decisions decisions

Photo Jul 12, 7 09 34 AM

internet photo of a polish barn.



I love painted barns and when I decided to add a studio building to our property I had every intention of painting the back side reminiscent of one of these charming buildings. Originally I was going to have the barn painted black and add white ‘swiderfied’ floral designs.

Photo Jul 12, 7 07 52 AM

internet photo


I am just totally in love with the contrast of this color combination. I thought that a black building with a red metal roof would be just the ticket to have my own charming polish barn. The shade from the trees would nestle the studio into it’s surroundings and in no time rabbits would be greeting me on the porch and gnomes would be leaving me acorns on the doorstep. sigh.


And then the lot was cleared.

And the close shade from the trees was eliminated. There are still trees surrounding the perimeter, but there is no nestled tree canopy up close and that black building was going to look like a giant dark spot right next to the main house. So I had to come up with another plan. Crud.

Photo Oct 26, 2 26 44 PM

front porch at our little slice of heaven in the woods.

Since our house is a warm coppery brick and all of the trim is painted greenish grey, I wanted the studio painted that same grey. However I only had two choices from the manufacturer: gap grey and clay. The samples at the Old Hickory sales office were 3″x3″ and trying to find an accurate photo of those two colors was like trying to find the elusive holy grail.  Who can pick an entire house from a 9sq”??!! (I suggested kindly that they upgrade to something larger:~) From what I could tell the grey was my best option so I placed my order. And then, worried that the grey could skew too cool, I had buyers remorse about 24 hours later and changed to the clay. And then I had buyers remorse again and called and almost changed it back to grey but chickened out. I mean, I work with color every day and I simply could NOT make a decision! And the cost of a custom color was financially out of the question.


After actually losing sleep over this (yes, I’m a little obsessive compulsive when it comes to these types of things) I decided to leave well enough alone and keep the clay paint. The sweetest man on the planet assured me that if I hate it we can always paint over it. It’s going to be a loooong month before it gets here!

Photo Oct 22, 1 14 23 PM

color sample photo from Old HIckory facebook page.


~staci xo