Faux Clam Shell Planter

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Tami of Curb Alert is a pro at taking trash and turning it into treasure. She had found a bright orange plastic clam shell at the Goodwill. Sure, it made a great chip bowl for her luau, but it wasn’t décor Tami would want displayed on her table everyday. At least not until she took it from tacky to classy with a can of stone texture spray paint!

Faux Clam Shell Planter Pin

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Oval Dining Table with Faux Zinc Tabletop

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When Lisa of Salt Marsh Cottage saw Ballard Designs’ Messina Dining Table, she knew it was almost perfect. Besides the $900 price tag, the table was rectangular while Lisa needed an oval shape. She stalked Craigslist for an oval table that she could transform and, amazingly, bought one along with six chairs and an extra leaf for a total of $100! Talk about a steal! Lisa then developed a paint technique to mimic the zinc top and painted the legs and apron with homemade chalk paint. She couldn’t be happier with the way it came out–not to mention a savings of almost $800!

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Rope-Wrapped Hurricane Candle Holders

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Marie from Blooming Homestead loved the look of Ballard’s seagrass hurricanes so much she headed straight to the craft store for glass jars and sisal rope to make her own. Marie shares at I Heart Nap Time how she wove the rope and then attached it to the glasses armed with just her glue gun. These hurricanes are a seasonal decorators dream! Marie says she can’t wait to add succulents in the spring and sand and shells in the summer.

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DIY Café Shelving for Seasonal Décor

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Kara of Creations by Kara says she had been wanting to spruce up the area above her kitchen desk for ages. She found the perfect solution in Ballard’s café shelves and followed friend Shelley from House of Smith’s simple tutorial. All you need is a board, some trim pieces, and a couple of corbels. If you are a sucker for holiday vignettes and seasonal decorating, these shelves provide the perfect platform!

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The Perfect Round Burlap Tablecloth

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Traci from Beneath My Heart recently shared a blast from her blogging past with this round burlap tablecloth she sewed up a few years ago. While Ballard was charging $85 for their tablecloth, Traci was able to easily make her own for only $9. That’s $9 for a tablecloth that will never go out of style, as evidenced by the fact that Ballard is still selling the exact same one years later. Traci walks you through the entire process from getting the right dimensions to cutting a perfect circle so you can make one too!

diy round burlap tablecloth

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Dining Table Makeover with DIY Zinc Tabletop

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Traci from Beneath My Heart had been planning a makeover for her well-loved table for quite sometime and knew exactly the look she wanted – a zinc tabletop with distressed base. Traci did an easy update to her existing table base with some chalk paint and then got creative with the zinc tabletop, covering a piece of MDF with steel and aging it with muriatic acid. I love that you can use these steps to completely transform any old table or desk!

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Upholstered Letter with Nailhead Trim

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This morning I shared how Laura from Finding Home transformed a boring set of wire baskets into a stylish wood and metal organizer for her craft room. While working on that project, Laura also become captivated with an upholstered letter with nailhead trim from Ballard and couldn’t help but tackle another knock-off project! She grabbed a paper mache letter from the store, wrapped it with a suede-like material, and then added nailhead trim to the edge for a sophisticated, upscale look.

fabric letter with nailhead trim

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Industrial Wood and Metal Craft Room Storage

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Laura from Finding Home knew she needed to find a storage solution for her ribbon hoard collection. She already had a wire basket organizer in her basement that was fully functional but lacking in the style department. That Laura could take care of! She scoured the internet for inspiration and came up with the perfect plan to transform her plain wire drawers into an industrial-looking wood and metal cabinet. Isn’t it amazing what a bit of paint and wood can do?!?

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