Shabby Fabric Christmas Tree

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Like so many of us, Ashley from Simply Designing often finds herself inspired by the pages of the Pottery Barn catalog. Last year, she spied some fabric Christmas trees sitting in the background that caught her fancy. They weren’t for sale, but that wasn’t a problem since Ashley didn’t intend to buy them but instead recreate her own with Styrofoam cones and fabric. Ashley says, “This literally took minutes to make and I am loving them!”

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Rustic Plank Dining Room Table

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For their new 18-foot long dining room, Whitney from Life in the Barbie Dream House  and her husband knew they needed a long rustic table to fill the space. They immediately fell in love with the planked dining room tables from Restoration Hardware and the cream colored linen chairs they paired with them. Then they saw the price tags, which range from $2,500 – $4,000! Woof! So Whitney sent her handy hubby several photos of different plank tables from the store’s catalog, and he created this for under $150!

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Turn a Coffee Table into a Kids Art Table

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Laura of The Experimental Home had always wanted an activity table with a built-in roll of paper for her kids’ playroom. However, when Laura actually started decorating the space,  $200 and up seemed like a lot more money than when she was just dreaming about it. Laura decided to make her own out of an old coffee table instead. She spent around $15 on a cafe curtain rod, a roll of paper, and some big paper clips and about 15 minutes assembling the table. Sounds like a much wiser investment for a table that will undoubtedly see quite a few scribble marks in its lifetime!

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Paint and Stain Farmhouse Dining Set

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When six chairs in need of an update came knocking on her door, Jennifer of Contemporary Harbor was inspired to give them a makeover and make a table to match. With the inspiration of a farmhouse dining set from Pottery Barn, Jennifer got to work repainting the chairs and then constructing a new planked tabletop. I love how Jennifer simplified the build by reusing the legs from an outdated table. What a smartie!

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Horse Candle Holders from Plastic Toys

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Carmel from Our Fifth House has a big old love affair with equestrian-inspired décor. So it’s no question why a horse candle holder from Anthropologie caught her eye. It’s also no question why she didn’t purchase the holder for $24 when she could make TWO for only $7. Carmel says, “I’m pretty much crazy for their cuteness and having two for about $7… makes me even crazier for them!  Plus getting a fun project done in less than an hour isn’t half bad either.”

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Large Clock from Tabletop

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Ellora from Creatively Southern was inspired to turn an old tabletop into a large, functioning clock for her home office makeover. She says, “I’ve been searching for a large clock and finally found the look I wanted, but at a hefty price tag. Hefty like $279! . No way I can squeeze that in the budget no matter what excuse I come up with. So I made my own version of my favorite Pottery Barn clock for only $20!” That’s an extra $250 Ellora can put toward her room makeover. Don’t you love when you can DIY for so much less and, as a result, do so much more?!?

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Rustic Wood Star Cutout Sign

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Stacy from Not Just a Housewife recently had a momentous event occur in her creative blogging career – her very first knock-off! Woot woot! Her inspiration was a cutout star sign from Pottery Barn. Stacy went for a bit more rustic look, but, all in all, her sign is a dead ringer for PB’s. I sure hope this will be the first of many knock-offs for Stacy!

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Garage Sale Iron Bed

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Debra from Mountain Breaths had been eyeing an iron bed for her guest room. She says, “I love the early 20th century time worn iron bedsteads. You may have heard me squealing when I found a similar one for ten dollars.” Yep, you heard right – $10! Debra pretty much stole both the headboard and footboard from a garage sale for only ten bucks. All the pieces needed were a light sanding and coat of spray paint, and now they’re ready to receive guests!

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