Hi. My name is Jackie. I blog at Teal & Lime where my goal is to empower you to decorate your home in an easy and approachable way. I share inspiring DIY projects and decorating ideas 5 days a week on the blog. I also offer online decorating services and online decorating classes.
Jamie graciously asked me to guest post during her absence today. I met Jamie the first night at the Haven Conference when I pulled up a chair for dinner. Her smile lit up the evening! I could tell right away she was one fun girl to be around. I am so glad we have remained in touch since Haven, and I get to hang out with her lovely readers today.
When I was thinking about what to share with you today, I admit I was stumped for a while. Of course, Jamie and I are both home enthusiasts and DIY bloggers, but our decorating styles are quite different. I worried I would have nothing to share with her everything-old-is-new-again-French-decor-loving readers. But, then it struck me, I do have something in common with Jamie. In fact, I think the tips I have for you today work with any decorating style.
6 Reasons I Reach for White Paint
My favorite way to update just about anything is with a fresh coat of white paint. The pure, light reflecting goodness of white is my go-to for finishing DIY projects and thrift store makeovers. White works universally well for time-worn, aged looks as it does for sleek and modern finishes. Here are 6 reasons I reach for white paint:
1. To Transform
I once found this great inexpensive piece of art for over our mantel. The colors were right for the room, but overall the piece was too gloomy. With a roll of painter’s tips, some Moroccan inspiration, and white paint I transformed that cheap art into my own masterpiece.
2. To Get a Little Shabby
There isn’t a lot of room in my style for shabby, distressed looks, but who can resist a little romantic touch? I made these finials from stacked furniture feet. I stained them, painted them white, and the sanded back for a nice distressed touch.
3. To Refresh a Tired Piece
In an effort to save money, I have opened myself up to secondhand furniture ripe for a good makeover. In my studio, white paint and an accent color were all I needed to make this tired dresser a current day tricolor beauty. I also perked up the mirror from the matching dresser with a coat of white paint.
4. To Unify
Painting a mismatched group of anything in fresh white paint makes for an instant collection. My most recent unifying trick, was using white chalk paint on thrift store books. The ugly, outdated covers all coordinate now in pearly white.
5. To Modernize
I love using mixed wood tones in my decor, but too much wood can go rustic fast. I like to keep it modern with white paint. I gave these shields a dip in the white good stuff for wall decor in my son’s room. I did the same for these modern minimal block houses.
6. To Make It Pop
I love white in contrast with darker tones. We adore the white trim throughout our home that pops against many of the saturated wall colors we used. When I made this geometric lattice screen as an accent to go against the bamboo focal wall in our family room, I knew nothing would help it pop better than a fresh coat of white paint.
Thank you Jamie for having me over today! For more decorating and DIY ideas, please come visit me at Teal & Lime.