Painted Garden Stool

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If  you ever shop at Ballard you have undoubtedly seen their ceramic garden stools that make lovely little side tables. On a thrifting expedition with the girls, Myra from My Blessed Life scored a pair of oriental garden seats for only $14 – for the pair! She gave them a sleek, crisp look with some white spray paint and had herself the spitting image of Ballard’s garden seat. Seriously, can you get over the fact that they have EXACTLY the same pierced detail? Craaazy!

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Seagrass Lampshade

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What do you get when you combine a Wal-mart lampshade with a woven placemat? A Ballard look-a-like seagrass shade a la Tammy from A Walk in the Countryside! Tammy pulled off the transformation by first unraveling the placemat and then hot gluing it around the shade for some instant beautification and texture. I love this simple update for an old or plain lampshade!

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Embroidery Hoop Wall Décor

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We all know the excitement of seeing something we like in a catalog and realizing “Hey! I can totally make that!” Gail from Purple Hues and Me was right on when she thought she could replicate a wooden wall plaque from Ballard. She gathered some large embroidery hoops and used glue to easily recreate the design.

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Burlap Message Board

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If you have kids in school, you know the overwhelming amount of paper that makes its way home. Crafty Sisters Candace and Nicole created a really awesome burlap message board to combat the paper clutter. The crisp burlap, perfect corners, and straight nailhead trim make the message board look like it came straight from Ballard’s catalog! The sisters’ board is even better though because it’s customized to fit the space and has an open frame in the back that allows for plug access.

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Popsicle Stick Beverage Tags

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Here’s another variation of Ballard’s beverage tags from Susan at Between Naps on the Porch that requires no cutting. Nope, instead you just have to devote yourself to the arduous task of consuming fudge popsicles {giggle}. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, check out these beverage tags that Susan made from upcycled fudge pop sticks. In addition to having a reason to eat ice cream, I love Susan’s idea to add a little decoration for the occasion. Too cute!

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Glass Bottle Rope Cloche

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After successfully learning how to cut glass, Maryann from Domestically Speaking put those newfound skills to work with a Ballard-inspired rope cloche. Maryann took one of her bottles that already had a crisply cut base and inserted a rope with a few knots into it. Yessiree… that’s it – both easy and classy! Right now, Maryann’s cloche is displaying summery seashells but who knows what pretties it will be housing come fall.

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Two-Drawer Side Table

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Cher-Ann at Designs by Studio C followed Design Confidential plans to build her own Ballard-inspired side table. The build provided the perfect opportunity for Cher-Ann to finally try mixing up a batch of homemade chalk paint.  To achieve a vintage finish, she applied petroleum jelly in places she didn’t want the paint to adhere and [...Read More]

Wood Drink Pitcher Labels

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Morgan from Sweet and Salty Sugar Boys loves all things Southern Living, so it was no surprise that she was immediately smitten with their beverage tags sold through Ballard. Morgan made hers for free using paint stirrers. She suggests creating some of these tags as gifts personalized to the recipient. For example, labels with different [...Read More]