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April 6, 2009

The Color of My Geneva Cabinets – 1958 Ford Blue

flowers-and-auction-015Ugh. It is snowing outside.  I knew it was going to snow today, because Hubs had been repeating the forcast every hour yesterday, hanging his head and sighing every time. But I didn’t know it was going to snow so much!  I thought it was supposed to be less than an inch! Less!  It looks like at least an inch has fallen already, and it just keeps snowing. Ah well. I guess I will stay inside and work all day. I really need to organize my office anyway….

In the meantime, here are some pictures of the touch up paint that goes with my kitchen cabinets.  It is Quick Drying DupliColor for cars.  I found it during the initial scrub down of the cabinets before we moved in.  It is, of course, dry as a bone and completely unusable. But it is nice to have an actual color name to go with the cabinets and to know that I have a little something to slip into my purse and carry around with me to try and match up colors, rather than trying to guess or to go off a photograph.  Plus the bottle is adorable. flowers-and-auction-016

Here it is: 1958 Ford Blue. Azure Blue, to be more specific. And the bottle was used on the cabinets. A lot, actually. The people who owned our house before us were very militant about keeping everything in good repair. Which is fantastic, because now we have a house in really good condition.  I wish I could still get this exact paint in this exact color, because I can see a couple places that need a touch-up. And using this paint, even though the touch-ups are old, if you aren’t leaning *thisclose*, you can’t even tell a repair was made.  Ah well, I will have to make due. I know they have those color-matching paint systems now, so maybe I can get this color digitally matched in the future.flowers-and-auction-018

Otherwise, does anyone else out there have a great color story?  Feel free to share anything about paint, painting or matching colors for your home.

Or let me know how the weather is by you! I want to get out of this winter wonderland and hear about some sun and fun…flowers-and-auction-017

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5 Responses to The Color of My Geneva Cabinets – 1958 Ford Blue

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    April 6, 2009 at 10:24 am

    I love the color of your cabinets! I am sure you could get the color duplicated. There are paint shops around here that specialize in auto paint colors; you could try one of those around you to have that paint matched (since it is an auto color). Snow, UGH!!!! I love it back north, but I hate the snow. It will actually be 88 here in Phoenix today, and then cool off into the 70’s through the week. I guess you need an AZ vacation!

  2. 50s Pam Reply

    April 7, 2009 at 7:26 am

    oooooh. You know I love seeing these photos of old paint! And Ford, too!

  3. sablemable Reply

    April 7, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    LOL, you can keep the snow over on your side of the state, Ruth! I keep hearing about snow, 1-3 inches, but so far we’ve only had strong winds on the icy side.

    I’m probably of my own opinion on this, but, I find that the old timers who had these homes built were of the European stock (Italians, Sicilians, Germans, etc.) who never, ever fixed anything that wasn’t broken first. My 1955 ranch was kept impeccable by the original owners. One of the neighbors said the missus used to go out in the middle of winter, climb a ladder, and clean out the gutters!

    I can just see that azure blue on a 1958 Ford Thunderbird as the driver cruises down the turnpike on a bright summer day, AM radio blasting!

    Ruth, your kitchen is just too-too for words!

  4. Dan T. Reply

    May 8, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Ruth, you should totally still be able to get that paint — in fact, DupliColor is still around. They don’t seem to stock colors more than about 15 years old — but googling I found a few other sites that did carry paint for 1958 Fords. The paint code for Azure Blue that year was apparently “L”; that info may be useful.

    You can even get touch-up paint in a pen, these days, for convenience.

    Enjoying your blog — I’m a Michigan native transplanted to Boston. Keep up the good work!

  5. StoneMaven Reply

    May 24, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Ant auto body shop should be able to get you your color. When I had my ’71 VW Van repainted in 1992, my guy just called and got the formula from the manufacturer.

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