Coloring My Worlds

After several weeks of admiring Janie Fox's style via her blog (and her daughters' blogs), I decided to introduce some color to my world - externally.

"BUSY hands are HAPPY hands," I told myself.  And both my internal and exterior worlds could use some brightening....

So I appealed to my husband, who sanded the marred surface of this handy little roll-top, primed it, and painted it.

Here's what I learned about projects and about life from this experience.

DARE go outside my comfort zone.
DEVELOP a plan.
DELEGATE to capable people whenever possible.
DO with what you have (in this case, leftover paint from another project).
DIVE in.
DELIGHT in the finished product. 

Admittedly, it was a bold move.  I wanted a color with the same intensity as the blue in the lamp, and I decided to pull out the green of the leaves in the painting and in the pillow's butterfly wings before I remembered we had this leftover paint.  The action has spawned satisfaction and rekindled my enthusiasm - internally and externally! I expect I'll be generating some more projects soon (after our tax papers are sealed and in the mail box).

I also learned that old paint has its issues AND that there is beauty in imperfection-- one of Janie Fox's revelations in her 4th Edition of "What I Know for Sure,


  1. You do not get a "D" for your efforts, Rebecca...You get an "A"!!! It's lovely!

  2. Morning Rebecca,
    You go girl!! Love your rolltop desk, it looks great and definitely adds color, goes great with your lamp and your beautiful pillow. Your pillow is so pretty, did you make that??
    Wow, you learned a lot from this project, amazing isn't it!!
    You have a great day enjoying that beautiful new
    desk. I bet it makes your heart sing everytime you see it!!
    Blessings, Nellie

  3. Wanda, that would be an "A" for my "capable person"!

  4. Nellie, Thanks for your kind comments. No, I didn't make the pillow. Just found it while thrifting :)

  5. Lovely. And isn't it satisfying to learn a few lessons while we're having fun? I loved the "beauty in imperfection" thought because I'm feeling pretty imperfect this morning.

  6. I love the desk. Perfect color in my book. Thanks for the shout out... you are too sweet.

  7. Beautiful! I like your descriptive D list of decorating tips that also remind us how to perform our daily deeds. I especially like the "delight" part.

  8. such lovely colors to enliven your already beautiful


  9. Oh I love the desk...the color is wonderful!!! I have one like that that I did crack painting...but I really like this, what a beautiful accent piece...and I love how you blogged on it all the "D's"....enjoy

  10. Rebecca~
    Oh! That turned out so lovely! You and your *capable deligate* did a marvelous job! That should help the not~so~pleasant tax preparation be a little more enjoyable!

  11. Love your green your friends blog as well...been for a visit and decided to follow her...thanks for sharing her link....praying all is well with you Rebecca...blessings,Shelley

  12. I love the *Rolltop Green* paint! It's a soothing color in a happy sort of way!

  13. I love your desk paint project! So pretty and perky! Just looking at it puts a spring in my step!

    Hugs and keep up the good work!

  14. I love the desk itself, first of all, and
    then that shade of green is gorgeous for it.
    I just love it. We never have had the time
    to try to repair our dining table!

  15. I love color...and this roll-top desk is such a nice, bright green :) :) How fun!!! I"m going to paint some of my yard sale finds, but those will have to wait till summer. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  16. I just love the colour that you chose. My goodness, it is just glorious!

  17. I love dat's delectable!
    I love all of your "D" list, it's such good advice. I was thinking of some inexpensive decorating projects today, and it got my happy juices churning..can't wait to put then into action!

  18. Lovely! So glad I finally got to catch up on your posts! Blessings!

  19. Good for you! What an ambitious lady you are. :) Doesn't it feel good to give something *old* a new look?

    Thank you for taking the time to visit me the other's lovely to *meet* you. :)

    Many blessings,

  20. Your desk came out very nice Rebecca! I love the color accents you chose. I always keep leftover paint and eventually end up using it for one thing or another! Now I am wondering, why didn't you try doing it yourself? It is a wonderful feeling of accomplishment!
    Love Di ♥

  21. I really wish I had the courage to do something like that. You sure gave that desk some personality and made it "pop"! LOVE IT!


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