Ivy wall paint
This wall could grow on me. Paint that spreads like ivy. Seen in the backstreets of Kalk Bay, we love the playful spirit and how the creeper has the potential to go on and on and on.
Our colour match for the pale blue is Midas Envirolite TINGE 3DGB.
- Jenny Mason
HERITAGE COLOURS: Dollar Brand, Fugard’s Tearoom, Gandhi’s Tea, Mama Africa and The Baxter
Remember tunes like Manenbergm, anthem of a liberation struggle?
Abdullah Ibrahim made it kwaai. A deep red kind of kwaai.
Remember bulls eyes and scones and crème soda floats? Yes you do. It’s all coming back. Master Harold and the Boys were there.
No milk, thank you. No sugar. He is not an English lady. And he thinks Western Civilization is an excellent idea. He lived in Durbs once, you know. He did South Africa proud.
Miriam Makeba’s voice was like creamed honey.
Okay alright then, it was like double chocolate malt.
There was only one Mama Afrika.
Orange you glad it’s this big and cheeky? Don’t you just love how the Sixties came and slapped the Fifties in the face? Dancers and thespians, The Baxter is Cape Town’s tribute to you.
HERITAGE COLOURS: Arniston White, St James White, Surfer’s Corner, Westcliff Terrace and Two Oceans
In February, the sun hammers down on the crunchy white sand. That’s not snow white, that’s blister white. Wear slip slops and sunblock, and don’t get tangled up in the old fishermen’s ropes.
St James White
Little old white cottages.
Big old white sharks.
Train tracks in between.
White weddings every Saturday in the stone church between the mountain, the sky and the sea.
It’s warmer this side, in False Bay. None of that icy water that bites your bones. Sharks? What sharks? Where? OK. Let’s go catch a wave and a samoosa from the Majestic Cafe. And pick up some wax from Corner Surf.
At night, zoo lions groan. Do they mourn the bushveld? Do they not know they sleep on prime real estate? Can’t they smell the Pimm’s?
On the Atlantic side it’s cold, on Indian side it’s warm. Somewhere in the middle, it must be perfect. Just don’t let the baboons jump into your car.
Give your furniture a few more years of life with a fresh coat of Midacote paint
Chipboard painted with Midacote Satin stripes
Midacote Paint Surfaces
It’s interesting how paint can transform utilitarian surfaces and give them a completely different vibe. This is an example of how painted chipboard looks, when coated with Midacote Satin. It makes a great backdrop for plants in a patio area (photographed here at the Montebello Garden Centre in Newlands.) We like how the bright stripes look in fresh pure white and postbox red. (Paint & Place has a great selection of bright reds.) We’ve also seen a similar effect where tables were covered with hessian, and a solvent-based paint like Midacote Satin was used to ‘glue’ the fabric to the table, creating an interesting textured surface. (And it’s washable.) The idea, really, is to consider paint to give unexpected character to surfaces – and if furniture looks like it’s on its last legs, it’s amazing how a coat of paint can give it a few more years of life.
- Post by Jenny Mason. Check out her blog koekalooks for more great ideas
DARK & INTENSE: Let green be seen in your garden by intensifying walls in Winter
Intense Green Garden Wall
If you don’t think Winter is the season for painting and working in the garden, here’s a thought.
See how garden foliage kicks out against chocolate and charcoal walls, especially in Autumn and Winter when the light is filtered and the air is crisp. After a shower of rain, greens seem somehow even brighter, and dark walls, richer and more intense.
A good call for a garden wall: to offset foliage, paint it a deep grey or peppercorn. ‘Peppercorn’ is a dark chocolate, while ‘Licorice’ is the most popular charcoal in our selection of Midas 300 colours.
Look how the evocative colour shift of autumn leaves kicks out from a deep donkey grey wall, painted in ‘Storm’. Darker colours create a foil for your garden to get showy.
Deep Donkey Grey Wall
Ask in-store to see our popular ‘earth & grey’ options for garden walls and exteriors, all available in Envirolite Zero VOC eco-wise formulations. Much better for the air you breathe, and for the planet.
Be more salvage savvy
“The shot up at the top shows how you can put old unwanted metal work to good use. These not so attractive burglar bars were discarded during a renovation project of mine. We painted them the same colour as the wall, mounted them on a wooden frame and turned them into a trellis for our creeper.” – koekalooks
- This Special Project post is by serial renovator Jenny Mason. Check out her blog koekalooks for more great ideas