Faux Stone Skull Vase

Halloween Skull Vase

Last Halloween, Pottery Barn’s ceramic skull vases provided an easy target for all the knock-off lovers out there. I featured quite a few of the DIY versions here on KOD, including Nikki’s from 13 Black Cats Designs. To create her eerie vase, Nikki molded a skeleton face from clay and then attached it onto a craft store vase. She finished it up with some spray paint and acrylic paint for an aged stone effect.
Halloween Skull Vase

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Popcorn Tin to Pet Food Canister

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A big bag of pet food can be quite the eyesore in your home, and Ballard Designs offers the perfect solution with their stylish food storage containers. However, at $55-$59 a piece, Erin from Elizabeth Joan Designs says you might as well just keep the food in the bag or make your own stylish pet food bin. Of course, crafty sister Erin chose the latter of the two! She hit up the thrift store for a popcorn tin and updated it with some horizontal painted stripes. The canister even has Erin’s Golden Retriever’s seal of approval, so you know it must be pretty awesome {Wink}!

diy pet food canister

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Metallic Vase Makeover

gold painted vase

On a shopping trip at the local thrift store, Debbie from One Day at a Time came across a vase with a really cool shape. The color, however, wasn’t quite so cool. Debbie combined elements from other vases she liked to give her thrift store find a rich metallic makeover that’s perfect for fall. Debbie shares how she used spray paint to create the textured finish on her originally smooth vase.

gold painted vase

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Painted Typography Bamboo Floor Runner

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Angie from Knick of Time loves the typography floor mats that are wildly popular right now but knew she’d never spend the money to buy one. Instead Angie decided to create her own version using her Silhouette and a bamboo runner purchased on Ebay. While working with a 72” inch piece of vinyl (Gah!) proved to be quite the challenge, Angie is thrilled with her statement-making new runner.

typography bamboo mat

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Metallic Gold Orb Chandelier

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Bloggy buddies Jen from Tatertots and Jello and Shelley from House of Smiths were in agreement that they both wanted to add orb chandeliers to their homes… and that they didn’t want to spend hundreds and even thousands on a store-bought fixture. What are creative, resourceful gals to do? Make their own of course! The lovely ladies collaborated on the materials and basic construction but then put their own unique spins on the chandies. Jen created a larger chandelier with a glamorous metallic gold finish. Talk about fabulous!

diy orb chandelier

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Spray Painted Sconces and Lamp Shades

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Laura from Inspiration for Moms wanted to add some new lighting in her son’s updated bedroom for bedtime reading. She found just the look she wanted in some sconces from PB Teen and remembered that she happened to have some old sconces stored away. The only problem was that they were the wrong color and needed new shades. Nothing a little spray paint couldn’t handle! Laura ended up making her knockoff lighting for about $20 total, which is a savings of $350 from her inspiration!

painted sconces and shades

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Chair Makeover with Swirl Design

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Mel from Junkin’ Junky found a set of four chairs at Goodwill for only $5 a piece. While the price was awesome, the chairs… not so much. Mel describes them as boring with a brown finish that scratched easily. She was inspired to update the color to a pretty blue and then add pizzazz with a vinyl swirl design. Talk about a transformation from brown and boring to blue and bold!

chair makeover

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Trash-to-Treasure Painted Chalkboard Jars

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Sarah of Sarah Hearts had been eyeing Anthropologie’s adorable chalkboard spice jars (amongst other things!) for quite some time. The sight of various glass jars in her recycling bin gave Sarah the push she needed to create her own “Antro-esque” jars using materials she had on hand. Sarah’s jars look remarkably like her inspiration, which is even more awesome since they started off as trash and cost her nothing to make!

chalkboard jars

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