From Chipped to Treasured {Decorative Jewelry Dish}

jewelry dish

Jamie from anderson + grant was totally bummed when she got a chip in a white decorative bowl that she loved. She simply couldn’t part with the dish and, instead of tossing it, extended its life by adding a bird she formed from clay. The strategically-placed bird hides the chip and transformed the plain white bowl into a cute little birdbath perfect for holding jewelry or serving as a catchall!

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Turn Vacation Maps into a Decoupage Candle Holder

map candle

After incorporating maps into the gallery wall in her master bedroom, Maryann from Domestically Speaking was inspired to repurpose one of her leftover maps into a decorative candle holder. Maryann shares at The DIY Club how she decoupaged a map she had onto a dollar store glass and then illuminated it with a tea light. I think this would be a great way to display a vintage map or maps from trips or locations that hold special memories.

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Mirror Mirror on the Mantel {DIY Multipanel Mirror}

multipanel mirror

Steph from House Stuff Works couldn’t justify paying $699 for a mirror. Oh wait, let’s make that $882.33 with tax, shipping, and an oversized item fee! After doing the math, Steph quickly scoured the internet and found a few tutorials to direct her path, mostly following Kevin and Layla’s from The Lettered Cottage. Steph used mirorred candle holders with beveled edges for her tiles and opted for a more polished look by creating a thicker frame. Isn’t it a beaut?!?

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Fabric Covered Memo Board Makeover

fabric memo board

Jennifer from Decorated Chaos had an old memo board sitting in her garage that had been patiently awaiting a little TLC for quite some time. While the thrifted board was covered in dust, dents, and scratches, it was obviously good quality and possessed lovely features that Jennifer simple couldn’t ignore. With a fresh coat of paint and new fabric, Jennifer transformed it into a piece she loves and is proud to display in her mudroom.

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Repurpose Plastic Animals into Pushpins

animal pushpins

If you have kids, you have undoubtedly acquired a set of little plastic animals somewhere along the way. Lora from Craftivity Designs shares a great project for upcycling the toys into fun pushpins that would add pizzazz to any corkboard. Lora spray painted her animals a crisp white, but I also think they’d be a great way to incorporate a pop of color into a space. It makes you look at your kids’ toys in a whole new light when you envision them with a coat of spray paint {giggle}!

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Framed Map Art–Great for Large Walls!

framed map art

Camille from Chez Moi loved the look of a nine-panel framed map of Paris to put above the couch in her living room, but… she sure didn’t have $1K to blow. Instead, Camille used a 1739 pen-and-ink reproduction that she ordered from Amazon and nine 16 x 20 frames from Target to recreate for a fraction of the cost. Camille says, “Easy, inexpensive, and a great way to fill a large wall!”

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Turn an Old Window into Fourth of July Décor

old window project

The minute Shannon from High Wire Living laid eyes on Ethan Allen’s American flag “Foundation,” she was in love. Unfortunately, $999.00 was more than she could afford. However, she did have an old window sitting in the corner of her bedroom begging for some love. With some vintage-look scrapbook paper and acrylic paint, Shannon was able to transform the window into a similar look. The cost? $40.00, which includes the cost of the window and the materials to make it!

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Add Texture with a Ruffled Burlap Lampshade

burlap lampshade

Magan from Magan’s Lens added texture and interest to a plain lampshade with ruffles and burlap. If you can operate scissors and a hot glue gun, you can make your own! The imperfection of the frayed edges and wayward ruffles are part of the shade’s appeal so this is a very forgiving project. Here’s how Magan describes the impact of her new lampshade, “It really stands out in the living room, whereas our old one just blended right into the wall.”

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