Tamara of Provident Home Designs was inspired to include a pair of abstract sea paintings in her recent powder room makeover. She loved the calming blue, gray, and gold color palette but didn’t have the money or space for Ballard’s ginormous $449 paintings. Tamara walks you through the steps to making your own paintings for way less. My fave part is how she used tissue paper to create texture on her canvas and incorporate pops of gold. Simply beautiful!
Morgan from Sweet and Salty Sugar Boys had an old planter from the thrift store sitting in her unused decorating stash, a reminder of decorating days and tastes gone by… That is until the Ballard Designs catalog came in the mail! Morgan ripped out a page featuring a silver urn and transformed her previously brass planter into a treasured knock-off with just a few coats of paint. Morgan says this piece is now her showstopper centerpiece and can be used for any holiday or special occasion by simply swapping out the flowers!
Corey from Tiny Sidekick lucked out when she found a ceramic garden stool at the thrift store for only $20. The color may not have been to Corey’s liking, but, as we all know, that’s a problem easily fixed with a can of spray paint! Amazingly, Corey’s painted garden stool looks identical to ones selling for well over $200!
After a harsh and seemingly never-ending winter, Dria of DIO Home Improvements longed to bring some warmth into her home with a summery rope project. Dria walks you through exactly how she created this knotted design on glass jugs with jute. This is a fun and easy way to give a little oomph to a plain glass jug or jar!
Christy from Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer shows that even a garbage can be cute – without costing you $89! Christy took a run-of-the-mill plastic garbage can and turned it into a real beauty with fabric and trim. She even added a monogram to the fabric before adhering it to the waste basket for an extra special touch. Isn’t Christy’s decorative wastebasket a dead ringer for her Ballard inspiration?!?
Jen from Girl in the Garage recently completed her very first knock-off project, an étagère makeover inspired by Ballard Designs. Jen had gotten the étagère from her parents, and while it was in nice shape, it had too much shiny chrome for her liking. It was nothing a couple cans of spray paint couldn’t fix! Jen covered the chrome with a warm, bronze finish and even refabbed the glass shelves to have a mirrored effect just like those of her inspiration.
Tami of Curb Alert is a pro at taking trash and turning it into treasure. She had found a bright orange plastic clam shell at the Goodwill. Sure, it made a great chip bowl for her luau, but it wasn’t décor Tami would want displayed on her table everyday. At least not until she took it from tacky to classy with a can of stone texture spray paint!
When Lisa of Salt Marsh Cottage saw Ballard Designs’ Messina Dining Table, she knew it was almost perfect. Besides the $900 price tag, the table was rectangular while Lisa needed an oval shape. She stalked Craigslist for an oval table that she could transform and, amazingly, bought one along with six chairs and an extra leaf for a total of $100! Talk about a steal! Lisa then developed a paint technique to mimic the zinc top and painted the legs and apron with homemade chalk paint. She couldn’t be happier with the way it came out–not to mention a savings of almost $800!