Have you heard of Porch yet? It’s my latest addiction, and I bet you’re going to fall in love, too!
So, what (or who) is Porch? Well, since I’m finding it sort of hard to describe, let me take this straight from their website: “What is Porch? We’re the home network. What does that mean? Imagine Pinterest meets Linkedin for home improvement. Get quickly connected to BBB accredited professionals, browse over 130 million projects on Porch, and check out the Advice section for all things home and DIY.”
If you’re looking for any kind of DIY advice or a professional that can help you make your home decor dreams come true, Porch is the place to look. You can find Porch in all 1,500 Lowe’s stores across the country, where homeowners can get connected to a trusted professional in-store, or you can browse tons of photos, professional listings, ideas and advice from your home computer or the Porch app. I’ve been spending a good bit of time daydreaming about gorgeous kitchens and bedrooms on Porch lately, so I was really excited when I received an email asking me if I would like to participate in the Porch Home Treasure Swap (um, yes, please!!!).
The premise of the swap was that we “shop” our home for 5-10 unwanted items and send them to our partner where they will be given a makeover to fit their personal style. I was paired with Aniko from Place of My Taste, and she sent me a styrofoam wreath, a lamp base, a blank wooden frame, a cardboard pencil cup and a glass cup.
The first item that I tackled was the wreath. I started by wrapping it in burlap ribbon, and then I pulled out a handful of shabby flowers from my stash to find the ones that I liked the best. I decided to do a subtle ombre effect with the colors and placed the darker flowers at the top and the lightest flower at the bottom.
Wreath making comes naturally to a lot of home decor bloggers, but I often struggle with finding the balance between my wreaths being too simple or too overly embellished. It’s so hard for me to find that happy medium, but I’m really thrilled with the way that this one turned out!
The cardboard pencil cup was the next item to get a makeover. The paper cover was already starting to peel up at the edges, so I was able to easily remove it and use it to create a template for a new cover.
I’ve been hoarding this gorgeous October Afternoon Sidewalks floral paper for ages, and I decided it was perfect for this project. Re-covering the pencil cup was SO quick and easy, and I’m totally smitten with it now!
I painted the wooden frame with Modern Masters warm silver metallic paint – my newest favorite! I added a sheet of vintage inspired paper to the frame and used it as a tray to hold my pretty new pencil cup and candle. I love, love, LOVE these restyled pieces together!
This was such a fun and easy makeover, and it completely transformed the pieces into something that’s totally my style. Here’s a sneak peek at the items that I sent to Aniko…
Aniko and I weren’t the only ones who participated in the Porch Home Treasure Swap though! Be sure to visit Today’s Creative Blog, Capturing Joy, Maison de Pax, Craft-o-Maniac, Design Dining Diapers, and Artsy Chicks Rule to see all of the awesome ways that these creative bloggers turned each other’s trash into treasures!