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Monday, July 16, 2012

Success or Failure? Hutch part II

     So we pretty much got the hutch done, and I'm not feelin  it! The plan {here} was to paint it the same white as our kitchen cabinets to freshen it up and add a pop of color to the back. Well, it pops all right and it just doesn't do it for me in my space. Don't you hate when that happens?

Here's where we were:

 And here's our current state:

 Its not quite done yet. We still have the second coat of white on the bottom to do. Normally I would wait until a project was done to show you the after, but I'm having a crisis! {At this point I am feeling quite guilty about the fact that there are serious crises in the world and the wrong color shelves ranks pretty near the bottom.}

     The reason I don't really like this is that its just not blending well with the rest of my living room.

Anyway, we had friends over Saturday night and one of them suggested that I paint it navy. Well, we don't have navy anywhere on the main level but I love this color. So I went to pinterest and put in navy and teal. Check out these beauties:

 I even like it in an outfit:

     So now I'm thinking of totally changing my color direction. I'd love to bring in the navy, but I also have a lot of brown in my space too. 

     What do you think?

I'm sharing this project here:

Between naps on the porch
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia


  1. What if you use a glaze to tone it down a bit?
    That blue would look good with a darker glaze in those groves.

  2. Have you considered useing brown? Possibly every other rib of the beed board. Or just painting it all brown (beed board that is)

  3. I would suggest just toning the teal in the bookshelf down some. Maybe do a little distressing then apply a little dark wax to it to kind of make it where it's not so eye popping. You already have some teal in your room except for on the side where your sofa is. I think you can bring some teal to that side of the room by changing out some of your sofa pillows. Take out the dark gray pillows and add teal pillows so that you have a more prominent pop of teal in that area of the room. You might also spray paint your lamp bases teal to bring more of that color on that side of the room.

  4. May I suggest buying material for throw pillows, placemats, and do the colored bottles BNOTP posted a few weeks ago. This will pull it all together for minimal investment, and an easy change out. Do it in threes - it will make it feel like it belongs.

  5. Your picture caught my eye on Between Naps because it is SO similar to the one in my dining room I just finished! I think it's beautiful, but I think the dark wax suggestion is good! Tell you what; I took a swatch of fabric to home depot, and just looked for the closest color I could find that would work. Painted the back of my built in with a $3 sample. If you took your pillow and found a good match, that might be the least expensive option and you could get it done in half an afternoon!
    {by the way, I LOVE color, but it drives me nuts having to choose between the bajillion that are out there! so hard, isn't it??}

  6. Before I read the comments I thought, "tone it down". Adding the brown glaze or wax would do that. It's a good color for your room, just too intense. BTW, I like your room: nice arrangement and colors and details. I really think you can make the hutch work with just a little tweaking in the beadboard color.


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