Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The White Mission

We are on a mission. With fall offerings of cooler weather it is the perfect time to paint our Shabby Old House. We are in a rush to submit our paint chips to the Historical Society for their stamp of approval and get moving on this big task at hand. You can only imagine how excited I was to learn that I could go along with hubby on a business trip to California and that we were going to San Francisco, known for her beautiful Painted Ladies.

Now don't get me wrong, especially since it is White Wednesday here in blogland. I love white houses. Crisp, clean, freshly painted they glow from the street with pride but our old lady is anything but fresh and clean. She looks like she is in need of a good bleaching and keeping her white on a busy street with the road dust that is tossed on her daily makes it impossible.

So off we went on our little vacation with a mission to find just the right color and what we would find for color choices caused my poor camera to smoke. I was snapping pictures right and left in every town that we drove through. I have never seen so many beautiful old houses.

I went through 2 packs of batteries and will never make the mistake again by leaving my battery charger at home.

Hubby was blessed with wonderful Grandparents that took him on a great vacation as a boy and he wanted to take me to one of the places that he had been. We went to Petaluma California and what a treat that was. So many beautiful homes and so many color choices.

This was one of my favorites and quite possibly the color we will use for our Shabby old house.

I was charmed by the white picket fence and the white roses that welcomed you at first glance.

But the color, wow, I fell in love with all of the color that made every detail of this home pop.

I do believe we have a color!

I can't wait to see just what this color will do for the stain glass that is above our door.

It is a good thing that I love to paint. I hope that I will be saying this when it is all finished.

And as far as this being a White Wednesday post, I think that you will find enough white in these pictures with the roses and the fence and the posts to satisfy, but in case you don't I will be posting more whites on my Lace and Lures blog later in the day and if that still isn't enough then take your day and cruise around all the other White Wednesday participants with our wonderful host Kathleen of

Enjoy your day!


Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Yes, you were in my area!!! It sounds like you were all over the SF Bay Area! Petaluma is a great old town, there are so many quaint old homes there!

June said...

Oh Becky, this IS the perfect color! Just gorgeous. I can see your beautiful 'shabby old house' in this.

Chrissy said...

Hi there,so glad to you came by today,going to have a poke around your blog,that house is sooooo cute!! All the best,Chrissy


Hi Becky,
That is going to be so pretty and it looks like it will bring out the beautiful colors of your stained glass window I can't wait to see it, and boy you are taking on a huge job doing the painting yourself, I painted my house and swore I would never do it again! What a great trip you were able to go on, Cal seems like it has amazing scenery and great cottages!

Rose ( Victorian Rose ) said...

OH my goodness...that house would be a DREAM COME TRUE for me...what a darling, delightful, charming litte place. ~~

May God continue to Bless you and your husband with this project. ~~


Miss Gracie's House said...

Hi Becky,
You know that *being good* is over-rated, don't you?! Did you find the chocolate? I hope so...
I've only been to SF once...we used rolls and rolls of film taking pics of houses...just ask my kids about that torture chamber (the car)! I like those colors...enough color to emphasize arch. interest but not so much to be overdone like the painted ladies used to be.

Anonymous said...

What an absolutely charming home and, yes, the colors they chose are wonderful!!

Did you go up to the door and ask for the paint chip colors?? I would have to as it is so hard to pick from those little chips!

We will be painting our home this next spring/summer also. I am so at a loss as to what to pick. I do know what I will not pick and that is pink- the color it is now. I love pink but not quite like this !


Anne~fiona and twig said...

That's some house you've got there, I'll bet you're having an absolute blast fixing her up. I know I would! I found you via Shelley's blog, so nice to meet you!

Carolyn said...

Hi Becky,
I love those colors-perfect for the shabby old house.
We just finished painting our house by ourselves too.It went pretty fast with a roller on a long handle for the main color.
I always love to see what you are up to at your beautiful 'shabby old house'.
Take care,