Trash-to-Treasure Painted Chalkboard Jars

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Sarah of Sarah Hearts had been eyeing Anthropologie’s adorable chalkboard spice jars (amongst other things!) for quite some time. The sight of various glass jars in her recycling bin gave Sarah the push she needed to create her own “Antro-esque” jars using materials she had on hand. Sarah’s jars look remarkably like her inspiration, which is even more awesome since they started off as trash and cost her nothing to make!

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Paint Your Own Wall Art with a Projector

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Maria of A Hoover-gáton is túl saw a piece of wall art on Horchow that she fell in love with instantly and had to have. To recreate the look of the paneled art, Maria bought some canvases and acrylic paint and then had Office Max print the image onto a transparency. Using an old overhead projector, Maria traced the image onto the canvases and painted it in. This was a weekend project that cost Maria only $35 compared to $800!

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DIY Book Page Art

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Becca at From Gardners 2 Bergers shares her simple steps for creating DIY book page art on the computer. Becca asks, “Have you ever been to a restaurant and been like, ‘I should have just stayed home. could have totally made this food myself!?!’ Well guess what, this art is exactly like that!” Becca even had the genius idea to scan her book pages first so she didn’t have to sacrifice any actual pages. That means you could use a book checked out from the library or borrowed from a friend to create your art.

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Wood and Fabric Upholstered Bed

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Kelly from The Lily Pad Cottage has had the same wood bed for ten years and has painted it twice in an effort to change things up a bit. A wood and fabric bed from Pottery Barn got her wheels turning and inspired Kelly to add upholstered panels to her preexisting headboard and footboard. Although this project turned out to be quite the adventure for Kelly (and her family!), the end results are beeeeautiful!

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Rustic Wood Chalkboard Sign

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While rummaging through her scrap wood pile, Shawna from Dakota Creek Chic found a piece of wood she had previously tested with a gray wash stain. She immediately knew it would be perfect for turning into a chalkboard sign like one she’d spied online. This project was the best kind for Shawna – absolutely free! She says, “This could be useful in so many ways, messages to the mailman, asking guests to use a different door. The possibilities are endless!”

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Twenty Buck Outdoor Sawhorse Bench

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Last month I shared the gorgeous new outdoor dining table that Whitney from Shanty 2 Chic built for only $85 using plans from Ana White. Whitney again teamed up with Ana to build benches with a similar sawhorse style for only $20. Yep, you heard right… $20!!! That’s only $125 total for a solid wood outdoor dining set that looks like it came straight out of a catalog. The Shanty Sisters have done it again!

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Painted Buffet with a “Good Old Fashioned Wash”

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As soon as Sue from Gracefully Restored Furniture saw this mid-century modern buffet, she knew it was “crying out for a good old fashioned wash.” She took her first stab at the process by painting the buffet with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey, creating a wash with Graphite, and topping it off with some clear and dark wax. With a little distressing, it was finished!

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Kids’ Work Area with Schoolhouse Desks

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Busy settling into her new home, Jaime from That’s My Letter knew she needed to create a work area for her kiddos pronto. She teamed up with Ana White to transform an empty space into a functional and beautiful workspace that features three schoolhouse desks. Jaime repurposed the stained wood tops from an old IKEA cabinet she had taken apart, and, like she says, the paint and stain combination is simply “yummy!”

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