DIY Café Shelving for Seasonal Décor

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Kara of Creations by Kara says she had been wanting to spruce up the area above her kitchen desk for ages. She found the perfect solution in Ballard’s café shelves and followed friend Shelley from House of Smith’s simple tutorial. All you need is a board, some trim pieces, and a couple of corbels. If you are a sucker for holiday vignettes and seasonal decorating, these shelves provide the perfect platform!

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The Perfect Round Burlap Tablecloth

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Traci from Beneath My Heart recently shared a blast from her blogging past with this round burlap tablecloth she sewed up a few years ago. While Ballard was charging $85 for their tablecloth, Traci was able to easily make her own for only $9. That’s $9 for a tablecloth that will never go out of style, as evidenced by the fact that Ballard is still selling the exact same one years later. Traci walks you through the entire process from getting the right dimensions to cutting a perfect circle so you can make one too!

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Dining Table Makeover with DIY Zinc Tabletop

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Traci from Beneath My Heart had been planning a makeover for her well-loved table for quite sometime and knew exactly the look she wanted – a zinc tabletop with distressed base. Traci did an easy update to her existing table base with some chalk paint and then got creative with the zinc tabletop, covering a piece of MDF with steel and aging it with muriatic acid. I love that you can use these steps to completely transform any old table or desk!

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Upholstered Letter with Nailhead Trim

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This morning I shared how Laura from Finding Home transformed a boring set of wire baskets into a stylish wood and metal organizer for her craft room. While working on that project, Laura also become captivated with an upholstered letter with nailhead trim from Ballard and couldn’t help but tackle another knock-off project! She grabbed a paper mache letter from the store, wrapped it with a suede-like material, and then added nailhead trim to the edge for a sophisticated, upscale look.

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Industrial Wood and Metal Craft Room Storage

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Laura from Finding Home knew she needed to find a storage solution for her ribbon hoard collection. She already had a wire basket organizer in her basement that was fully functional but lacking in the style department. That Laura could take care of! She scoured the internet for inspiration and came up with the perfect plan to transform her plain wire drawers into an industrial-looking wood and metal cabinet. Isn’t it amazing what a bit of paint and wood can do?!?

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“Peace on Earth” Wreath with Chalk Art

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While catalogs provide plenty of eye candy for us to oh and ah over, they are also fabulous resources for styling our homes. Sometimes we can create a similar look using items we already have just by simply moving them around. A perfect example is this holiday vignette created by Kathleen of Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}. Kathleen paired her holiday wreath with a DIY chalkboard she’d previously made to create this clever “Peace on Earth” vignette. It didn’t cost her a penny, and Kathleen can thank the brilliant stylists from Ballard!

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Gold and White Christmas Sign

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To go next to her stunning starburst mirror Christmas tree, Jen from Tatertots & Jello created a holiday sign that also reflects her gold, white, and grey color theme. Jen purchased a cheap shelf board for the sign and used her handy dandy Silhouette for the art. Believe me when I say the Silhouette makes sign-making a breeze. And, instead of $69, Jen made her sign for only $12!

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From Gross to Gorgeous Chair Makeover

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Sara of Major Hoff Takes a Wife was smitten the moment she saw Ballard’s Casa Florentina Collection. She says, “The brush strokes, the depth of colors, the glazing, oh my! Then I saw the price! Double oh my!!!!” While Sara might not be able to have the exact $449 armchair she was drooling over, that didn’t mean she couldn’t have a chair with a similar look. She snatched up a wood chair a friend was selling for $20. It was desperately in need of a little TLC, and Sara was happy to oblige with a fresh coat of paint, secret waxing technique, and new upholstery. Isn’t she a beaut now?

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