Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Little Pink Fix - Etsy Spotlight



I am linking to the Pink Saturday party today:


Hope you can join us!

Much love,
Dawn


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Windows - Creative Upcycling Ideas

It's time for another episode of Creative Upcycling Ideas
brought to you via Pinterest
(and by moi in an effort to pass off my online addiction to looking at page after page of pictures as a necessary part of my "work").

...fetching pins...
Yes, please!!!!

Those of you who pin know what I'm talking about, right?

Anyhoo, back to the topic at hand:
Upcycling old windows.

Lots of ideas out in Pinterest land. I've chosen some of my favorites to share with you today.










Some projects are easier to make than others for sure! I haven't made an upcycled window green house just yet, but I have made chalkboards, jewelry organizers, coat racks and displays for Christmas ornaments out of old windows. All of my projects were easy, but super cute!

Have you ever upcycled anything? I would love to hear your ideas!

Have a great day, friends!

Much love,
Dawn

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A Case of the Blues

After days and days...andaysandaysandays...of gray skies and rain (and one gray day of lovely southern snow which really doesn't count as a gray day because it was so flippin' AWESOME), the sun is back in her full glory and the skies are blue once again.

Pink is my favorite color of course, but blue runs a very close second.

I've got a serious case of the blues today. Cobalt, turquoise, tiffany, baby...
All kinds of blues...baby.

Thought I would share them with you today :)

Enjoy!











Bet you've got a case of the blues now too, dontcha?

p.s. All pics via Pinterest, of course :)



Much love,
Dawn

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Oh Shutter Up! - Creative Upcyling Ideas

More upcycling ideas for you gathered from Pinterest. Today I am sharing ideas for old shutters...technically I guess you could use new shutters, but where is the fun in that?...I mean the chippier and crustier the paint the better, right?  Anyhoo, I love the look and the possibilities are limitless! Be warned: there are lots of pics with the post. Pinterest was ripe for the pickin'!

Those of you who follow me on Facebook should recognize the first picture in this series. This was the inspiration piece for my "Creative Upcycling Ideas" series of posts.

A simple bookshelf (albeit one with some AWESOME bun feet!) was made into a spectacular armoire with the addition of a couple of old shutters. Brilliant! I don't know about you, but I have plenty of clutter I would love to store out of sight. This is a beautiuful storage solution.

Are you a little more talented with a hammer and nail than I am? Well, check out this armoire made from shutters.

 So, so, so cute! I think this would be perfect to store towels and toiletries in the bathroom.  

There are lots of smaller scale shutter projects to choose from:

Shutter Magazine Rack

Shutter Jewelry Organizer

Shutter Wash Cloth Holder

Shutter Kitchen Utensil Holder and
Cherry Tomato Storage Shelf
(everyone needs more cherry tomato storage, right?)

Shutter Coat / Towel Rack

Shutter Shelf

Shutter Coat / Towel Rack and Shelf Combo
(it's two, two, two projects in one!)

Shutter Dish Rack

And a few more challenging projects:
 
Shutter Bookcase
I love this! Made from an old nightstand and an old shutter. Fabulous!

Shutter Side Table
I love this little piece, too. The light from within just makes it too darn cute! I think this would be perfect on my back porch.

Shutter Sofa Table
Another favorite. I think I could make this myself. Maybe.

Shutter Corner Shelves

Shutter (and door) Table Shelfy Things
AY-MAZE-ING!!!
I would love to have a shutter potting table with a little pitched roof like this.
Sweet <3

Or you can just stand an old shutter against something - No tools or talent required!

Shutter Privacy Wall

Shutter Headboards

Shutter Just Standing There Being Fabulous

And some shutters you can just lay around..

Shutter Table Centerpiece

Now shutter up and go upcycle something ;)

Much love,
Dawn


Monday, January 14, 2013

This Old Door - Creative Upcycling Ideas

Upcycling is a trend that has been going strong for a couple of years now. Whether your style is shabby chic, country, romantic, urban farmhouse, eclectic, or traditional you can find such creative ways to incorporate upcycled furniture into your home. If you browse Pinterest as often as I do you know the upcycling options are overwhelming. You can make the most beautiful pieces out of old windows, shutters, doors, ladders, barrels - you can even refashion one piece of furniture into something totally different. I have seen chairs shelves, coffee table benches and headboard chalkboards. I love it all! 

I thought I would focus on upcycling ideas for old doors today. So many doors are beautifully constructed with moldings and such. It is not difficult to find a well made hardwood door on the cheap at your local thrift store. I have found gorgeous french doors, screen doors and solid hardwood doors at thrift stores and never paid more than 25 bucks for one. So far I've only used them for their intended purpose, but I have an old chippy door out in the barn right now that is just begging to be upcycled into a potting bench!

Enjoy the pics - all via Pinterst, of course! You can follow me here: www.pinterest.com/pinkporch



Fabulous chippy door headboard by Dreamy Whites

Screen door mirror by Jennifer @ Decorating Ideas Made Easy. She has fabulous ideas and great tips for home decorating!

Amazing arbor by Counting Your Blessings


Lovely arbor idea. 
I found this beauty on Pinterest, but I can find no original source. :(

Old door chalkboard by Donations 2 Decor

Lovely! From Cote de Texas


Old door partition - The dark stain is beautiful.
(Another Pinterest find with no original source)

And another arbor idea 

Shelf and table - great little workspace in the kitchen from The Roseberry Cottage.

Old french door now works double duty in the entryway as a coatrack and family photo collage. Great idea from Photogmommie!

Hanging table for al fresco dinning featured @ GreenWeddingShoes.com :)

Shelves from Etsy <3

More upcycling ideas on my next post.
Until then!

Much love,
Dawn