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Janette’s Waffle: Painting the Armoire

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How would you feel about co-writing a blog with a family member? Do some of you think it would be a fun way to keep in touch? It’s obvious from their picture that the mother and daughter duo behind the great blog, The2Seasons, enjoy each other.

Janette — the mom in this team — has a waffle regarding her mudroom.  As you know from my fantasy mudroom post, this area of the house is a real turn-on for me so I was happy to help out.  Here’s Janette describing her dilemma:

My waffle is that I have this huge, wonderful armoire in our mudroom, and I store my shoes in it (we wear slippers in the house and store our shoes in the mudroom). It is mahogany with burled insets in the front. I have thought about painting it but haven’t had the nerve. I would love a vote from your readers.

Here’s Janette’s mudroom:

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And the armoire in question:

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If Janette paints it, she is thinking a soft gray with a white glaze to match the gray in the rug. Do you think she should go for it — or keep the armoire as is?

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Today’s Waffle: Yellow Front Doors

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Yellow doors seem to be all the rage these days.

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Dr. Catherine's Old-Timey Tonic

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Sara's Party Perfect

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Apartment Theray

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The Waffler

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And why not? Yellow is so cheerful and welcoming, it’s hard not to smile when you see one. But would you be bold enough to have one for your own house?

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Kelly’s Waffle: Painting the Inside of a Billy Bookcase

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Do you know Kelly from refresheddesigns? I’ve been reading her blog for a while now, and I’m always impressed by her spot-on styling, lovely pictures, and tips about how to create sustainable design.

Kelly is turning to us to help her resolve a waffle about a bookcase. A very stylish bookcase.

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Maybe you recognize it. It’s a black/brown Ikea Billy bookshelf, but Kelly added a wallpaper backing to it as you can see in this close-up:

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The bookcase is great as is, but Kelly is wondering if she can make it even better with some paint.  She explains:

I want to keep the bookcase black outside, as it balances some other black that I have in the room, namely the large flat-screen TV. However, I wonder if it would be more interesting to paint the inside of the cubbies an off-white and make the wallpaper backing stand out more. I’m not sure if the cream and black would be too much of a contrast though. I’d love some opinions.

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So what do you think? Should Kelly paint the inside of the cubbies off white — or leave them as is?

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Jessie’s Waffle: Paint Color for the Basement

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In my house, the basement is the place where furniture goes to die, so I was all ears when my sister told me she was going to try to breathe new life into her own.  Jessie has lots of elements for the basement already figured out. New sectional: check. New flooring: check. New paint color: nope.

Let’s get a sense of the room before looking at specific paint colors.  See this corner?

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Here’s the sectional that is going to go there:

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The TV will be moved in front of the cubby area under the stairs:

Jessie's basement

And the gray carpet will be replaced with this:

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So now we can turn to paint colors. Jessie’s oldest daughter, Lucy, is pushing for a warm, orangey color to make the room feel less cold and dank. Her youngest daughter, Anna, likes pink, and Jessie is drawn to the blues, blue/grays, and gray/greens. Here’s what Jessie says about the dilemma:

I am in a quandry about paint. Nobody in the family loved any of my initial samples, so I mixed and doctored and got all these other colors. Some are in better favor than others. My plan right now is to just paint the back wall where the large windows are or maybe the back wall and the wall below the stairs.

Here are some paints she is considering from the green family:

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the blue family:

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and here are some from the red, orange, yellow and pink family:

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Here’s a look at all of them:

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The basement will be used primarily for TV/movie watching and sleepovers (which Jessie notes are really just extended sessions of movie watching). So what do you think? Which color family should Jessie adopt to make her new basement fabulous?

PS — if you like one color in particular, let Jessie know which one in the comments section.

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Today’s waffle: blues vs. yellows

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You’ve heard of the playoffs, well today I’m doing a paint-off to determine the best color to transform my dull laundry room into a more cheerful space.

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Last week you helped me narrow down my list of bluesWythe Blue is currently leading in the polls — but many of you suggested I consider yellow, a notoriously tricky color.  So I selected a darker gray/blue and a lighter blue, a darker yellow and a light one.

First up, we have Yarmouth Blue.  A Benjamin Moore employee suggested this color when I (sadly) realized that Wythe Blue was going to be too dark. Next is Bright and Early, a bright blue which I had left over from painting my son, Will’s, room. Then there are the yellows: Benjamin Moore’s Hawthorne Yellow, supposedly the be-all and end-all of yellows, and Sherwin Williams’ Full Moon, a much paler shade.

Ken and I like the idea of eventually replacing the high shelf with bright white cabinets. This is on a future to-do list, though, so the shelf will be staying for the immediate future.

What do you think? I shot these pictures on a relatively sunny day.

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Wall to the left of the window

This area under the shelf probably gets the least light.

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The wall to the right of the window is often in half-shadow:

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Wall across from the washing machine and dryer

I also purchased the Olin Rug from Crate and Barrel. I wanted to see what the room would look like with some bold colors on the floor. Of course I’m not sure if I will keep it or not…

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So which paint color should we crown champion of the paint-off?  Or if none of these specific colors do it for you, are you leaning toward the yellow or blue team?

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