DIY Wall Décor from Coffee Stirrers

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Make & Do Girl Jess shares her secret recipe for wall décor that’s full of “organic woody texture” and simple enough that anyone can make their own.  Jess says, “If you can smear paint on wood and use scissors, you can make this easy art.” Sounds pretty good, huh? Jess walks you through the whole process, including her painting technique to achieve the look of lovely weathered wood, and even offers variations for other coffee stirrer art projects.

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Make Your Own Farmhouse Light for Less

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Susan from Homeroad threaded an inexpensive hanging light from Home Depot through a ceiling fan pole to create her own farmhouse light. The original stainless steel finish was a bit too shiny for Susan’s taste so she painted it a rich oil-rubbed bronze, giving it just the older, more vintage look she was after. Susan loves it so much she’s now on the prowl for more items in need of an oil-rubbed bronze makeover!

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An Old Mirror Gets a New Makeover {Nautical Rope Mirror}

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After trying to freshen up an old mirror with paint, Katie from Upcycled Treasures still felt it was missing a little something. It was then that Katie stumbled upon a couple of rope mirrors that inspired her to act on her love for nautical décor. Katie hot glued manila around the twice-painted mirror frame and then added thinner rope threads at the top to cover the pesky seam where the rope ends met. Funny that Katie’s unplanned addition of the rope at the top is actually my favorite part of the mirror!

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Decorative Wall Shelf from an Old Headboard

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After finally achieving her dream of purchasing a beach cottage, Susan from Endless Summer now gets the fun task of decorating it. She had been holding onto a picture of a coastal bedroom from Pottery Barn for just the occasion, and it sported a lovely wall shelf with dentil molding above the bed that Susan absolutely loved. Her sweet husband came to the rescue, creating not one but seven shelves from a dismantled headboard. All it ended up costing was the dentil molding!

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Easy Sawhorse Console Table for $20!

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The Pottery Barn Sawhorse Console Table costs $500, but Heidi from Honeybear Lane created this lookalike for only $20. Along with being crazy cheap to make, it’s also incredibly simple. Heidi used barstools that she already had, but you can find them at most thrift stores for next to nothing. Heidi says, “Just purchase some lumber and stain and you can create this expensive table for a much more reasonable price. It’s also a very easy beginner builder project.”

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Aqua Painted Trunk Coffee Table

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Kristin of Finley Gray was flipping through Pottery Barn’s catalog when she laid eyes on their Rebecca Trunk, a trunk-style coffee table inspired by an Amish hope chest. Kristin was immediately smitten and just so happened to have an old trunk sitting in her bedroom. Since Kristin is having a love affair with aqua lately, she decided to let the trunk join the ranks and made it over using her own special paint concoction. Here’s what Kristin says about her old-made-new trunk: “I love the way it turned out!… it gives me the same sparkly LOVE IT feelings the original did in the catalog.”

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Display Your Photos on a Fabric Pinboard

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A desire to display her photographs led Elena from `a casarella to Pottery Barn, where she fell in love with a linen pinboard. Of course, what Elena didn’t love was the price of $159, so she made her own for under $20 using items from the hardware store. I love Elena’s mission to “free the pictures” that are usually “stuck” inside phones and computers, and her DIY pinboard is the perfect backdrop!

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How to Age New Books

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Riva from Uno, Dos, Tres Chic shares her secret for creating beautiful stacks of aged books like you see all through the pages of home décor catalogs. Riva’s process involves tearing the cover off of cheapo books, giving the binding and pages a special soak, and then “accessorizing” the books with a little wear and tear. Once dry, the books are ready to be tied and put out on display. You would never believe these were crisp, new books just a few days before!

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