“Metal” Numbered Hang Tag

Angie from The Country Chic Cottage has been on a knock-off spree since the latest Ballard’s catalog showed up in the mail. One project she couldn’t wait to reproduce was the galvanized metal tag. Of course, Angie took a creative route to achieve the look of metal using clay. The finish is actually a printed […Read More]

Burlap Coffee Sack Ottoman

The natural color and texture of burlap makes it a classic when it comes to home decorating. So you can imagine the delight of Jenna from SAS Interiors when she walked out of a local coffee shop awhile ago with some FREE burlap coffee sacks. Jenna immediately envisioned the sacks on an ottoman in her […Read More]

Fresh Lemon Canvas Paintings

In order to unwind from a stressful week, Meaghan from Messy Business decided to bust out the canvas and paints.  She wanted some new wall art for her dining room, and a lemon print in the Ballard catalog caught her eye. Meaghan already had a thing for the “clean and refreshing” look of lemons, so […Read More]

White Louis XVI Square Back Chairs

J from A Girl and A Key was elated to find a set of four square back Louis XVI chairs on Craigslist for $125. J knew a coat of white paint and new upholstery were definitely in the works. Since this was J’s first go round with upholstering, she chose drop cloth fabric so it […Read More]

Colored Butterflies Collage Canvas

Last year, Marian from Maid Marian Made had created a collage for her stepdaughter’s room. Imagine her surprise when Marian was flipping through a Ballard catalog and spotted a similar piece of artwork. Usually she’s the one trying to imitate the designers, not the other way around! Marian layered  pieces like sheet music and handwritten […Read More]

Custom Stenciled Doormats

April from April’s Craft Nest shares a cheap and easy tutorial for making custom doormats aplenty. You’ll have enough for every season or to share with a friend or two! April used a large 6’ by 8’ roll of outdoor carpet, cut each doormat to size, and then painted her custom design using a freezer […Read More]

Gourd Shaped Vase Lamp

What’s a girl to do when she can’t find the lamp she wants at a decent price? Why make her own of course! Check out this lamp Kristin from Follow the Aunes made from a vase. Kristin says, “I wanted a high end lamp without spending the high end money… When I found this vase […Read More]

Natural Woven Lampshade

Incorporating natural materials like burlap, jute, and seagrass into your décor is a great way to add rich texture. It was for this reason that Angie from The Country Chic Cottage fell in love with a seagrass lampshade from Ballard and simply had to have it. (We’ve all been there before!) I love Angie’s resourcefulness […Read More]