Painted Scroll Mirror Makeover

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When Kirklands contacted Tricia from Little Cottage on the Pond about doing a “look for less” post featuring one of their items, she was all in! She picked a mirror with an almost identical architectural style to one she’d been eyeing from Restoration Hardware. While the style was spot-on, the finish left a lot to be desired. But Tricia knew what she could do with a little “paint magic.”  Tricia used RH paint from a sample pot, then whitewashed it, and added dark wax to get that RH signature look.

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Shadow Box Art that Brings the Outdoors In

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Jacob from Home Tree Atlas really liked the shadow boxes from Restoration Hardware that display sea fans. With the right shadow boxes (thanks to IKEA) and fabric, he knew it could be done quite simply. Jacob says, “Next time I’m by the beach I’ll be looking for more decor pieces to frame – but for now, a walk around the neighborhood proved to be quite lucrative.” I love the classic black and white, but, like Jacob, think this nature art would be fun with a pop of color for a more modern and funky twist!

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Cottage Style Toddler Bed

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It’s hard to say who is more excited about Jen’s latest build over at The House of Wood – Jen who got to “play” with her new table saw or her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter who graduated to a “big girl” bed! Jen teamed up with the lovely Ana White again to build the sweet little cottage style bed that features a gentle curved design and turned legs. I love how the side rails offer all the comfort and security a little one needs and also add to the style of the piece. So pretty!

RH Baby & Child inspired toddler bed

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Reclaimed Wood Wall Shelves

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Laura of The Simple Life and her husband Damon wanted to “finish off” their living room by filling the large blank wall next to their television. Laura found some wood shelves with metal brackets that she thought would be perfect for the space. Well, perfect that is minus the price. Laura did the math, and they were looking at around $700 for three measly shelves. Craziness! Instead, Laura and Damon spent some time in the hardware store devising a plan to get the same look for substantially less. I’d say they did a pretty awesome job!

rh inspired wood and metal wall shelves

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Vintage Framed Alphabet Art

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Jennifer from Blissfully Ever After decided to give an outdated picture frame from a swap meet some love and turn it into a piece of vintage, industrial alphabet art for her son’s playroom. With some leftover paint and her own custom printable, Jennifer pulled it off for a whopping $1.79. That’s quite the saving compared to her $329 inspiration! Wowzers!

DIY phonetic alphabet printable wall art - a RH Baby & Child knock off

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Marquee Star

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Amanda from Burlap and Denim loves the effect of lighting in design. Throw in a vintage-industrial vibe, and the girl is head over heals! That’s what propelled Amanda to create her own marquee star using rather unusual materials. Amanda’s star is not only incredibly less expensive than those offered at some of our favorite designer retailers but also quite a bit bigger!

diy marquee star made from foam core

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Metal and Wood Bathroom Shelf

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Aly from Entirely Eventful Day wanted a beautiful weathered wood étagère from Restoration Hardware for her master bathroom. The problem? She didn’t have $700 to purchase it. What Aly did have was an old, metal, over-the-toilet shelving system. Aly refabbed the shelf with a fresh coat of glossy white paint and some wood to give it a more substantial and expensive look like her inspiration.

diy etagere makeover inspired by restoration hardware

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Illuminated “Hello” Sign

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Nancy from Owen’s Olivia put her own creative spin on an illuminated arrow sign she saw from RH Baby & Child by making a “hello” sign out of Christmas lights. The beauty of Nancy’s DIY approach (aside from saving some serious dough) is that your sign can say whatever you like. Who wouldn’t want to see his or her name up in lights {wink}?

lighted hello sign inspired by rh baby and child

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