Metallic Gold Orb Chandelier

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Bloggy buddies Jen from Tatertots and Jello and Shelley from House of Smiths were in agreement that they both wanted to add orb chandeliers to their homes… and that they didn’t want to spend hundreds and even thousands on a store-bought fixture. What are creative, resourceful gals to do? Make their own of course! The lovely ladies collaborated on the materials and basic construction but then put their own unique spins on the chandies. Jen created a larger chandelier with a glamorous metallic gold finish. Talk about fabulous!

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Charming Coral Birdcage Chandelier

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For Deneen from Dreaming in Color (and the rest of us!), saving $2,000 is always a great way to start a project. Deneen saved some cash by turning a birdcage she already owned into a chandelier that’s reminiscent of a beauty from Restoration Hardware. Deneen went with a “bright and charming” coral color that’s a perfect fit for her revamped living room and says her favorite part of the birdcage-turned-chandelier is “how it illuminates on the wall at night showing texture and pattern.”
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Reclaimed Wood Wall Shelves with Metal Brackets

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Kristy of Kristy Dickerson had been on the hunt for the perfect shelves to hang above the file cabinets in her office. She finally found some at Restoration Hardware she liked, but just adding two shelves and the brackets to her cart drove the total to $800! Yikes! With a trip to Home Depot, Kristy had all the materials she needed to recreate the reclaimed wood and metal shelves. She did an amazing job distressing the boards to give them that old, worn look.

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Build Your Own Trestle Farmhouse Table

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Lori from Vintage Charm Restored had visions of dining al fresco while her daughter enjoyed playing on her playset. The only problem? Lori still didn’t have a patio table after three years living in her home. Having acquired a love for building things and already conquered bunk beds with the help of Ana White, Lori felt confident tackling her own outdoor dining table. Again, it was Ana White to the rescue with plans for a trestle style farmhouse table just like Lori wanted but for thousands less!

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Antique Factory Cart Table

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Shawna from Dakota Creek Chic found an antique factory cart at a local antique store and knew she could build her own version of the Restoration Hardware table that was out of her budget at 1000 bucks. Shawna used Ana White’s plans as a rough guide but was fortunate to already have the cart (that happened to have awesome casters) to use as a base. Here’s what Shawna has to say about her third big project: “This was an easy build, taking only one afternoon to finish. It’s so worth it, and I just love how it turned out. Hope you love it too and hope this inspires you to tackle your own DIY project.”

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Vintage Airplane Blueprint Art from an Old Drawer

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As soon as Anita of Inspired Passions stumbled upon RH Baby & Child’s framed airplane blueprint, she knew it would be perfect for her son’s room. However, she also knew it would be foolish to spend so much on it when she’ll probably redecorate in a year or two. Instead, Anita created her own vintage airplane art using a wood drawer, canvas paper, and leftover quarter round. I love how Anita repurposed the wood from the drawer for her sign!

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Edison Bulb Sconce for a Vintage Home

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Jaime from That’s My Letter recently moved into a truly vintage home, a circa 1740 saltbox style farmhouse to be exact. Talk about a project playground! When faced with the expense of needing to replace ALL of the interior light fixtures, Jaime came up with a more budget-friendly version of the trendy Edison bulb sconces for her pool room. The style is the perfect addition to an old home with so much history and character.

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Faux Zinc Wine Cabinet Makeover

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Stephanie of The Styled Soul loves the “industrial, sleek, and chic” look of Restoration Hardware’s zinc furniture. This love inspired her to refab a stained wine cabinet with a faux zinc finish by layering metallic spray paint. While this project was a long time in the making for Stephanie, she finally finished it and says it came out just as she had hoped.

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