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Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Color of Fun



I think I've found the color of fun, and its name is Festival Green. Here's the story of how we met:

I've got a husband who loves a new tech gadget as much as I love a new furniture makeover candidate. And when he got it in his head that he wanted to get a new TV during the after-Christmas sales, he knew the best way to get me to agree was to tell me he'd need me to find just the right furniture find to go with it.

Of course it was a deal I couldn't refuse, & within a couple days, I had found this beauty...



And then, sandwiched somewhere between Outrageous Green & Envy, there was Festival Green...



And when these two met, fun was born...



I am loving this piece for so many reasons, but mainly because it's just perfect for our Rec Room in the basement. This dresser-turned-console will hold every DVD & Wii Game we own.

And since this room is also where we have the infamous air hockey table (it's a long story) & all our video & board games, the theme of this room is Fun. I think Festival Green fits right in. Plus, it's going to be a perfect fit for the plans I have for this room.


I'll admit, this is the type of color that can scare you to death when you first open the can, but in the right space, it can be fabulous. I did do a thin coat of glaze, which toned it down just a tad. I used the same products & techniques as Sausha did in this tutorial. Super easy!

I kept the original hardware, too & just gave them a light coat of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint to darken the brass a little.




And speaking of great colors, I want to give you a heads-up on what I hope will be a really great event coming up here at Life of Bliss in just a few days!

I'm hosting a Paint Color Party & you're all invited! The number one question I get asked on this blog is about paint colors, & if you blog about your home & projects, you probably get the same questions. So, as a help to us all, I'm having a link party here next week where we can all link up posts about favorite paint colors we've used on walls or furniture makeovers. So, start thinking about what you'd like to share & come back next week as I'll post a few of my favorite paint colors as we lead up to the party.

If you'd like to advertise the party for me on your blog, use the button on my sidebar, then bring your favorite colors & come back for the fun!





I'm sharing my tv console at a few of these link-ups. Check out the fun!



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71 comments:

  1. A perfect color for a room meant for fun! I have been on the search for somenthing similar for our basement and have yet to come across something as great as the piece you found. It looks terrific in your space.

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  2. Yep, looks like a whole lot of fun is going to be happing in that room!

    Turned out great!

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  3. oooh i love it! and i am actuially painting a bamboo dresser that i was contemplating acobalt blue or a similar green.... might have to go with the green!

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  4. ps- i am having a furniture redo party going on now and would love for you to join!

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  5. I will have to remember that angle on getting a new thing! ;-) Looks great and a very festive and fun color! =)

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  6. So fun!! I wish we had a "Den" so I could go color crazy on pieces! Someday! I really love your choice of color!

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  7. Wowie, that is sure gorgeous, you made it perfection!!!

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  8. I love this! Green is my favorite color and this would be a fun piece and place to use it. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Ooh, I'll be back for that party, Julie! I have a paint color that I just love in my house.

    What a fun color you used is right! I love the piece, too; lots of storage which is always a plus.

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  10. julie,
    this is so fun..it's perfect for a gameroom & really adds a pop of color against the walls. i love the vases filled with game pieces. i've used the scrabble and the dominoes but i love the legos! i will have to raid my son's (he's 21) stash that's packed away.
    judi

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  11. I love it! So unexpected. And it looks like it fits perfectly in that room.

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  12. I love the color and so perfect for the game room. I can't believe that is the same hardware. It looks brand new.

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  13. Wow! That is one fantastic color, what a statement piece in your room. Great job!

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  14. You are a color genuis!!! It's funny: just as I finished reading this post, my husband said we need to get a cabinet for the kids' games and puzzles....hmmmm!!!

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  15. Super Duper Awesome! I'm always afraid to try bright colors like that so I love it when someone else does! Really great job.

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  16. What a great color! Look how those details just pop!

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  17. Your dresser is just awesome. I love the bold color, I think you have found the color of fun!

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  18. What a fun color. I don't think I would have been as brave as you were in color choice but it is great.

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  19. What a great pop of fun color! It looks like it will hold a lot, too.

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  20. Ooooh, I love those colors!! Nice an bright. I'm really liking having some bright red touches around my house at the moment...

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  21. How FANTASTIC! I absolutely LOVE the bold Green! I looks amazing. Great job.

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  22. I love, love, love that color and the dresser is perfect!!!

