Mexican Chile by Behr

Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that the new saying I have been chanting to myself is, “Go bold or go home!” Somehow I went from Grape Leaves in my kitchen to Glass Slipper and nothing else. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Glass slipper, but I think I have been playing it too safe.

The fun of the new couch and relatively neutral walls was I got to dress them up any way I please. Yet, somehow I ended up with a kind of plane Jane space that doesn’t reflect my or my family’s personality. Now we are attempting to add a little pizazz to the space. We want to bring in color, pattern and personality.

We decided to start with our workhorse of a bookshelf from Ikea. It is over five years old and has taken a beating. Go bold or go home, right? So we painted it Mexican Chile. The shelf isn’t finished, it is still in the drying stages here. When the bins are in and decorating has commenced I will update ya.

 

 

So what do you think? Too bold? We love it, I think? See, I told you I was having a hard time taking risks. Truth be told, it was the husband’s pick. I was being too wishy-washy. My aunt and uncle have a dresser this color in their foyer and we fell in love and finally decided to make it happen. I actually feel really invigorated and am excited to see how the whole space comes together.

I swear this stuff runs in my blood. I fall asleep thinking about it. I decorate spaces in my head. For real! I do. If I have been to your house, chances are I have decorated it in my head. It is what I fall asleep doing. I plan parties in my head as well. I have done this for as long as I can remember. I am odd like that.

The other night when I was decorating our living room in my head as I was falling asleep I asked my husband what he thinks about when he is falling asleep. To this he replied, nothing. Hmm…that isn’t possible, you cannot just turn your brain off. Then he he told me he thinks of me TALKING about decorating our living room and it puts him right to sleep. He had me laughing so hard. I knew there was a reason I loved this man!

I like to think of all this house stuff as our thing, but maybe it is a little more my thing than his. Either way, he is a good sport.

 

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Hi, I'm Megan--the crazy mom of three behind this blog. Please don't be intimidated by the name. Note it doesn't say BALANCED Home. We hardly have it all together, but together we have it all. Or at least that is what I tell myself. I love rearranging, decorating, creating, crafting, celebrations, family, and holidays. I share a little bit of all of that and more on Balancing Home. I am married to my college sweetheart (Is that a thing? Well now it is.) and he is a very talented designer. I use him for his skills so I can offer up sweet printables to all of you. If you want to learn more randomness about me or my blog, stop by my about page.
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  • http://twitter.com/whbsblog Ann Marie

    shut up. Just turn that little voice in your brain off (I can say this because I have one too)

    That color is amazing and I’m definitely inspired to add some punches around here!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      It is a calming thing. Seriously! Imagining spaces shuts my brain off. I much rather fall asleep thinking about furniture layout and paint colors than bills and all the other stressful things of life :)

      Speaking of punch…I think I am on a citrus kick. Must be me craving sunshine and summer :)

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      It is a calming thing. Seriously! Imagining spaces shuts my brain off. I much rather fall asleep thinking about furniture layout and paint colors than bills and all the other stressful things of life :)

      Speaking of punch…I think I am on a citrus kick. Must be me craving sunshine and summer :)

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      It is a calming thing. Seriously! Imagining spaces shuts my brain off. I much rather fall asleep thinking about furniture layout and paint colors than bills and all the other stressful things of life :)

      Speaking of punch…I think I am on a citrus kick. Must be me craving sunshine and summer :)

  • StayAtHome -ista

    I need to stop thinking about house stuff before bed, otherwise I’m just daydreaming (or night-dreaming while awake), then I don’t want to forget, so I surreptitiously turn on my phone and enter my ideas into a the “house” note.

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      The difference between me and you is you actually make it happen. You have literally built your dream house!!

  • Cheri Peoples

    GREAT Blog!!!   I just wanted you to know I am following your new LINKY FOLLOWER tool.  I hope you will come over and follow me as well.

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  • Mrs Dobroth

    Love the color you picked! It looks great! Do you happen to remeber the came of that book case from IKEA? I have looked in their site trying to find it and have had no luck….it is exactly what I need for my craft storage!!
    Mary D.
    (I follow you using Bloglovin and it works great!!)

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      They don’t carry it anymore :(. Bummer, I know. I wanted to buy a second one! The closes would probably be a member of the Expedit family. Good luck!

      • Mrs Dobroth

        Thanks for the response!

  • Pamsky68

    I love it!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thank you!

  • Neenie

    I am going to try this color on a plain wood shelf also from Ikea! I collect Mexican pottery & I am thrilled I found this on Pinterest! I’d love to see photos of what is on the shelves and around it too. :) I bet it’s amazing!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      I don’t know if you browsed around at all. Gold mirror with lamps flanking each side. A few frames and and a potted plant. Still have more plans for dressing it up. Good luck on your shelf!

  • Kelsbels

    We want to paint our Ikea bookshelf too! What kind of paint did you use? Did you do anything to it before you painted it? Thanks!!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      We just primed and painted it using Behr paint in high gloss.

      • Ginny6497

        what primer did you use?

        • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

          We like Kilz and Zinsser.

  • http://www.chesterfieldsofacompany.com/ jason_chesterfield_sofa

    This is a great make-over guys, well done! What type of sofa do you have? I find that a Chesterfield sofa can be a great piece for any living area, modern or classic. The leather finish is also extremely comfortable as well.

  • http://profiles.google.com/southoftheborder58 Karen McKown-Arano

    I also fall asleep by decorating in my head. I really have used it over and over for those nights when I can’t sleep. Why would you count sheep? haha

    As for the brightness of the color I am sure by now you have seen that with things in/on it the orange is much more muted.

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Agh…a fellow sleep decorator! Yes, funny how accustomed my eyes have become. Forgot I even thought it might be too bright. I agree, sheep are totally overrated!

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  • Heather Metzler

    Just found your blog and I’m so glad I did! My wheels are spinning lately on a coral red dresser for my sunroom. I will def check out Mexican chile. Ps- I am your newsy follower. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  • kk rousseau

    Sorry if I’m repeating; I didn’t read all of the comments. Did you disassemble your expedit to paint it or did you paint it while it was already assembled? Thanks! You helped me decide to paint mine orange.