Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Glory of Grey

There are many people, myself included, who love the look of grey painted furniture, especially when it has a distressed effect and the newness is knocked off the piece with a few dings and scratches...nothing is more pleasing to the eye than a surface with grey chippy paint that speaks of age and longevity, memories and experience....


So what do we do to a brand new peice of furniture like this?

We reach for the paint and get it to look like this.

From this.....

....to this....


so why....when THIS happens......

do we react like this....


or this........


or this.......


or this.......


or this......?


Maybe because it conjures up images like this......

or this........




or this......





so we reach for this......


because we desperately want to look like this.......

and this.....



and this......



Sunddenly words like character and distress take on a negative connotation, antique becomes ancient and yes, we've had some scratches and the paint is chipping off but how is that a good thing???
Maybe if we reframe our mental image of grey hair to something more like this...



or this......


or this......


or this......



we will be more relaxed about the visible signs of aging and remember that ....
"Gray hair is a crown of splendour; it is attained by a righteous life" Psalm 16:31
On a different note..I wanted to mention a blog that I have been really enjoying and was particularly taken with her August posts. Can I recommend that you pop over and take a look at Stella and Pearl if you haven't already visited.
FYI , I have a modicum of grey hair that I am debating whether or not to cover up so not actually sure where I stand in relation to this issue ;o)








10 comments:

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I guess I'm a bit shallow or maybe it runs in the family, but I don't want gray hair. As my beloved grandma once said, "As long as Miss Clairol is alive, I'm never going gray!" She had her hair colored just days before she passed away. I loved that lady to pieces.

Room to Inspire said...

Great post! I love women who have full gray - I think it is absolutely stunning!

Chelsea

Jackie said...

I love your post today! Grey is beautiful! I love white hair too!
Take care! /Jackie

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Great post today! I must admit, I do put a rinse on my hair. If I thought I'd look that good, though, I'd let it go grey! Linda

My Vintage Modern Farmhouse... said...

Okay, first...love love love the piece of furniture. I am loving gray lately (decor that is), however hair is a different subject. If I had beautiful gray or silver hair like some of those photos, I would let it go in a heartbeat. Unfortunately I am only 50% gray and it is a mousey gray, not pretty at all, so I reach for the Clairol once a month.

LeAnn

Revival said...

hahahaha! I love a long mane of grey hair. I hope to rock it some day (but not soon...) Red hair tends to dull instead of show the greys. For decor - obsessed! I am itching for Rubie Green's new grey fabrics to be released.
How did your staple removing go?

Dreaming In Pink With Roses said...

LOL Ange!! That's so funny... Grey & Gray have been on my mind a lot lately!!

Painting & hair!

Love your post!

Blessings ~ Teresa

Ange said...

I say get out in the sun a bit and let's rename it 'white' like the French do!!! Well written post Ange!

FILIGREE MOON said...

Hilarious and insightful post! So glad to find your blog after you introduced yourself today! Adore the grey love here! The redos are beautiful; looking forward to perusing further, so fun to see a bit of Australia ~ Angela

The DIY Show Off said...

haha! I love your blog. That was hilarious. I'm not quite ready to let the gray take over but love how it looks when it's all gray. It's the in between or 1 or 2 or 100 here and there. ;)

I'm catching up on your posts. The transformations and your accents are awesome!
Roeshel