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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Pretty Fabric Wrapped Letters

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The trend of incorporating letters into décor is still going strong, and you can pretty much find decorative letters in any style imaginable. Lele from Just Showed Up made these pretty fabric letters by simply padding craft store letters with Fiberfill and then wrapping them with fabric. I love the possibilities here since there are so many gorgeous fabrics out there. How fun is Lele’s combination of colors and prints?

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Get Organized with a Family Command Center

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With a growing family, Sarah of My Simple Obsession was in need of a command center to keep track of her family’s numerous appointments and notes. She loved one from Pottery Barn but says, “…no way would I ever pay $500 dollars or even close to that for a command center that I could make myself.  So I did! And for a fraction of that price!!” I just love Sarah’s “Pin it” corkboard tile and how she spruced up her board with fabric rosette thumbtacks and a bunting. So cute!

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Dollar Store Spotlight Table Lamp

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When Morena of Morena’s Corner purchased her home, it came complete with its own media room. Morena came across some cool spotlight lamps that would be perfect for the space and was “determined to recreate the look for less.” Morena pulled it off using items from the dollar store, making her lamp a whopping $3! Mission accomplished!

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Antique Factory Cart Table

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Shawna from Dakota Creek Chic found an antique factory cart at a local antique store and knew she could build her own version of the Restoration Hardware table that was out of her budget at 1000 bucks. Shawna used Ana White’s plans as a rough guide but was fortunate to already have the cart (that happened to have awesome casters) to use as a base. Here’s what Shawna has to say about her third big project: “This was an easy build, taking only one afternoon to finish. It’s so worth it, and I just love how it turned out. Hope you love it too and hope this inspires you to tackle your own DIY project.”

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Sister Wall Sign from a Pallet

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Melanie from It Happens in a Blink is in the process of sprucing up and redecorating a few rooms in her home… all at the same time. With a preschooler and triplets, I can only imagine Melanie needs all the quick and easy projects she can get. Fortunately, this wooden wall sign she made fits the bill in terms of time and money. By using a free pallet and common crafting supplies, Melanie created her sign with practically no expense!

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