I haven't felt too spring-y, but I'm slowly adding a bit of color around here. I have frequently complained about how much I dislike my asymmetrical mantel, and I'm not really ready to tackle it, but I did want to at least do something.Valspar's Aqua and leaned them up against my $5 bargain shutters. They looked too bright and too contrast-y. (Yes, that's a word.)
So I took them outside and flicked brown paint over them. (Click here to see the toothbrush painting technique I use to do this.)
I liked the overall look, but I still thought it was a little too bright. So you know what I did? I took white spray paint and held the can about 2.5 feet above the shutters and gave them a light "misting" of white. It knocked down the brightness just enough.
It's still a work in progress. I'm sure I'll get it finished just in time to take it down for summer.