Help June Paint

No, I have not become Tom Sawyer. Won't you enjoy my knee-length cutoffs?

I know we have no money, but I am hoping we get caught up on our finances soon (today is invoice my clients day! Wooo!) (and I got a check from my blog ads today! Thanks, faithful readers!) so that I can buy cans of paint. Because you know what?

I am sick of the beige paint on my walls.

If there is anything I am not, I am not a beige-wall person. Have you met me? I am a 1950s wallpaper person. Give me huge florals, tropical prints, giant birds or gaudy magentas or something. But you know what else I am? Terrible at the visuals. Please see every photograph ever placed in this blog.

This is where you come in. So many of my faithful readers are good at the visuals. Why do you come here and torture yourselves, is what I want to know. George, why must you torture the children? The first person to name that line gets a special photograph of Francis wearing floral panties.

Attached please find photos of my living room and dining room, which are swathed in beige beige beige and also beige stripes. I included many angles of my rooms so you can see our furniture colors and also my unfinished proofreading that I really should be attending to right now instead of blogging about my walls. It is due a week from today. I have 100 pages left. A HUNDRED PAGES.

Okay, here we go.

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Oh, dear. The pillow on my Gumby chair is sideways. And yes, those are 87 leashes on the doorknob. Tidy. I know The Nester would never have 87 leashes on her doorknob. And you are all going to tell me how that lei is going to catch fire on the lampshade. Blah blah blah. The WALLS. I need help with the WALLS.

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Tallulah is so over being featured on this blog. ONE HUNDRED PAGES, folks. Calling out my name. Juuuune. Proofread us, June! You're out of money, June! If you proof us, you could actually paint, Juuuune! I do not know why my pages speak like a ghost.

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Stripy dining room. If you hate the stripes please keep in mind they were painted by my neighbor Peg, who reads this blog. And yes, that is a painting of Mr. Horkheimer. My friend Stacy gave me that as a wedding present. Horkie. I love him so.

Look how depressed Talu looks. "Sick of beige, mom. Even though Talu kind of beige herself."

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Hi. I have 87 different colors of wood in me. I'm the stripy dining room.

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Look carefully to the right. In the very middle you can see a block blob. That would be Francis. Eternally on his pink chair. He does not care what color the walls are.

Okay, so I think I have shown you enough angles. Suggestions, please.

While I am up, you may recall I mentioned  that I went to Target the other day, before I had negative seven dollars to my name, in search of my Shabby Chic bathroom cup. See, I had a lovely Shabby Chic bathroom cup, and I used it to clean my sexy night guard every night. I used equally sexy Polydent in my Shabby Chic cup, which matched my bathroom, and soaked said night guard while I was getting ready: taking my 47 medications, putting on my kabuki night products, etc.

I took said cup with me on the road to my Uncle Jim's funeral, because I do not want to make my mother loan me a cup to soak said disgusting night guard, then return it to her after. I mean, gross. But you know what I did? I LEFT my beautiful Shabby Chic cup in that horrifying motel that we stayed in on the way to my mother's. Oh, I was sad. And then when I went to Target, they did not have any Shabby Chic cups. I was fit to be tied. Not to mention they are apparently hiring toddlers at Target now. The person who waited on me had a sippy cup. She had never even HEARD of Shabby Chic.

As I was leaving, a managerial type had her over at the Shabby Chic sheets, and he was also changing her plastic diaper pants.

At any rate, the mail came today and Faithful Reader Target Steve and his lovely wife Beth sent me a Shabby Chic cup! I no longer have to use the depressing purple Hello Kitty cup I was using to clean my night guard.

Before
Before.

After
After. Isn't that so much nicer?

Okay, technically it was a Choco Kitty cup, who I guess is Hello Kitty's edible cousin or something. You greet Hello Kitty but you eat his cousin. I don't know. And I don't really use Pantene hair gel. It does not begin to tame this hair. I use Mop. Pantene is my backup emergency I-am-out-of-Mop gel.

Okay! Paint ideas!

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Author: June

At one point, I was sort of hot, in a "she's 27 and probably a 7" kind of a way. Now I'm old and have to develop a charming personality. Guess how that's going.

