Weathered Oar and Paddle Wall Décor

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Angie of The Country Chic Cottage shares at Live.Craft.Love how she gave some unfinished wooden oars the Ballard-treatment with basic supplies. Angie simply stained or painted the oars and then used tape and number stencils to create each unique design. I love how she shook things up a little by combining two oars to create [...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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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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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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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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