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!”

wood caddy

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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.”

diy cafe shelves

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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!

outdoor dining table

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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]

It’s a Wood Cubby AND a Wood Caddy!

wood cubby

Like Michelle from Chalkboard Blue, I have long admired Pottery Barn Kids’ numbered wall cubbies. So when I saw Michelle’s foldable, portable rendition, I was instantly in love and impressed by her ingenuity in improving on the design. Here’s from Michelle:

“I have always loved the Pottery Barn Kids Art Cubbies, but I wanted to build mine to be more functional. I made mine with handles, hinges, and a latch so I would be able to take them with me or store them… I have also modified mine to hold larger and smaller items too!!! We have loved how they have turned out!”

wood cubby

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Spray Your Way to a Mercury Glass Lamp

faux mercury glass lamp

While on a recent trip, Debbie from One Day at a Time ventured out on a little shopping adventure while her husband was napping and just so happened to land a set of glass lamps for only $5.99 a piece on closeout. Talk about a steal! Sure, the clear glass was pretty, but Debbie had a different look in mind for the lamps and broke out the Looking Glass paint. The open bottoms made them the perfect candidates for Debbie’s faux mercury glass technique, as evidenced by the beautiful results!

faux mercury glass lamp

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Build and Upholster Your Own Bed

upholstered bed

A couple of years ago Kelly from A View Along the Way and her husband built and upholstered an entire bed for their master bedroom. Yep, the whole bed – headboard, frame, platform, and all! Kelly is such a sweetie that she has gone back and chronicled the entire process, including cost and materials, so it is simple to understand. How impressive is this???

upholstered bed

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