62 thoughts on “Help June Paint”

  1. Yellow walls, blue ceiling (same as sofa), and pull the rug out from under the sofa.

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  2. Hello, I might be first! I am thinking green for the walls. I am thinking of a very certain green, but I am not very good at describing colors. Kind of light, but not limey looking, but muted, but not dark. Hm, that probably did not help. Sorry. I am sure you will get a million comments about every single item in your house and your bathroom cabinets, so I will refrain from asking if those blue things in the glass container in the bathroom are condoms. He He He.

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  3. Mary Poppins?
    Okay first I think in the dining room you should keep the white stripe and change the beige stripe to a light pink color, it would so go with your pink dishes…..cute, huh???
    Then maybe a soft green in the living room? And that book shelf should be painted a neat color instead of wood. I also love how your books are color coded on that shelf!
    Can’t wait to see!

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  4. Well, I actually like the stripes – very cool. We painted our walls a few years ago, and I STILL love the color. It’s kind of a yellowish-goldish-tannish kind of color. It looks different in different light. I will send a photo to Talu’s FB page. I think it would look good, but then, I am biased. Pick what you like! Who cares if it “goes”, if it makes you happy.
    And we also have hundreds of leashes hanging around. It’s a style statement.

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  5. Doesn’t Marvin get upset that the only thing getting leid in your house is the lamp?
    I do love your crown molding. If I could make that happen for Beth, I could go to Hawaii, if you know what I mean.
    No color suggestions here, our walls are beige.
    I know many of you are thinking, if my Target is out of something, can I get Steve to send it to me. Well, ask yourself, do I really want Steve having my home address?

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  6. Being the ever opposite of popular opinion I would go with a blue. I see blue in your kitchen – it would flow nicely to the bottom of the stripey walls and into the livingroom. I’ve also painted the ceilings of the last 2 rooms I did (check blog) and oh how I love a painted ceilings. It makes everything so warm and cozy. Maybe a nice ice blue that would come from the pillow on the couch? I also love to paint wood furniture. I would go for a nice bright white on the bookshelf to match your molding. And ding dang I’ll take that lovely green chair any day.

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  7. Hulk (Who a green living room, red kitchen, two purple bedrooms and a blue bed room...and an orange bathroom...) says:

    I think you said you liked my green living room walls. Want me to send a pic?
    I wonder if I would even FIT in your house, with my broad shoulders and big-screen TV…

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  8. I have no white walls in my house. None. I banished the white/beige from my life. So you may not like my suggestions.
    Here’s what I see: You love the cool, older 1950’s fun stuff. Most all your furnishings are from or coordinate with that era. So you need to pick a color that was popular from that time, or at least an updated shade of one of those colors. I love Cosmo’s Dad’s idea of yellow walls, light blue ceiling. A word of caution about yellows, they change on you all ding and all dang day long as the light changes.
    Check out these sites for some cool 1950’s color palette ideas:
    http://www.gpeters.com/color/color-schemes.php?search_term=1950
    That one I already put in 1950 to show the colors it pulled for that. But I tried it with June and with Tallulah and got really fun color combos! You will definitely want to play with that one.
    And this one:
    http://1950satomicranchhouse.blogspot.com/2009/01/original-1950s-interior-paint-colors.html
    I love all those colors. gorgeous!

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  9. We are choosing paint colors as well right now since our house is also beige. Sherman Williams had a color tester online where you can upload photos and then “test” colors in your space. Very helpful. I discovered this after spending a bajillion dollars on paint samples.
    On a side note, I love your green chair.

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  10. We are choosing paint colors as well right now since our house is also beige. Sherman Williams had a color tester online where you can upload photos and then “test” colors in your space. Very helpful. I discovered this after spending a bajillion dollars on paint samples.
    On a side note, I love your green chair.

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  11. We are choosing paint colors as well right now since our house is also beige. Sherman Williams had a color tester online where you can upload photos and then “test” colors in your space. Very helpful. I discovered this after spending a bajillion dollars on paint samples.
    On a side note, I love your green chair.

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  12. Which way does your living room face? north east west south. bright light? no light? My l-room is north facing, no direct light, I picked out a light buttery yellow ( I painted 6 colors on 3 opposing walls and stared at them for 2 weeks), very pale blue ceiling, all the woods (floor, mouldings, doors, stair rails) are a dark cherry/mahogany. The yellows and woods, remind me of yellow cake and chocolate frosting.

