DIY Acrylic Drawer Pulls


Sawdust Girl contributor Julie wanted to bring “some sparkle and old Hollywood glam” to her side of the master bathroom and decided acrylic drawer pulls were the way to go. However, they were crazy expensive… like hundreds of dollars for ONE pull expensive! Julie got resourceful and borrowed pieces from some bargain drawer pulls to attach to acrylic rods. Throw in some basic hardware, glue, and spray paint, and Julie got snazzy new drawer pulls that look waaay more expensive than they actually were!

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Convert a Wingback Chair to a Rocking Chair


With a baby on the way, the last thing Kenz from Interiors By Kenz wants to do is frivolously spend money. That’s why she found a way around spending a fortune on the wingback rocking chair she wanted for the nursery by instead looking for the perfect chair to convert. The answer came in the IKEA Strandmon wingback chair which Kenz combined with some unfinished runners she found online to create the ultimate rocking experience!

diy wingback rocking chair

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Wal-mart Kitchen Mat Makeover


Doreen from Hymns and Verses fell in love with a pretty and functional kitchen mat from Ballard that features a measurement conversion chart. What she didn’t love was the price of$75. Doreen instead decided to try her hand at making her own with a similarly-shaped comfort mat from Wal-mart and a chalk marker. Doreen designed the chart on the computer and then used a nifty transfer method to trace it onto the mat. The final cost of Doreen’s mat was under $15 instead of the more pricey original!

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Painted Lamps for a Pop of Color


Angie of Angie’s Roost wanted to add a pair of task lamps to her work area, but the West Elm ones she was eyeing were too tall and, not surprisingly, too expensive. She found a shorter, more budget-friendly version at Target; however, they didn’t offer the bold color choices that Angie found appealing. That’s nothing a can of spray paint couldn’t fix! Angie gave her lamps a paint job “a la West Elm” and says the hardest part of the project was deciding on a color.

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Chalkboard Tile Place Card Holders


A couple of weeks ago I shared a fun twist on your traditional place cards that was made from repurposed Scrabble game pieces. If you loved the idea but don’t have an old Scrabble game to dispose of, Laura from Inspiration for Moms shares at My Crafty Spot how you can get the look with a strip of molding and wood tiles from the craft store. All Laura had to do was cut her molding to size and then paint her tiles with chalkboard paint. The result? “A super simple craft that is a great addition to your table at any family gathering!”

DIY Chalkboard Tile Place Card Holders

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Paper Chandelier for a Baby Nursery


Sara from Embrace My Space put a playful twist on the “effortless and elegant” shape of West Elm’s Capiz Shell Chandelier for her baby’s nursery. Sara started with a hanging plant basket, spray painted it white, and then added ribbons with colorful paper circles that she punched from cardstock. As Sara points out, “you could use this method for creating something sleek and chic for any room in your home.  Just swap out the colors and even the type of cardstock and you’ll have a neat faux chandelier that you can use to fancy up a boring corner of your space.”

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Industrial Pipe Curtain Rod

pipe curtain rod

If you don’t follow me on Infarrantly Creative, then let me say that you’ve been missing out! I recently participated in a 30-day room makeover in which I transformed my son’s bedroom into an eclectic yet personal space. To carry the industrial vibe from his new DIY hanging wood and pipe bed to the windows, I created a curtain rod from pipes for only $20. As an added bonus, the friendly folks at Lowes even cut the pipe for me making this a pretty simple project. It really adds to the space, and, in my opinion, is waaay cooler than your run-of-the-mill curtain rod.

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Turn a Boring Chandy into a Stylish Orb Chandelier


Were you blown away by the beautiful orb chandelier I shared from Jen at Tatertots and Jello this morning? As promised, tonight Shelley from House of Smith’s stunning light fixture is in the spotlight. Starting with a store-bought chandy, Shelley created the orb effect with fencing wire and gave it a fresh finish with white paint. I love what Shelley has to say about her new entryway light… “She’s definitely large and in charge, but that’s what I LOVE about her! She adds some more drama to the space, and almost acts as an art piece as well as a light fixture!”

diy white orb chandelier

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