Silver Starburst Mirror

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I am thrilled to have Mrs. Polly Rogers back with another of her fabulous and frugal creations, and let me say that her starburst mirror is a true lesson in thriftiness! The secret ingredient here is bendy straws that Polly painted silver and attached to an inexpensive round mirror. Polly says, “This project is fast, cheap, and easy but DRAMATIC and stands up to the closest scrutiny.”

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Metal and Glass Side Table

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Like most first-time home buyers, Jessica of The McKeown Residence found herself with big dreams of filling it with beautiful catalog pieces but a small budget. Jessica loved a metal and glass side table from Crate & Barrel and was able to track down a similar table with a price tag that fit that small budget. All it took was a few coats of spray paint to get almost an identical look!

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Checkerboard Butcher Block

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Kristen from Lipstick and Sawdust made this gorgeous checkerboard butcher block from maple and oak as a Christmas gift. The hardwood board is finished with a special butcher block oil so it’s completely food safe. It turned out so beautifully, Kristen ended up making two more!

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Painted Vanity Desk

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Virginia from LiveLoveDIY is a super frugal gal who loves thrift store excursions. On one of her trips, she came across a little, outdated wooden desk for $20. It reminded Virginia of a gorgeous $2000 vanity she’d just seen at Crate &Barrel. Virginia knew just what to do and transformed the piece with some high gloss black paint and a sleek chrome handle.

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Painted Stripe Curtains

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As I recently shared on Infarrantly Creative, I am changing things up in my family room after about ten years of the same color scheme. My first big undertaking was painting striped curtains. Considering color, pattern, price, and length, I always have trouble finding just the right curtains, so painting my own was the perfect option. I absolutely love how they came out and cannot believe the difference they make!

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Stenciled Ampersand Pillow

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It’s no secret that I have had a slight obsession with making my own pillows. I have also enjoyed the flexibility and savings of creating with stencils, so in my book you can’t really go wrong with a stenciled pillow {wink}! Jessica from Mom 4 Real shows how easy it is to make your own custom pillow using an easy peasy freezer paper technique.

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Give Thanks Plates

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These adorable “Give Thanks” plates from Dannyelle at Life Is A Party would make the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table this year! They are super easy to make and require only a glass paint marker and cheap plates. I know you are thinking that you’d totally mess up trying to write on a plate, but with the glass paint marker you can easily wash off all those “oops” moments.

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Framed Sea Life Art

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If you’re like Anne from Annimal Instincts, beach décor is not limited to summertime alone. Anne says, “For me, reminders of the sand and sea are not only a summer phenomenon. I can’t get enough of the soothing blues, whites, and tans all year round.” To bring that calming effect to her master bath, Anne used a little computer know-how to create custom versions of Crate & Barrel’s Sea Life Silhouette series using images she found online. Anne displayed her prints in inexpensive frames for a savings of $61 from the price of her inspiration.

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