Reclaimed Wood Bench

diy mudroom bench

As a part of her mudroom remodel, Kristen from Lipstick and Sawdust built a small bench where her kids could sit and put their shoes on. Being the resourceful gal that she is, Kristen used some old picnic table boards she found in a dumpster for the build. I love Kristen’s criss-cross design and the fact that she built this bench for FREE by using the reclaimed wood! You go, Girl!

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Numbered Pails

pb knock off numbered pails

After purchasing a set of numbered pails from Pottery Barn, Laura from Top This Top That realized it was a project she could have easily tackled herself. So why not save a friend a few bucks instead? Laura recreated the look with inexpensive craft store pails, vinyl numbers, and spray paint. I love these little pails for storing smalls items on a shelf or even kids’ craft supplies in a playroom. Laura says, “This project is as easy as 1,2,3.” {Wink}

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Birch Bark Candle

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Kim from Sand & Sisal had been on a hunt to find birch bark sheets for a PB-inspired candle. After scouring craft stores, she drove home disappointed and discouraged… that is until she spied a pile of downed birch trees right by her house! Kim peeled some bark off the trees and scurried home to make this lovely candle. In all honestly, I would take Kim’s candle over Pottery Barn’s in a heartbeat. Why settle for painted when you can have the real deal? Just look at all that natural texture!

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Canvas Halloween Countdown Calendar

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When Colleen from Just Paint It wanted to make a felt Halloween countdown calendar for her grandkids but found herself without any felt, she turned to a material that’s always readily available in her house – canvas! Colleen painted her canvas and added some dollar store décor for a fun and detailed calendar. Colleen is a talented artist AND teacher, providing detailed tutorials so anyone can paint their own spooky Halloween scenes like the tree featured on her calendar.

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Framed Sea Life Art

framed sea life art

If you’re like Anne from Annimal Instincts, beach décor is not limited to summertime alone. Anne says, “For me, reminders of the sand and sea are not only a summer phenomenon. I can’t get enough of the soothing blues, whites, and tans all year round.” To bring that calming effect to her master bath, Anne used a little computer know-how to create custom versions of Crate & Barrel’s Sea Life Silhouette series using images she found online. Anne displayed her prints in inexpensive frames for a savings of $61 from the price of her inspiration.

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Farmhouse Outdoor Dining Bench

rustic x bench

This summer Whitney from Shanty 2 Chic built a beautiful outdoor dining table with plenty of style and space for her family of seven. It kind of goes without saying that seating is an important counterpart to a table. Whitney solved that problem by building two benches with plans by Ana White that share the same fancy X design as her table. I am still blown away by the fact that the table AND both benches came in under $140!

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Flower Ornament Clips

West Elm Christmas Flower Ornament Clip How to Make DIY

Jen from Librarian Tells All has already gotten a head start on her Christmas crafting. Yes, I know it’s barely October, but you’ll thank me when you see these adorable flower ornament clips that Jen made. As Jen points out, the clips have plenty of uses from tree trimmers to gift clips to hair accessories, which means you will want to make plenty! Thank goodness it’s only October, huh? {Wink}

West Elm Christmas Flower Ornament Clip How to Make DIY

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Glazed Candle Holders

refabbed candlesticks

Larissa from The House on Harrison wanted some candlesticks for her master bath and found beautiful gold and white candle holders from Pottery Barn that were perfect for the space. Not surprisingly, the price was crazy, which propelled Larissa to refab some candlesticks of her own with spray paint and glaze. I think it’s amazing how Larissa’s use of glaze adds such depth and actually gives the appearance of carved stone.

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