Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Testing the Turquoise

This past weekend, B finished painting trim in the baby's room and we're now ready to tackle the dresser that will become baby's and double as her changing table. We'll be using the red dresser that resided in what was once our guest room (now our bedroom), and will be giving it new life with some fun paint and hardware. 

You may remember from my fabric post, that I plan to accent the all white room with some pops of turquoise. The other week, B and I headed over to Home Depot and started looking through all of the paint chips. This was one trip that I was not making easy at all. "That's too blue", "No, too green", "Too dark", "Way too bold". Poor B. Finally we landed on a paint chip from CIL, and narrowed it down to two colours. I was leaning towards the lighter coloured one, and B was certain we should go more bold for a baby's room, especially with all of the white. Finally, I agreed to get a sample can of the brighter turquoise and home we went.


I knew we wanted to test out the colour somewhere, but I wasn't ready to put it on the dresser just yet. So what to do? Then, I remembered this great little DIY project from House and Home last spring, and knew I had the perfect bottle to test it out with.


It was a little messy, but I managed to get the inside of the jar covered and instantly, I fell in love with the colour. When B saw it later he agreed... HE had chosen correctly. I must give credit where credit is due, and he surely hit the nail on the head with this one.

Unfortunately, the bottle I was trying to "paint" was once an oil/reed diffuser... and it appears all of the oily residue had not quite cleaned itself out of the bottle yet which left the bottle looking a lot like this...

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FAIL! Oh well... live and learn. Loved the shape of the bottle but we've tried running paint through the bottle many times and still no luck. At least we can be pleased that we have found the perfect colour for the dresser.

I'm also pretty sure that the Rosy Knob in yellow from Anthropologie will be the perfect pulls for this piece...


Progress is underway on this piece, and I can't wait to share the outcome! So excited to see our red dresser transformed!


  1. Love the colour! And those pulls are gorgeous! Can't wait to see it!

  2. I love that turquoise!! The dresser is going to look so fab in that colour with the pulls!

  3. Beautiful colour! Looking forward to seeing your finish product. I love before and after pictures!

  4. Gorgeous color! I always have problems picking a paint color!

  5. The color is gonna be great and the dresser and the knobs are the perfect accessories- can't wait to see it finished!

  6. the pulls are fab! sorry about the DIY--but i do love that color~ can't wait to see it all!

  7. I actually kind of like the bottle that way! It's interesting. It may be different in person, but... yeah, I like it. And, beautiful drawer pulls.


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