Lamp Makeover a la Pottery Barn

While on a shopping trip in Pottery Barn, Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage found a lamp and shade that she loved. The bad news is they were quite pricey. The good news is Gina is a pro at creating a “cheaper alternative,” like mimicking a $159+ lamp for less than $10 using secondhand finds. Gina’s revamped lamp is just as lovely as her inspiration but is even better since Gina translated words from one of hubby’s love notes for the script. Oohlala!

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No-Sew Fourth of July Pillow Cover

With the Fourth of July just days away, I wanted to share a couple of projects that Debbie at Mountain Breaths created in honor of the occasion. Debbie replicated a patriotic pillow she saw in Pottery Barn’s catalog using fabric she actually picked up at Wal-mart years ago. What’s cool about Debbie’s pillow cover is that it requires absolutely no sewing. You’ll have to head over to Debbie’s site to read how she did it!

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Paint Can to Patterned Storage Pail

As soon as she saw Pottery Barn Kids’ paper-wrapped bucket, Anna from My Life and Kids knew she could make her own. Anna used new paint cans from the hardware store and simply wrapped them with patterned scrapbook paper using Mod Podge. These are great for toy storage or used as “gift bags” as Anna did for a friend’s baby shower.

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Shiny Silver Painted Seashells

Becca at From Gardners to Bergers tested various techniques to create the perfect silver seashells. We can all thank Becca for saving us time and money in experimentation! She wanted her shells to be highly reflective and super shiny. This is a subtle way to add a bit of bling to your summer décor.

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This Way to the Beach Signs

Today I am excited to share how two creative ladies put their own unique twists on Pottery Barn’s framed beach signs. Maryann from Domestically Speaking recreated a set of signs for her oldest daughter’s beach bedroom using her family’s favorite beach locales. In the spirit of “easy going beach livin’,” Maryann freehanded the painting and wrote on all the lettering with a Sharpie. I love how Maryann made the signs her own by giving them a lighter, more casual feel than those from Pottery Barn and also incorporating a little sentiment.

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Update Your Home for Summer with Seashell Art

My kiddos always enjoy collecting shells whenever we visit the beach. Of course, they want to bring them home, where the shells are eventually forgotten and I debate what to do with them. Riva from Uno Dos Tres Chic shares a simple project to put those shells to use and update your décor for summer. And all in less than 30 minutes! Riva simply glued her shells onto a piece of cardstock that was placed in front of the glass in her frame, and VOILA – instant summer décor!  shell art

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Easiest DIY Wall Ledge Ever

Steph from Newlywed Nesters took a friend’s recommendation to try out Shanty 2 Chic’s “shelves anyone can build” with plans from Ana White. As promised, the project was simple and inexpensive! Steph ended up building four three-foot ledges, which would have run her $45 dollars a piece at good old Pottery Barn. Thank goodness for DIY! Steph says the best part is that the shelves allow her to rearrange to her heart’s content without having to patch holes and rehang frames.

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Painted Oar Beach Décor

Amanda of Crafts by Amanda drew inspiration from Pottery’s Barn decorative oars to makeover a $4 thrift store find into the perfect wall décor for her bathroom. Amanda says, “I’ve always loved the look of these oars, but wanted one that would fit with the beachy colors of my bathroom.” Thanks to DIY, Amanda got […Read More]