A Farmhouse Table for Making Memories

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For Lauren from Simply Free, a dining room table is more than just a table. She says, “The dining room, in our family, is the place where family and friends gather. Where we break bread, and share stories, and fill the room with laughter and love.” So it’s understandable why Lauren didn’t want to skimp on quality and set out with her husband to build a table that would fit their budget and meet their needs. Not only did Lauren and her hubs get the perfect farmhouse table at an affordable price, but they also got to share the experience of building their table together!

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Rustic Blanket Ladder for $5

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Corey from Tiny Sidekick wanted to create a blanket ladder like one she’d seen in the Pottery Barn catalog. It wasn’t until she’d already made her own for $5 that Corey actually saw the whopping $179 price tag on her inspiration and realized just how much she’d saved. And to top things off, Corey made her ladder in only 30 minutes. If power tools aren’t your thing, you could even have the wood cut in the store. Then all you have to do is screw the pieces together. Easy peasy!

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Faux Shell Wreath for a Housewarming Gift

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Katie from Addicted 2 DIY loved the look of the Faux Shell Wreath she saw on Pottery Barn’s website. Not a fan of the price, Katie was inspired to create her own version for less than $12. Katie doesn’t live anywhere near the beach, but her brother-in-law and his family just moved into a new house in California. What better housewarming gift for them than a wreath with coastal charm?

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Decorative AND Functional Wall Cubbies

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You may remember the DIY potting bench I shared a few weeks ago that marked Susan from Between Naps on the Porch’s debut in the world of woodworking. Well, Susan is back with another build – a cubby organizer that she built for her office following plans from Ana White. Susan encountered a few bumps along the way and shares everything she learned for those of you who want to build your own. With a savings of over $100 from the Pottery Barn inspiration, Susan says she can “see why this building stuff is so addictive!”

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Turn an Old Window into a Character-Rich Mirror

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Carissa of Carissa Miss shares at Country Chic Paint how she turned a couple of old windows into beautiful paned wall mirrors. It was as simple as giving the windows a quick coat of paint and wax and then adding the mirrors, which were Carissa’s only expense. Like Carissa, I love the character of the old window, especially that rusted latch!

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Nautical Rope Knot Lamp for $25

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With a little elbow grease and determination, Kristen from Down Home Inspiration made this gorgeous rope knot lamp that she simply can’t get enough of. And how can you blame her? It is every bit as lovely as her Pottery Barn inspiration but only cost $25 to make. Kristen says, “Wanna make one of your own?  It’s not anywhere near as challenging as you might think.  In fact, I made mine in an afternoon and was basking in it’s glow by that evening.”

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“Happy Easter” Burlap Bunny Banner

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Debbie from Confessions of a Plate Addict has been on a knock-off roll this spring and added an adorable bunny banner to her collection of PB-inspired Easter décor. Debbie substituted budget-friendly burlap for linen and kept thing simple by using Heat n’ Bond to adhere the bunny silhouette. The only sewing required is a simple straight stitch, or you could use fusible tape or even hot glue to make it a no-sew project.

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Build a Platform Bed on Wheels

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When Ashley from Shanty 2 Chic sold her house, she sold her furniture right along with it. Ashley knew she’d want to build new pieces for the spaces and her first mission was getting everyone’s bed off the floor. For her oldest son, Ashley built a platform bed following plans from Ana White and added on locking casters for even more style. Want to build your own? Ashley says, “This bed is definitely a project for beginners. It’s SOOOOOO easy to build, and you can build and finish it in an afternoon!”

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