Hop into my time machine. We are setting the dial way back to the 70’s. That was when my family moved from Minnesota to Florida (yes, I came back to Minnesota, 11 years later). I was about to go into 9th grade, and was totally traumatized because I had to leave my BFF behind and start all over. To cushion the blow, my mom let each of us kids decorate our new rooms. We could choose wallpaper for one feature wall and a carpet color. Naturally, I chose bright lime green and yellow for my color scheme. Who wouldn’t? It was the 70’s.
My wallpaper was very glossy and had yellow tulips with lime green leaves on a white background. The carpet? Lime green plush, of course. Those of you who knew me back in the day are now smirking because you are remembering my citrus hued paradise, right?
I had one of those blonde bedroom sets with the bookcase headboard and a long low dresser. This was when ‘antiquing’ furniture was in. Does anyone else remember this technique? To be honest, I’m not entirely sure how it worked, but I think you painted a basecoat color (in my case, more lime green) and then added a very streaky antiquing glaze on top. It was all the rage, and I’m sure I was thrilled that my mom was willing to do this to my furniture.
I thought I was going to have to describe the room and hope that you could picture it because I couldn’t find any photos, but then I mentioned it to my friend Annie who was sure she had some somewhere. She dug around and found this!
This, my friends, is Annie herself! Back when we endlessly took ‘super model’ pictures of each other. And yes, if you’re wondering, this is the same Annie that is in the kitchen photo. There is my wallpaper in all its glory, and my ‘antiqued’ headboard. Pay no attention to the Shawn Cassidy poster on the wall. I did not kiss him goodnight every night before bed, I swear. Isn’t my yellow swag light ‘da bomb?
Well, enough nostalgia, flash forward to a week or so ago when I picked up a dresser that is very similar to the one I had back then. A mid-century blonde (dear lord, I could be talking about myself).
I definitely won’t be antiquing it in lime green. But … I am thinking of COLOR. I love what people are doing with tangerine, but am not sure how well it sells.
I also love the retro shades of green. Not quite the 70’s lime green, leaning more towards avocado. One point in favor of this color is the fact that I already have the paint. I used it on ‘the Hannigan’.
Or I could return to my old standby, turquoise. People seem to love it. Heck, I adore most any shade of aqua. But raise your hand if you are sick of seeing me paint stuff turquoise!
I won’t hold it against you if you raised your hand.
No matter what color I pick, I plan to crank the 70’s tunes (maybe even a little Shawn Cassidy) and sing along while I paint it and remember fun times circa 1978, compliments of Annie’s foray into her scrapbooks and several lost hours spent scanning and forwarding pics like this one of me and my dad.