Framed Map Art–Great for Large Walls!

framed map art

Camille from Chez Moi loved the look of a nine-panel framed map of Paris to put above the couch in her living room, but… she sure didn’t have $1K to blow. Instead, Camille used a 1739 pen-and-ink reproduction that she ordered from Amazon and nine 16 x 20 frames from Target to recreate for a fraction of the cost. Camille says, “Easy, inexpensive, and a great way to fill a large wall!”

framed map art

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Turn an Old Window into Fourth of July Décor

old window project

The minute Shannon from High Wire Living laid eyes on Ethan Allen’s American flag “Foundation,” she was in love. Unfortunately, $999.00 was more than she could afford. However, she did have an old window sitting in the corner of her bedroom begging for some love. With some vintage-look scrapbook paper and acrylic paint, Shannon was able to transform the window into a similar look. The cost? $40.00, which includes the cost of the window and the materials to make it!

old window project

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Add Texture with a Ruffled Burlap Lampshade

burlap lampshade

Magan from Magan’s Lens added texture and interest to a plain lampshade with ruffles and burlap. If you can operate scissors and a hot glue gun, you can make your own! The imperfection of the frayed edges and wayward ruffles are part of the shade’s appeal so this is a very forgiving project. Here’s how Magan describes the impact of her new lampshade, “It really stands out in the living room, whereas our old one just blended right into the wall.”

burlap lampshade

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Clean Up the Clutter with a Vintage Wooden Crate

Wooden Crate

The creative gal over at The Far Fifty needed to tame some clutter in her kitchen. Reusing some wood leftover from another project she made a wooden crate. I love the little details she did to make this look vintage using the little brad nails to give it a little age.

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Build Your Own Kids Armoire

kids armoire

Here’s the latest DIY furniture addition to her daughter’s big girl room from Whitney at Shanty 2 Chic. Whitney followed plans from Ana White to construct this gorgeous armoire that is jam packed with storage. The inside has both shelves and drawers so there’s plenty of room for clothes, toys, and even a television. My favorite part is that you can simply shut the doors to hide away any mess. That’s my favorite way to clean {wink}!

kids armoire

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Painted Chevron Rug with Perfect Zig Zags

painted chevron rug

When it comes to décor, Elisha from Pneumatic Addict Furniture likes to keep things on the neutral side. However, she decided to shake things up in her living room with a chevron rug (just to make sure she wasn’t erring on the “old lady” side). Elisha found a $20 rug at Wal-mart that was perfect for her experiment. She taped off her chevron pattern and painted away. Using her technique, Elisha had only crisp, clean zig-zags and zero bleed!

painted chevron rug

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From Plastic to Zinc Letters

zinc letters

The wedding gurus over at Heart Love Weddings recreated Anthropologie’s popular zinc letters in miniature form to be used as cake toppers. In addition to being the perfect DIY for a rustic wedding, the metallic letters look great framed for table numbers or home and office décor. And would you believe they are made from plastic children’s magnetic alphabet letters? They sure do clean up nicely with some paint!

zinc letters

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Turn Sheets into Ruffled Curtains

anthropologie inspired ruffled curtains

As soon as Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs saw a shower curtain and set of drapes from Anthropologie that were layered with gorgeous ruffles, she knew she had to have them. Or at least some similar since they were priced at over $100 for the shower curtain and $200 per window panel! Yikes! Sarah decided it was time to work on her sewing skills and created her own ruffled curtains using sheets. Sarah breaks down the steps with easy-to-understand visuals and also explains how she did it without sewing the entire piece.

anthropologie inspired ruffled curtains

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