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  13. I have a suggestion. Your blog has great colors. Your blog page was created by Sadie Olive, who has even MORE wonderful color combinations. Click through the portfolio over there, there on the left where it says Sadie Olive.
    It’s your style, you know you love it! Find a page that appeals to you, print it up and take it to the paint counter so they can match the colors. Nothing wrong with your beige, but you can for sure punch it up with some lovely colors.

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  14. Crap! Lynn! Call me back! Your call did not ring! I am home! And I cannot call you back because for some reason it did not ring, nor did it show up on my caller ID. Why? WHYYYY? But I have to leave soon so call me now.

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  15. I know I am so not first, but Mary in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
    I will be watching your advice for some advice to steal for myself. Despite my devotion to decorating blogs, I am totally helpless at decorating.

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  16. The Furry G is the past master of doing this. Whatever she suggests will totally rock your house. She will be later after some critical shoe shopping.
    True story. Ex-wife could not visualize what colors would look like on the walls. Ergo, I had the world’s largest collection of paint in quart can. So, Furry and I go to pick out paint the first time and she says she wants these three colors. I say, great, let’s get a quart of each. She says, cheapskate knucklehead, that’s not enough paint. I say, of course, dear, but don’t I have to go home and put some of it on the walls and trim so you can say you hate it and then come buy another 3 and keep doing that for about two weeks until it suits you? Cause that’s how bitch did it and I thought everyone did that. She said, and I quote: I know exactly how it will look and it will be perfect. I said, great, marry me cause you are just too mah-velous for words.
    And they lived happily ever after.

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  17. With the green Gumby chair, I wouldn’t do green in the living room, personally — it will be hard to find a green that will go with but not match the Gumby chair. Greens never come out exactly the way the swatch (or even the tester patch) implies, in my experience. I tried to paint my bathroom sage, and it came out day-glo neon 80s green. Then I tried again, with a color that was almost gray with a hint of green, and it’s STILL brighter than I wanted.
    That said, someone suggested yellow, which I think would compliment the Gumby chair, blue sofa, and Talu quite nicely. Like, a soft butter yellow, not school-bus yellow.
    I personally like the beige stripes in the dining room, but you’re right that they don’t really scream “June!” (It would be very annoying if they did, I think.) What about a sort of salmon color? Or perhaps a salmon on the bottom and complimentary wallpaper on the top, since you heart the wallpaper look? I think with the chair rail you definitely ought to do something different on the top than on the bottom.

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  18. Your dining room is screaming for a vintage crystal chandelier.
    I like the stripes. Keep them.
    Maybe a light sunshine/butter yellow for your living room. Ralph Lauren used to make a color called Evocotave Sunlight. That would be perfect, but I’m not sure if they still make it.

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  19. Jessica who has been lurking quietly for ages but felt the need to de-lurk to ramble about house porn because she has issues. She will go back to lurking now. says:

    I have a lifelong obsession with pink and green and share your love of vintage furniture. Given your love of pink my suggestion would be to go watch the Counting on You episode of Cougar Town. (Don’t judge my television choices.)
    I am obsessed with Christa Miller’s character’s house. That episode shows every room in the house. (Don’t judge my obsession with house porn.) I am currently going through a divorce from he who dictated that our house should look like grown ups live there which in his limited imagination means neutrals. My next home will be pink, green and white, the end. I think you could easily use pink, green and even yellow and blue to create a similar airy feel in your house. I think it would look smashing with the furniture you already have.
    And I knew the answer but was beaten to the punch so I would like to know what I need to do to earn my own Francis in floral panties photograph.

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  20. I’m not a decorator and I don’t play one on TV but I AM an avid watcher of HGTV “Designed to Get Your House Sold” type of shows so that makes me an expert. Your house has that 1950’s cottage/Shabby Chic look so think soft pastels or sherbet colors. Keep the stripes in the dining room but change the stripe color to a pale salmon or celadon green. A soft butter yellow for the parlor/living room. I LOVE the idea of a sky blue ceiling, in fact I’ve been nagging TheManTheMyth to paint our ceiling a lovely sky blue but he’s not going for it, the Philistine.
    I didn’t have a clue what movie that line was from but I would pay cash money (American dollars!) for a photo of Francis wearing floral panties and I would frame it and display it proudly as a treasured piece of Art.

