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Monday, November 14, 2011

Because Life's Too Short to Paint Everything White



I'll admit it took some courage to take the plunge & just go for it last January when I first discovered the Color of Fun & used it on a piece in the game room. But, I did it, & it has turned out to be one of my favorite pieces in the house. It just makes me smile. And it's been a reader favorite as well. I've seen it featured here and there & get pinned to Pinterest now and then. And with all that exposure has come a few critics. And that's okay. I've learned that's the price of being bold.

But the funny thing about being bold is that once you've done it, it gives you the nerve to be bold again. And then you'll find yourself doing things like choosing to paint an armoire the Color of Fun, rather than just cautious white.



And then you might even find that the Festival Green was so fun, you'll give it a dose of Aquarium to go with it. Kinda like I did for this piece for my daughter's closet recently.




{Aquarium by Sherwin Williams}




And once you've tasted eclecticism, you might start trying even more daring things like using 3 different kinds of hardware on the same piece.


{Hardware by Anthropologie & Hobby Lobby}

So, the message for the day is "Lose your fear to be bold." Let the critics say what they will. Don't miss out on the fun that comes with being bold because you're hiding behind your white. Remember the Golden Rule of Decorating: Do unto your home what works for you. (Nevermind that I just made that up--it's still true!) If you really love some thing or some color, find a way to work it into your space--even if it's going to stay in the closet.

And if white is what you love, go with it. But don't let it be because you're scared of bold.



How have you been bold lately?


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32 comments:

  1. If someone (I'm not naming names) wanted to try to refinish their first piece of furniture, where would be a good tutorial to teach her how to do it without ruining everything? I'm overwhelmed at the idea but excited, too...

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  2. Love the color combination, Julie! I think it's great you went bold. I've done bold, I'm back to being more sedate now! : )

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  3. I am so wanting some color too, I ask myself why is white my default, thanks for your inspiration. Great choice on colors!

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  4. You are much bolder (and more daring than I am).It is a really darling piece, Julie. Love the color combo! xo Diana

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  5. Probably too bold for my house, but man do I LOVE that green and blue combo! Gorgeous! I may just paint th inside of my daughter's white armoire a fun color now!

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  6. First of all, the title of this post is PERFECT. Second, way to be bold! This piece turned out gorgeous! LOVE IT! ~Coley

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  7. That is fun and zingy!! So happy and fun =)
    I just did one white, but it works =) However, I DID use different hardware ;)

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  8. Not gonna lie, that looks amazing! Nice work going bold!

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  9. I love your made up saying and that piece! The turquoise inside made me giddy!

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  10. WOW! LOVEEEEE it all--colors, knobs, etc! Fabulous job!
    XO,
    Kate

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  11. I love love love it, so wonderful just great colours. xx

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  12. The green is just fabulous! And painting the inside a great color is absolutely necessary! Super fun...great job!

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  13. Seriously, I am in the process of painting that EXACT armoire now, I mean it's the exact replica down to the detail across the top! I also scored the matching end table with it. I'm embarassed to admit, I painted it white, BUT I did paint the inside a hot pick and plan on using pink glass knobs. Your version is fantastic!

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  14. you know i love color! this is so fun! that green is awesome!

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  15. i'm in love with the colors you selected!!! but i'm not sure if i can be that bold! lol

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  16. No criticism here! I love it! I have not had the nerve to do anything this bold yet, but I feel some inspiration heading my way! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I love the green and turquoise inside... You did great! I'm a new follower! Please come check out bellanest.blogspot.com if you get a chance. Have a blessed day!

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  18. Love the color combination and the styling!

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  19. Now, That's Bold! I LOVE IT. EXCLAMATION POINT.

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  20. Just shared yur post with my little family of Facebook readers cuz Life is too short...We should all be BOLD and daring and fearless...I'm on a mission to inspire the world, one person at a time, that life is worth the risk...cuz I spent so much of mine being afraid...Even if it's just with a little colorful paint...

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  21. No, I haven't been bold, but I sure do admire you for being so! And the armoire is so cute! I love it!

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  22. Love it! Love the blast of color!
    -Amanda
    www.theivycottageblog.blogspot.com

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  23. That is just plain awesome!! I LOVE the color combination!

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  24. How fun! Great job! Visit me at http://raisingdieter.blogspot.com/ for a giveaway!

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  26. I love the green and the new hardware! You did a great job.

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  27. I love these colors together-I have them all over my house and have painted a table a similar green-great job!

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  28. I am right there with you sista !! keep on rocking' that fun !

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