Distressed Black Armoire

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Natalie from Sophisticated Yellow came across an ad for Restoration Hardware’s Montpellier Armoire and fell in love with its dark, bold, and commanding look. Not surprisingly, it was also expensive. However, Natalie happened to have two old armoires sitting in her garage that looked remarkably similar. A few coats of paint later and some light sanding was all it took to transform her old armoires into Restoration Hardware’s black beauties.

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Chalkboard Easel

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If you are still looking for a custom gift idea for a special little one this Christmas, then look no further! Larissa from The House on Harrison turned an old cabinet door from curbside trash day into an adorable easel that’s perfect for parties or play. If you love this easel as much as I do, then make sure to pop over to Larissa’s for a couple of other great ideas for turning a cabinet door into a sure-to-please gift!

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Printer’s Media Console

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Beth from Make Me Pretty Again was inspired by the immensely talented Ana White and Jen from House of Wood to build her own printer’s style cabinet for storing media components. Beth offers some helpful suggestions help you build your own without a hitch, so make sure to check it out!

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Kids Play Teepee

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What kids wouldn’t love to come down the stairs on Christmas morning to find their very own personalized teepee? For less than $40 you can build this fun little hideout following Jaime’s tutorial at That’s My Letter. Jaime used Ana White’s project plans and guarantees it’s easy as pie. Here’s what she has to say, “If you can sew a straight stitch you can definitely make this teepee.”

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Chalkboard Dresser

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This dresser from Connie at Sensible Redesign takes chalk art to a whole new level! After being inspired to make over an entire dresser with chalkboard paint, Connie added some festivity with chalk drawings similar to those seen in RH Baby & Child’s holiday catalog. This is a fun and easy way to change out your décor with the seasons or just when you are in the mood for something new.

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Wood and Metal Coffee Table

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Debra from Bungalow loved the look of a reclaimed wood and metal coffee table for her living room, but spending a couple thousand dollars on a small table simply wasn’t happening. Instead, Debra purchased some iron from the hardware store and put her husband’s welding skills to work. Even if your husband can’t weld, Debra suggests finding a friend or hiring out the welding to still save a pretty penny from Restoration Hardware’s price tag.

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Aged Steel Cabinet

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Tricia from Simplicity in the South had a locker cabinet from IKEA hanging out in her storage building that she knew could be transformed with “a little paint, inspiration, and determination.” Tricia outlines all the steps she took to take the look from that of a locker room to a high-end catalog. I just love this finish! You’ve got to check out the close-ups to really appreciate the beautiful patina Tricia achieved!

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Printer’s Style Bar

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Slowly but surely I have tackled a couple of of build-from-scratch projects to increase my woodworking skills and confidence. It’s when I stumble upon projects like this bar from Jen at House of Wood that I am really wishing I could make the jump to expert builder over night. Jen worked with Ana White for her printer’s style bar that includes shelving, a hanging stemware rack, and built-in wine grid behind those beautiful faux drawer fronts. All I can say is that I am in awe of Jen’s skills!

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