Wednesday, July 28, 2010

aqua paint + anything = beachy charm

Thank you so much to everyone for your sought-after suggestions about what color to paint my armoire (see post).

In the lead is the idea from Heather to paint it white and place pretty blue bottles on top (GASP!), so I am thinking of doing coats of watered-down white and then beginning a hunt for blue mason jars. I'm also pondering painting the inside the dreamy blue color, just to get it out of my system. I don't see this project happening until fall but am looking forward to it.


The other day I found an almost-full quart of aqua paint in the basement. I can't recall what the original intent was but suddenly found myself gathering up everything I could to paint.

Remember this once-red then-lilac chair? It didn't stand a chance of not being painted. As you can see, I even painted an emptied spice jar, now a vase! Nothing was safe.

Then in stolen bits of time I added decals ...

and added a "test" jar to my online shop, Tinkered Treasures ...

and then decoupaged an old hanger.

Still have a few painted odds and ends left to play with, too. Hope you're also finding a little time to play this summer!



Karen said...

ELYSE! Oh my I Love it all!
How do you find the energy?
LOL. Karen

Mercedes Spencer @ Liberty Biberty said...

LOVE that paint colour and those decals are perfect!

Theresa said...

OOOOOOHHHHH girl, what is it lately with this color! It is THE color and certainly looks like you:)

Enjoy your day! HUGS!

myletterstoemily said...

i have to control squeals of delight
when i visit here! such lovely paint,
decals, everything lovely!!!!f

Claudia said...

You are too cute, aqua girl! I love the addition of the decals. Keep painting....I feel some painting coming on at old MHC real soon.

By the way, I meantioned you in yesterday's post.


Katy Noelle said...

These are so WONDERFUL!!! Super perfect pretty! Great colors - perfect touches. You do have a knack! The way you describe it, I can just see it all, now. The little "oooooooo" when you found the paint and the wheels turning - "what can I doooooo with thIS! =]

I was just thinking about blue bottles - I have a box just sitting in the bottom of a closet. I was thinking that if I painted the fireplace white - then the blue bottles would look so cute on the mantle. I saw an incredible idea on John Terry Woods blog - he had bottles with little printed papers with tall ships on them and they were rolled up in the bottles. Ships in bottles - you get it, of course, right? It was brilliant!

Well, now, I was thinking about you (again) just today! Now, why was that.....? can't remember at the mo. BUT, I am painting my family room (today) and better get back to it. hope the family's having a fun summer!

Love, Katy

Fatima said...

LOVELY! Everything is very delicate, you have many ideas, I like them all.Really! Hugs, Fatima-Scrapart.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

LOVE that color!

You are having fun, aren't you?

sweet treasures!!


Jessica Rodarte said...

That is such a delicious color!
I love the jar you painted. I'm eyeing it in your shop (along with a few other goodies) tempted to snatch it up. :)
You think the family would mind going without electricity for a few days? ;)

Anonymous said...

Excellent advice from Heather - she really can create some beauty!

Anything, anything-at-all, painted aqua, tiffany blue, bird's egg blue, duck egg blue - THAT COLOR - makes my heart race. Beeeeautiful, Elyse!!!

Cindy said...

Ohhh I think white yes..and that blue inside!! Lovely!!

You did a great job on everything!!

Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Suz said...

That color is so beautiful! I love the jars with flowers...just adorable. I am going to your site right now! I am happy to be your test case!

Marie De Marco said...

hey elyse
great color! i just painted my laundry room aqua. great idea with the jars.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Love all of your newly painted aqua goodies!
p.s. I have some blue mason jars on my website with wonderful zinc is the link:

Tiffany ~ The Fancy Farmgirl said...

oh sweetie, everything looks better in aqua, don't you think???
I just noticed are you going to the Creative Connection??? I hope so, I would LOVE to meet you in person!!
let me know!
xoxo, Tiffany

Holly Knitlightly said...

So pretty!

shabbyfufu said...

Hi are so great at upcycling even the smallest of things. Love the aqua! ~xo~Janet

debi said...

OMG! I LOVE, LOVE that color! The chair is so cute....I want it, I want it!

And the jars...ohhhhhh! If you have any more, I would Love some.

Melinda said...

Goodies look great!
I did a post on Tuesday about the fun I have been having.

Have a wonderful Thursday.


icandy... said...

you have been busy with that aqua paint, i just love how soft your colors are!
where HAS the week gone? wait, where has the SUMMER gone?
i'm losing it! ;)

Anonymous said...

Elyse you just run circles around most of us! You get a chair painted three different colors and I haven't even got the first coat on anything!!!

I do love that precious hanger you painted! Aren't you glad you found that can of paint!!?

bee blessed

Anonymous said...

omg, your stuff makes me drool!!! I love the jars so much.

Angela said...

