This week’s Mixology Monday’s color came about when my mind wondered when I spied two of the nine different cans of paint that I randomly pulled off the shelf. I sat them on the table, hoping for inspiration. The end of a holiday weekend makes it tough to get back into the work mind set. I further complicated that feeling by dropping a can of Pueblo Pepper on the floor. Now it was not only time to get back to work but to clean up the mess as well.

The two colors that had ended up aside of each other were California Gold and Beckley Coal.   I started with a 50/50 mix and, well, it just looked like Beckley Coal. I took it all the way to four parts California Cold to one part Beckley before I saw a color I liked. I knew the name of the color the moment I hit the perfect ratio: New Hampshire Granite.


The color is darker than our Pittsburgh Gray and slightly lighter than neighboring Vermont Slate. It presents with a warmer tone than the cold Vermont Slate.

I began to think about what I know about the state of New Hampshire. Honestly, there wasn’t a lot. I have visited the state, briefly, once, and we found an excellent Chinese restaurant.   (Sorry, Arizona, you have to do a lot better in the Chinese food arena.) Also, Dover White Wash is named for Dover, NH. We have a wonderful Retailer in New Hampshire: Rhonda Gatchek. Rhonda is the creative force behind Vintage Birch Designs, and she sells her creations and CeCe Caldwell’s Paints at the Robin’s Egg in Milford, NH.

I traveled down the Google wormhole to find out more about the Granite State. It is not a large state; there are only four states that are smaller in area and eight that are less populated. I would say it makes up for its diminutive size and population by having the 6th highest median family income. Located in the northeastern U.S., it is bordered by Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts as well as Canada and the Atlantic Ocean. Concord is the capital and Manchester is the largest city in NH.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire was very important to our nation’s history. It was the first of the British North American colonies state to establish its own government and the first to pen a constitution. It was one of the original 13 states and in June 1788 it was the ninth state to ratify the United States Constitution, bringing that document into effect. NH also hosts the first primary every four years in the U.S. Presidential election cycle.   “Live Free or Die” is the state motto, and, of course, the state’s nickname is “The Granite State” for the extensive granite formations and quarries.

New Hampshire Granite: 4 parts California Gold : 1 part Beckley Coal