Color Crush: Dark Blue-Green

 

If you’ve followed this blog for a little while, then you probably know of my love of color. Lately I’m really into a bold, dramatic wall color. I just wish I had more rooms to use it in.  I’ve done navy in the master, and Kelly green in the guest room. Right now I’m crushing on a deep, dark teal. A perfect combo of blue and green. To me, teal can feel a little bit cutesy, or childish sometimes (like something my 12 year old self would be allll over), but this dark, moody version is super sophisticated.

I just love how it can stand out on it’s own, or take the backseat and act as a neutral. It looks good with so many colors, but I’m especially loving it with golds, greens, and creams. If you can’t commit to a room, I really like the idea of trying it out on a piece of furniture like that bathroom vanity! What do you think? Are you loving this color or hating it?

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Not Your Grandma’s China Hutch…

Or maybe it is, I don’t actually know your grandma.

My husband, Brian got me a china hutch a few months before we got married. I was instantly in love. Even better, he got it for a great deal on Craigslist, which only made me love it more. We had registered for china and of course, wanted a place to house all of it. As the months rolled by and our wedding day came near, I had already accumulated a good deal of china. I opened each box excitedly, and started to display it in my new hutch. I wanted it to look pretty, and fancy, like I thought it should, in our formal dining room.

1383039_897326300865_4007006705870023573_nWhen we made the decision to move here to the farm and I started to pack up my china hutch, I was a little sad. All that hard work of meticulously placing each piece of china in the hutch in a formal display that I’m sure no one appreciated except for myself. At that point I was pretty sure we weren’t going to have a formal dining room here in the new house and the hutch was going to end up in the kitchen. I decided then that I wanted it to be a more functional piece and not just a display case.

I finally got around to unpacking all of my china and glassware a couple of weeks ago. (I didn’t want any of it to get dusty or broken while we were working away in the kitchen.) I decided to just unpack it all and lay everything out where I could see it. I collect turquoise glass and I’ve acquired quite a bit of it over the years. I’m not sure how the obsession with it started, but if I see a piece at a flea market or antique store, I instantly gravitate towards and knock anyone in my path out of the way. (So look out!) Now that we have a little one who is constantly on the move, I can no longer safely set my treasures out and about in the living room or anywhere else my little monster can hobble over to. So I knew I wanted to make room for some of my collection in the hutch out of her reach.

After seeing everything spread out across my living room floor, I realized how much of it goes unused. Not because I couldn’t use it, but because it’s normally packed away in a tote or a cabinet and I forget all about it. My favorite thing about moving is seeing all my stuff in a new light and trying to figure out a way to use it in the new space. I get so used to things being a certain way and then I get stuck in a rut. I need to take inventory of things more often and repurpose them instead of only doing it when I move!

I started out slow, just adding a few things at a time. I didn’t  want it to look too thought out. I wanted it to be like me in yoga pants on the couch drinking wine….casual and classy.

IMG_0413I tried to set things at varying heights and group like items together. I wanted it to look  interesting, not cray-cray….there’s a very fine line.

IMG_0417Of course not everything made the cut. Only a very small fraction of the turquoise collection made it. The rest, I tried to sprinkle around the kitchen and other parts of the house that the baby doesn’t play in. And a lot of things ended up in the built-in in our living room closet where I was able to at least unpack it and set it up where I can see it.

IMG_0481IMG_0484I can’t believe I wasted all that time using it for just china, it fit so much more and I haven’t even filled the drawers or lower cabinets. I love that I can walk by and see everything easily. And it doesn’t feel empty when I need to take something out to use it.

IMG_0518P.S. It does have glass doors that go on it, but I took them off while photographing to keep that darn glare down.

The Best 99¢ I Ever Spent…

First impressions are everything right? Our house is giving off a pretty sad first impression. Like a, ‘do I really want to go in there?’, ‘is this the house from Texas Chainsaw Massacre?’ kind of impression. I’m okay with some people not wanting to enter, but for the most part, I would like our home to be welcoming and pleasing to the eye.

IMG_1438The paint is peeling off of the metal siding in chunks. We need to add some landscaping. And the front door could use a fresh coat of paint. I decided to the easiest/fastest fix would be the front door. Our house is white, so I thought choosing a paint color for the front door would be a piece of cake…it wasn’t. My first thought was something dark to hide all the dirt and stains that will inevitably end up on the door, but navy and black ended up being too much of a contrast. Then I thought a fun, bright color would be nice, but they all seemed too bright next to the bright white.

I ended up with a nice teal with gray undertones. It’s happy…but not too happy. Like a blue that looks like it likes to have a good time, know what I mean??

photo (8)I wanted the color to be the same on both the front and back of the door. Luckily I haven’t picked a color for the entry way, so I was pretty much free to do whatever color I wanted. Of course now, I will have to choose my entry way wall paint accordingly.

166The first coat went on fast, I painted the whole door in about twenty minutes and left it to dry for twenty-four hours. That twenty-four hours turned into about a week while I got distracted with other projects…mostly painting trim in the kitchen. It’s taking forever. So this is what one coat looks like.

172 170174After I FINALLY got around to that much-needed second coat, I pulled out my favorite tool. My 99¢ razor blade scraper. It’s seriously one of my favorite tools. I hate prep work, especially taping things off before I paint. I know it’s necessary, and will save me a lot of time later in most cases, but I still hate it. And in this case (painting glass areas) taping would have been a complete waste of time. I used a latex paint which made for extra easy scraping.

088 091 090I mean, look at that beautiful mess on the floor. It’s one of my favorite sites.

086And look how pretty after all the scraping! The scraping took about 10 minutes on each side of the door. MUCH faster than having to tape off all of those triangles.

092 photo 1-013 photo 3-011As you can see we also went ahead and switched out the handle for a new one and added a deadbolt (which helps me sleep better at night).  I would really like to just take off that screen door, but the flies out here are out. of. control. so it’s really quite necessary. I do plan on replacing it one of these days though. Still a lot of work to do to make the front of the house more inviting, but at least we are one step closer!