Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs knew exactly what to do with a tree that had fallen down in her backyard – turn it into a shapely, hand-chiseled accent table! Sarah enlisted the help of her husband David, and the couple worked together to remove the bark, cut angles into the stump, sand it smooth, and finally finish it off with paint and glaze. Like Sarah, I love how the glaze brings out the detail of the wood!
A mirrored frame mat? Like Angelica from My Dear Irene, you may be thinking you’ve seen all kinds of matting but never one that looks like a mirror. Angelica loved the idea so much she made her own with Looking Glass spray paint. Angelica actually sprayed right on the glass, simply leaving the middle where the picture goes unpainted. Angelica says thanks to a little trick of her own the unpainted portion came out perfectly. Would you ever believe that crystal clear reflection came from a can?!?
Ever since Vidya from What’s Ur Home Story used air dry clay on another project she’d been thinking of recreating the Anthropologie Chrysanthemum Vase. While making the flowers from clay did take some practice, Vidya says it was well worth the effort. Her DIY flower vase looks remarkably like Anthro’s and cost Vidya nothing since she used an old vase she’s had for years and left over spray paint and clay from other projects.
Lisa from Salt Marsh Cottage needed to replace three ugly ceiling lights at her beach house. A beautiful fixture from Design Within Reach inspired her, but when Lisa realized it would cost almost $1200 for three fixtures, she felt less inspired. Plus, Lisa really wanted a chrome finish rather than brass. Are you feeling a DIY coming on? Lisa found a $15 fixture at Home Depot with a similar design, and with the help of a can of metallic silver spray paint, she was able to get the look of the DWR fixture in her preferred finished at a much more reasonable price!
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!
Jen from Girl in the Garage recently completed her very first knock-off project, an étagère makeover inspired by Ballard Designs. Jen had gotten the étagère from her parents, and while it was in nice shape, it had too much shiny chrome for her liking. It was nothing a couple cans of spray paint couldn’t fix! Jen covered the chrome with a warm, bronze finish and even refabbed the glass shelves to have a mirrored effect just like those of her inspiration.
Holly from Love the Tompkins added nautical flair to her stairwell with industrial style marine sconces. When Holly couldn’t justify spending hundreds on new lighting, she set out in search of a cheaper option and found a similar caged light for only $20. Thank you, Amazon! All Holly had to do was give it a couple coats of spray paint and then hang it on the wall.