Aqua Love Affair

Yes, I am in love with AQUA!  It is so fresh, pretty and bright without being in your face.  It coordinates with white, cream, brown, beige, yellow, blue, green, orange - wow, guess that makes it a neutral!!

So my house is moving from the brown & beige phase into beige, cream and aqua Shabby Chic-dom.  This transformation is thanks to all the beautiful blogs I've read over the last year, not to mention the fact that my 1930s home has many small dark rooms that need mega brightening up.

Aqua first began sneaking into the picture last summer when I painted my shed/studio doors and my potting bench:



and then the baby greenhouse:


Then there was the box makeover series:


 and who could forget the letter "Z" project:
 The frame I won from Mimi at Blue Roof Cabin:

My "let's use up all the leftover paint on my painter's palette" crazy Christmas tree painting:

Then it was the armoire chalk paint project:

Then I made a crackled sign:


Then my coffee table caught the bug:

And then the door between my foyer and living room:

My shabby chic boxes:



Now my pantry cabinet has a turquoise coat as well!


I couldn't be more pleased!  Between all the creamy white and the aqua, everything feels fresh and bright and happy now.  I've embraced shabby chic cottage style like nobody's business! I'm still searching for the ideal basket to stack towels in for my living room focal point, if anyone has any leads - be sure to let me know!!!

Have a happy and creative week!

58 comments:

Comeca Jones said...

I love the aqua too looks great!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow I love all your aqua looks! You are so right it is such a great color.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

You don't rest do you?lol! I wish I had your energy! Love the little chalkboard you won, goes so well with all that you have painted aqua!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I'm selling lots of aqua painted pieces in my booths...lovin' this color to. Your shed doors looks great.

Blessings,
Linda

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

I love it all! It is very bright.. in a makes ya smile kinda way :)

Heidi Lisa said...

I bet a chest/trunk would look great for your front room towels :o)

pembrokeshire lass said...

WOW it sure snuck up on you!! I love aqua too. As you say it just feels so fresh. Joan

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

I love all the beautiful aqua pieces in your home :)

Dee

Elise@growcreative said...

Oh yes, aqua is a beautiful color. It reminds me of beach houses and it's so happy. I love what you've done with it!

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Wow, I'm tired from just reading about your paint jobs. They are all lovely though.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Move over Aqua Man...Aqua Woman is right behind you!!
I knew you were a superwoman...never knew you ARE the Aqua Woman!!!....I am so loving that aqua that was so popular in the 50's...my mom had lots of aqua..but I feel the color of aqua today has been a little "updated"and more interesting shades...I just love see in all your painted projects...Oh, just love the potting bench!!!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi Anne, I just read your post on painting your cupboard, then came to your new post about aqua and I'm loving all your wonderful projects! Aqua is such a happy color to me, it's just a natural for furniture and accessories. Isn't it amazing how blogging and Pinterest keep us forever on our decorating feet! love that quote!

thistlewoodfarm said...

I have been adding aqua a little here and there, too. It always makes me feel so peaceful. My favorite project, though is still that armoire :)

blessings,
karianne

Anonymous said...

Hi Anne,I love all your fabulous paint projects!! I have to look at more! The paint color of my cabinets in my kitchen is antique white.I picked that color out when we moved in our house.I love your blog.

Kathy

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Wow, I just found your blog cruising through different paint parties. Love your projects!!! Thanks for all the great idea!

Elyse said...

You can never have too much aqua! It's a must have color in a Shabby Chic home. It was fun seeing all the things you've painted....you've been busy!

Cher-Ann Texter said...

I, too, love aqua! What chalk paint did you use on the armoire?

Cher
www.designsbystudioc.com

Anne said...

@Cher-Ann The chalk paint I used is a home made mix of latex paint with Plaster of Paris. Check out my post on my chalk paint adventure: http://designdreamsbyanne.blogspot.ca/2012/03/home-made-chalk-paint-project.html

Cheers!

chateau chic said...

I am loving the aqua in your cottage. It is just perfect!! So fresh and pretty.
Mary Alice

Hartwood Roses said...

I can't explain what it is about aqua/turquoise that's so appealing ... and, like you, I can't resist it. As soon as I get through rose season, I have a brand new can of paint to use on our front door. Let the aquafying begin!

Mimi's Vintage Charm said...

for the love of aqua! love it as well. i love your shed with those aqua doors...it's the perfect touch. visiting from simple and sweet fridays. enjoy your day.

AshTreeCottage said...

I love all of your aqua and I am your newest follower!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love, love, love your aqua!!! Such a cool and refreshing color.

Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

lynn said...

so much to love! beautiful paint color, anne!

Deanne said...

I am having a love affair with aqua as well, it is such a fun colour!

Liz - Imageremix said...

It's hard not to fawn over aqua. It has a habit of drawing our eye, doesn't it. Love all you've done to create so many beautiful aqua projects. Enjoy your fresh and bright rooms and accessories! Thanks for sharing. I found you at the Brambleberry Cottage's Thursday party. Hope you'll stop by Quirky Vistas and see me as well!

