Marquee Star

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Amanda from Burlap and Denim loves the effect of lighting in design. Throw in a vintage-industrial vibe, and the girl is head over heals! That’s what propelled Amanda to create her own marquee star using rather unusual materials. Amanda’s star is not only incredibly less expensive than those offered at some of our favorite designer retailers but also quite a bit bigger!

diy marquee star made from foam core

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Blue and White Dining Room Table

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Inspired by the classic combination of aqua and white used by so many of her favorite designers, Jennifer from Celebrating Everyday Life spent the past weekend giving her dining room a makeover. Jennifer used chalk paint to transform her black table and chairs and give the whole space an overall lighter, airier feel. The end result is an inviting space that’s perfect for spring and summer entertaining!

dining room table and chairs chalkpaint makeover

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Framed Agate Slices

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Tanya from Dans le Townhouse had been lusting after $300+ framed agate slices for a few months but simply couldn’t justify the cost. When she found a set of gorgeous dyed agate slices sold as coasters for only $20.00, Tanya jumped at the chance to make her own framed art from the beautiful stones. Tanya says, “They turned out amazing and are even more “me” than the framed agate I knocked off!”

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Metal and Wood Bathroom Shelf

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Aly from Entirely Eventful Day wanted a beautiful weathered wood étagère from Restoration Hardware for her master bathroom. The problem? She didn’t have $700 to purchase it. What Aly did have was an old, metal, over-the-toilet shelving system. Aly refabbed the shelf with a fresh coat of glossy white paint and some wood to give it a more substantial and expensive look like her inspiration.

diy etagere makeover inspired by restoration hardware

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Rope Stool and Side Table

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Griffin from The Design Itch was inspired by a woven ottoman from Crate & Barrel to make her own. Initially Griffin thought she could simply wrap a garden stool in nautical rope but discovered this solution would cost her way more than simply buying it from Crate & Barrel. So instead Griffin thought outside the box and glued together two ceramic pots and wrapped them in rope. Her knock-off has a similar form and the same wonderful texture as the original.

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Wood American Flag Plaque

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With barbeques and summer right around the corner, Andrea from Queen of Kings just had to have a larger-than-life American flag to bring in the season. Andrea hit up the home improvement and craft stores for her supplies and then put her painting and mathematical skills to work. Andrea says, “This sign took A LOT of work and math, but the end result was well worth it! Stars & stripes forever!!!”

wood american flag plaque

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United States Wall Plaque

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Bethany from Sawdust and Embryos loves geography, so when she came across a unique United States coffee table, she knew it was the perfect opportunity to put her mad scroll saw skills to work! Bethany opted to make a plaque instead of a table since the Florida peninsula seemed susceptible to busting off easily with twin toddlers running free. Here’s from Bethany: “I love that it has an amazing wood grain, a pop of color for personality, and a heart marking the spot of where we live in Iowa. One of my FAVE projects!”

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Floral Lion Wall Art

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Merrill from Girl of a Thousand Dreams could hardly pass on wall art that featured two of her favorite things – big cats and florals. It may sound like an odd combination, but the two come together beautifully in this simple knock off that utilizes fabric, a black and white image, and a plain canvas. Whether it’s big cats and florals or butterflies and polka dots, Merrill points out that the basic design could easily be customized to suit any fancy.

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