Friday, April 12, 2013

paint party in the carriage house

carriage house

We've lived here for nearly a year and only yesterday did I fully stick a foot in the carriage house. The main house is nearly 150 years old, so this structure has to be getting up there. (Our old house in Kansas had a carriage house, too, which eventually toppled, monolithic, into the neighbors' fence.) This one isn't in much better shape, but it is still standing, and it had some (considerably newer) spare lumber inside. I wanted it and I took it.

paint time
Truth told, the carriage house itself was too dank and dark for a paint party, so we took it to the patio and proceeded from there.

paint dusting

It got rowdy very quickly and even the patio itself got a bit of a paint dusting. This won't be any elaborate portrait (I couldn't do one even if I wanted to) but just a pretty textured panel that I can use for backdrops in my photographs. I plan to make a series of these so I won't have to repaint the walls every day to suit my needs and whims.

{linking to Paint Party Friday}

48 comments:

Christine said...

lovely greens and blues...that's a nice carriage house, wow! I have a shed in my back yard that gets too hot inside in the summer.

Shannon said...

Always love stopping by to see what you're up to. Your studio is darling! xo

Shannon said...

Always love stopping by to see what you're up to. Your studio is darling! xo

Diana Evans said...

oh what a fantastic place to paint!!! love your piece so far!!! have a great weekend!!!

Michellem said...

Can't wait to see how this piece progresses. . . I always love your bright, sunny colors!

Gloria in CA said...

That carriage how is awesome. It would make for a great studio. Love the colors of the piece you are working. Have a great weekend.

Paper rainbow said...

Hello, thought I'd repay the blog visit :) Love the idea of getting rowdy on the patio with paint, Happy PPF.

Giggles said...

I love this painted surface!! Wonderful backdrop can't wait to see the results... I wouldn't want to have a paint party in there either!!

Hugs Giggles

Valerie-Jael said...

Love your idea of painting a background for your photos, and those greens and blues are yummy! Valerie

Aga Gasiniak said...

Beautiful photos and art. So colourful, sunny and cheerful. Thank you for sharing. Happy PPF!!!

Cindy said...

huzzah - love your painting!

Carolyn said...

What beautiful blues and greens you're playing with- what a smart way to get lots of colors without having to repaint walls!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Love that carriage house, but love your greens on that wood more. Happy PPF

Cat Beringer said...

love those greens and blues!! looks like a fun paint party!!

pauline said...

what a beautiful carriage house and that huge blue and green painting looks awesome already!! I would have loved to help you paint that, sitting on the ground there. (i love painting outside!) Happy weekend Aimee! xox

bohemiannie! art said...

What a cool carriage house! And great painting fun!

Introverted Art said...

I actually would live in that little shed... I love little places. I used to dream of a little room deep into the ground when I was little...

Fran Traina said...

Great idea to use that painted wood as a back drop for photos! AND its in my favorite color:)) green's best! have a great weekend! and thanks for stopping by my spot with kind comments:)Fran T

Jessica Sporn said...

Happy PPF! I always love visiting you and seeing what you're up to. Oh to have a carriage house!

Candied Fabrics said...

Wait - you keep painting a wall to use as a backdrop???? Wow, I'm impressed/glad you've come up with another option! ;-)

p.s. That carriage house, if it's savable, could be awesome all Aimee-ified!

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

That carriage house looks adorable! Great idea for a background--if you don't have colour...make it!! xx

Maria Ontiveros said...

What a gorgeous building!
Rinda

Dianne said...

great idea...that backdrop thing. I always know I'll get a great blast of happy color when I stop by! happy PPF!

denthe said...

Oh, this looks like a gorgeous backdrop for photographs. What a great idea! And those colours are so yummy. Do you mean that that carriage house in the first picture is just standing there? Empty!? Oooh, I would make it my own little art studio in an instant!

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

Love the colours you are using and will look forward to seeing your painting finished. What a great carriage house, are you going to make it into a studio?

Nic McLean said...

I have no idea what a carriage house is but if that is what the photo is of then your actual house must be huge as I initially thought that was a photo of where you lived!! It looks so quirky and quaint and like Denthe said - you should definitely get it turned into an art studio - it would be perfect. I love the backdrop - a great idea - I always struggle to find decent backgrounds for photographing my art up against!

Nic McLean said...

I have no idea what a carriage house is but if that is what the photo is of then your actual house must be huge as I initially thought that was a photo of where you lived!! It looks so quirky and quaint and like Denthe said - you should definitely get it turned into an art studio - it would be perfect. I love the backdrop - a great idea - I always struggle to find decent backgrounds for photographing my art up against!

Kalyan P said...

simply beautifully captured shots ...lovely!

Rossie said...

I am extremely envious of your carriage house and would love to see the inside of it...if you are game to step in it again that is :)

rachel awes said...

aimee! do you have a vision/dream for such a house?! WOW. just seeing it opens up my heart. YOU CAN MOVE INTO ANYTHING!
XOXO

Deanna said...

What a great find! I love the color combination and I do the same since I can't paint my walls, I add bright colors to liven the place up a bit.

Tam Hess said...

What a great old house..charming! Beautiful green color. Can't wait to see how it turns out. Thanks for sharing and for your wonderful comments! Happy PPF :)

Marcia (123 blog) said...

EEEK - that carriage house is super gorgeous - how did you resist for so long?

Now, be brave and get back in there to take pics for us :)

Pattyskypants said...

This looks familiar!

Netty said...

Finding all that wood is brilliant and am sure you will have a great time painting it. Loving the one you are painting, such fab colours. Happy PPF, Annette x

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I think you should get the renovation fairies working on getting the carriage hose sorted to be a studio... how cool would that be... and I like a bit of paint on the patio... means that you are loving all parts of your house ... sorry I am late getting here for PPF but figuring I am just extending the fun... well that is my excuse and I am sticking to it ...xx

Kirstin McCulloch said...

That is such a clever idea!! (I may have to borrow it!!) I don't know why I never thought about it - I drag around a large + slightly battered piece of cardboard for photos.
And I adore the colours that you used
x

Isabel said...

love those colors and glad to see I am not the only one who paints the walls everyday(wink) too, cool carriage house:O)

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

I too like the colors.
Nicole/Beadwright

Marcie said...

What fun!! Lucky you to have a space like that to get messy and creative in!

Lindsay said...

I can't wait to see what will be next! :) Happy ppf!

minnemie said...

How fun to play on such a large "canvas!" And I also vote to turn the carriage house into a studio. Not that you asked for our vote, but in shear excitement we're giving it anyway:-)

Bella Sinclair said...

I got my big ol' paintbrush. Can I come??? Looks like so much fun. Wow, that carriage house is actually quite pretty. Neato!

Meihsia Liu said...

Love the cute carriage house. Looks so fun to play colors in the party. ^_^

Erika Nittel-Traser said...

I love your Background! Looking Forward, to see more.
Thank you for visiting my blog!
Hugs
Erika

NatashaMay said...

That looks like fun! I can't wait to see what it looks like finished. :)

Ilona Heimböckel said...

The photo of the house and garden reminded me of Pippi long stocking :-)

Great idea to use such a panel to paint on and add color to your home and art! It looks wonderful!

Happy belated PPF!

Ilona

Lynn Fisher said...

Great idea!