Custom Wood Wall Monograms for Less

Whether placed on a bag, a pillow, or even a wall, a monogram adds a flourish that’s undeniable. Anne from Creative Life Blog wanted to bring this flourish to her bar area and her daughter’s nursery, just not at $139 a piece. She found a more affordable option in ordering custom unfinished wood monograms and then simply spray painting them the desired color. She says, “Not only was I able to make two monograms for less than the price of one, but mine is larger!!!”

pottery barn inspired monogram

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Campaign Chest Nightstand with DIY Metal Base

Yesterday, the very talented Sarah M. Dorsey shared at Infarrantly Creative how she constructed a metal base to turn a campaign chest into the perfect little nightstand for her bedside. When you hear metal base, you may think welding is in involved. However, Sarah offers a simpler solution using strips of aluminum. This is a brilliant way to add “legs” and height to a chest or even build your own coffee table like Sarah did last summer. Everything the girl touches is gold I tell ya!

campaign chest nightstand

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Painted Stripe Oar Wall Décor

Krista of The Happy Housie turned ordinary clear varnished paddles from a sporting supply store into knock-off versions of the Oar Décor from Pottery Barn Kids as part of revamping her sons’ new shared bedroom space. I am sure it comes as no surprise that paint was all it took to make these paddles come to life. I totally love the bright pops of color against the crisp white planked wall.

diy oar decor

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Dry Erase Place Card Holders

With a summer wedding in the works, Patty from How Sweet It Is has been on the lookout for cute and simple touches for the wedding reception. She ran across these darling dry erase place card holders from Pottery Barn and simply had to have them. However, at $19.50 for two, it would be quite pricey to get 100 of them! Patty instead mapped out a plan to make her own using mini easels and tiles. I love the idea of using tiles for mini dry erase boards, and at 13 cents a pop, you can’t beat the price!

spring place card holders

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Thifted Spoon Kitchen Art

Brittany from Whimsy Renee had her eye on a spoon shadow box for awhile but couldn’t justify that is was a) $199 + shipping and b) waaay to big to even fit in her small kitchen. Brittany knew she could recreate it herself using thrifted frames, spoons, and linen fabric. She says, “Luckily, it worked out perfectly, and now I have something that mirrors the original look, fits in my kitchen, and cost me about $14. That’s a savings of $185, and it works for me!”

diy spoon art

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Simple DIY Painting That Makes a Big Impact

Carmody of Paper & Fox was browsing Anthropologie for inspiration when she came across a beaded zipper pouch with colors and a simple design that she liked. However, Carmody wasn’t fond of the price of the little pouch, so she decided to apply the concept to make her own DIY painting. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make the biggest impact!

anthropologie inspired wall art

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Kids Dr. Seuss Bathroom with Wall Mural

Angela from Decorating the Dorchester Way really wanted to decorate her son’s bathroom with the Pottery Barn Kids’ Dr. Seuss bathroom theme, but it was no longer available. Not wanting to dish out the cash for eBay prices, Angela replicated the look with paint and some Target accessories. Angela used a projector for the fish and then free handed the rest of her mural. Pretty stinking impressive! I love how she incorporated lots of cute details from stenciled accessories to the iconic Dr. Seuss hat.

dr seuss bathroom

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Reclaimed Wood and Metal Wall Shelves

When decorating a tiny bathroom, there is only so much storage and decorating space. Greg and Ashley from Seventh House on the Left solved this dilemma while renovating their half bath by adding shelving above the toilet. They opted for a Restoration Hardware-inspired wood and metal combination, using worn boards for the shelves and pipe for the brackets. Here’s what they have to say about their new shelves: “The shelves really help balance out the vanity wall on the opposite side, and we’re thrilled to have some storage to be able to showcase some pretty things.”

wood and metal wall shelves 1

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