Jan 272014
Mission: Colour

This winter seems longer and colder than any in my recent memory.  This means I have been spending more time at home and inside.  The cold weather  also put me in a bit of a funk and I wasn’t making much headway on my long list of painting and other projects. 

Mission: Colour

However, I am happy to say my mood seems to be turning around! Especially after I sold some painted furniture pieces and I have a small  commission to do.  Yippee! 

During my funk, I also added one more general project to my list:

Add more COLOUR to my decor. 

I have a tendency to play it safe with my furniture and accessories by going for neutrals.  That’s fine for the big pieces but I have also taken the safe route with my accessories, pillows, etc.  That all began to change when I painted my dining room furniture a couple years ago.  That decision was a brave and daring step for me! It was that decision that has since sent me on this journey of updating vintage furniture and starting this blog.  My very first blog entry featured the dining room transformation.

Well now months later, I am looking around my home and while loving it, I am CRAVING for more colour!  As a result, 2014 I am embarking on


There are so many places I want to add colour!  Where to start!  How about where you enter the house! 

The Foyer

I have an open concept foyer with a vaulted ceiling and a skylight.  Currently, with the exception of a very colourful oil painting over the bench, everything in the entrance way has gold, ivory and beige tones.  Well at least it did until last week. 

Mission: Colour

Even Cody, our Golden Doodle, is part of the colour palette 🙂

I used the oil painting above the bench, with its multitude of colours as my source of colour inspiration.  I was immediately drawn to a beautiful teal in the lower area. 

Mission: Colour

A triptych painted by a local Canadian Artist is the only source of additional colours.

  Mission: Colour

The blue is a dark teal.

Across from the bench is a little alcove where I re-purposed a mini-buffet from our dining room set.  It had not been painted with the other pieces. 

Mission: Colour

This piece replaced a baker’s rack. Perfect fit and a catch all for mail, keys and change.

I’ve been planning on painting it for several weeks and I finally got my act together and painted it and I LOVE IT!!

Mission: Colour

Oh how I love it!

Mission: Colour

Sherwin Williams MAXI TEAL in semi-gloss enamel.

Mission: Colour

We’ve always had plate glass on the top to protect it.
Good idea now that it is by the front door.

Mission: Colour

Isn’t that so much more welcoming and fun?  After living with the wood, it is a bit of a shock when I enter the foyer now but it does make me smile.  every time.

Do you love it as much as I do?  

Now however, I need to do something with the mirror
It seems to blend in to the walls and is lost. 
I am thinking of painting it Oil Rubbed Bronze, similar to the handles. 
If you have a suggestion, please pass it along!

Now that I have started, I will be addressing the monochromatic items on the tiered rack you see in the mirror.

It is so good to be inspired once more! 
Does weather affect your moods and productivity?

I’d love to here from you!


  28 Responses to “Mission: COLOUR”

  1. Hi, Joan. Love the colour-what a great addition to the room. I have the opposite problem to you. I would prefer to paint everything in a colour but then things don’t always sell. Agree with you about the mirror but I interpret oil-rubbed bronze as being a deep brown with bits of copper showing. This would look great with the top of the cabinet. I have oil-rubbed bronze handles in my kitchen and a matching faucet. They contrast the cream-coloured cabinets very well.

    • I agree that painting a piece you are selling in a fun colour does make it difficult sometimes to sell. So I too play it safe with salable pieces. However, this piece is going no where but my front foyer 🙂

  2. Color is one of the best ways to change the look of your home, and for me there’s never too much so long as it’s used well. Love what you’ve done and I know it will open the door to much more adventure.

  3. Yes, I do believe I am in love with your makeover piece as much as you are! I have several pieces of furniture that I’d love to paint, but frankly, I don’t even know where to start and am not even good at painting furniture. I tried painting a wooden nightstand last summer and it turned out awful. Guess I should look at some more online tutorials!

    • Don’t give up Melanie. There are lots of tutorials on-line. So many in fact it can get confusing. My advise is start small or get something for free (trash) and use it as an experimental piece and try all different techniques on it. Thanks a bunch for dropping by.

  4. So, so pretty! Isn’t it amazing how pain can transform a piece? I love the color and that painting is fabulous!

  5. I tend to play it safe, too. I’ve been challenging myself to experiment with color by reminding myself that it can always be repainted. Love love love the color you choose. So beautiful.

    • You are absolutely right about being able to paint it again. If you really are tired of dark wood or whatever finish there is, once you do all the proper prep, you can change it as often as you like!

  6. I love what you did to the buffet. How did you apply the paint? By brush, roller, or spray on? Did you put anything on top of the paint? My painted furniture always shows the brush strokes!

    • There are a couple of things to do to avoid the paint strokes. First get a good self leveling paint. I now love SW Pro Classic. It is amazing. If not using that or to ensure a smooth finish, I brush on then lightly role over it with a small micro fiber brush. Very Lightly. It really works for me especially on smooth surfaces. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment!

  7. Love all of the color.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  8. Such a great use of color! I’d love it if you’d share this at my link party, going on now! http://accidentallywonderful.blogspot.com/2014/01/accidentally-wonderful-wednesday-3.html

  9. I love the art work and your foyer table!
    I’ve recently painted a hutch this colour,
    it’s a real pick me up!

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  11. What a beautiful color and such a great way to add pizazz to a room. Thanks for linking up to TTF~

  12. Your table looks incredible Joan- I love the colour! The perfect place to start adding a little more color into your home- and I agree about the mirror. The ORB would give it more weight and presence above the table for sure. Good luck with your mission of colour!

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  15. I am in LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE with the color…my heart is a flutter!!!! FABULOUS!!!!

  16. I love it, too. Featuring and pinning. Linda at Crafts a la mode

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  18. I love how this turned out! What a fun pop of color to greet you at the door! Thanks so much for sharing! XO

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