April 11, 2008

Red Accents

I really enjoy the color red and even considered painting my kitchen cupboards red. I decided against it because I’d rather wait for a new kitchen (however long that takes) than to put all that effort into painting cupboards. I do however have plenty of red accents. Whatever color you use to accent a room, here are a few ideas for you to spread it around.

This post is kind of a multi-project post, but without much how-to. Maybe I can elaborate on a project or two in the future, but for now, here’s an inspirational post.

This first project of circles I found at a yard sale, they had mirrors behind them and were a gray shade of white. They cost .25 cents each. I pulled off the mirrors from the back and spray painted them red. They hang here in the gap between my fridge and my pantry.

This bookcase I bought at the same yard sale for $1. It was in a terrible state and it wasn’t even square from the top to the sides. I mixed up some dry powder putty, built up the corners to be flush, and I painted it red on the outside and white on the inside. (I will one day come up with something clever to put on the shelves.)

This strange thing is layered wood painted red. I wanted to carry some red down to this end of the room, and decided to create a piece of “sculpture” (for lack of a better word:) I cut various lengths of wood, hammered them together with tiny nails, painted it red, and then applied some white rubons from the Dee’s Designs Distressed Effects by My Minds Eye. They are a few years old now, but I love them!!! I know Dee, and it pleases me to have something she designed as part of my home décor. (This isn’t the only place I’ve used her rubons in my house! Might share that another time too.) Then all I had to do was hang it up!

I went through a spate of making a bunch of Rag Mirrors. I adore fabric and came up with a way to incorporate a bunch of fabric pieces into one project. I’ve hung this little guy at my head height next to the door to the garage so I can check my hair or face before I leave. I love mirrors as room accents, I just prefer them to hang where I’m not going to be seeing my reflection all the time! Mirrors are an awesome accent if used correctly and in the right places.
I also have red accents I didn’t make, like these 3 red stars, a red vase and a couple red flowers. I try to keep my accents and décor accessories to a minimum so the pieces I have will be seen and appreciated. Yes I’ve been impressed before by a busy collection of accessories in a room, but it is a hard look to pull off, and business isn’t really me. One day maybe I will figure out how Candice Olson (Divine Design) manages to fill a room with accessories and still keep it looking tidy. She’s amazing at that.

Hope I may have brought a little inspiration to you and that you might have fun accenting with a punch of color.

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Anonymous said...

OMG!!! Nat...your projects are amazing! You are my DYI guru for sure! Love these red accents...those old mirror thingys are fantastic! I also love your chair project and those outdoor letter! Wow! I'm so glad you're sharing these wonderful project. You've got me anxious for the garage sale season to get started! Jen N

wendyp said...

Wow! Nat, you always amaze me with your design flair that you can add to a room. Love those red circle elements in the first photo!

Unknown said...

I love your garage sale finds and I love how you painted them and used them in such clever ways. And oh my goodness......look at the designer look you got for just pennies!!

So....when you get to the crop and you get bored, lol, come on over to my house!!

Stampin' Meg said...

Okay- the red accents are fab but can I say my fave thing in the top pic is that lil chicken head peekin' over!!!!

Jen Gallacher said...

I am always drawn to red. It's my favorite accent color. Beautiful, Nat!

Ronda Simpson said...

OMGosh!!! Red is my favorite color, and I'm soooo lovin' those red circles. Those are the exact colors in my kitchen right now. With accents of black too. Great idea!

Scrappers said...

I love the red accents! They are beautiful and just pop. Keep up the good work, I will be checking often. :)

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