Wednesday, May 4, 2011
"I think we should paint it glossy. And the crown moldings."
"The crown moldings green?"
"I want it flat with white crown molding."
Simmering silence ensues.
"Why don't I start by painting it flat, no crowns, and see how it goes?"
Paint ordered; paint applied.
"I like it."
"I really think it needs to be glossy. And the crowns painted."
Imagine verbal scuffle. Later the same day:
"You painted the crown molding."
"Well. Not all of it. Just a little to show you that it really does look better."
Conjure images of a tense Sunday afternoon. Without nearly enough time to heal:
"So what do you think about glossy?"
"Do. Whatever. You. Want."
If you think this little bit of passive aggression would have held me off, you're wrong. I immediately emailed a p.o. to Farrow & Ball for the Calke Green Full Gloss. It arrived a week later with twin friends (Borrowed Light for the living room ceiling) and I painted the study again. In a day. So, basically, Mr. Blandings left for work in the morning with a matte office and returned home to a glossy office. Glowing, gleaming, goosebumpy gorgeousness, truly. He walked in to set his briefcase down and I could hear him pause. I braced myself.
"You painted my office."
"I thought only the crown moldings were going to be glossy."
"You said I should do whatever I wanted."
"I love it."
In return for his generous approval, I neither gloated nor said, "I told you so." At least I don't think I did.
I have now painted with Farrow & Ball Dead Flat, Estate Emulsion and Full Gloss and I could do a commercial. As one reader said, "It is like painting with creme fraiche." It is. It's glorious. And the colors are such a beautiful complexity; who wouldn't want that?
This was not a sponsored post; I have paid for all the paint and received no compensation from Farrow & Ball.