Paint Dipped Silverware

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Christy of Creatively Christy used the “magic of spray paint” to transform a set of ordinary silverware into a colorful collection of forks, knives, and spoons. After spying a set of paint-dipped servers, Christy got the idea to spray paint the stems of all her silverware. I think these would also be cute framed on the kitchen or dining room wall.

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Butterfly Shadow Box Art

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While looking for affordable accessories for her master bedroom update, Steph from Building This Nest came across a colorful butterfly shadow box from IKEA. At $14.99, it was hardly expensive, but Steph knew it would be simple enough to recreate without a trip to the big blue store. Steph used an Xacto knife to cut out her butterflies, drizzled them with craft paint, and then popped them into a shadow box. I think this would make absolutely darling wall décor for a little girl’s room too!

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Industrial Side Table

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Allison from The Golden Sycamore is totally digging the industrial look right and teamed up with her hubs to build a custom end table for their living room. Allison walks you through the steps to achieve the beautiful aged finish that is characteristic of industrial furniture. While this project wasn’t the easiest or cheapest DIY, Allison and her husband did create their table for less than half the cost of their inspiration and got a piece that has special meaning to them and fits their space perfectly!

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Woven Wall Mirror

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Angie from The Country Chic Cottage shows how easy it is to turn a plate charger into a stylish mirror with just a couple of simple steps. It literally was as elementary as gluing a round mirror to the thrifted charger and then adding a ribbon to the back for hanging. All in all, it cost Angie $1 and less than 15 minutes to make her woven mirror!

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Faceted Pendant Light

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Kelly from View Along the Way has a major crush on faceted lighting and décor. Fortunately, she also has a brilliant husband with mad woodworking skills who was able to create this dodecahedron light fixture, which is made of “30 pieces of wood cut at very exact, weird angles.” My head hurts just thinking about it! Kelly’s whole laundry room makeover is simply stunning, but this little light steals the show!

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Custom Fireplace and Mantel

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Michelle from Chalkboard Blue wanted a fireplace so badly she built one herself. And not just any fireplace… a gorgeous fireplace with stately columns, paneling, and built-in bookcases on the sides. This was a major project that stretched Michelle outside her comfort zone, but guess what? She did it! The fireplace completely transforms the space and is a daily reminder to Michelle that she can do anything she sets her mind to!

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Great Lakes Map Wall Art

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As soon as Stacie at Stars for Streetlights saw an artistic map of the Great Lakes for over $100, she knew she had to try to make it. She ended up turning the project over to Sean, a Chicago native with a connection to the lakes and also the patience to cut out five layers of cardstock with an X-Acto knife! I must say I am pretty much in awe of Sean’s steady hand. Even up close, the map looks fabulous!

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Garden Hose Wreath

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KOD reader Nicki doesn’t have a blog of her own but wanted to share the new spring wreath that she made from a garden hose. Nicki took a very inexpensive hose in bright green and decorated it with silk tulips, which happen to be her favorite flower, and a burlap ribbon. Nicki loves that it is fun and a little “unexpected.”

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