How to Age New Books

aged books

Riva from Uno, Dos, Tres Chic shares her secret for creating beautiful stacks of aged books like you see all through the pages of home décor catalogs. Riva’s process involves tearing the cover off of cheapo books, giving the binding and pages a special soak, and then “accessorizing” the books with a little wear and tear. Once dry, the books are ready to be tied and put out on display. You would never believe these were crisp, new books just a few days before!

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A Chalkboard Wall Letter to Write About (and On!)

chalkboard letter

Sharon from The Blue Willow House has been decorating her grandson’s bedroom at her house with a Pottery Barn Kids-inspired nautical theme. One of the things she loved about the inspiration room was a chalkboard initial that serves as both wall décor and a fun place for doodles. Sharon created her own with a wooden letter, craft paint, and a sample of chalkboard coating she already had. This is a fun combination of two popular trends in the décor world, wall initials and decorative chalkboards.

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Stenciled Pillows to Lighten Up a Dark Room

stenciled pillows

With brown furniture and few windows in her family room, Nan from You Could Make That wanted to find a way to lighten up the space. She decided new pillows were in order and created four different designs using, stencils, craft paint, and white denim. Nan says, “Four new pillows, inspired by Horchow and Pottery Barn, for the price of some denim – a far cry from the $100 plus price tag!”

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Blue Painted Chevron Rug

Chevron Painted Rug

Riva from Uno, Dos, Très Chic is not a fan of traditional baby motifs, so this chevron painted rug was the perfect addition to her son’s nursery. Riva created her chevron design but cutting over 200 rectangles from freezer paper. (How’s that for dedication?) I really like how Riva alternated the two slightly different shades of blue, as it adds a bit more visual interest. Most importantly, it looks like Riva’s little man likes his new stylin’ rug.

Chevron Painted Rug

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Large Fold-n-Go Wood Cubby

wood caddy

I recently shared the foldable and portable caddy that Michelle from Chalkboard Blue fashioned after Pottery Barn Kids’ numbered wall cubbies. The smaller design was perfect for holding utensils and other fixings for summer barbeques. Well, that’s not all, Folks!  Michelle also created a larger version of her fold-n-go wooden tote that sports a handle, hinges, and a latch just like its little brother. Michelle says, “I love how this tote can be folded up and used to transport items or stretched out along a wall or closed up again for storage!”

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Café Shelves for a Long Wall

diy cafe shelves

We all have that large, awkward wall in our homes that we just can’t figure out how to decorate. Lindsay from That Village House found the perfect solution for that wall in her kitchen in Ballard’s café shelves and was inspired to build her own. Lindsay says, “I’m really happy with how they turned out!! The total cost was about $47 for two shelves. Not bad when this look would have cost me $189 plus tax and shipping at Ballard.”

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Build an Outdoor Dining Table

outdoor dining table

Whitney from Shanty 2 Chic just made her summer a little sweeter with this gorgeous outdoor dining table she built following plans from Ana White. The real kicker is that the table only cost $85 to build, which is straight up amazing for a large solid wood dining table. I can’t wait to see the bench she’s got in the works to go with it!

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Update a Glass Vase with a Woven Placemat

seagrass vase

Jennifer from Decorated Chaos loved the look of Ballard’s Seagrass Hurricanes for summer. While she wanted them badly, this thrifty chick wasn’t about to dish out an exorbitant amount of money for one! Instead, Jennifer gathered a thrifted set of seagrass placemats and some glass cylinders and made her own beachy vase and candle holder. […Read More]