Wooden Toy Box


When her brother requested a toy box for his kiddos, Ayisha at The Pursuit of Handyness headed straight to Ana White for plans. Ayisha modified the dimensions to fit her brother’s designated space, drew out her cut list, and headed to a local lumber yard to score all her wood for only $29. Ayisha knew the toy box was a big hit when her little niece and nephew immediately climbed inside {Giggle}!


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Wood and Metal Side Table


If you aren’t quite ready to delve into a build-from-scratch furniture project, reworking a piece to fit your vision might be a great option. Thrifty Décor Chick Sarah found a bargain wood and metal table from TJ Maxx that wobbled and had a thin, warped tabletop but held promise to be a real beauty with a little love. Sarah worked her magic and now has a new table she loves!

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Painted “Tile” Backsplash


If you love the look of a backsplash but aren’t quite ready to dish out the big bucks or break out the wet saw, Beth from Sawdust and Embryos offers a user-friendly paint alternative. Beth has become quite the pro at painting backsplashes to get all the look of tile but without the fuss. The taping is definitely the most tedious part, but it’s something pretty much anyone can do with a little patience.

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Wall Sconce from Bowl


One of my good friends Mandi from Vintage Revivals has an awesome sense of style and a knack for bringing her personality to every corner of her home. When Mandi updated her hallway, she knew she wanted to replace her old wall sconces. She came upon a design she loved and knew she could easily recreate… with a bowl! Is Mandi a clever chica or what?!?

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Painted Stripe Curtains


My painted stripe curtains have been one of the biggest difference-makers in my living room update, so I can totally share in Melissa’s excitement over these curtains she painted for her craft space. Over at The Happier Homemaker Melissa shares how she beat the big price tag for long, pooling panels with the help of IKEA’s budget-friendly prices and some paint samples. I just love those chunky stripes!

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Leather Belt Round Mirror


For under ten dollars, Kate from Magic City Thistle was able to make her own captain’s style mirror. A bamboo tray she found on clearance at Target and two thrift store belts were key to Kate’s thrifty design. She says the worn leather belts gave it just the aged look she was after!

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Faux Zinc Dining Table

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Michelle of That Mommy Blog wanted to give her dining room a makeover that would reflect her “true and passionate love for neutrals, texture, and metallics.” She made a huge impact in the space by transforming her dining table into the table of her dreams with a faux zinc tabletop and distressed base. Michelle’s faux zinc finish is impeccable and offers a more subdued way to integrate metallics into a space.

refabbed table with faux zinc finish

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Reupholstered Deconstructed Ottoman

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After attempting to recover an ottoman that she received from her sister, Jen from The Yellow Brick Cottage nearly gave up and threw it through the window. However, a search on several of her favorite furniture sites turned up an ottoman that Jen knew she could recreate and add her own style and personal touches to. I admire Jen’s ability to adapt and switch gears when her original plan was not panning out. She did an amazing job achieving that deconstructed look and ended up with a piece she can love and enjoy!

rh inspired ottoman

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