Catchy Color Clips in the Kitchen

I have been having a lot of fun with my new beachy green accent color. It has spread to the kitchen now!

I have one small can light above my sink in my kitchen and have seen those conversion kits that allow you to put in a pendant. So I bought one and put it up. It was a bare bulb for a couple weeks until I found this basket at GW.We used the Dremel to cut out a hole to hold the basket on the light.

Pendant raw

I really like the rustic look of it, but I have so many browns that I felt like it needed to have some color to is, so I used my latest favoritest color! It is a light greenish blue. It makes me think beachy green.

I used this same color on my “Our Family” sign and photo mats.


On the basket I spray painted the inside white to help reflect the light and dry brushed the beachy green over the reddish brown.

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I like the pop of color that it added and the rustic charm of the basket.

I also added some color to my painted tile back splash. The browns and tans and whites were used to bring together the colors in my kitchen.


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I was ready for a little bold color so I added a few beachy green “tiles”.

The after…

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I may be adding some black “tiles” in the backsplash or maybe replace the dark brown with the black after I get the island and bench painted. We will see!!!

I even added an EAT sign on the soffit in the accent color…

Eat collage

I cut the letters out of cardboard that I stacked and glued. I used a band saw to make the actual cuts. The newspaper covers the ribbed edges of the cardboard and was mod-podged on.

Now if I wasn’t so afraid – I would paint my small kitchen island the beachy green color!

I am afraid that I will grow tired of it because it is a rather trendy color, so I think that I will stick with the original plan of painting the island black. I like to paint but the smaller things are much easier to change!

So, a few spring-like updates for the kitchen make me happy and give me something new to look at and enjoy daily! Plus I’m hosting Mother’s Day at our house, so I like to make a few updates!

Does anyone else do that? Add a bunch of stress by trying to make changes before a big event at your home? It drives my husband crazy – he just can’t understand!!! I agree that it makes for more stress, but it also forces me to get some things that I wanted to do done, and right away!

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Couple Nails, 11 Photos, 1 Family Sign

admit it … I’m scared of putting holes in my walls!

But, I like the look of the photo collages with various size photos so I came up with a way to hang 11 (or more) photos with only 2 holes in my wall. The whole display is about 3 1/2’ square.

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The brackets holding a regular plastic curtain rod are wooden. I cut out the curve and drilled a hole for the rod to fit through. There is a key-hole slot on the back of each bracket to hang it flush against the wall. They were spray painted with the same metallic color along with all the frames.

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The bands holding the pictures are actually a webbing material that was originally brown and spray painted with the same metallic paint. I sewed a “sleeve” in each band to slide the curtain rod through.

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The picture frames are held by none other than paper clips bent to form a hook and pushed through the webbing. You can see the square hook that sticks out to “catch” the frame and the other strap shows that it is pushed from front to back and then back to the front and straightened out.

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Before we had the wall between the living and dining room taken out, I had this hung there with a vinyl “Family” word above the rod. When I moved the collage, I decided to add a pop of color and a more vintage-feeling sign above the photos.


I really like how the turquoise color looks with the “antiqued” edges. I used an old board we had out in the shed – making sure I picked one with some rustic details. After I painted the board, I printed out and pencil transferred the words. I traced around with a brown thin Sharpie and filled in with a fine brush and burnt umber craft paint.

I wanted to tie in the photos with the new color, so I changed out a few mats around the photos with a thin stiff cardboard painted with the same turquoise paint as the sign. I’m really enjoying this fresh pop of color in my main living area.

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I just noticed with this picture, that the center straps are actually switched around with each other because the slants are backward according to the outside ones! Guess I’ll be switching that!

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