I stole this idea from someone, but can't remember who. If it's you, let me know and I'll link back! I made this chair wreath for Christmas but it's so pretty I don't think I'll be taking it down after the holidays. But I still need to make 3 more when I get the time. I remember reading the person who did it bought a garland of faux boxwood greens and pulled all the stems off and wired them to a twig wreath. I used a little wire form, which worked fine. I used half the garland to make one, which isn't too bad if you have a coupon for the garland. It cost about $8-9 to make one with all the materials, which I think is worth it for how pretty they are. My limited photography skills do not do this justice.
As you can see, all my painting is finally done on the dining room furniture, but I can't take all the credit. With 2 1/2 chairs and a coat on the table bottom to go, I got totally burned out on painting and could not face finishing it. I was finding any excuse not to paint. Then the Paint Fairy came, and made everything right:
The Paint Fairy here being none other than my lovely and helpful daughter Amanda, who volunteered to go the distance and finish this never-ending project for me. You may notice from the turquoise can in the pic that we painted the table and chairs in Martha Stewart paint rather than the ASCP that I used on the hutch and the server. Because the chalk paint is sort of, well, chalky, I wanted to use something smoother on the pieces that would get touched pretty often. Time will tell if that was a good decision. From an aesthetic viewpoint, I don't think anyone will notice I used different paint. I still didn't have to sand or prime, the Martha Paint stuck fine, though I will qualify that by saying the finish on this furniture was shot and I did clean it first with deglosser. It did take more coats to cover than chalk paint, but all told we used about the same amount of paint, or maybe less, than we would have used in chalk paint.
Around the room:
With just a little much-needed assistance from the Paint Fairy.