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  21. I’m not a decorator and I don’t play one on TV but I AM an avid watcher of HGTV “Designed to Get Your House Sold” type of shows so that makes me an expert. Your house has that 1950’s cottage/Shabby Chic look so think soft pastels or sherbet colors. Keep the stripes in the dining room but change the stripe color to a pale salmon or celadon green. A soft butter yellow for the parlor/living room. I LOVE the idea of a sky blue ceiling, in fact I’ve been nagging TheManTheMyth to paint our ceiling a lovely sky blue but he’s not going for it, the Philistine.
    I didn’t have a clue what movie that line was from but I would pay cash money (American dollars!) for a photo of Francis wearing floral panties and I would frame it and display it proudly as a treasured piece of Art.

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  22. I’m not a decorator and I don’t play one on TV but I AM an avid watcher of HGTV “Designed to Get Your House Sold” type of shows so that makes me an expert. Your house has that 1950’s cottage/Shabby Chic look so think soft pastels or sherbet colors. Keep the stripes in the dining room but change the stripe color to a pale salmon or celadon green. A soft butter yellow for the parlor/living room. I LOVE the idea of a sky blue ceiling, in fact I’ve been nagging TheManTheMyth to paint our ceiling a lovely sky blue but he’s not going for it, the Philistine.
    I didn’t have a clue what movie that line was from but I would pay cash money (American dollars!) for a photo of Francis wearing floral panties and I would frame it and display it proudly as a treasured piece of Art.

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  23. Keep the beige walls. Paint the ceiling hot pink in every room.
    June, are you thinking it’s time for another Bye Bye Buy episode?

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  24. I say go for a soft earthy green – leave the beige stripes in the dining room and paint the lower portion of the wals in the dining room a little darker shade of the green you use in the living room. Then accent a little more with blue to tie in the couch.
    That’s my thoughts.

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  25. What about tangerine?
    Wait, why isn’t Marvin choosing the colors? I mean, he could be thumbing through color wheels instead of reading Oprah. That would make could use of his time in there.
    Let’s see, Aunt Kathy painted a kitchen, in Vermont, brick red. With white cabinets and woodwork, it looked pretty good. The living room was some golden color (Kath would accuse me of never listening to her, but for the life of me, I can’t remember what color she said it was).

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  26. Junie,
    Muted greens are really lovely in living spaces. We have them in our living room, dining room and kitchen…
    I suggest the yummiest color is this one called “Gull” made by C2 paints (an American company). C2 uses the European method of paint-making, by using 11 different pigments in each color. They are specTACular. American-made paints generally only use 3 pigments in the paint colors, which really has less depth. It’s amazing the difference.
    I have “Gull” in my kitchen and “Lilypad” in my living room. They are delish. Contrasting color is a pretty one called “Jicama.” Goes beautifully with the greens as a trim color.
    Go to their website – they have a ton of ideas/recommendations:
    http://www.c2paint.com/

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  27. What colors do you wear a lot of? Figure that out and then go select paint swatches in those shades and see what would work with your furniture. I am all for color! I think you need a dramatic pink in your dining room with a crystal chandelier. I also like the idea of robin’s egg blue on the ceiling in your living room. I say if you do a blue on the ceiling, do a little bit darker of a blue on the walls.

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  28. Hmmmm. I know I’m late to the party today, but I’ve had some issues. Ugh.
    I agree with Lisa Pie. A lovely coral pink. One because it’s PINK. ‘Nough said.
    Deux, because corals and pinks reflect beautifully on the skin. I always paint the dining room some shade of it. Everyone looks so healthy and happy in there. I did a copper leaf treatment on top of it in a Japanese wallpaper pattern for interest and to reflect the candlelight.
    Tres, because you need a color to showcase your fabulous turq blue slipper chair.
    Four, I LOVE the 1950’s Atomic Ranch site. Go with their color palette. Ohhh! And it’s really easy to recover dining room chairs. Get some a vintage forties floral. Yum. http://www.reprotdepotfabrics.com
    And lastly, LOVE the idea of paining the ceilings robin’s egg blue. Very Victorian/Noble Savage/Romantic.
    There. Back to living in my head.

