Adding Dried Roses to a Wreath

Sometimes pretty flowers are the the pick-me-up your spirit needs.  That’s the case with these pretty pink roses that came to Aniko at Place of My Taste.  “I adored these roses so much that I couldn’t just throw them away,” she explains.


Instead of letting the flowers wilt, Aniko dried them.  They are just as lovely dried as they are fresh, don’t you think?  She snipped the stems so that they were not so long.  Then, Aniko wrapped raffia across a twig wreath.  The raffia provided a spot to hang the dried roses, so that they could be a part of this pretty, layered wreath.  What a beautiful way to welcome friends to the door.


Visit Place of My Taste to learn more about this wreath.

Finding Love: a Trail Sign

Amy shared this craft at Stow & Tell U for Valentine’s Day.  Her version of this is definitely geared for that holiday, but this is a concept that you could adapt for any holiday or event–it would be super cute at a wedding, actually.  Amy crafted her version using scraps of pallet wood.


Starting with three slats from a pallet, Amy cut the slats in half and trimmed an end on each piece to form an arrow.  After sanding the boards, she mixed up a custom stain using red food coloring and vinegar.  Once applied, the homemade stain gave the boards the look of weathered, pink paint.  Amy painted on some catchy, love-realated locations with white paint before she nailed her pink arrows onto a sign post.  Adorable!


Get all the details you need to create your own version of this trail sign by clicking over to Stow & Tell U.

Painting an Upholstered Chair Pink

“In the past, I would go to yard sales and see amazing upholstered vintage chairs, and I would pass them by,” confesses Shanna at Restoration Redoux.  After figuring out that it was possible to actually paint upholstery, however, her days of passing by vintage chairs are over.  Shanna was thrilled when her mom spotted this tufted number on a neighbor’s curb.


The chair was sturdy, but covered in faded peach fabric.  Shanna pulled out a can of plaster paint in a fun shade of pink and got to work painting, noting that it’s normal for the layers of paint to make the chair feel pretty crunchy, initially.  Next, she painted the legs of the chair with silver metallic plaster paint.  Finally, she covered the upholstery with wax and buffed it, noting, “After you have buffed off the wax, that is when it will soften and feel like a soft leather.”  Great tip, and check out the results of her makeover.


Visit Restoration Redoux to get details on specific paint brands and colors that Shanna used for this upholstered chair makeover.

Think Pink! Accent Table

Today all of our rescues are PINK, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  (Click here to see this morning’s pink cup cozies.)  This sweet little table rescued by Jen at All Things New is perfectly pretty after it’s pink makeover.


Jen’s dad spotted the table in a trash pile and brought it to his daughter for a makeover.  Prepping it for painting was quite a workout–there was a coaster stuck to the top that had clearly been there for years!  Jen selected a pretty shade of pink for painting the table.  The finishing touch was spray painting the lower portion of the legs with metallic gold for a chic gold-dipped look.


Find out more about this pretty pink table at All Things New.

Pink Cup Cozies for Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month–think pink!  Let your favorite hot beverage don some pink in support this month, too, by following this cup cozy tutorial from Susan at Organized 31.


The awesome thing about this project is it’s made from an old sweater.  You could donate the money you save to fight breast cancer!  Susan used an old sweater–pink, of course–to make her cup cozy.  She just cut the sleeves from the sweater and folded them around her travel mugs.  Ta da!


Check out Susan’s tips for hiding the raw of the sweater that made these cup sleeves at Organized 31.

Decoupaged Desk Makeover

Shanna from Restoration Redoux found this desk in the free section of Craigslist.  “When we went to pick it up, it was in a very sketchy alley,” she confesses.


Despite it’s sketchy beginnings, Shanna could tell the desk was solidly build and ready for a makeover.  She painted the desk with a custom mix color of plaster paint.  Deciding that the desk was in need of some pattern and color, Shanna painted stripes onto one of the drawer fronts, and decoupaged floral scrapbooking paper onto the others.  She distressed the desk with sandpaper and replaced the old wood knobs with matching pink ceramic knobs.  What a fancy, feminine new look!


Learn more about this makeover by visiting Restoration Redoux.

Family Heirlooms Get a New Look for the Next Generation

These little side tables have already sat in two generations of homes.  Anam’s grandparents had them first, passed them along to her parents, and now they have come to live at Anam’s house.  At her blog, Delicious and DIY, Anam shares how she updated them to suit her taste.


The tables underwent their first transition over a year ago, when Anam painted them gold and pink.  Recently, she decided to continue the transformation with more color and pattern.  She placed tape on the table in diagonal stripes.  Then Anam painted over the tape with a shade of pink that was just slightly darker than the shade of pink that was on the table.  When she pulled away the tape, the stripes had very cool color variation thanks to the pink and gold paint underneath.  Looks great!


Visit Delicious and DIY to get all the details on this table makeover.

Old Storage Becomes New Outdoor Decor

When Kelli from Lolly Jane was a newlywed, her mom bought her this cabinet for much-needed storage in a tiny apartment.  On a whim, Kelli painted it with sage green craft paint one night while her husband was working late.  Recently, she decided to give it new life as a garden cart.


As you can see in the before picture, the cabinet had chicken wire on the doors.  Wanting something a little less revealing for outdoor storage, Kelli replaced the chicken wire with beadboard.  She painted the insets on the cabinets white, and the rest of the the cabinet a lovely shade of coral pink.  On the sides, she created a herringbone pattern for visual interest.  Caster wheels and new hardware finish off this old cabinet into a perfect little garden cart.


Find out more about the materials and techniques used in this makeover, visit Lolly Jane.