Painted Pillows For Fall

Hey guys!  How was your Thursday?  I hope that you are having a fantastic fall day and are ready for a quiet evening.

I’m at the ER, where things are never quiet, but that’s ok.  :)

This evening I’m sharing the spot where I like to spend my quiet evenings, even though they are few and far between, as I suspect yours are.  :)

My front porch.


Fall Porch 2


Our front porch isn’t very big, but it’s a great place to relax.

And believe it or not, there are a few “rescues” in place.  Let’s zoom in a little.

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Old Windows, New Uses

Hey guys!

How was your Wednesday? Mine was busy, as usual, but I enjoy working on my blogs so much, it’s good busy.  :)

Tonight I’m excited to share Katie, from Reuse, Redo, Relove., and her creative new use for old windows.

One of the features I like less in my builder basic home is the lack of old house architectural details.  So I add them.  And old windows are a great way to add rustic architectural coolness.  I have  one on my mantel, and love to hang them on walls.

Katie turned hers in to fabulous photo displays.



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Hand Me Down Dresser Gets Dressed Up

Hey guys!

I am so excited about all of the submitted rescues I’m receiving to feature here at RoadKill Rescue!

Thank you so much for everyone that has submitted a project, I am working to catch up and will respond to all of you asap!  (if you’d like to submit a rescue to be featured, click here)

Let’s start off our Wednesday “hump day” morning with this amazing hand me down dresser transformation from Deb at Lake Girl Paints.



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Candlelit Romance from Chippy Barn Wood

Sara, A.K.A “Mrs. Major Hoff” blogs at Major Hoff Takes a Wife.  She tells us, ” My friend just happened to find this fabulous chippy painted barn wood when she was out strolling through a pasture. Okay, so she is a veterinarian, and maybe is out in pastures more than the rest of us–but holy smokes! What a score!”

Major Hoff Takes a Wife old wood before

While most of the wood was set to be turned into picture frames, one piece was a little chunkier than the others, so Sara had the chance to get creative with it.  By drilling four round holes into it, she created a beautiful votive candle holder for her friend’s breakfast table.  How lovely!

Major Hoff Takes a Wife old wood after

Get all the details on this project at Major Hoff Takes a Wife.

Castaway Dresser Gets Ombre-fied

Over at Restoration Redoux, Shanna’s friend gave her a few pieces of furniture that the didn’t want anymore, including this dresser.  “This was the first piece I’ve completed that didn’t have any hardware, so since the fronts were so plain to begin with, I decided to focus on the color,” Shanna explains.

Restoration Redoux ombre dresser before

The finish was free of dents and scratches, so the first step in this makeover was to give it a quick coat of ivory shaded paint.  Then, Shanna went for the ombre effect on the drawers.  Starting at the top, she added a little more turquoise paint to the ivory paint she had already used with each successive drawers.  The graduated shading looks especially lovely on this piece.  It reminds me of a swimming pool!

Restoration Redoux ombre dresser after

Get more details on this project by clicking over to Restoration Redoux.

Vintage Folding Chair Makes a Great Command Center

Over at Nalle’s House, Anu asks, “A folding chair is great for small spaces, parties and as additional seating, but what do you do with it while it’s not in use?  I decided to make my vintage folding chair serve double duty as seating and as a command center in my front entry.”

Nalle's House folding chair before

Wait–did Anu just say she turned a folding chair into a command center?  That’s right!  With the chair folded up, she painted the bottom of the seat with chalkboard paint, to serve as a message center.  She hung a handy little rectangular bucket from the crossbar of the chair with s-hooks.  “The tray at the bottom is perfect for holding sunglasses, keys, cellphone, etc. and even for adding a little greenery or flowers to the space,” Anu notes.  Hung up on the wall, the chair pulls double duty as stored extra seating and a commend center!  Not to mention, it’s completely beautiful in this space.

Nalle's House folding chair after

Read more about how this folding chair was repurposed at Nalle’s House.

Spiffing Up Old Books

Over at her blog, Two Twenty-One, Chelsea has come up with a fun way to add a little pizzazz to old books.  She covers them with fabric!

Two Twenty One fabric covered books before

Don’t let the mention of fabric scare you away from this project since there’s no sewing involved.  Chelsea simply cuts a rectangle of fabric and uses adhesive spray to attach it to the cover of the book.  The sky’s the limit on this one–you can use any fabric you like to achieve this look.  Keep this tip in mind for styling bookshelves.  You could have a lot of fun with that!

Two Twenty One fabric covered books after

Do see a detailed tutorial on this process, visit Two Twenty-One.

Turning an Old Sketch Pad into an Office Accessory

Spotting a large sketch pad sticking out of her trash bin, Laura exclaimed, “Who threw this away?  Don’t these kiddos know that the bestest most awesomest chipboard ever is the backing from these sketch pads?”  She knew that sturdy chipboard leftover after all the paper had been used was perfect for recycling into a writing mat, and posted the project at Me and My Inklings.


Laura loves to sit out on her deck and write letters, but the family picnic table doesn’t have the most even writing surface.  So Laura’s writing mat would be for her picnic table, but you could use the same concept for any desk.   To dress up the chipboard, she started out by gluing white paper onto it.  Next, Laura made it look pretty by using adhesives to attach colorful ribbons onto the outer edges of the chipboard.  What a fun and fancy spot for letter writing!


Visit Me and My Inklings for a tutorial.