You really know how to use that aqua paint!! and decals, perfection!


Hi Elyse, I have been doing the same thing, Robins Egg Blue is the new pink for me, LOL, with a lil pink scattered around! I painted my armoire a blue but every time I look at it I wonder if I would like it white instead?

Unknown said...

Wow Elyse,
This looks so lovely, I can only imagine how your armoire will look. Are these some of the treasures that you will put inside?

That chair is lovely, and I love the decals that match all of your lovely cottage charm.


Elise said...

oh my gosh! What wonderful painted goodies! I love them all and felt how light and perfect each one was! Thanks for sharing this~love, Elise

Cathy said...


What an amazing color. I adore it! I have to say it's my new FAV and has been growing on me for awhile.

I never liked blue EVER, until I became a blogger and realized that aqua was such an amazingly relaxing color. Love what you did with the jars and the chair. So pretty and delicate.

xo Cath

koralee said...

So are inspiring me my friend...I have a few pieces that need painting..and this colour is amazing. xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

Yum! I liked the chair when it was lilac but I like it even better now!

Great plan for the armoire! ♥

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Simply fabulous daaaarling!

Simple Home said...

I love the aqua. It's my color of choice right now. Your items are very inspiring.

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog so I could discover you! What a wonderful visit I have had. Your discovered color was a fresh of cool air compared to the stuffy, hot humid St. Louis air over here! Loved the project. So glad to have visited with you.

Thanks again for sharing,

rose marie said...

Hi, i love your blog, so many ideas and visual treasure, all in aqua color is just beautiful!!!!!! greetings Rose Marie

Terri said...

I love your chair and jar tops! I would love to see all of your creations and instructions in a book! Some day I see it for you.....Terri

Ateliê Toque de Arte said...

So pretty!
Kiss, Iray

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Love all of these pretty blue things... there is no color that I love more!

I think the blue on the inside of the cupboard will be SO lovely.


Cottage Flair said...

Aqua paint does make everything beachy!! Great creations!

Unknown said...

love all of your beachy charm projects - so pretty!

Tammy said...

I love that color -- and the idea of white with blue mason jars and such is fabulous. Definitely the colors of summer that could carry you through the winter. :) You've been up to fun things with paint and decals. Best wishes for the weekend, Tammy

Lisa said...

The aqua is so pretty! I love the old jam jars. And the hanger is so sweet.:)

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello darling Elyse!

I am loving all your aqua! It really is you to! Can't wait to see finished piece!

Love you,

Bethany said...

Hi Elyse!
My son drew your name out of the hat for the bluebird giveaway. Yay! This has been so much fun, now I know why everyone has giveaways. My email is
I look forward to hearing from you so I can mail your goodies to you.

Scrapping With Sherry said...

How sweet are those! Looking forwar to pix of your dresser too.

I stopped by to introduce myself... My name is Sherry and I have recently joined the Bloggerette Sorority. I am a newbie to the blogging world, (3 wks!) so I missed the rush. I am however looking forward to joining in on all the fun in the future! I would be honored if you came by my blog at Hope to see you there!

~Sherry F.

Kateyed said...

Thanks, Sweet Elyse, for being a follower of Katsui. We are having a giveaway (drawing on Monday) for one of our first hundred to thank you all. Thanks for also delighting me with your blog!

Suz and Kat

Brenda Pruitt said...

The decals and the coloring look sooo much like your blog! An almost perfect match on my monitor. You sure are a busy creative girl, Elyse.

Pieces of Dreams said...

Hi Elyse!

I absolutely love, love, love what you have done. Wayne and I are playing with 3 different shades of aqua...Everyone walking into the shop says, "That's the color!"

Wonderful what you have done!

Karen said...

ooooh you have painted up an aqua storm! nice! Rachael:)

Heirloom treasures said...

I so love aqua and you have inspired me to get started and I have lined up things to paint like yours, must get to it have a nice weekend xx

Kellie Collis said...

That colour is just divine - so pretty!!! Beautiful outcome. xxx

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

I absolutely LOVE this!
Aqua is one of my fave colors. Thanks for the inspiration!

Bring Pretty Back said...

Beautiful! That is such a great color!

Unknown said...

Elyse, I love this color! I adore pink roses over the aqua blue and have used them a lot in some of my hand painted things. Those jars are so pretty!

Kateyed said...

Dear Elyse,

You just won a giveaway on our blog, Katsui, as one of our first one hundred followers. The surprise is a special box of treats just for you. We would like to send you a little "questionnaire" to get a better idea of some of your "likes."

Please write us here...

Congratulations! We are happy you won and are already starting to work on your box.

Suz and Kat

Burlap Luxe said...

Smiling and taking all the cottage charm in.

Great art!

The Tablescaper said...

Such a beautiful shade. What brand and color are you using? Te decals are just the right touch.

- The Tablescaper