Liz

Anonymous said...

Hiya! All your splashes of aqua are just gorgeous! I love aqua too :)
Cas x

Ann @ Suburban Prairie Homemaker said...

Me, too! I just redid my whole page to be aqua! LOVE everything you shared - have a great day!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

It is a fantastic color - I'm planning on painting some interior doors that color!

Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style said...

Anne it seems you've been really busy! :) Aqua is a color that always reminds me of summer! Just for your info, I'm now following you via Bloglovin', so I'll be watching you! :)
Have a fantastic day!

Erin~Just*Grand said...

I am completely with you on the aqua love. Great post. I think your garage doors are the best! Gives me some ideas....

myric andreasen said...

I love your tiny greenhouse! Perfect for tiny herbs :)

thanks for linking!
xoxo
Myric

twelve-O-eight said...

Fellow aqua addict and new reader creating over at http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com - your projects are beautiful!!! Tanya :)

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Acqua is such a great color to work with. You have some beautiful projects here.

Lorrie said...

Love the aqua on the shed door, well I love the aqua everywhere!

Marilyn Clark said...

Your transformation to aqua are gorgeous...I LOVE your mini greenhouse...I pinned it and gave it a shout out on my blog months ago! You have inspired me with all your additional aqua treasures!

Cindy said...

I share your love for Aqua, it is so fresh and lends itself well to every season.
You've got lots of aqua beauty going on!
Enjoy your weekend.

CAS said...

I just adore all your turquoise. I'm a big fan of that color -- so fresh & cheerful!

I have a question, Anne. Are you still happy with the homemade chalk paint you made using Plaster of Paris, just a smidge of water, & then adding that to a cup of paint? You had mentioned trying a couple of different recipes. Just wondering how you feel about the chest you painted with this -- how has it held up? I think the Anne Sloan Chalk Paint is just too expensive, but would like to try the concept.

Have a great Mother's Day weekend!
CAS

Rita said...

Your splashes of acqua make everything look so fresh and bright. love the color but never painted anything this color. ought to give it a try one of these days.
rita

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Wow! You really do love Aqua! I'm feeling the same about fuschia right now!! Loved seeing all of your aqua projects and your boxes are beautiful! Happy to be following you via GFC! Thanks for sharing!

Jen said...

Love all the aqua!
But those doors are amazing!

Jody and Stan said...

All your projects are so amazing! You're such an inspiration to all of us. Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays! Have a wonderful week.

Jody

Charlene@APinchofJoy said...

Such a happy color! I'm enjoying it on my walls -- powder room, dining room-- and my wardrobe too! I would love it if you would consider linking to Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy, a Sunday through Thursday link party for ideas that make life easier, better and more fun!

Stacey said...

Ohhhh...you have the turquoise bug bad! I love it all though! Thanks fot linking up this week!
Stacey of Embracing Change

All Things Chic 2 said...

Love this post...
It is a favourite color of mine as well...
Blessings Lori

Judy Bigg said...

Love your updates, the color is my fav too. Thanks.

Katie Goldsworthy said...

Your house is looking so beautiful! I love the shot of your bookcases!

I'm loving aqua right now too!
--Katie

Jenn Gray said...

I heart everyhting you painted.Bythewayjenngray.blogspot.com

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

So cute, love this! Thanks for linking up.
XO
Kristin

Style Sisters said...

I love the Aqua on the garage door! I love it all! Come by and link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and show off some of your ideas.

Karin

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

A lovely color--just the color I need for a vanity that my hubby is making for me! I just painted my potting shed doors a deep turquoise, and I can't believe the impact and difference it made to the look of that entire section of the garden.

Sherry said...

Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Awesome aqua inspirations! :) Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Jody and Stan said...

Anne, Thanks for stopping by Simple & Sweet Fridays. I'm so happy you were the highest viewed last week for "Aqua Love Affair". Congrats! Have a relaxing weekend.


Jody

gail wilson said...

Love it all Anne, but the garage door is my favorite!

gail

Kristin said...

Love all of it =) The aqua is gorgeous =)

Blog hopping from It's So Very Cheri

Evelyn said...

You are so right! Agua does seem to be a neutral! I am just loving all this agua!! Just dropping in from It's So Very Cheri to invite you to link up to another week of Freedom Fridays:) So hoping to see you there!
PS I am now following you on Linky Followers.

DaisyExpress said...

Hello Anne. You are in kimberly. It is lovely up there. I am just outside Victoria. I just came upon your site when looking up chalk paint. Your piece looks great by the way. I build furniture and I am sooo bad for staring at a piece way too long and am continuously improving it. Getting the furniture out the door is always a struggle as I am never quite satisfied lol....

Question for you: did you ever figure out a good chalk paint ratio. I am trying one today so will let you know what happens. My site is www.daisyexpress.blogspot.com or DaisyExpress on facebook.

Love this site of yours. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us. My best, Sheryl