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04 September 2012

I painted my porch the color of a little box from...

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On yesterday's post, you might have noticed a little change in shade under the table. It used to be brown. Now it is...

(Come on -- open the door and come outside.  It's wild, but it won't bite...)

Yup, that's right.  I painted my porch teal.

...or aqua...or turqoise...or aquamarine...

I can't give you the exact name of the paint because...

Well, I just don't know.  I rescued several cans of porch paint from the basement that have been sitting there since we moved in and perhaps many, many years prior to that.   The cans were rusted shut, had old falling-off labels and gave no real clue to the color inside.  Even after vigorous shaking, they still felt clumpy.  Paint can openers didn't work.  I had to break out several screwdrivers and a wedge to pop the tops off the cans.  What awaited was a soggy mess of oil with some paint color down at the bottom.  Who knew it would be teal?

After a great deal of mixing, I scientifically poured big sweeps of paint out on the porch and then rolled it in with a large roller.  ....and my eyes got wide.  "Oh my goodness it is TEAL!"

This color exists exactly NO WHERE else in the house and I always expect old paint cans from the basement to at least relate to some portion of the home, but not these!  Bright teal!

PS -- Don't be afraid to try this at home.  Grab those old paint cans and PAINT something!
What is the very worst that can happen?  That's right!  You paint over it if you hate it!

The problem though?
I actually like the teal.
and I'm afraid that makes me vaguely crazy...

Look out the back kitchen windows or step onto the porch from the back door and it gives the sensation of walking on water.  (No really, it DOES!)
 It brightens up the white pergola and makes me smile literally every time I look at it...even just in pictures.

Perhaps it is because I know we are going to be missing this in a few weeks:

So in lieu of turquoise waters I have a turquoise floor?

Am I crazy?

Would you do it?

Did I commit a design crime or am I a design hero?

...and yes -- that concrete?  That was another two gallons from the basement...

...and it is FABULOUS!

Be brave!  Live Bold!   Love Color!


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Tuesday, September 04, 2012  

oh i love it! the color is sooo fun!

Amy Renea Tuesday, September 04, 2012  

Thanks Cass!!!

amy peca Tuesday, September 04, 2012  

aim--that looks amazing! Great job! so creative!

Pine Tree Home Tuesday, September 04, 2012  

It totally works!

Amy Renea Tuesday, September 04, 2012  

Thanks Amy!! Hey - when are we getting together?

Nessa Bixler Tuesday, September 04, 2012  

It is gorgeous! What a happy place to go. Mystery paint cans in our basement were mauve and beige... no fun-ness to be found there.

Amy Renea Tuesday, September 04, 2012  

oh no the dreaded maaauuuuuve!

Inspire Me Heather Tuesday, September 04, 2012  

Your porch looks beautiful Amy, love the teal!

Laura Tuesday, September 04, 2012  

I think it's great and if you didn't spill the beans most people would think you did it on purpose!

*~Gale~* Tuesday, September 04, 2012  

I love it! It's such a happy color!

Laurali Star Wednesday, September 05, 2012  

Good job! I love it when people aren't afraid to use their colors. It looks fun and chic:)

Amy Renea Wednesday, September 05, 2012  

Thanks all!! Laura -- TRUE!

Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker Friday, September 14, 2012  

I love it! My mom lives right on the Chesapeake bay and she painted her upstairs balcony floor turquoise-bright turquoise! It looked awesome, blended right in with the water on a bright day!

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