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  23. Wow! It looks great! It's so fun to see a color that is so bright and cheerful!

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  24. Hi and wow, you are so much braver than I am! I like it but would have never ventured this far out on my own. I am a new follower, grabbed your button for the paint party, and even tho I am trying to "tone" down and be more neutral (so far it isn't working lol) I will be back for the party. Would love for you to stop by my place some time.

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  25. What a fantastic piece! I love the way paint changes even the most ordinary piece of furniture! I'm going to be following your blog - can't wait to spend some time perusing all of your ideas this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. That color is gorgeous! I love re-finishing furniture. Can't wait until the weather warms up so I can do another piece. I love all of the detail & how the paint brings it out. Great job!

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  27. I love this color! I love it so much, I may have to find something to paint in my living room!!!

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  28. I love it! So very cute. Green is my favorite color... Festival green so perfect for fun. I'm also a new follower. Come check me out and follow back at funkymomcards.blogspot.com

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  29. Yummy! I love green and even more I LOVE the details of the piece! I did a similar piece for my living room in purple! These dressers turned console are great for housing games, both board and video, and DVDs! Awesome!

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  30. I love the green, it's amazing how paint can transform and bring a piece of furniture back to life. I recently did a similar makeover in my basement. I love how mine turned out but I played it safe and painted it black. http://housetoyourhome.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/after-console.jpg
    Love your blog always!!

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  31. Fantastic how much the paint color has changed that once drab into something I like a lot! I also like the contrast of the black hardware. Very cool!

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  32. I DID A COUPLE PIECES IN A SIMILAR GREEN AND I LOVE THEM. THIS PIECE IS GREAT AND THE PERFECT COLOR

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  33. I LOVE the color! The walls in our kitchen are similar to that, but I never thought to paint a piece of furniture that color:)

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  34. I *love* it! I love green anyway but I love the bold statement it makes! (this, coming from me who painted my entry hallway blood red) Makes me want to find a space for some of my own Festival Green! (found you on Tatertots & Jello)

    http://beadsbuttonsbubbles.blogspot.com/

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  35. OH. My. Word. I LOVE LOVE the console, and the color!!! Wow. I sure wish I had the gift to visualize hidden treasures like that. Love it! Thanks for the inspiration...I am now searching around my house for something to paint Festival Green!

    Happy weekend! :-)

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  36. LOVE IT -- Your brave sole.
    Is this paint - spray paint or regular paint. Wondering how you made it looks so good in all that detail work.
    -Trish
    lilybellesdesigns@gmail.com
    lilybellesdesigns.etsy.com

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  37. I can't get over this green. I just keep looking at it, and loving it more. You're right, this color is the exact color of "fun". I featured you today on my favorite things :)

    http://sunshineandchaucer.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-favorite-things_08.html

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  38. Awesome...you were brave (and correct) to choose that color! It makes the room! What a fun place to hang out.

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  39. I never thought a color could describe "fun" but I think you found it. Congratulations! I love the console, the lines are wonderful. I'm a huge fan of glaze and it added the perfect touch. I'm excited to see your plans for the room! Thanks for sharing!

    I hope you can join the "our nest" sign giveaway going on now! http://alittleknickknack.blogspot.com/2011/01/giveaway-with-shinar-mountain-designs.html

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  40. So fun and so cute. I wish I had the guts to do something like this. I love the bold use of color. Great find and great fix!
    http://jandjhome.blogspot.com/

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  41. Looks great! I admit that I've always been afraid to actually paint furniture and I've always just settled on staining it instead but very soon (hopefully) I'll be able to do some work on my own bedroom furniture and I'm loving the idea of a red dresser (little does hubby know ~ha!)

    Found you on TidyMom, have a great weekend!

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  42. i actually did a green dresser almost the same as your about 3 weeks ago! isn't it fun to have a pop! of green like that in a room!? i love it!

    starting every monday over at www.tootsiewootsieboutique.blogspot.com there will be giveaways and linky parties! so come and join in for some fun and inspiration!

    -The tootsie wootsie

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  43. I am in love with this! So brave and so gorgeous!!!!

    xx-Kristyn

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  44. i love that color, the piece turned out great, and the tv looks awesome over it.

