a little happy yellow

I picked up a little coffee table for cheap a couple months ago. It was cheap because it isn’t made with great materials, so it is a bit flimsy. Nonetheless, I liked the size and its legs πŸ™‚

The corner edges were chipped and scratched, so were the legs. So, I decided to paint everything but the top and metal bottoms. The problem was I couldn’t decide what color to use. I wanted a bright color, but nothing seemed right. I laid out some craft paint to try to get an idea of what I would like.

She loves to help me with projects so I gave her the task of lightly sanding while I ran inside and outside taking care of random things…with Little One watching.

I couldn’t pick a color, so I just played it safe with white. She had a tiny paint brush to help.

As the white dried outside, I worked on the coop with my dad. Every time I passed it, I kept thinking I wanted to try a color. So on my next run to Lowes for coop supplies, I grabbed some spray paint. In between runs from the coop to garage I stopped and added another coat of yellow. Knowing me I’ll paint it back white in by the end of the summer, but for now it is happy yellow.

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  • Necole @seriouslysassymama - Stick with the yellow. It is such a happy color, and looks great with the decor.

  • Ashleigh Bicevskis - Love it! So after you sanded, did you use a primer before the paint? What is the best for painting old furniture??:)

  • Valerie - I love, love the yellow!! I have something to send to you that would go great with it – could I possibly have your mailing address? I promise I’m not a stalker. πŸ™‚

  • Rita D - I love the yellow. I recently stepped outside my comfort zone and painted our end table a peacock blue. I couldn’t be happier.

  • Pamela - I love it.
    I just have one question – how on earth do you manage to keep a plant (with its leave still attached) on the table with all your kids. I only have one kid and my indoor plants were the first thing to go.

  • Leila - I love the yellow and I think it looks awesome. I think that Lowe’s has very appealing spray paint colors!

  • beth - STAY WITH THE YELLOW….it’s perfect !!

  • Natalie, the Chickenblogger - I want to be daring with color… like you!
    All of your projects keep calling me out:
    “Do it! Paint colorfully!”
    Do you know, we happen to be having
    a chicken-theme giveaway at Chickenblog?
    You might appreciate it…

  • Jill - Love it!!! Then again…loving your entire house!!!!

  • Bekah Decker - I love it!! And I am sure you have heard this before but I think Firecracker is a mini Ashley. πŸ™‚

  • Robyn - Stick with the yellow, it’s great! White is to boring πŸ™‚

  • Lindsey B - I lOve the yellow! so proud of you for going bold πŸ˜‰

  • Teresa S. - The yellow is perfect!

  • LeighP - This post made me smile. Let’s see what it looks like by Christmas.

  • Regina - It looks great! I love the pop of color!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I love it! Perfect for summer… hello yellow!

  • Monica - I like the yellow! I can not wait for summer because I have a lot of painting projects around my house. Thanks to your inspiration I want to change everything now. LOL. But the weather in Chicago is not helping righ now. But for sure I will do it soon!:)

  • danielle - Your house looks so happy and fun!

  • kimberly oyler - firecracker’s hair has gotten a lot straighter! also i love the yellow and i can’t wait til we’re friends in real life so we can hang out in your living room. haha.

  • Rae Angeline - My husband and I know we are going to adopt, we are just praying about where to adopt from. I’ve read your awesomeness so I know ya’ll went through the same. I just wanted to tell you, that when I saw this picture of Little One, I immediatly got a grab at my heart, and tears swelled in my eyes. Thank you for being apart of a special moment in our lives, Husband and I got one step closer in our adoption story. πŸ™‚

  • Diane - Ashley! I remember you making a custom cookbook but I can’t find the post anywhere on your blog! Please help πŸ™‚

  • Casey - Wow, I love how you painted it! It looks so good! I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes open looking for the perfect table to do this with this summer

  • Gina | Listening in the Litany - I love the shade of yellow. We have on old banged up hand-me-down coffee table in our family room that I just can’t bear to part with and I keep thinking it should be yellow. Maybe I should just take the leap!

  • Jessica - I’m in LOVE with the yellow, Ashley! Super cute and goes perfectly in your space. πŸ™‚

  • Rhonda Elder - The yellow is perfect! Wish I had a little helper like that. I hate sanding. Lol

  • Seamingly Sarah - I love the yellow, but I think you should paint the top yellow too. Maybe you can’t because of the surface, but that’s what I think! =)

  • aimee bee - I LOVE that color! It looks great!

  • Stoich91 - ACHK! Forget yellow, am I the only one who sees Firecracker is like a freaking grade schooler in this post!?!?!? Her long hair, her serious face…good heavens…I feel so old…I remember when you were posting pics of her smaller than little One. Time flies! Yikes! πŸ˜€

  • Ingrid - i LOVE the yellow!!!! It goes so lovely with the throw over the couch πŸ™‚

  • Kelsee - Loving the yellow but I also think a bright coral (similar to your lanterns) would be gorgeous!!!! That might be too girly with all of those boys around thought πŸ˜‰

  • Cheryl - LOVE the yellow!

  • Jenny - Oh! I love that shade of yellow. Just the right amount of happy without being electric!

  • Zulejka - Lovely, this yellow is really spring-y! It’s funny, just a few days ago a got a nice old round table for free (!). When I saw it on the internet, I thought it was a coffee table, but it turned out it has high legs … I tought I’d paint it white, like you, but now I kinda like it brown. Ah, sweet worries:)

  • Kerri - This may seem like a silly question, but are you able to leave a potted plant on your coffee table all the time with 5 kiddos running around? I only have 3 kids, and even though they’re fairly respectful of furniture and stuff, I just know I’d be cleaning up potting soil 5 times a day if I had a plant on my coffee table. If you leave yours out all the time, do you have any secrets for keeping it upright???

  • Josi Terry - The yellow looks great…but I loved the peachy pink on the far right where you have the bottles on the table! πŸ™‚

    I love your blog.



  • Allison - i love the yellow. it’s the classic “happy” color. it’s bright but subtle at the same time. yellow brings back fond memories of sitting in my grandma’s kitchen which had yellow vinyl chairs.

  • Sadee Schilling - I have always loved yellow but never could wear it. So I like to pop the color into my surroundings in unexpected ways! Your table is adorable. I kind of hope that it stays yellow! πŸ™‚

  • Shannon - Love the yellow! I’m usually a sucker for white the yellow makes this table.

  • able mabel - I didn’t read thru the other comments so I may be repeating but I vote you keep it yellow! I love how it ties in with the couch.

  • Angie - I don’t think I have ever taken a moment to comment before, but I’ve hung out at your blog for a very long time now and think it’s about time to say hello. Hello!

    I LOVE the yellow! That room looks so magazine-put-together-ish with that little pop of color!

    And your children are just so beautiful! What an awesome little helper!

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