Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Turquoise and red, sitting in a tree

So, I was going to be a total copycat when we bought our house. The model home was decorated in a beach theme, which I fell in love with and wanted to copy exactly. Blue, aquas, creams, so pretty. So when I bought the fabric for our curtains, I did it with that color scheme in mind. But when we started couch shopping, hubby said "Hey babe, I want a super manly, dark brown, leather couch that totally doesn't go with your color scheme" (okay, maybe he didn't say that exactly). So we found one that he loved and I could live with. Dark brown, leather, totally goes with more of a Tuscan theme than beach bungalow. Hmmmmm.

So now we have our blue and tan curtains, and a dark brown leather couch. And it seems like everything I make for the living room, like my UFC pillow and name sign, ends up being red. So what to do with all the blues and reds I have going on?

I know, you're thinking turquoise and red? Really? Trust me, it's gorgeous. Need some inspiration?


Now you love it, right? So I wanted to purposely add some turquoise and red to my living room, instead of just adding some red and turquoise crap here and there and calling it done.

So here's what I started out with. Tragic, right? But for 95 cents, hey, why not.

Sorry for the bad lighting, ouch. But anywho, sanded and painted it a turquoise color. Thank you Valspar for the free paint sample.

Then downloaded a damask print from the Silhouette store, cut it out, and laid it down. I hate tearing off the transfer paper though, it always gives me issues. Thanks to the hubby for taking "in progress" pics, even though I'm a bum when I craft.

Then tape off the edges. Easy peasy. Then spray paint it in thin coats.

Then I used the same technique that I used on my dog bed and applied some stain to it. Turned out a bit darker than I wanted, but hubby said he loves it. I really want to pick up some glaze, I keep reading about it in Blogland, but I tend to use what I have on hand.

And here it resides on my coffee table.

I bought a bunch of these trays the last time I went to my favorite thrift store. I have plans for my next one, which will be up for grabs in a giveaway when I hit 500 followers. Only a few more to go!


It's party time.

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Lesley said... [Reply to comment]

God damnit! I got a cricut and I wish it had been a silhouette. They are so much more efficient.

That looks wicked. I love the colors together. I'm on a barn red kick lately and that turquoise would be a rockin color to compliment it.

PS kudos for wearing a bra when you craft.

Kristen @ Who's Watching the Baby? said... [Reply to comment]

I want to re-follow you so that I can hurry the tray giveaway! It's all about turqouise and red up in here. I have bright red sofas, and they look kind of muddy when they're not with a cheerful color.


~The Bargain Babe from *Zucchini Summer Blog* said... [Reply to comment]

Gorgeous pictures and your tray turned out fantastic!

Stopping by from Bella's Amaze Me August party!

Allison@FabRehab said... [Reply to comment]

Love, love, love that color combo...obviously if you've seen my blog design. I wanna win a tray too!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Hey jen I love it!
I was looking for a way to email you I'd love to feature you but I can't find an email HELP!

SkinnyMeg said... [Reply to comment]

Love the colors together! I hear ya on the couch, black recliners were not my first choice :) Finally after 6 years I got rid of them, ha!

DIYbyDesign said... [Reply to comment]

That looks awesome. Turquoise is one of my favorite decorating colors. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

Dacia said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for the link back to our blog! I'm lovin the turquoise & red too! Your tray turned out beautifully. I'm already a follower, so I guess I can't re-follow :)

Delightful Deets said... [Reply to comment]

You did awesome! I love the pictures you posted, turquoise and red do look really good together!

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said... [Reply to comment]

This is beautiful! You did such a good job. Turquoise and red is currently my favorite color combination and if it weren't for the boyfriend's deep hatred of all things red, it would be all over my current living space. I came over from My Girlish Whims. Thanks for sharing!

Leanne said... [Reply to comment]

I love this tray, especially the colors. I'm hosting the Home Decor and Organizing Link Party through Friday and would love for you to join the party if you get the chance.

Blissful & Domestic said... [Reply to comment]

I just wanted to let you know I featured this over at Blissful and Domestic. Come grab a button:>


Homemade Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Love it! Ditto to what they all said :P Thanks for sharing ~ come by and say his sometime!

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

I am LOVING red & turquoise right now. Your tray came out really good - I love the stencil you used!

Oh ps - I definitely know what you mean about the men coming along and messing up the decor plans. We have two big dark leather ottomans. Kinda ruins the light and airy vibe!

Rachael said... [Reply to comment]

Looks sweet! Love the color combo- thanks for linking up :)

Leanne said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for linking to the party. I hope to see you again this week too.

twotinytoweads said... [Reply to comment]

Yep! I definitely like this! Gotta love damask! :)

Katie said... [Reply to comment]

I love the turquoise and red color combo & love your tray. I would love if you'd link this up at Sew Woodsy today at our What's Up Wednesday's link party.

Ness said... [Reply to comment]

First of all, I've been AWOL with deployed son, daughter with brain surgery, etc.

Second, I love-love-LOVE your blog background in the turquoise and red. Now if I could just translate that into a medium gray/blue and black I would have curtains and pillows for my bedroom I'm redoing.

Thank God for your blog. It has kept me sane admiring all your crafting. Keep on keepin' on.

Neha@ All things beautiful said... [Reply to comment]

Fabulous tray...loved the damask pattern. Also, loved your blog and the blog background. Well, you can say that I'm a big fan of damask patterns!

I'm your 512th follower...so when is the giveaway???

If you get a chance visit my blog and see the motifs on the wall in my home - http://allthingzbeautiful.blogspot.com/2010/11/weekend-wrap-up.html

Terry said... [Reply to comment]

I would never think that red and turquoise would go together but it's really very pretty! Love all the pretty pictures and your tray looks like a fun project! Thanks for linking up, I hope you stop by again this weekend.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

love ur patience and the talent. wish i would have those. great pieces here.


Jenn said... [Reply to comment]

This is the cutest tray. I love turquoise and red together.

Farah said... [Reply to comment]

It is beautiful.... I also want to transform my one old wooden tray, sure your idea will work for me too, hope you don't mind if I steel some of your idea... only SOME...
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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I love this, and the colors are so great together. I wish my sanding/paint jobs would turn out as great as yours did!

Thanks for sharing with So Sweet Sundays! :)

Jill said... [Reply to comment]

Love this combo - it's funny, but I'm catching up on my blog reading and am reading your blog current backwards and asked for my tray in red and aqua (turquoise)! Love that combo!

Katie said... [Reply to comment]

Once again another awesome tray! Yours turned out great! Thank you so much for linking up last week at Sew Woodsy! We look forward to your future contributions to our weekly link party!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said... [Reply to comment]

Very cool project! I loved that you spray painted it too. So easy, yet it looks awesome :D I will be featuring you on this weeks Amaze Me Monday blog party!