The bedroom is starting to come together. The painting is finally complete, other than a few touchups. I had originally gone for a sage-ish green, but the one I got was a bit too grey and just wasn’t working. While at the immigration office in Amsterdam, I saw a lovely shade of funky green that made me think I should go back to my tried and true favorite and give up on the sage. This is the third house where I’ve done some variation on this particular shade of green. First it was the kitchen in Sloatsburg, then the half bath in Greensboro, and now the bedroom in Utrecht.
When we met up with Merian and René last Friday, we were all discussing decorating and were looking at some pictures of their new place. They had a wall painted in the kind of green we were looking for, which turned out to be called Dill and was to be found at a nearby paint shop. The next day, we headed out to the shop and found the paint chip. While looking for the Dill color, though, we stumbled across the Hops color and that’s the one we eventually went with. Once again, we had a very friendly encounter with the person helping us in the shop. Cheerful and fun, we were all joking about the beer connotations of the name.
So, now the walls are painted and the wardrobes are put together and most of the clothing is put away. We still haven’t tackled the last big box of clothes, because we were out of hangars. We bought some last night, though, so I’m sure that will get taken care of soon enough.
Inspired by a painting I saw in a gallery nearby, I’ve decided to do my own painting to hang over the bed. Today, I finally made it to Swaak, a fantastic art supply shop here in town on the Oude Gracht. It’s magnificent! All sorts of supplies, including linoleum for carving (my next project), clay, wax and a variety of other things. I found some canvases for my project, along with some acrylic paint and hopefully I’ll manage to get the thing painted soon. It depends on just how rusty I am. It’s certainly been a while since I did any proper painting. Maybe tomorrow will be another rainy day, encouraging me to stay inside and paint.
I used to buy Liquitex brand of acrylic paint, and they had that there, but the prices were considerably higher! I ended up with the Amsterdam brand of acrylic paint, which seemed reasonably priced. We’ll see how it works. It was slightly amusing to be buying Amsterdam-brand paint when I’ve been used to the Utrecht-brand paint and the Utrecht Art supply stores in the US. It took me a while to find an art supply store in Utrecht, for the simple reason that when I Googled, I kept getting Utrecht Art! Fortunately, thanks to the help of the woman at Pipoos (the craft shop in town), I finally found Swaak.