British Invasion (The Union Jack and Painting it Black)

The painting in the living room and dining room is done!  Bob had a change in his usual disposition (doing my bidding and not having a design opinion)  and had something to say about paint colour.   He felt that  if we  painted  the walls white (my choice) and the trim white, the awesomness of the millwork would be lost.  Since he so rarely says anything about the design and decoration of the house,  I figured I should consider what he had to say.

So after careful consideration,  I chose a “new white” from Beauti-tone paints called “After the Rain.”  It’s  nice and  chalky; it almost has the look of plaster.  The trim was done in Beauti-tone “White Dove”,  a bright pure white in a semi-gloss finish.  The two together give the perfect neutral backdrop and yet still have enough contrast that the millwork is beautifully highlighted.

The doors, and there are a lot of them, were painted in a rich dark blue/black from Beauti-tone as well called “Hockey Sweater.”  This is the first time I have used this paint and the quality is outstanding!  It goes on beautifully, the cost is cheaper than my usual go to (Beni Moore) and they give you a free gallon every sixth can.  Which, considering how much paint I have bought,  is saving me a good chunk of change……change to spend on pretty things to put in my newly painted rooms of course!

Dining Room before
The Dining Room After
Living Room Before
Living Room Before


Living Room After

I have said it before; I love how quickly painting can completely change the look and feel of a room.  These two rooms both get great light but still seemed quite dark  and dreary because of the old paint job.  The huge windows and millwork are now highlighted  and the neutral paint colour is the perfect backdrop for our art and photos.  My favourite part by far is the contrast of the black doors and window casings.

This room gets incredible light.

We had put up some art work when we first moved in that I had taken down for painting.  Last week, while I was in St. Jacobs and just on the way out of town, I  decided to stop in to one of the antique markets.  As soon as I spotted it,  I knew it would be the perfect piece of art for our large wall in the living room.  It’s graphic,  faded,  the perfect scale and a totally cool bit of history.  It kinda confused the kids… they told me that we should have a Canadian Flag up since we so obviously live in Canada.  So my smart ass response was  that this was the Canadian flag when our house was built so it was ok.  Am I right?


I painted the yellow doors black and hung a huge Union Jack.  Those old empire loyalists who built Echo Hall would be proud I think 🙂








2 thoughts on “British Invasion (The Union Jack and Painting it Black)

  1. W ynne March 27, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    Melissa you are doing the most awesome job. You should contact Better Homes and Gardens,they.would be so impressed.


    • melissakrouse March 27, 2016 / 7:19 pm

      Thanks! I love that you are following along. Come by for tea or a cocktail anytime. Would love to see you. Hope you had a great birthday 🙂


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