Monday, April 16, 2012

What is it, about the color turquoise?

I've been having a little bit of a love affair with the color turquoise, for quite a while now.  It doesn't always exactly work in my home, so I have to be careful where I use it.  We've had some spring sunshine lately, and it's getting me ready to put my garden in.  While I wait for the go-ahead on that, I decided to bring some herbs inside.  It was so hard to choose, but I got a little rosemary tree because we use rosemary a lot, and I got some Pineapple Sage.  It actually has a pineappley scent.  The thing I wasn't a big fan of, was the plain terracotta pots at the garden store.  They're in my price range, but I wanted to make them fun.
Pinterest
 I found this photo on Pinterest and wondered if I could achieve a similar finish.

 


 

 I mixed my paint colors, and started with the larger pot.  I painted it on in sections.  Immediately after the paint went on, I used a ton of very wet paper towels and kind of pressed them right onto the paint, and lifted them off, taking a substantial amount of the paint with them.  I did a much lighter, watered down coat on the smaller pot and smeared/wiped most of it off immediately for a slightly different look. (You know... coordinated but not matchy-matchy.)  After some trial and error, I ended with an aged turqoise-ish finish that I am pretty sure I can love for quite a while.  Plus it's so fun having herbs right next to my sink.
 (By the way, do you decant your dish soap?  I keep mine in this glass jar and people always ask me what it is.)

Now I have to keep these herbs alive until I decide to plant them outside.  Do you have a green thumb?  And are you planting a garden this year? 
 



38 comments:

  1. I think I've always had a love affair with the color turquoise!! LOL I have a turquoise lovin' party every Tuesday and my home is FILLED to the brim with turquoise!! Couldn't get a better color!! LOVE your pots and I gotta make me some!!

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  2. I love them! I especially love the rosemary tree. I am going to have to try to find a rosemary plant and trim it to be a cute tree like that!

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  3. Love those and the turquoise! Also, I keep my dish soap in an olive oil dispenser, much cuter that way :)

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  4. I absolutely love your kitchen...everything about it!!! Great addition to the sink area <3 the pots turned out beautiful and those herbs look mighty happy there <3

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  5. just love! such an amazing touch, sasha!!! go YOU!

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  6. Terracotta pots are one of my favorite things I have some treasures that are aging well their all cracked and chipped with some color change, this is one thing I keep my eye out for at yard sales, these are so pretty.

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  7. Love your pots you painted and the herbs in the kitchen! I have had my dish soap in a fancy bottle from a dear dear friend for many years!

    nancy

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  8. Love your pots! I noticed right away that your pots and dish soap match. :) And yes, I keep my dish soap {and olive oil by the stove} in pretty glass jars on a little ceramic tray. Who says the necessities can't be pretty, too?

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  9. I am having a bit of a love affair with aqua myself at the moment!

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  10. oh yes love torquoise -- soon i want to do my room in brown wicker or ratan furniture with cream and turquoise accents!! i can see it in my head - hoping i can do it soon!!

    xotiffany

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  11. Turquoise makes me think of the beach.

    Our garden is in full swing! We are blessed to be able to garden nearly year-round. Enjoy your planting!

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  12. Love those beautiful turquoise pots! The perfect color. About the decanted dish soap: Can I ask where you found the decanter? -AND- do you dilute your soap when decanting it that way -- or does it work just the way it is? (It looks so pretty, and I love that it becomes another way to bring color to your room!!!

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    1. I got the bottle and stopper at Pier 1 years ago but I know they still sell them and they aren't horribly expensive. I just pour my dishsoap right in there, no diluting!

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    2. Sasha - I finally made it to Pier 1, and found a beautiful decanter on clearance for $6. The 2 clerks that I talked to were all impressed with the idea of having it on the counter filled with dish soap. They said I inspired them. I told them I got the idea from one of my favorite bloggers. Thanks, Friend! ~Sally

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  13. I have 18 basil plants and 18 jalapeño plants seeded and sprouting in my master bathroom tub right now (we never use the tub and it has a skylight over it - oh, and the seeds were planted in those little Jiffy pot trays, not the tub, LOL) I figure 18 plants will ensure that some actually end up growing to maturity and if I have too many, I can share! I grow herbs in pots outside all summer and love it. Your pots are pretty!. I also love turquoise but it doesn't really go in my house. One year I painted the inside of a sideboard a beautiful turquoisey aqua so it's my secret. When I go into the sideboard to get serving dishes or party supplies, there is that lovely color! I also finally found some ceramic foo dogs and painted them a dark turquoise. I think they will look great as an accent in my sunroom.

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  14. This is amazing because yesterday I went and got a rosemary plant, and turned her into a little topiary. I hope she will someday be a cute and round on top like yours, but I almost thought I was looking at a picture from my kitchen when I opened my email today! On my windowsill I just planted some herbs in terra cotta in pots and was thinking about aging them, and have once again found inspiration on your site. Thanks!!!

