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January 7, 2019

Just Peachy: DIY Ideas for Adding Coral Color

It’s 2019, and that means that Pantone has picked out the trendiest color of the new year—and this time it’s a cheeky shade called “Living Coral”! We’re just loving this warm and cheerful color in all of its forms: to a tropical red-orange to a soft, warm peach tone. Now that this color is gracing its presence everywhere–from the art, fashion, and interior design worlds–are you left wondering how you’ll jump on this trend yourself? Then wonder no less! Join us today as we show you three easy and affordable DIY ideas that will allow you to live that coral lifestyle. Read on to get inspired!

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Painted Striped Antique Trunk by Infarrantly Creative

Painted Antique Trunk


Skill level: Easy
Cost: $50-$115 (depending on the price of the trunk, and if you have some the paints and materials needed on hand already)
Amount of time: ~2 hours (not including drying time)


If you’re looking for a charming accent to your room that won’t break the bank, how about this painted antique trunk by Infarrantly Creative? To create this retro piece, find an affordable trunk in an antique shop or thrift store. If there are stickers on the trunk, use Goo Gone or another similar cleaning solution to clean off the outside of the trunk. Once your trunk is ready for painting, coat the entire thing with an adhesion bonding paint primer meant for glossy surfaces. Be sure that while you’re painting, that you keep the latch open—that way no paint will sneak its way inside the trunk and seal itself shut when it dries.


Next, paint the entire trunk in your base color (perhaps Pantone’s chic “Living Coral”?). When it’s dry, use painters tape to mark out 1.25” stripes around the trunk. Now it’s time to paint an accent color inside the stripes! What other colors you work with is up to you…you can pick something that compliments the rest of your décor, or get totally wild! The last step is to coat the entire thing in a thin coat of polyurethane for protection. Once finished, this fantastic conversation piece is super on trend, and also doubles as extra storage!

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Painted Peach Muslin Bags by Delineate Your Dwelling

Painted Peach Bags


Skill level: Intermediate
Cost: $15-$40 (depending whether or not you already own some of the supplies needed)
Amount of time: 45 minutes – 1 hour


These painted muslin bags by Delineate Your Dwelling are so charming! This project requires some drawing skills, but is otherwise super easy to make! All you need is some small muslin bags, acrylic paints, some paintbrushes, green felt, scissors, and hot glue. Start by painting a dark orange circle, what will be the base color of the peach, on your canvas bag. Then, add a lighter shade of orange to the top left color of the circle as a highlight. Next is the fun part—creating the leaves! Cut small leaf shapes out of felt and then hot glue the bottom tip together, to add some dimension. Glue each leaf (or several leaves, depending on the look you want) to the edge of the peach onto each bag, and voila! You have adorable little bags for candies and small gifts. Perfect for coming spring parties!

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Painted Dresser Drawers by Almost Makes Perfect

Painted and Lined Drawers


Skill level: Easy
Cost: $50-$75 (depending on the cost of paint and the amount of wallpaper you need)
Amount of time: 2 hours – 3 hours (not including drying time)


Does your storage look a little drab? If you’re looking to add a dash of coral to your décor in sneaky, small way, these painted and lined dresser drawers by Almost Makes Perfect are the perfect way to go! All you need is some wallpaper (perhaps you could design your own with MyGenue app, and have it printed by a company like Spoonflower?), some coral paint of your choice, and a dresser that needs a makeover. Carefully place down your wallpaper and attach it to the bottom of each dresser drawer, smoothing it out so that there are no bubbles or warping. Then, use a small brush to paint the outside of each drawer, making sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies. Just make sure to give everything a decent amount of drying time before re-assembling your dresser.


What project is your favorite? Will you be jumping on this coral color trend? Tell us about your crafting plans in a comment!


If you enjoyed this DIY round-up, be sure to check out our others: you may also like DIY projects for utilizing ‘Millennial Pink’, ideas for tone-on-tone minimalist decor, and clever projects for printed wallpaper!

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