Old Chandy Shades Refabbed with Jute

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Allison from Refunk My Junk says she’s been giving her old gold chandy shades the stink eye for quite some time while simultaneously coveting the Jute Twine Chandelier Shades from Ballard Designs. Instead of spending almost $100.00 on new shades, Allison used two rolls of jute twine that were purchased for $2.00 and revamped her existing shades. Allison says, “I love the look and the price-tag even more!”

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Thrifty Wire and Rope Baskets

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Jennifer from Decorated Chaos is a “thrifty chic” in everything that she does. This is especially true when it comes to organization since Jennifer sure doesn’t want her baskets and bins to cost more than the items inside. When Jennifer saw some wire baskets that were full of style and versatility, she knew she had everything she needed to make her own sitting right in the garage. Thrifted wire baskets? Yep. Spray paint? Sure thing. Rope? You betcha. Jennifer says, “I love when it all comes together easily. Good style awaits you, just head out to your garage!”

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Entertainment Center with Hidden Storage

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Desperately needing an entertainment center with more storage, and more specifically hidden storage, Bee from Windgate Lane had to figure out a cost-effective solution. Once again, Ikea didn’t disappoint with their BORGSJÖ cabinet and shelf unit. Bee’s favorite part was sprucing it up butcher block, which provides a gorgeous accent to the crisp white shelves. Bee loves how the unit adds storage without taking up too much space in her family room.

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Make a Pillow Cover from Fabric Scraps

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Have some fabric scraps that are too small for a sewing project? Make them into a cowhide pillow like Jessica from Décor Adventures did! Jessica used free fabric sample books to make a one-of-a-kind cowhide pillow, complete with zig-zag contrast stitching. I honestly adore the color and texture of Jessica’s pillow even more than her Ballard inspiration!

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Faux Antique Brass Decorative Thumbtacks

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Morena of Morena’s Corner tried out a fun new product, Mod Melts, to recreate some fancy pushpins she had been eyeing from Ballard. It literally took Morena only 30 minutes from start to finish thanks to the simplicity of using a hot glue gun and the melt’s speedy drying time. Like Morena says, these pretty tacks definitely do not look like something you made with your hot glue gun. With a little gold and black paint, they resemble lovely antique pieces!

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Café Shelves for a Long Wall

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We all have that large, awkward wall in our homes that we just can’t figure out how to decorate. Lindsay from That Village House found the perfect solution for that wall in her kitchen in Ballard’s café shelves and was inspired to build her own. Lindsay says, “I’m really happy with how they turned out!! The total cost was about $47 for two shelves. Not bad when this look would have cost me $189 plus tax and shipping at Ballard.”

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Update a Glass Vase with a Woven Placemat

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Jennifer from Decorated Chaos loved the look of Ballard’s Seagrass Hurricanes for summer. While she wanted them badly, this thrifty chick wasn’t about to dish out an exorbitant amount of money for one! Instead, Jennifer gathered a thrifted set of seagrass placemats and some glass cylinders and made her own beachy vase and candle holder. [...Read More]

Painted Chevron Rug with Perfect Zig Zags

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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!

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