Leather Monogram with Nailhead Trim

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Monograms are so crazy popular that you can find them in all kinds of colors, sizes, fonts, and materials. Katie from Addicted 2 DIY created a leather monogram with a bit of a sophisticated, masculine twist. She shares at The Crafty Spot how she wrapped the paper mache letter with leather and then outlined it [...Read More]

DIY Tufted Bench Cushion

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This morning I shared the French-style bench Jami and her husband made from a pair of dining chairs. As if it weren’t already drool-worthy enough, Jami added a thick, tufted cushion to the top that she sewed herself. Jamie says that all you need to make your own cushion for a bench or chair are [...Read More]

Turn Old Chairs into a French-Style Bench

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You all know I love a good trash-to-treasure story. Throw in a little outside-the-box-thinking and a knock-off to boot, and I am hooked! Jami from An Oregon Cottage had an old pair of dining chairs that were literally falling apart and had been relegated to the shed. Her husband had the genius idea to turn [...Read More]

Abstract Sea Paintings for a Peaceful Powder Room

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Tamara of Provident Home Designs was inspired to include a pair of abstract sea paintings in her recent powder room makeover. She loved the calming blue, gray, and gold color palette but didn’t have the money or space for Ballard’s ginormous $449 paintings. Tamara walks you through the steps to making your own paintings for way less. My fave part is how she used tissue paper to create texture on her canvas and incorporate pops of gold. Simply beautiful!

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Thrift Store Planter to Showstopper Centerpiece

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Morgan from Sweet and Salty Sugar Boys had an old planter from the thrift store sitting in her unused decorating stash, a reminder of decorating days and tastes gone by… That is until the Ballard Designs catalog came in the mail! Morgan ripped out a page featuring a silver urn and transformed her previously brass planter into a treasured knock-off with just a few coats of paint. Morgan says this piece is now her showstopper centerpiece and can be used for any holiday or special occasion by simply swapping out the flowers!

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Turquoise Painted Garden Stool

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Corey from Tiny Sidekick lucked out when she found a ceramic garden stool at the thrift store for only $20. The color may not have been to Corey’s liking, but, as we all know, that’s a problem easily fixed with a can of spray paint! Amazingly, Corey’s painted garden stool looks identical to ones selling for well over $200!

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Refab an Old Jar with Jute

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After a harsh and seemingly never-ending winter, Dria of DIO Home Improvements longed to bring some warmth into her home with a summery rope project. Dria walks you through exactly how she created this knotted design on glass jugs with jute. This is a fun and easy way to give a little oomph to a plain glass jug or jar!

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Fabric-Covered Garbage Can with Monogram

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Christy from Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer shows that even a garbage can be cute – without costing you $89! Christy took a run-of-the-mill plastic garbage can and turned it into a real beauty with fabric and trim. She even added a monogram to the fabric before adhering it to the waste basket for an extra special touch. Isn’t Christy’s decorative wastebasket a dead ringer for her Ballard inspiration?!?

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