Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Painting the Mantel Green

Posted on | April 6, 2011 | 17 Comments

We’re slowly making our way around the room. Primer and paint went up on the mantel over the weekend. It needs another coat but we’re trying to be really careful not to loose the star and dash detail we found in the mantel. Stay tuned…

Below a really boring video of greg painting. But the light is a lot better then the photos and you get an idea of what the space looks like all together.

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17 Responses to “Painting the Mantel Green”

  1. david miller
    April 6th, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    I’m finding your blog quite addictive, I keep checking to see how the renovation is going.


  2. Jenny at LGN
    April 6th, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    Katy, the green you chose is so, so lovely! I’m really glad you keep us posted on your renovation projects. Though I’m sure it’s not fun at times to live in a home that’s getting renovated, you are definitely living my dream. I’m jealous!



  3. Susan
    April 6th, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

    It is looking so great!!


  4. paula
    April 6th, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

    It is just so beautiful!


  5. Brad Haan
    April 7th, 2011 @ 1:36 am

    I just noticed the blue tape. Yikes! I have a close friend who taped off a section of the floor for a few days to paint the mouldings.

    When they pulled the tape (albeit a little too fast) the varnish came right off the floors with the tape. It can really stick after a short while so please be careful with it. Once it sits a while, it gets really tenacious!


  6. Katy Elliott
    April 7th, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    The floors are getting stripped so I don’t really care. But the blue tape can be rough. You gotta removed it pretty quickly.


  7. G
    April 7th, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    wow – that barely looks green on my monitor… in person it looks more like a light green pastel. Very soothing color I can appreciate. I think it would have been cheaper to blend some dollar bills and paint them on the wall. That would make a nice looking green wall that I could depreciate.


  8. Katy Elliott
    April 7th, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

    Greg that’s almost funny.


  9. Steve
    April 7th, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

    Looks great! Would love to see a closeup of the mantel detail. The egg and dash detail and that curved detail at the sides just below it. That looks really cool!

    You probably already know they have all the sample pots at Johnson Paint on Newbury Street. I went in there thinking I could get a quart of Arsenic and was disappointed at the limited selection of larger cans (that were all incredibly dusty!) Would be perfect to get samples when you just can’t wait for the mail though.


  10. Erin
    April 7th, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    So is your husband really tall or are the ceilings really low?


  11. Katy Elliott
    April 7th, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

    Well for an old house the ceilings are tall. The house is 1750. But Greg is tall, over 6 feet.


  12. Katy Elliott
    April 7th, 2011 @ 10:36 pm


    I’ll give a more detailed look at the room once it’s done, I promise!


  13. Karen
    April 8th, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    I saw the picture from this article this morning http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2011/04/08/with_upstairs_downstairs_an_old_pbs_favorite_returns_with_new_charms/ and the color of the doors and molding looked liked yours! The perfect English country house green. Maybe you can get ideas from this series, but you already are chock full of great ideas. Can’t wait to see the finish results. Thanks for sharing!


  14. Katy Elliott
    April 8th, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

    Thanks Karen for thinking of me! I have a pile of inspiration photos from english movies with green walls or molding….so may good ones but I haven’t seen this one! I’ll share more next week!


  15. Leslie
    October 24th, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

    Hi Katy,
    Love love love your blog.
    To Erin’s question about ceiling height, do you have any tricks to de-emphasize low ceilings? I realize that is part of the charm in an antique like yours, but we are moving into a reproduction colonial soon with about 1/100th of the charm of your house and the ceiling height is fairly low: 7-7.5 ft (I haven’t had the heart to measure bc I know it’s going to make me sad). Have you thought about anything special you’re going to do or not do, decorating wise, because of the ceiling height in your house? Thanks! Leslie


  16. Katy Elliott
    October 24th, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

    Well my ceilings are low. But I just turned to Greg when I saw your e-mail and said, 7.5 is low? I guess my point is you get use to it. You’re not going to hit your head.

    But you’re looking for tricks…

    Painting the molding green grounded the room. And made the room feel a bit taller.

    Hang your curtains high not on the window but above.

    Buy furniture in proportion to the space. If you pick over sized pieces your room will feel odd.


  17. Leslie
    October 26th, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

    Yes it’s all just what you’re used to. We haven’t moved in yet but I know once we do, I’ll get over the low ceilings and move on! My parents just bought a condo in Back Bay with 11′ ceilings so I guess most ceilings are going to seem low with that as the reference point. Anyway, thanks for the tips!


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