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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Feeling Blue?

Hello, hope you all have been enjoying your week!  Lest you think I paint everything in sight cream or white, just wanted to show you some of my recent projects that I've painted my favorite shades of blue!
 I adore blue, it's been my absolute favorite color since I was a young girl!  Light blue in particular makes my heart sing!  So when I found this vintage syroco mirror recently, I knew that baby blue would be perfect for her transformation!  The mirror itself was super heavy!  And I mean heavy!  Since I was planning on putting this in my Etsy shop, I knew that the weight would be an issue when it came time to shipping.  So, my handy hubby replaced the mirror with a new piece of masonite, which I covered in chalkboard vinyl.
 And viola!  A gorgeous new and oh so shabby chic chalkboard is born!
 I also was thrilled to discover this amazing vintage syroco shelf while out treasure hunting.  She went from gaudy gold to baby blue, and is oh so much happier now!
 She's even prettier in person!  You would never guess that she's not made of hand carved wood!
 I also used the same baby blue on this gorgeous pair of vintage syroco candle sconces.  Love!
I'm always on the lookout for syroco candle sconces, as they have always been a good seller in my shop.  But, I'd never come across any just like these.  The details are just amazing!
 And to think they spent the first part of their life as "gaudy gold"!
 I also have been busy painting this set of wooden candlesticks in what I like to call "beach cottage blue", which is my own custom blended shade.  I love playing around with paint, mixing it up and creating a bunch of different hues from just a handful of bottles and jars of paint!
 And last but not least, I painted these super fun huge vintage decorative keys a bright and vibrant aqua!
 One of the keys is syroco like, the other is metal.  The syroco one actually looks and feels like wood!  It's quite heavy!  They are even larger in person than they appear here, the largest being over 2 feet long!
 Love all of the details!  And of course I had to shabby them up with a bit of distressing!
You can find everything you see here in my Etsy shop.
Now I'm off to do more painting!
What have painted lately?  And, what is your favorite color?  I'd love to hear all about it!
I'm linking up with Debra over at Common Ground, for Vintage Inspiration Friday.  be sure to check it out!


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

you have been a busy girl! love the color of the candlesticks and it something how the white and blues brings out the details in the other pieces.

NanaDiana said...

I love all your newly painted items. I LOVE that shade you mixed for the candlesticks, Donna. It is just beautiful. You are just going to town, girl! Good for you- xo Diana

Edie Schmidt said...

Oh I love these just love them!!! très bonne

Kim K. said...

I have a certain "door" that I promised to paint a light aqua color this summer. Maybe I can squeeze it in this long weekend. Gorgeous project, Donna.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

It's amazing what you do with paint! Love that light blue...just stunning!

Marie said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

Blue is my favorite color, too. Can you share what color you used on the mirror/chalkboard? It's gorgeous.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh WOW, I love it all...and I adore blue--these will be flying off your shelf!!

Debbie said...

Sooo pretty, Donna! I love the beach blue candle sticks best of all!!!
You are such a busy girl. How is your etsy shop doing?

Jilly said...

Among all colours my favorite colour is blue. It is such a gorgeous. All your newly painted items are wonderful and best for attraction.
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Debra @ Common Ground said...

Just beautiful, it's a gorgeous shade of blue, thanks for linking up with VIF, xo Debra

Terry said...

Easy to give a vintage look to oldest homes. I adore blue, and always searching for newly painted items, those key shapes are more beautiful with multiple color or rainbow color.