Print Your Own Vintage Wall Art

Kerri from Twin Leaf Cottage was inspired by 18th Century armorial art from Restoration Hardware to create her own “super quick, super easy and super inexpensive wall art project.” Sound good??? Kerri isn’t kidding when she says this project is super easy. All she did was find a couple of vintage ephemera images online and have them printed at a copy store for a mere dollar. Kerri then placed her quality prints into frames for her own DIY wall art that looks crazy similar to those pricey prints from RH!

vintage ephemera wall art

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Painted Outdoor Rug with Quatrefoil Design

What’s a girl to do when she can’t spend hundreds on a pretty, patterned rug for her front porch? Paint one of course! Check out how Gina of The Shabby Creek Cottage transformed this $20 Wal-mart rug into a statement-making piece for her porch. The ever resourceful Gina made the quatrefoil stencil all be herself using a cereal bowl and a piece of cardboard, traced it onto the rug with chalk, and then went over it with paint. Easy peasy and cheap to boot!

diy painted rug

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DIY Gold Bird Art

This morning I shared a DIY pinboard created by Shauna at Satori Design for Living. If you loved that touch of gold she added to her frame, here’s another gilding project from Shauna that brings on the glitz. Shauna was inspired by a tray featuring a silver leafed bird motif to create framed art with a similar look. All she did was print an image from the computer, trace it onto specialty paper, and paint it in with the gilding. I love that you could use this technique with any design you like to create fab seasonal art – leaves, pinecones, antlers… The possibilities are endless!

gold gilded bird art

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Old Frame to Fabric Message Board

When Shauna from Satori Design Living was challenged to turn her home office into a better organized, more functional, and prettier space, she knew a pinboard was a must. Shauna had been wanting a fabric-covered one for years, and it was high time she finally made that dream a reality. Shauna did it on the cheap by repurposing an old art frame she had. With a fresh coat of white paint, touch of gold gilding, and cotton canvas insert, the frame-turned-memo board looks sophisticated and a little glam!

diy message board

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Thrifted Nut Bowl to Wood Slice Mirror

I know people often look at the things in thrift stores and garage sales and wonder what in the world it is and who would ever buy it. Like a nut bowl that looks like it was cut from a tree trunk. Where one person sees a strange, old nut bowl, a creative genius like Caitlin from the Desert Domicile sees an urban chic Anthropologie-inspired mirror. Caitlin took the $5 nut bowl and in just a few steps turned it into this amazing mirror that seriously gives the Anthro inspiration a run for its money. I love how Caitlin used one of her late grandmother’s Mexican woven belts so the mirror is not only stylin’ but meaningful.

diy wood slice mirror

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Printable Industrial Style Letters

Jennifer from Blissfully Ever After wanted to add some industrial style letters to her son’s playroom. Jennifer knew she could purchase letters at the craft store, but then she came across Whitney’s free printable and tutorial at Shanty 2 Chic for creating DIY industrial letters. Jackpot! Jessica paired her own faux galvanized metal painting technique and Whitney’s printables to make her large wall letters for a mere $10!

diy industrial letters

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DIY Modern Wood Clock

Lindsay from Makely Home kicked off her Knocktoberfest with a fun DIY clock project she whipped up. Loving a $99 clock from CB2, but of course not wanting to dish out that much dough, Lindsay created her own with a few poplar boards and a clock kit. This is so easy, and you sure can’t beat $20 for a large, stylish clock!

crate and barrel clock knock off

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Wood Framed Flatware Kitchen Art

Nick from Lifestyles of the Rich and the Davis’ was happy to oblige when his wife requested a trio of flatware canvases for their dining area. With the help of Photoshop, Nick created his own stencils and painted the spoon, knife, on fork onto the canvases. Now, many would of stopped there, but Nick wasn’t done yet! He then turned the “disjointed set of silverware” into a statement piece by building a wood frame. I love how it brings the whole piece together!

fork spoon and knife kitchen art

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