Distressed Blue Shelf

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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!

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Custom Fireplace and Mantel

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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!

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Scrap Wood Wall Art

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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!

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Great Lakes Map Wall Art

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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!

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Kitchen Tablet Holder

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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!”

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Garden Hose Wreath

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KOD reader Nicki doesn’t have a blog of her own but wanted to share the new spring wreath that she made from a garden hose. Nicki took a very inexpensive hose in bright green and decorated it with silk tulips, which happen to be her favorite flower, and a burlap ribbon. Nicki loves that it is fun and a little “unexpected.”

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Refinished Trunk Coffee Table

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Aly from Entirely Eventful Day loves the function and industrial look of trunk coffee tables. The price was the only thing holding her back from owning one until she found a way to get one for FREE by transforming Grandpa’s old tool chest. With a cleaning, sanding, and staining, Aly finally got her beloved trunk coffee table and brought new life to a family piece that was going to be discarded!

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Wooden Twine and Scissors Holder

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When it comes to Pinterest, the pinning is the easy part. It’s making those pins actually come to fruition that presents the greater challenge. So you know Angie at Knick of Time was thrilled to mark this wooden twine holder as “pinned and done,” especially considering she pulled it off for less than a dollar using part of an old chair leg and a small wooden plaque she picked up from the craft store. This is such a darling storage idea that could also work great for ribbon, wasabi tape, and other crafting supplies.

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