Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mica Group via Sophie

I'm madly busy painting my kitchen walls.  I have these very nice kitchen cabinets but they are maple


Mica Group
Locality: Japan

Mica Group
This image is copyrighted. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.Locality: Kameoka City, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki Region, Honshu Island, JapanMica pseudomorphs after complex cordierite-indialite intergrowths, known in Japan as “sakura ishi (cherry blossom stones)”. Individual crystal sections about 5 mm in diameter. John Rakovan photo. See Rakovan, Kitamura and Tamada(2006) Rocks & Minerals, 81:284-292.

and frankly they are kinda orange looking!  (Who really wants an orange kitchen - not everybody!  Including me. Maybe if it were a mid-century style.......which it isn't!  My ideal is white.)  But Mr. Paradis said, "ABSOLUTELY NO REPAINTING OF CABINETS - UNTIL WE WIN THE LOTTERY!!!"  

So I had a brain wave.  Looking at an old Martha Stewart Living:  It dawned on me:  GRAY!  Er, or really, GREY! (my preferred spelling).  I love it with orange as in this gorgeous photo from Sophie Munns' mesmerizing tumblr site Seed Capsules.  Of Mica.  You know what mica is don't you?  I can't say I've really thought about it since I was in third grade which seems to be when you learn about these things - but as a reminder to all of us as to what Mica is, here's a Wikipedia link.   If you don't want to click, can I just tell you that Mica has perfect basal cleavage?  Now you know!  I don't remember learning that in 3rd grade.

Anyway, back to grey: The walls were bright white before.  So in no time flat,  I tore out the old bench underneath the window and stripped it of it's orange plaid seat cushion (YUCK!  What'd I say about this kitchen and orange?).   I ran to the paint store for a silvery/greeney/grey paint.  And I'm buying brushed aluminum stools to set alongside the counter.  I also have my eye on a galvanized something bench to set along a "dead" wall to accommodate gardening stuff on and below it.  I'm also painting my old Ikea step stool grey.  Go figure it took me over three years to decide on this change! 

I just hope when it's finished, the kitchen will look half as gorgeous as these miracles of nature.    All this to say, that's why it's a short post today!

What on earth are you up to?  Don't forget to comment for the June giveaway!  


  1. I can't wait to see the result ... happy painting to you !!

  2. This post makes my fingers itch to paint! I am dealing with mint green painted brick in the kitchen and band-aid colored walls in the living room. Oh vey! Nothing I can do but wait...and that's okay for now :^)

    I hope you post photos of this transformation of which you speak - and I agree, the orange must go!

    Today? Sending out goodies to a certain someone, picking up my sick Jetta, library, maybe lookie-looing in Fairfax for some summer duds, then try to make progress on the shop reopen... whew... xo

  3. I'm trying to repaint an old ikea coffe table for the shop, and it seems like I can't get the right color. I have tried green, then yellow, and now blue. I can't get decided!!

  4. How fun to tear out and start fresh. :-) I can't wait to get to my new home in Australia so I can do this very thing. :-)

  5. THis is all very exciting Mlle P..
    Cant wait to see picks... love your whole unfolding story..and Mica.. who'd have thought...its an amazing image yes... love the idea of those brushed aluminium stools!
    Can I come to opening night?
    Thanks for the shout out!
    running out the door...and di so want to stop at other posts... looks v. interesting!

  6. mica grey - I can't wait to see it! Happy painting!