Retro Play Kitchen With All the Bells and Whistles

Camille from Imperfectly Imaginable made her daughter’s birthday dreams come true with this UH-mazing retro kitchen she and her hubs built. This baby has all the bells and whistles – real stove grates, oven shelves, a clock, and even a retro freezer thermometer. And Camille is such a sweetie she has made the project pans available to her readers and supplied links to everything she purchased. What little girl wouldn’t go gaga over this set-up???

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Shabby Chic Painted Dresser

Lisa from Salt Marsh Cottage fell in love with an eclectic dresser that looked like it had been “crafted from random pieces of reclaimed wood.” Since it was discontinued (and $495!), Lisa recreated the effect with an unfinished pine dresser from IKEA. The unassembled piece made the project a cinch and only cost $35. As Lisa says, this is a great project even if you don’t consider yourself a great painter. Imperfection is part of the beauty, so you really can’t mess it up!

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Planked Wood Quilt Square Wall Art

Like Aimee’s DIY wall art project I shared this morning, Jaime from That’s My Letter also built an enormous statement piece out of wood. I love the arrangement of wood pieces to create a quilt-like design, and, quite honestly, I prefer Jaime’s contrasting wood tones to Pottery Barn’s darker, more monochromatic version. Don’t be scared off with all the math in this project – Jaime’s already done it for you and offers a diagram of all the cuts so you can easily cut, stain, and glue your way to new wood wall décor!

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Planked Wood United States Wall Map

I’ve got a couple of DIY wall art projects to share with you today, and the main ingredient in both is wood – planked, stained, and beautiful wood! First, Aimee from The Vintage Estate got an order from a customer for a large planked wood United States map similar to one sold by Pottery Barn. Her hubs built a large sign from 1x4s, and Aimee then used a projector to trace the outline and paint it in. Talk about a unique focal point!

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Metallic Polka Dot Sharpie Art Mugs

Daniela from Put A Bird On It is all about creating lovely, “Pinterest-worthy” décor on a dime. She also happens to be a sucker for polka dots, so it’s no wonder metallic confetti mugs from West Elm caught her eye. Daniela shares how she made her own decorative mugs with Sharpies. She even took it a step further to customize a mug with her “phrase” for 2014 – Choose Happy.

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DIY Café Shelving for Seasonal Décor

Kara of Creations by Kara says she had been wanting to spruce up the area above her kitchen desk for ages. She found the perfect solution in Ballard’s café shelves and followed friend Shelley from House of Smith’s simple tutorial. All you need is a board, some trim pieces, and a couple of corbels. If you are a sucker for holiday vignettes and seasonal decorating, these shelves provide the perfect platform!

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Kids Play Canopy Even the Beginner Can Sew!

Forts made out of sheets… zippered play tents…large cardboard boxes… Kids love having their own “secret” hideaways. Christina from 2 Little Hooligans shares at The Girl Creative how she created a special retreat for her little ones using a hula hoop and twin sheets. Christina says this is a beginner project that takes just a couple of hours, and you sure can’t beat the price when store-bought play tents like this cost well over $100. It’s so stinkin’ cute that I want to crawl inside!

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Mid-Century Modern 6-Drawer Dresser

Lindsay from Makely School for Girls knew just the dresser she wanted for her daughter’s bedroom – mid-century modern style with clean lines and cool legs. The great news? She found EXACTLY what she had been envisioning at Crate & Barrel. The bad news? It was $1,600. Fortunately, there’s more great news! Lindsay’s friend Rayan from The Design Confidential drew up plans for the dresser, Lindsay’s hubs built the bad boy, and Lindsay finished it with extra high gloss white paint and stain. Talk about team work and a beeeautiful dresser!

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Organize Art Supplies in Style with Wall Cubbies

Carla of Blueberry Junkie is in the process of revamping her kids’ playroom, and one of the things she wanted to incorporate was an art area. Carla was challenged with neatly storing and organizing the art supplies without making them out-of-sight and, thus, out-of-mind for her kids. That’s where Ana White’s plans for numbered wall cubbies come in! Carla used scrap pallet wood from her garage to build her own cubbies in just a couple of hours. I love how inviting it is with the paper roll underneath!

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