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  15. I have 200 tomato, 150 pepper and 50 celery plants under grow lights in our spare bedroom. I've already planted half of my peas, some lettuce, spinach, beets. It's more than a month ahead of last year so I'm cautiously optimistic. I contract grow canning quantities for others who want to preserve their own food but don't have the space or the time to grow it all themselves. They give me a list of what they want to can in the spring, I translate that to row-feet/plants and then when each crop is ready I pick it and they can it!

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  16. i wouldn't say i have a green thumb, but we do plant a garden every year...we kill a lot of stuff. i love your pots. i am planning on making some white pots like them. your kitchen is just lovely as ever!
    i've missed you too, sweets! we got in late last night. feels good to be home. kids are still sleeping at 8:45!

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    1. "we kill a lot of stuff." TOO EARLY to laugh this loudly... good thing it's almost time for kiddos to get up! (I kill a lot of stuff too. Truth be told my garage is where all good plants go to die.)

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  17. The pots look great, Sasha. My mom decants her soap the same way and it is so pretty.

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  18. I love what you did with the pots!! I hate to buy teracotta pots new so I'm always on the lookout at yard sales, etc. I'm currently not decanting my soap but saw something on somebody's blog somewhere that was using one of those bottles that you would use for oil & vinegar. It was really pretty too! Have a great day! ~Angela

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  19. The pots look great, and I love your kitchen. I am going to town today so I might just have to pick up a decorative container for my dish soap! I am sad to say that I do NOT have a green thumb and I stay away from all live plants because if they get to close to me they die. Have a wonderful day and thank your for the inspiration!

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  20. I decant my soap - it's so much prettier that way. Love your pots they turned out so pretty. I luckily have herbs growing right outsdie my kitchen door but the inside ones are fun as well.

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  21. Well I have always had a thing for turquoise. (it is my birthstone to begin with) We have a little camping trailer that is turquoise and white-- oh you can imagine the fun I have had pimping it out! lol.

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  22. Looks great, I love turquoise too.
    A green thumb? I should post my "garden"...just for laughs. ;)

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  23. Wow! Love those pots! I have a bunch of terra cotta pots on my patio that all look kinda plain. Might have to spruce them up a bit!

    A lot of my herbs have come back up, and once it gets a little warmer, I'm going to plant some more. I also have planted some carrots and radishes in my garden that I have at work. I sure hope they start coming up soon!

    Have a great week!

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  24. I just saw the "decanted" dish soap on Pinterest yesterday and promptly transfered mine to an olive oil decanter. Looks so much nicer than a Dawn bottle on my counter :)

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  25. such cuteness!
    yes, my turqoise soap is most definitely decanted. :)
    i reused a bottle from anthro that came with dish soap.
    now all the bathrooms have their own cute little soap dispenser too.
    way to go impressing your friends! xo

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  26. I always love seeing your kitchen and the different ways you change it up! The color turquoise is one of my favorites too....I have to say I like it a little darker though. This year, I'm just going to take my time on some flowers. I have several flower beds as well as pots of different sizes here and there. The last few years summers have been to hectic to put much time into them. This year, I'm going to do my best and I'm going the extra mile by filling each flower pot too!

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  27. Can't garden well at our house this year as we are housing our daughter and son-in-law's 2 dogs that like digging. Figured it was better to take a gardening break than to constantly want to hurt these two lovely canines. So, instead, am volunteering at our church - we are planting a large garden on the property to provide fresh produce for a refugee ministry here in Memphis. I can play in the dirt still and it's for a great cause. Am excited because am going to try things I wouldn't necessarily try at home. We'll just have to wait and see how it all turns out.

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  28. No green thumb for me--love the turquoise and the sun your kitchen sees: )I worked in a flower shop part time for years so I can arrange flowers. . .but ask me to keep a plant alive and I don't do that really well: (

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  29. Love your kitchen and I too put my soap in a decanter but I love the little plate under the bottles . My favorite is turquoise coral together.... love !!!!!

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  30. Love your kitchen..love your herbs...love your style...love your pots..oh my gosh I just love it all!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  31. Ummm...does it make me the WORST person in the world that I was bloggity-bloglanding around and was hoping you had a new post... ;)

    I had such a crap day today at a Dr. appointment...and, sad but true, I was hoping you had etched time out of your day and posted something wise & with perspective that I just don't have the energy for today...

    Worst person?? I hope not! Looking forward to the next one...thank you for always being one of those rarities in Blogland that Keep It Real and faith-focused!! :)

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    1. Awww I'm so sorry friend. Crap days are well... crappy! I would have totally posted too, (not sure it would have been full of wisdom or perspective) but I've got two birthdays this week and was running around all day gathering party items. I hope the day improves....

      Blessings,
      Sasha

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  32. Oh you have inspired me! I'm needing to find a birthday gift for my best friend and have already made a little wooden sign saying "bon appetite" for her newly painted kitchen. A customised terracotta pot with herbs in would be perfect! Thank you. Yours look amazing in turquoise : )

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  33. I too am a bit obsessed with turquoise! Love your kitchen and all that goes with it! Hope you will return the visit over to Swede Dreamer~Angie

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