Yes, I’ve finally committed to a paint color for the Chartreuse & co barns! The winner is: Railings for the window and door frames, Cornforth White for the mullions – both from Farrow & Ball.
And here’s the really cool thing: As I stood there, staring at the face of the barn, trying desperately to envision it painted grey, charcoal, anything, Rosanna (owner of Bella Villa shop in Aldie) approached me and asked what I was doing. I explained my agony:
“See those silos and how they’ve weathered? I love those colors and want that pallet for the barn . . . but how ?”
Rosanna, gifted stylist that she is, offered this suggestion: “Why not just sand it and seal it. Keep the weathered look you love, and just freshen the paint on the trim?”
I could have kissed her!
So where you see the dark green paint now, we’ll have the Farrow & Ball Railings. The mullions (the inside dividers of the windows) will be Farrow & Ball Cornforth White, plus, because it’s an awesome part of the barn structure, the upper barn door (partially open in this picture), as well as it’s hardware and track, will be painting the Railings, too. All the rest will be simply power washed, lightly sanded, and sealed to preserve that beautiful, natural aged, gray and white wooden appearance. Can’t wait to see it complete!
So we lined up the paint, the painter, and a block of sunny days. But, of course, nothing goes as planned. As work began we realized that all the old wood framing around the windows was completely gone. And by gone, I mean you could push your hand into it and pull out wood pulp! I couldn’t believe it! But as luck would have it, Rob, who was doing the painting, is also a gifted carpenter. He is actually recreating the window frames exactly, to match the circa 1920s pieces. Some of the painting is complete, but the whole project will be ongoing into fall.
Beginning with our August event (August 15-17), Farrow & Ball paint is available at Chartreuse & co! Yes, that fabulous, best-in-the-world paint that I’ve been gushing over for years (Bedroom Redux, Color Happy, Before & After, Laundry Room Blues) We’re working with Patrick Street Interiors, the local stockist for the paint. You’ll find a seasonally edited selection of the 750ml cans (approximately a quart) to try on your furniture, or, as I have done, all over your walls! Be forewarned: Farrow & Ball paint spoils you for all other paints.
Thanks for reading!