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  45. I LOVe IT!! Thanks for linking up!
    I featured your post in the wrap up! http://tidymom.net/2011/im-lovin-it-wra-up-1911/

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  46. Beautiful...Would love for you to add it to my party The Treasurista's Thursday Treasures. www.thetreasurista.blogspot.com

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  47. love the color and what a great idea!

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  48. I must say, I am in LOVE with that beautiful piece! The color, size & details are all lovely. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Mary
    www.thecraftygals.blogspot.com

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  49. I love this color! It is perfect for your dresser turned console. It really brings out the details...looks like you got it at PB! I would love if you would link this up to my Sew Crafty Saturday Party!

    http://wildflowersandwhimsy.blogspot.com/2011/01/sew-crafty-saturday.html

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  50. I posted your color party on my blog! look forward to keeping up with you! Hope you will check out my blog:

    http://paintedfresh.blogspot.com

    thanks!
    Donna

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  51. hey, thanks so much for the shout out!! your dresser looks awesome :)

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  52. Super fun! What a great color choice! I am terrified of furniture redo! Would love for you to come visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made With Love Monday! The party will be open all week if you'd like to link up multiple projects. Have a great day! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

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  53. This is so fun! Come link up: http://gigglesglitzandglam.blogspot.com/2011/01/glam-party-10_10.html

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  54. Hey there! New follower, here! I love how festive and fun this dresser is! ...Now if I could only find a similar dresser. Hmm... Hehe.

    Anestazia <3
    http://yourworkistodiscoveryourworld.blogspot.com/

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  55. I love it! I would never dare paint anything green but it looks so good!

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  56. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this post today on FTF! Thanks for linking up and grab a featured button if you would like one! :)

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  57. That green spells fun. Just love it and love that you are hosting a paint party! Thanks Julie!

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  58. ok, so what a find on the dresser, it is beautiful! and the green, wow! to say that i am obsessed with it would be an understatement!

    you actually inspired me to go find one for my craft room! it is in the works, aqua ocean is the color i am in the middle of painting it!

    THANK YOU for the post! can't wait to get mine up soon!

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  59. You've been featured!!

    http://gigglesglitzandglam.blogspot.com/2011/01/glam-party-11.html

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  60. love this piece. i did a piece in green and im working on another. i love the color green...
    and im your newest follower

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  61. YUM!! what a beautiful piece. I love that it's not distressed =D

    Might have to consider this for my next redo and give up the predictable black lol

    I'd love to have you follow me at www.bargaincornerdesigns.blogspot.com

    Thanks =D

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  62. Beautiful! I am loving your use of pops of color.

    I can't figure out a way (since my OpenID seems to be broken) to link to my own blog, so I'll just put it here. :)

    http://minnesotamom.wordpress.com

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  63. I really really really want that dresser. I keep finding stuff that is similar, but just lacks a little something. And the drawers never open very well. Maybe they just need some festival green paint...

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  64. I found this post when we were living abroad and decided that when I got home I was taking my mom's ugly old dresser (which she had previously offered me, but I declined) and transform it. I finally got started. I have a dresser and matching nightstands and I am painting them a grayish blue. I still need another coat on the drawers. Before I move on to glaze I wanted to find out if you used the exact recipe as the tutorial you linked to. Did you use the walnut stain mixed with the glaze? How much do you mix together for a piece this size? I'm a newbie but I really want my project to turn out right. Thanks for inspiring me.

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  65. @Lindy
    Hi, Lindy! Yes, I did use the exact "recipe" & as I recall, this piece only took about 8 oz of glaze mixed with maybe a tablespoon of stain. It does depend on how heavy you want it glazed, but it's simple to mix more if needed. Feel free to email me if you have other questions. Good luck with your pieces!

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  66. Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I featured your awesome dresser makeover on my 13 DIY Green Projects post this evening. You can check it out here:

    http://www.thecolorfulones.com/2012/05/inspirations-13-diy-green-projects.html

    Thanks, and God Bless!
    ~Jess

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  67. I just found this project via pinterest. I have been searching for a dresser to do this very project and have a question: how did you hide your cords from the TV and other devices? We want to mount our TV on the wall as well but don't want all the cords and stuff to show.
    thanks for your help!

    ~shannon
    shannon-goodday.blogspot.com

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    1. I totally understand--here's a link that explains how to do it in simple terms:
      http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2012/01/10/mounting-your-tv-to-the-wall-and-hiding-all-the-cords/

      This is pretty much what we did for ours. Good luck!

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