Shades of Pink and a Project

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For my Valentine’s table, I decided to do red in the kitchen and pink in the dining room. For my small kitchen table, I began with red placemats and my Pioneer Woman off white dinner plates…I believe she calls them “linen.”

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I topped them with my heart plates, an old eBay purchase. I bought these back when I first began this crazy addiction hobby called tablescaping.

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I had in mind the red napkins that I wanted to use but ran across these dotted ones when I was searching for them. I decided that they would be perfect. I added the napkin ring that I made out of Dollar Tree table scatter and heart beads a year or 2 ago and Chateau flatware.

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I found the red glasses that I normally use at Christmas.

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Because there is not much room on my small kitchen table, I usually do a small vignette on one end rather than a centerpiece. Because I was rushed a little that day, I did not put a lot of thought into it and just used 3 votives in holders of varying size and shape.

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Dollar Tree heart table scatter provided the finishing touch. I was really happy with my final product!

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It was a few days later before I got around to doing the dining room table. I had been thinking about pink, but I just could not decide how to make the table look different from most of my other pink tables. Finally, I decided on shades of pink rather than one solid pink color. I started with these placemats that have brighter pinks and red in them.

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Once again, I pulled out the Pioneer Woman linen plates. I didn’t want a solid pink dinner plate since I was trying to pull in several tones of pink. My Homer Laughlin Sunrise salad plate adds the pink I was wanting without being too overwhelming.

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I love these Valentine napkins, an early Napkin Lady purchase. I like all of the different shades of pink in them, one of the reasons that I had in mind different shades of pink for this table. Do you love my heart napkin ring? It’s perfect for a Valentine’s table! OK, here’s the secret: it’s a bracelet! Have you tried shop miss a yet? I promised using some ordinary things in unconventional ways, and here are my bracelets used as napkin rings. I had this in mind when I ordered them, and I just love the way it looks. A couple of other things that I was planning on when I placed my last order didn’t really work out. I purchased some Valentine earrings with the idea of making them into napkin rings, but they didn’t look the way that I planned. Oh well, they were only a $1, and if I don’t have a friend who wants them, I can sell them at my booth. Love me some shop miss a!

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Again keeping with the shades of pink theme, I found my Dollar General pink flatware. I like the way the place setting turned out with all of the different pinks.

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Of course, my pink tulip goblets were the obvious choice for this table!

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I wanted to keep the centerpiece simple yet still evoke Valentine’s. Conversation hearts scream (no pun intended) Valentine’s to me. I even made a special trip to Dollar General to get them so that I could finish up this table. My vintage Fenton silver crest candy dish on top of my pink quilted runner is a great way to show off my conversation hearts.

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Another vintage candy dish, Anniversary by Jeannette Glass Co., hold more conversation hearts.

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My pink variegated cheerful giver pillar candles also play up the shades of pink theme.

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I like how this centerpiece looked, but I thought it needed a little something else…something a little more Valentines. Even though I had not intended to use any red on the table, the pink heart table scatter did not look right on the runner…not enough color contrast. So I threw the red hearts around the centerpiece, and I was pleased with the final look.

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I used the pink heart table scatter on the place settings and on the table. The pink shows up great on my dark wood, and I like the final look. Very bright and cheerful…very Valentine’s…very pink!

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One reason that I have not posted in over a week is that my husband and I have been working on a project. He is usually the furniture person around here, but I recently took on a project as well. We got this desk when we purchased a pick up load of furniture from a guy who was needing to downsize.

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It is an inferior quality of wood that will not strip out or take a stain well. We prefer the look of stained furniture, but we do use paint when staining is not an option. We are not trying to offend the tens of thousand of project bloggers out there who paint furniture all the time…that is fine for you; it is just not for us. David told me that this desk would do better painted.

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This desk also needed some repair, as you can tell. He did that, sanded it down, and handed the desk project off to me.

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I had in mind two things: first, I wanted a chair to go with the desk; second, I wanted to use this great fabric that I had picked up quite some time ago. I remembered a chair that David had brought home a while ago and asked him if I could use it for this project.

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This side-of-the-road find needed some minimal repair. The less repair needed, the higher the profit margin, which is always nice.

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David sanded it for me, and I was ready to begin my desk and chair project.

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I took my fabric to Sherwin Williams, and I was just overwhelmed. How in the world to pick out what color to go with that great fabric? Solution: always use your resources. I called the girl who sells painted furniture at our flea market (her booth is actually right next to ours), and texted her a pic of the material, asking what color she recommended pulling out of the fabric.

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She said the light blue or the brown, so I decided on the blue since I wanted a colorful finished project. Once again, I was just overwhelmed as I looked at what had to be at least 5000 shades of light blue. I picked out 5 different shades and decided to use my resources.

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I took them to my artsy friend along with the fabric and told her my plans. She perused the samples for a few minutes, then picked one, liquid blue.

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I spent a couple of nights painting and then David did the polyurethane and upholstery. Cute, right? I really like how the chair turned out.

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The desk is pretty cute too, if I do say so myself. We had hoped to use the hardware that came on it, but it didn’t look right. I purchased new drawer pulls, and I like the sleek look on this simple desk.

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Love my painting project! Sorry for the dark pics…I had to take these photos at the flea market since I had not had time to take them outside. I’ll keep you posted on how well it sells.

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Happy Valentines to all!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,   The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants;  Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style , Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home
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About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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6 Responses to Shades of Pink and a Project

  1. lulu says:

    Good job on both your tables and the project. What you do always shows a sense of fun.

  2. Vicky Hunt says:

    Both tables are so pretty! I really like those Pionbeer Woman plates. They are so versatile! My favorite today is the desk and chair makeover though! Fantastic job and I love the color! I bet it has sold already, hasn’t it? Have a wonderful Friday!

  3. bj says:

    they look very nice and good luck on the sell.

  4. The table and chair look very nice! I’m sure they will sell fast. Lovely Valentine’s tablescapes. I won’t be home for Valentines with my sweetie or I’d steal some of your ideas to spruce up my table a bit!

  5. Sherry says:

    What cute plates Bev and I like the desk makeover too! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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