When Stephanie from Simply Swider saw an extra-large reclaimed wood frame, she fell instantly in love. Well… in love with the frame not the $110 price tag. Stephanie decided she could make it for less herself, so she raided the garage for some left over pallet wood and her fabric stash for leftover burlap. In […Read More]
Rachael of Lovely Crafty Home was in the market for a new duvet cover and decided to test her newly improved sewing skills and make her own. Like Rachael says, “A duvet cover is just a giant pillow, right?” She combined together a drop cloth, a cheapo sheet, and fabric from Wal-mart to make her lovely ruffled duvet cover. While this was hardly a simple project, Rachael says, “All the hard work and getting stabbed by pins totally paid off.”
When a friend was in need off a ledge to hold her baby’s video monitor, Jaime from That’s My Letter came to the rescue with a set of crown molding shelves. I love the classic look of this design and think it would also make a lovely faux mantle for those without one. The beauty of DIY is that it allows you to customize your shelf size to perfectly fit your space… and all for a fraction of the cost of a store-bought shelf!
Maria of A Hoover-gáton is túl saw a piece of wall art on Horchow that she fell in love with instantly and had to have. To recreate the look of the paneled art, Maria bought some canvases and acrylic paint and then had Office Max print the image onto a transparency. Using an old overhead projector, Maria traced the image onto the canvases and painted it in. This was a weekend project that cost Maria only $35 compared to $800!
Becca at From Gardners 2 Bergers shares her simple steps for creating DIY book page art on the computer. Becca asks, “Have you ever been to a restaurant and been like, ‘I should have just stayed home. I could have totally made this food myself!?!’ Well guess what, this art is exactly like that!” Becca even had the genius idea to scan her book pages first so she didn’t have to sacrifice any actual pages. That means you could use a book checked out from the library or borrowed from a friend to create your art.
Kelly from The Lily Pad Cottage has had the same wood bed for ten years and has painted it twice in an effort to change things up a bit. A wood and fabric bed from Pottery Barn got her wheels turning and inspired Kelly to add upholstered panels to her preexisting headboard and footboard. Although this project turned out to be quite the adventure for Kelly (and her family!), the end results are beeeeautiful!
While rummaging through her scrap wood pile, Shawna from Dakota Creek Chic found a piece of wood she had previously tested with a gray wash stain. She immediately knew it would be perfect for turning into a chalkboard sign like one she’d spied online. This project was the best kind for Shawna – absolutely free! She says, “This could be useful in so many ways, messages to the mailman, asking guests to use a different door. The possibilities are endless!”
Last month I shared the gorgeous new outdoor dining table that Whitney from Shanty 2 Chic built for only $85 using plans from Ana White. Whitney again teamed up with Ana to build benches with a similar sawhorse style for only $20. Yep, you heard right… $20!!! That’s only $125 total for a solid wood outdoor dining set that looks like it came straight out of a catalog. The Shanty Sisters have done it again!