Bridgett from Osie Moats is not a fan of plastic laundry baskets since they usually end up broken after being used as stools by her boys. Ever since adding shelving to her bathroom, Bridgett knew she wanted a cottage-inspired laundry basket to fill the space below. However, she wasn’t about the drop a wad of cash on something that would be housing dirty, stinky clothes from three boys. Instead Bridgett gathered several items she already had to create a rustic laundry basket that fits her space to perfection – in both size and design!
Erika from Retropolitan wanted to add a bold pop of color to her master bedroom and found a modern zigzag lampshade that she loved. But who spends $250 for lampshades? Definitely not Erika (or me for that matter!). Erika created an awesome replica by hand painting white lampshades she already had. How fun is this?!?
Regular KOD readers know Terra from Mama Says Sew is skilled with a needle and thread, but her DIY savvy doesn’t stop there! Terra had actually never built anything before, but fell in love with a shelf that would make a good beginner project. She dove right in and created this weathered blue shelf for free using materials she had on hand!
Michelle from Chalkboard Blue wanted a fireplace so badly she built one herself. And not just any fireplace… a gorgeous fireplace with stately columns, paneling, and built-in bookcases on the sides. This was a major project that stretched Michelle outside her comfort zone, but guess what? She did it! The fireplace completely transforms the space and is a daily reminder to Michelle that she can do anything she sets her mind to!
Gretchen over at Gretchen’s Garage teamed up with her son on a snow day to turn scrap wood and leftover paint into a piece of wall art. The duo drew out their design on a piece of paper and then made the puzzle come to life with the cuts of wood and paint. For only $10 for the plywood backing, Gretchen got new wall décor AND a day of quality time with her son. Now that is something Pottery Barn can’t compete with!
As soon as Stacie at Stars for Streetlights saw an artistic map of the Great Lakes for over $100, she knew she had to try to make it. She ended up turning the project over to Sean, a Chicago native with a connection to the lakes and also the patience to cut out five layers of cardstock with an X-Acto knife! I must say I am pretty much in awe of Sean’s steady hand. Even up close, the map looks fabulous!
Andrea from Queen of Kings had been passively thinking of a way to create an iPad holder to protect her beloved tablet in the kitchen. While “window shopping” online, Andrea discovered that Pottery Barn had beat her to it with a tablet recipe holder. She tweaked the design to her liking and then created her own version with scraps of wood left over from other projects. Here’s what Andrea has to say: “This project was time consuming but the personalization was worth it! Best of all it was FREE!”