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No matter where you live, winter can be dreary. Today it occurs to me that a great winter pick-me-up just might be found in a few cans of paint. This display of cut flowers, seen at a general store on Martha’s Vineyard, pretty much sums it up. Old florist buckets made more cheerful with assorted flat (aka matte) colors of paint. Here are some suggestions for some other items you could paint with assorted colors this winter so that they are ready to place in an arrangement this spring:

Baskets (all types, including old Easter baskets, bushel baskets, wire burn baskets etc.)
Metal milk crates
Wooden fruit or bulb crates
Chair spindles (great for ornamental plant supports and garden ornament)
Old wooden shutters (Fasten four together into a square and top with a board: instant plant stand!)
Old tools or tool handles

What have you got in your basement or garage that could be turned into a colorful display with a coat of paint. In fact, many of us have cans of leftover paints from past projects that can be used for this purpose.

Pick bright colors that speak to you and group several together. Three different shades is better than two, and five is better than three. Seven is even more preferable....well, you see where this is going!

Pick bright colors that speak to you and group several together. Three different shades is better than two, and five is better than three. Seven is even more preferable….well, you see where this is going!

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