Friday, July 9, 2010

Wyeth in My Kitchen

Good morning, my favorite decor divas!

See this beautiful, lonely little white wicker chair? 

( it may not look white in this photo, but trust me - it is.)

It called my name at the antique market.
She was sitting...all by herself...among other vintage items and bricabrac, 
accompanied by a small square wicker table 
(that I passed up and am now kicking myself for that crazy decision). 

But upon her arrival back at my house, she was destined to become a chair of a different color.

"What?!" Hubby exclaimed with his jaw dropping to the floor.
"You're not keeping it white? What's going on?"

"Nope," I replied with a secret smile.  "You'll see..."

So my pretty "Wyeth Blue" chair was born.

Yeah, she's a little shy surrounded by all that creamy white in the kitchen.

But, oh....does she ever look beautiful sitting so unpretentious behind that French pitcher filled with blue delphinium.

After an hour of searching for THE perfect aqua blue (again, yes, I know), I was drawn to Benjamin Moore "Wyeth Blue".  

Now, I know you remember me picking out "Sea Isle" at the local hardware store the last time I was looking for that perfect ocean-sea glass blue for my last wicker chair I transformed.

But THIS....THIS color was even MORE perfect.  
Was that at all possible?

It has a tad more gray in the base, I think.  It's a duskier aqua.

She still needs a seat cushion, and I'm working on getting that made,
but she is feeling much more like the beach-chic chair she was meant to be.

Oh, and by the way, I have discovered, I believe - to be the easiest way to paint wicker with a paintbrush. 

1.  Use a BIG 3" paintbrush.
2.  Glob that paint on like you're a pre-schooler.
3.  Slap it on like you're a French art-eest.
4. Pounce it into the cracks and crevices like there's no tomorrow.
5.  Sit back and realize that you are no longer bound to those spray cans of hideous crayon colors. 

 So, there sits my sweet little Wyeth chair, as we're now calling her - 
the prettiest little chair in the kitchen. 
Perfect ocean blue in a sea of white and sandy brown,
hiding behind a fluffy blue cloud of flowers...

waiting for you.

{Hugs} to you all!

~ laurie
(Oh!  And be sure to join me over at Cindy's My Romantic Home for "Show and Tell Friday"!  Lots of sharing going on over there today!)


  1. She's lovely Laurie!!! The color is perfect! I think Wyeth is very happy to be "home", sitting with all the other wicker beauties at Heaven's Walk. sigh.....just lovely.

  2. Oh Laurie! Perfect...perfect color! And I know firsthand what a job it is to paint wicker. You are a brave soul! I LOVE the color...even more than Sea Isle. I'll bet you are kicking yourself all over the place for NOT picking up that table too! Why, oh why, do we do that to ourselves...I think the $$$ get in the way sometimes and then we think, Well, heck...I could save it by not buying ....whatever- Anyway, you did good!

  3. Hi Laurie, thank you so much for the beautiful Award. Sorry I didn't reply before, but I haven't have come here much latetly. Love the color of your chair. I have the same chair, but I stained them just for the patio outside. Yours looks gorgeous in grey!
    I'll be happy to follow you and see your beautiful creations.
    Have a lovely weekend Laurie!
    Li :-)

  4. I love the color!! And I am glad you did not use spray paint, hoooweee!

  5. Hello there Laurie! I just wanted to say thank you for the sweet comments on my blog and say that I'm so happy to follow you back! You have some terrific finds here! I just loooove the color of this chair!! Very chic! Hugs to you!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

  6. I love the inspiration I get when someone paints something I never would have. The chair looks spectacular in that shade of blue and perfect in your kitchen! Thanks for the painting tips, too!

    Have a great weekend, Laurie!


  7. Some people poo-poo wicker, and I think...are you crazy! I love it (in the right color and decor, of course). I was just given a perfect little black wicker table for my deck, and I love it. I love your chair more :) Everytime I see beach decor now I think of you :)

  8. HI Laurie~ I love that shade of blue, very pretty and thanks for stopping by . I am signing right up to follow you like a stalker:) I wish I could do a beachy theme - but my cookie cutter 1990's colonial in the middle of landlocked CT won't have it!!! Im off to peruse more photos of your dream come true home.

  9. What a great find! LOVE the new color...perfect shade of blue!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs ~ Jo :)

    P.S. Oh...and love the DIY instructions (lol)!!

  10. oh i really love painted wicker chair.. I have one painted in light blue-green.. and the colour you choose is just lovely!

  11. Doesn't that chair just look fresh and pretty with it's new coat of blue. Perfect cottage color.
    Your blog is lovely and I'm now your new follower.
    ps thanks for the paint tip....real time saver


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