paint!! It’s the easiest, fastest way to add fun to a room. I love the idea of painting the window frame like you showed. That’s exactly the inspiration I love from you. Pointing out what is probably obvious to you, but new to me!!

    1. We try to share what is unique and un trending….if that is a word!

    1. Yes that sleepy blue kitchen is so inviting. What a transformation from the once famous stained cabinets.

  3. Beautiful post, Laurel – all the paint looks fresh and interesting but my favourite was the one with touches of lime green. Also, you have showcased one of my favourite paintings – we have a print of it hanging in our hallway! Lxx

    1. Why am I not surprised an Irish gal likes the lime green decor?! Wouldn’t it have been amazing to live amongst some the the Masters?

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