Painted Outdoor Rug with Quatrefoil Design

diy painted rug

What’s a girl to do when she can’t spend hundreds on a pretty, patterned rug for her front porch? Paint one of course! Check out how Gina of The Shabby Creek Cottage transformed this $20 Wal-mart rug into a statement-making piece for her porch. The ever resourceful Gina made the quatrefoil stencil all be herself using a cereal bowl and a piece of cardboard, traced it onto the rug with chalk, and then went over it with paint. Easy peasy and cheap to boot!

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DIY Gold Bird Art

gold gilded bird art

This morning I shared a DIY pinboard created by Shauna at Satori Design for Living. If you loved that touch of gold she added to her frame, here’s another gilding project from Shauna that brings on the glitz. Shauna was inspired by a tray featuring a silver leafed bird motif to create framed art with a similar look. All she did was print an image from the computer, trace it onto specialty paper, and paint it in with the gilding. I love that you could use this technique with any design you like to create fab seasonal art – leaves, pinecones, antlers… The possibilities are endless!

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Wood and Metal X-Style Bench

diy x bench tutorial

One of my blogging buddies, Jen from Tatertots and Jello, recently completed a crazy gorgeous master bedroom makeover. One of the things Jen knew she wanted for the space was a bench at the end of the bed, specifically one that with a modern yet rustic feel. Jen found the perfect bench online that offered the clean, simple lines she craved with a reclaimed finish. Since it was a bit too shallow for her space, Jen headed straight to Lowe’s to DIY. She ended up adding metal supports so the bench wouldn’t wobble, which totally adds to the overall design and industrial vibe Jen was after. Well done, my friend!

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Dollar Store Pumpkins with a Pricey Pewter Finish

faux pewter pumpkins

Morena of Morena’s Corner is spot-on when she says metallics are everywhere in the design world right now. Yesterdays bright orange pumpkins are now being seen in shimmering mercury glass and silvery pewters. Morena shares how you can use spray paint and acrylic paint to transform dollar store pumpkins into pewter look-a-likes. Her technique could be used on any little knick-knack you find at the dollar store or thrift store to give it a more high end look.

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Thrift Store Honeycomb Lamp Makeover

honeycomb lamp

Megan from Homemade Ginger had been looking for a solid set of table lamps for her office desk but didn’t want to spend much money. After diligently looking at thrift stores for months, she found a set of honeycomb lamps that needed some TLC. With some spray paint, a little tweaking, and a modern lamp shade, these lamps look like new ones worth hundreds of dollars!

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Burlap Owl Swag Wreath

fall owl swag

When Gail from Purple Hues and Me saw a swag wreath with a small handcrafted owl in perched in the middle, she couldn’t help but wonder why the adorable owl wasn’t larger and more emphasized than the twigs.  Sounds like the perfect excuse for a DIY! Gail replicated the swag, making her owl large and in charge… and from a soap bottle no less! I am blown away by all the detail Gail put into her owl including the twine eyes and pinecone scale wings.

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Beach House Dresser for Under $100

blue dresser makeover

Lisa from Salt Marsh Cottage was trying to find the perfect dresser for the guest room of her beach cottage when she ran across a beautiful Maine Cottage dresser. It even came in a pale blue-green color that was perfect. The only problem? The $1890 price tag. Lisa challenged herself to recreate the look of this dresser for under $100. Thanks to a Craigslist find and some homemade chalk paint, Lisa pulled it off for only $94. She says, “Now that’s a price I can live with!”

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Vintage Framed-Ruler Chalkboard Sign

ruler-framed chalkboard

While vacationing on the Jersey Shore, Lauren of The Thinking Closet picked up a few really sweet ruler-framed chalkboard signs at a little shop on the boardwalk. After giving those two signs away as gifts and wishing she had more, Lauren decided she could easily make her own and set to work with rulers, chalkboard paint, and a few other supplies. While there was an “almost-craft-fail” along the way,  Lauren persevered and ended up with her own signs that are perfect for photo shoots and gifts.

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