Aqua Painted Tray Makeover

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Lindsey from Everyday Originals had been on the hunt for the perfect tray for her coffee table – perfect in color, size, and price. After a futile attempt, Lindsey was just about to give in and purchase a pricier option from West Elm. She took one last trip to TJ Maxx where she just so [...Read More]

Mosaic Painted Wood Jewelry Box

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Brittany from Confessions of a Secret Crafter created a stylish jewelry box with bold color and pattern, and basically all it took was paint! Brittany picked up a pack of wooden boxes at the craft store, penciled on her pattern, and then painted away. She says, “Plus, you can customize the pattern with absolutely any [...Read More]

Succulent Terrarium from a Fishbowl

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I always love a good reverse knock-off. You know – one of those times when you are browsing through a catalog and an item catches your eye that looks identical to something you’ve already created. That’s exactly what happened to Sarah from Just the Bee’s Knees. Two years ago she repurposed an old fishbowl with [...Read More]

Monogram Stripe Hand Towels

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Brittany from Leopard and Plaid was just about to purchase monogrammed hand towels from West Elm when she all of a sudden realized she could make them herself. Brittany happened to have similar striped hand towels from IKEA and used a freezer paper stencil to add the monogram. This is a great technique if you [...Read More]

Upholstered Headboard with Nailhead Trim

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Aubrey from The Crawford Clan was just about ready to buy an upholstered nailhead trim headboard from West Elm. However, she just couldn’t pull the trigger on the $550 expense. Instead she relied on a few helpful tutorials and her husband’s handiness to make a DIY headboard for $450 less! Cha-ching! Aubrey was inspired by [...Read More]

Industrial Wood and Metal Spheres

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Sarah of East Plum has found embroidery hoops very useful in sprucing up her home and used some to create decorative wooden spheres. She says, “These are quick, easy, and cost effective to make coming in under $10.” I like how Sarah added tacks for an industrial wood and metal look. That little detail really adds to the look and makes for a very convincing knock-off!

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Striped Pillow Shams with Fun Personalization

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Bonnie from BonnieProjects shares at Teal & Lime how she added a fun, personal touch to her bed with striped pillow shams. Bonnie had been eyeing West Elm’s shams for some time and had even gotten close to buying them despite the hefty price tag. One thing holding her back was the fact that there was a three-letter limit on monograms. Bonnie says, “So what do you do when you can’t get what you want? Make your own!” Bonnie’s workmanship on these is impeccable, and the sweet nicknames on the front are the icing on the cake!

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Rustic Wood Wall Shelves with Metal Brackets

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Carissa of Carissa Miss finished off her son’s nursery with a set of custom shelves above the changing table. Thanks to metal brackets from IKEA and a wood board from the home improvement store she was able to do it at a fraction of the cost of her West Elm inspiration. I love the combo of the rustic wood-stained shelf and glitzy metallic brackets and can’t think of a room (or even an entryway) where these wouldn’t add style and function!

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