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  29. I really like your house! Oh I have so much of my parents’ stuff that would work in your house. I might get a trailer and show up. Look out.
    Our current house is decorated in all jewel tones. Our bedroom is deep blue. The downstairs bathroom is a deep teal and purple. Etc. Very colorful, and nicer than it sounds. But it’s like living in an Easter egg. Or a Tim Burton movie. Or a Tim Burton movie about living in an Easter egg. I got weary of it. So I had all the walls in the house we are moving into (sigh) painted a delicious coffee ice cream color with white trim and beige-ish ceilings. I wish I had gone with light blue ceilings. The kids chose colors for their rooms, but they have doors I can AND WILL close, because apparently they are not weary of all the colors.
    So I would stick with one neutral color and add punch with accessories. But I am not a decorator.

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  30. I really like your house! Oh I have so much of my parents’ stuff that would work in your house. I might get a trailer and show up. Look out.
    Our current house is decorated in all jewel tones. Our bedroom is deep blue. The downstairs bathroom is a deep teal and purple. Etc. Very colorful, and nicer than it sounds. But it’s like living in an Easter egg. Or a Tim Burton movie. Or a Tim Burton movie about living in an Easter egg. I got weary of it. So I had all the walls in the house we are moving into (sigh) painted a delicious coffee ice cream color with white trim and beige-ish ceilings. I wish I had gone with light blue ceilings. The kids chose colors for their rooms, but they have doors I can AND WILL close, because apparently they are not weary of all the colors.
    So I would stick with one neutral color and add punch with accessories. But I am not a decorator.

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  31. I really like your house! Oh I have so much of my parents’ stuff that would work in your house. I might get a trailer and show up. Look out.
    Our current house is decorated in all jewel tones. Our bedroom is deep blue. The downstairs bathroom is a deep teal and purple. Etc. Very colorful, and nicer than it sounds. But it’s like living in an Easter egg. Or a Tim Burton movie. Or a Tim Burton movie about living in an Easter egg. I got weary of it. So I had all the walls in the house we are moving into (sigh) painted a delicious coffee ice cream color with white trim and beige-ish ceilings. I wish I had gone with light blue ceilings. The kids chose colors for their rooms, but they have doors I can AND WILL close, because apparently they are not weary of all the colors.
    So I would stick with one neutral color and add punch with accessories. But I am not a decorator.

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  32. If you go with a salmon or coral, please, please please, test it on the wall first!!
    I bought a dreamy coral color for my bathroom. It offset the tile beautifully. I kept waiting for it to turn that lovely salmon shade after I painted it. Pepto Bismol pink it was when it went on and Pepto Bismol pink it remains to this day.
    I finally decided on a replacement color so it will be a project when I am able to paint.

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  33. Target Steve… since Junie can get the shabby chic cup… what about a size XL doggie t-shirt that says “Got Biscuits”? Just wondering….Cosmo been done liking his biscuits… and Hagerstown MD don’t.

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  34. Might I suggest any of Martha Stewart’s, like, gajillion new paint colors? My personal favorites are Bay Leaf and Sea Glass, but all of them are fabulous. Admit it, we all want to be a little bit like Martha, right? Or is that just me?
    However, I feel that the person who really needs help here is Hulk. All those colors in one house? You’re a wild and crazy guy, Hulk.

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  35. I’m glad I’m not getting the picture of Francis in underwear. Even though I knew the answer…
    June, I have the companion chair to your Gumby chair – or, rather, my parents’ house does. It doesn’t match exactly (it’s more of a regular shape), but it is the exact same green material and legs. If I can get it from them, you can have it. I think it’s missing a cushion, though.
    Yellow walls, please – definitely go with the 50’s colors.

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  36. For the living room I would suggest a darker version of the same blue that is on your couch with white or cream for the moldings. In the dining room I would suggest a medium shade of sage green which would complement the blue in the living room (have the same base undertone) & make the moldings the same as in the living room. I would personally also remove the chair rail moldings in the dining room, but that is just a personal preference. If you choose to keep them, I would use a lighter shade on top & a darker shade on the bottom – of the same color. My best advice would be that you paint both rooms to complement each other since thy are both open to each other. Good luck with your proofreading & congrats on your Shabby Chic cup! (I think the girl @ Target obviously needs some additional training!). 🙂

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  37. Love the book stand thing in your living room. I want one of those now! I would go with a light (but not pastel) green or pink with all the trims painted a much darker shade.

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