Kristen from Golden Bonbons had dreams of hanging a large, shabby chic framed chalkboard on her living room wall. Pottery Barn disappointed Kristen by offering only one color option, which was not the French white she had been envisioning. Kristen instead worked with her husband to build two French countryside style chalkboards for way less than Pottery Barn. I love Kristen’s suggestion to give these as gifts with a big bow and fun, personalized message on the front!
This summer Kristi from Addicted 2 Decorating devoted a month to making over a tiny bathroom in her condo. One of her DIY projects for the space was creating a decorative mirror with a pretty scalloped border for above the vanity. Kristi actually cut that pretty scalloped border from a piece of MDF she had on hand going at a snail’s pace with her jigsaw. Kristi’s final cost for the mirror was only $25, and she says even if you had to purchase the MDF it would be “a far cry from $334!!”
Becky from Reinventing the Ordinary loved the look and functionality of a Pottery Barn storage bed for her daughter’s college room but needed a cheaper alternative. Surprisingly, college tuition doesn’t really leave an extra $1000 sitting in the bank for a bed! Becky created a fabulous $100 version with some beadboard, molding, and plywood that fit their needs (and budget) to perfection!
Michelle from Chalkboard Blue wanted a fireplace so badly she built one herself. And not just any fireplace… a gorgeous fireplace with stately columns, paneling, and built-in bookcases on the sides. This was a major project that stretched Michelle outside her comfort zone, but guess what? She did it! The fireplace completely transforms the space and is a daily reminder to Michelle that she can do anything she sets her mind to!
Heather from Sweet Number 9 immediately fell in love with a distressed wall ledge from Pottery Barn the moment she saw it. It was exactly what she needed to fill empty wall space that had been driving her crazy. Heather and her husband devised a plan to build their own shelf with some lumber and decorative molding. Their knock off is absolutely stunning and has become an immediate statement piece on the once annoyingly blank wall!
Kristen from Lipstick and Sawdust decided to try out her woodworking skills by taking on her first cabinet build. The piece was constructed for Kristen’s Jewel Box themed guestroom and totally fits the space with decorative corner brackets and shelves loaded with girly toiletries and books. The one thing I always love about Kristen’s builds is that she really knows how to rock what she’s got and can build a beautiful piece of furniture using scraps she already has on hand.
For my local lifestyle show Indy Style, I was challenged to revamp an outdated wall shelf. The brown finish was hardly befitting the owner’s light and airy style, so I wanted to give it a more classic look. With some white paint and molding, you would never even guess it’s the same cabinet. You’ll have […Read More]
If you’ve got a small bathroom, you may find yourself without enough room to store towels, toiletries, and, of course, the extra TP. Marian from Miss Mustard Seed shares at HGTV the plans to build this cute little shelving unit that provides storage and adds appeal with bead board and molding. Of course, other rooms […Read More]
Linda from burlap+blue stumbled upon a decorative ledge that was the perfect way to add some visual interest to her dining room wall. She enlisted the help of her husband to construct her own beautifully distressed ledge from some pine boards and molding. I actually love both the length and finish of Linda’s ledge better […Read More]