Reclaimed Wood and Metal Wall Shelves

Leslie of Loving What We Live was inspired by a friend’s beautiful Restoration Hardware reclaimed wood shelves to create some of her own. By DIYing the shelves, Leslie not only saved money but also was able to custom match the stain to other furniture in her home. The distressed wood shelves are now a great place to display family photos and other treasures.

wood and metal wall shelves

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Spell It Out with Glitter Letter Ornaments

Your Homebased Mom Leigh Anne is all about a themed Christmas tree and displays a “Joy” tree in her family room each year. She thought glitter letters would be the perfect way to spell out “joy” for her tree and knew she could make them cheaper than purchasing them from Pottery Barn. Sure, $3.50 sounds cheap for something from PB, but it still doesn’t beat the cost of cardboard, glue, and glitter! Don’t you love that sparkle???

Glitter Ornament

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Thanksgiving Boat Place Holders

Here’s a really cute Thanksgiving idea from Ashley at Simply Designing. With just a bit of felt and a little hand-stitching, she made these little pilgrim boats filled with candy. Wouldn’t these make darling place holders at the “kid’s table?” You could also fill them with small gourds or pinecones if the candy might prevent your little ones from “gobbling” up their turkey.

mayflower thanksgiving centerpiece

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Multi-Purpose Kids Play Stand

It’s a grocery store… No, wait, it’s a lemonade stand… How about a post office? This play stand made by Jaime from That’s My Letter is so versatile I cannot possibly list all its uses. Jaime built the stand using plans from Ana White and then created interchangeable buntings and signs so the stand can quickly and easily change functions. You have to check out all Jaime’s pics because they are too stinkin’ cute! LOVE!

play stand

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Shabby Fabric Christmas Tree

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!”

fabric christmas tree

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Rustic Plank Dining Room Table

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!

planked wood dining table

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Turn a Coffee Table into a Kids Art Table

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!

diy activity table

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Paint and Stain Farmhouse Dining Set

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!

farmhouse table 2

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