Those damn walls.

Those damn walls.


Do you know how many layers of paint come with a four hundred year-old château? 63. Probably. I didn’t get there, because I thought I’d slice off 3.14 layers like pie, be done, and go smoke a Gitanes. Unfortunately after twenty minutes my manicure was ruined, the heat gun was covered in sweat, and I couldn’t see out of my protective eyewear, because they were covered in salty, gray sludge. Non-waterproof mascara turned this whole thing into a TRAGEDY.

Rewind two weeks. The walls were puce and, oh my God, puce is a real color. Why would you ever paint your walls the same hue as flea droppings? Even if you lived during a time when fleas were everywhere? I made it my mission to turn this room into something that didn’t look like the inside of a small intestine. But once I started chipping away, uncovering more and more years of terrible color choices, I realized the exercise was futile, in the same way that mascara is futile. So I stopped. Even Madeline sometimes doesn’t follow through. (That jalopy was just fine, by the way).

Threw in a few plants, didn’t clean the chandelier, and now I’m tending my blisters and reading about Hollande’s sex life in that dusty fauteuil.

But I kinda like it.

  1. Gwendolyn H. said...

    I love it! Character…

    July 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm
  2. Gabrielle Lacoure said...

    Super jolie!

    July 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm
  3. Linda C. said...

    I went to Lowe’s today and discovered a paint color called Bagel. Wonder what people will think about that in a hundred years.

    July 3, 2014 at 6:08 pm
  4. Taneka Seidel said...

    Never, ever attempt any home improvement project without waterproof mascara and a bottle of Veuve. Now you know.

    July 3, 2014 at 7:03 pm
  5. Bridgette said...

    Everything about this room is perfect. Madeline! You’ve outdone yourself.

    July 3, 2014 at 7:10 pm
  6. Clem said...

    Thanks for sharing the beauty. You, your chateau, and definitely your writing. Please continue to be gracefully amusing. I really appreciate it.

    July 8, 2014 at 3:52 pm