Whale Wall Décor

pottery barn kids inspired whale wall decor

Mable from Lilato Laka finally decided to give her son’s room some TLC after nine months of avoiding the task. A simple and timeless nautical theme rekindled her excitement to work on the space, and Mable spotted a piece of whale wall décor that she loved. She couldn’t find where to buy whale, but that was hardly a problem when Mable could make it herself. She broke out her beloved jig saw to bring the 34”x20” whale to life for a mere $12!

pottery barn kids inspired whale wall decor

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Varied Wood Stain Dresser

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This dresser from Erika at Retropolitan is such a beaut it’s hard to believe it was once a MAJOR eyesore. Like nasty peeling paint, tons of scratch and dents, and just plain old ugly! But Erika worked a miracle using some spray paint and wood veneers. The beauty of using veneers is that even a beat up piece can have a smooth, flawless wood finish without the grueling process of refinishing. And here’s the evidence to prove it!

west elm knock off wood grain dresser

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Pet Food Storage Tin

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Tidy Mom Cheryl shares a cute idea for storing your pets’ food in style using an old popcorn tin from Christmas. Cheryl painted over Santa with a bright yellow spray paint and then decorated the exterior with vinyl cut by her Silhouette and some ribbon. Here’s what Cheryl has to say: “I LOVE the way my  designer pet food canister turned out!………and Ballard Designs doesn’t offer yellow! {wink}”

ballard knock off dog food tin from popcorn tin

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Chrysanthemum Painted Vase

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Anthropologie’s colorful flower vases have caught the eyes of many DIYers. I have seen vases embellished with jewelry to achieve the same look, but this is first time I’ve seen a paper flower that’s just as pretty as the inspiration! Melissa of The Happier Homemaker shows how simple it is to make the chrysanthemum with just some snipping and rolling. Attached to her painted dollar store vase, it’s the perfect focal point for spring!

chrysanthemum vase inspired by anthropologie

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Plywood Bedside Table

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Bryan from Bryan’s DIY Home Improvement wanted new bedside tables, but a quick search online revealed that anything of decent quality would cost him a pretty penny. Instead, Bryan decided to delve into his first woodworking project and build his own following plans from The Design Confidential. Bryan’s two tables cost under $200 to build, and he went all out with high-end features like European drawer slides. Are you as blown away as me that this is Bryan’s FIRST furniture build ever? Wowzers!

pottery barn inspired end tables

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Butterfly Shadow Box Art

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While looking for affordable accessories for her master bedroom update, Steph from Building This Nest came across a colorful butterfly shadow box from IKEA. At $14.99, it was hardly expensive, but Steph knew it would be simple enough to recreate without a trip to the big blue store. Steph used an Xacto knife to cut out her butterflies, drizzled them with craft paint, and then popped them into a shadow box. I think this would make absolutely darling wall décor for a little girl’s room too!

butterfly shadow box art inspired by ikea

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Outdoor Dining Table

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After spending all last summer sans a backyard as a pool and fence were put in, Melissa of The Happier Homemaker and her husband can’t wait to actually utilize the dream space this year. One thing they wanted was a nice outdoor dining set, but they all came with steep price tags. Instead, Melissa and her hubs worked together to build their own using a combination of plans that included Ana White’s farmhouse table. Would you believe it only cost them $100 and one afternoon?!?

diy outdoor dining table inspired by pottery barn

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Drop Cloth Bag

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Jennifer from Jennifer’s Mentionables was leafing through her Pottery Barn spring catalog when some burlap bags caught her eye. Jennifer knew she could put her new sewing skills to work and create her own version of the little bag. She used a bag she already had as a model and created this drop cloth bag, or as she says, “a sewing project to hold my other sewing projects.” It looks like Jennifer’s sewing is coming right along!

drop cloth bag inspired by pottery barn

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