Thursday, March 22, 2012

I {heart} Turquoise-5 Easy Ways to Add a Pop of Color

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across an offer for a free quart of paint. If you know me, you know that I love to paint. I mean, why not? Paint transforms a room or an object. Color can change the atmosphere. Paint is clean. Fresh. New. I stood in the hardware store and debated on what color to choose. I didn't really have a specific project in mind but, I knew that I wanted a color that was fun. Lately I've had a bit of a love affair with turquoise. I know, that sounds ridiculous, right? Well, I know that my love for this color will most likely only last for only a short while and even though my love for this color is surely just a phase, I decided on a quart of turquoise paint.

I decided to tackle a few easy and free projects with my new paint. Why easy and free? Well,  mostly because this turquoise love might only be temporary and we all love free! However, after completing all of these projects, the paint can is still almost completely full so, I'm sure there are more projects in my near future.

The first thing that I painted were the lids to some old pickle jars. I've been wanting to store my ribbons in a glass jar for awhile now but, who wants to store ribbons in a jar that says "Vlasic"? You know, pickles are good and all but, they aren't very inspiring. Bye, bye Vlasic lids.
 Jar lids paint super easily and with just one coat of paint, the jars were all ready to hold my ribbons.
Next up, was a mason jar that I like more than the average jar. This jar is slightly square and I feel like it has a unique look to it. I've never painted a jar before but, it actually went really well. The paint goes on really smooth and I love how this jar adds a big pop of color to my table.
The third item that got a coating of turquoise was a plain old tin can. Like the jar, I'd never painted a tin can before and again, I was happy with how easily these paint. Such a quick and inexpensive way to get some spring color on our table! I thought the painted can looked like it needed a little something so, I added a simple flower made with a brown paper bag and some yellow paper.
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Painting the pickle jar lids, the mason jar and the tin cans was a blast but, it wasn't enough turquoise. As my 3 year old would say "Better get more!". So, I ran to the garage and grabbed this plain old flower pot that needed some color. 
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 Don't you think those colors look like Easter or is it just me? I just love them!
The last turquoise project (for now!) was to paint an old piece of wood. When I started to paint this, my husband asked what I was planning on using it for and honestly, I had no clue. Painting the wood was fun and quick and today I finally came up with an idea for the painted wood. I grabbed a bud vase, tied a ribbon around the vase and then hot glued the ribbon to the wood. 
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For now, those are all of my  turquoise painting projects. I hope that if you're like me and you love color, maybe these projects have inspired you to go create something that's cheap, easy and not a huge color commitment. Here's a little tip....Ace Hardware is giving away free quarts of paint again this Saturday. All you need to do is go in and ask them about the paint promotion. And no, I don't have any connection to them and I don't get any perks for mentioning their special. I just love free paint and I love sharing a great deal.

If you haven't already entered my Seventh Generation Green Home Prize Pack giveaway, go enter here! The giveaway is open to anyone who comments on that post and someone is going to be a very lucky winner. 

Happy Painting!
Angela

This post might be linked up with some of my favorite crafty parties.








26 comments:

  1. That looks great! I love turquoise too. I love the painted can. Your newest follower via The Grant Life link party ~ Megan

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    1. Thank you. The painted can was so fun. Now I'm imagining painted cans in all sorts of different colors. :)

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  2. Those look great! What a great way to get a big pop of color all at once!

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  3. Way to be thrifty AND cute! :)

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  4. Everything looks amazing painted that beautiful colour! I think my favourite is your painted mason jar. I've seen them painted before but never with part of the glass left untouched. At first I thought it was a vintage tin :)

    I'm slowly adding more colour to my house, too.

    Claire @ alittlesomethinginthemeantime.blogspot.com

    P.S. My addiction is chartreuse and olive green!

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  5. Love it! I have been drawn to watermelon pink, but I love the turquoise also! Great ideas!

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    1. Watermelon pink is wonderful. It's spring! We can totally get away with enjoying these beautiful colors!

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  6. Stumbled onto your blog via the blog hop and just wanted to show you some blog luv! def enjoyed this post :) new follower!

    http://infinitelifefitness.com
    http://mscomposure.blogspot.com

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  7. I love this! I'm such a fan of turquoise and have an embarrassingly large collection of old jars and cans! I might have to do some of these this week! Thanks for linking up to my party!

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  8. Turquoise is the best color out there in my opinion. I like the tin can, have a bunch of those around. You have a great blog and I'm now following. Hope you can come check me out and link up to my Sunday Round Up party.
    Rose
    http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

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  9. Your 3 year old is right - more, more, more! Isn't it great what a bit of paint can accomplish. Love that mason jar especially - the shape and the way you only painted part of it - love it!!

    So glad you joined our Cinch party!

    Would love to follow but Wordpress doesn't have GFC anymore - have you thought of installed Linky followers or RSS?
    Kelly

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    1. Thanks Kelly! I hadn't really thought about adding a Linky Followers widget but, I might do that. You can subscribe my email...the option is up on the right hand side, above the GFC option. :) Angela
      P.S. I tried to install your button but, it wasn't working for me. Sorry!

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  10. Angela,

    I may need to agree with Kelly and your 3 year old ...

    ... such great colorful easy peasy projects!

    Thanks for linking it up to our party!

    :)

    Linda
    www.itallstartedwithpaint.com

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  11. I am into turquoise lately too. Thanks for some new ideas.

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  12. I love this! I love all your ideas.. Im going to have to get painting! I need some turquoise in my life :)

    Thank you so much for linking up last week! You were one of the most viewed links! Check it out tomorrow :)

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  13. These all look so great! I love how the jar lids look...so simple, but makes for stylish storage! :) I'm all about turqouise right now too. Would you share this post at Shine on Fridays if you haven't yet? And if you have, YAY, thanks!!
    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2012/03/shine-on-fridays-21-plus-features-and.html

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  14. I am in LOVE with turquoise right now! Great cinchy ideas!

    Thank you so much for linking up to our party!
    Karah

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  15. What an absolutely beautiful color! I love it! It reminds me of spring! Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for linking to our party!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  16. I love these ideas. This color is perfect for spring. Love what you used it for.
    Ruth

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  17. I linked back to these from my post http://www.simplyraising8.com/2012/04/blog-hop-co-hosting-idea-for-my-fence.html I am thinking about combining this with another cute Idea I seen for my back yard. Thanks for the inspration!

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    1. These would be great for your backyard. Show me pictures when you get the project done.

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  18. Those re great grouped together, but you totally could have done that scrap wood/ bud vase one by itself and it would have been amazing! Great way to use something in a non-traditional way!

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  19. I love the color blue you chose. I think my favorite is the painted mason jar. I liked that you left it clear part way up. Awesome!

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