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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!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Latest Projects

Hello ladies!  Hope you all are having a great week!
Today I thought I'd share with you some of my latest painting projects, all done in wonderful beachy hues!
 I love finding interesting candleholders to paint, and this set of four have the most unique shape.  Actually, I have to give credit to hubby for picking them up at a thrift shop (guess he's learned well!).  I decided they would be even more interesting painted slightly different beach inspired shades, ranging from aquamarine, to turquoise, to blue. 
 What I really love about these candle holders, aside from their vibrant colors, is their interesting 8 sided shape.  I've never come across any like this before. And of course I just had to distress them, which I think highlights their shape even more.
 I had fun mixing up the colors, too! I have so much fun mixing various paint to create new and pretty colors!
 I used two of the above colors to paint this pretty pair of tin wall hangings, that are reminiscent of vintage ceiling tiles.
 After distressing, I added my favorite antiquing glaze, which adds to their vintage feel.
 Love the details!
 I also am always hunting for mirrors that I can makeover.  I found this cute matching pair when we were in Northern Michigan a few weeks ago.  They are wood framed, and have a pretty raised design that I really like.

 You can never have too many mirrors!
 And least but not least, this sweet vintage pair of Homco mirrors, that my thrifting friend found for me.  You may have come across mirrors like these before. They were originally blah brown, but now I just love how vibrant and cheery they are done up in aquamarine!
 The mirrors feature a wonderful faux wicker look.  I really love their swirly borders.
 I've added everything to my Etsy shop, if you want to take a peek!
Now go out and paint something!


Trisha said...

I just love these colors! You make things even more unique when you mix your own colors up...very clever! Good job to your hubby for picking out such unique candle holders too!


NanaDiana said...

What great pieces,Donna! I love all your beachy hues! They are perfect for summer. xo Diana

Japolina said...

Love that turquoise. I want to paint my bedroom that color. Thanks for sharing.

Gracie's Cottage said...

I adore the colors of the shore!
Nicely done!


Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

ooohhh, I'm loving all the colors you mixed, Donna.

Zoé said...

These are really pretty - I love this sort of shabby chic. :)

Susan said...

You DO make me want to go out and paint something, Donna! Ahh, these lovely aqua blues. Perfect for summer. I really like those unique candleholders, too.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

You did a wonderful job, Donna! I love the shape of the candlesticks, too! And the table you shared on your last post is a fabulous find!

Kim K. said...

You always find the best goodies to transform. Love that aqua blue.

Okio B Designs said...

Oooooh, I just love that color! It looks perfect on everything you painted. Love those mirrors!


Anne said...

Donna great job on the candle holders and the frames. I love the colors too.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Donna, these look fabulous!!! I hope you are enjoying your summer days--We sure are loving seeing what you've created!

Pamela said...

I had Pinky and Blue Bell in my room growing up. They have a soft spot in my heart. Your beautiful paint makes me want to go pain something!