Display Art and Photos Creatively on a Floor Easel

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Gina from Lady Goats needed to fill a rather large corner in her living room, so she built a display easel to hold pictures and art that she had laying around. Gina reassures that this project was extremely simple to build, and it came in at just over 6% of retail cost. You can’t beat that! I really love this creative take on photo display!

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Planked Wood Quilt Square Wall Art

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Like Aimee’s DIY wall art project I shared this morning, Jaime from That’s My Letter also built an enormous statement piece out of wood. I love the arrangement of wood pieces to create a quilt-like design, and, quite honestly, I prefer Jaime’s contrasting wood tones to Pottery Barn’s darker, more monochromatic version. Don’t be scared off with all the math in this project – Jaime’s already done it for you and offers a diagram of all the cuts so you can easily cut, stain, and glue your way to new wood wall décor!

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Planked Wood United States Wall Map

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I’ve got a couple of DIY wall art projects to share with you today, and the main ingredient in both is wood – planked, stained, and beautiful wood! First, Aimee from The Vintage Estate got an order from a customer for a large planked wood United States map similar to one sold by Pottery Barn. Her hubs built a large sign from 1x4s, and Aimee then used a projector to trace the outline and paint it in. Talk about a unique focal point!

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Thrifted Nut Bowl to Wood Slice Mirror

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I know people often look at the things in thrift stores and garage sales and wonder what in the world it is and who would ever buy it. Like a nut bowl that looks like it was cut from a tree trunk. Where one person sees a strange, old nut bowl, a creative genius like Caitlin from the Desert Domicile sees an urban chic Anthropologie-inspired mirror. Caitlin took the $5 nut bowl and in just a few steps turned it into this amazing mirror that seriously gives the Anthro inspiration a run for its money. I love how Caitlin used one of her late grandmother’s Mexican woven belts so the mirror is not only stylin’ but meaningful.

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Printable Industrial Style Letters

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Jennifer from Blissfully Ever After wanted to add some industrial style letters to her son’s playroom. Jennifer knew she could purchase letters at the craft store, but then she came across Whitney’s free printable and tutorial at Shanty 2 Chic for creating DIY industrial letters. Jackpot! Jessica paired her own faux galvanized metal painting technique and Whitney’s printables to make her large wall letters for a mere $10!

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Build Your Own Farmhouse Bed

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Jennifer from Contemporary Harbor was tired of her old metal bed frame without a headboard and wanted a farmhouse bed to complete her bedroom set. She says, “I had always wanted a headboard and footboard that really made me feel like I had a grown up bed, and the Pottery Barn Farmhouse Bed was perfect, but out of my price range.” Finally, Jennifer decided she had waited long enough. With the help of her hubby and Ana White, Jennifer built her own gorgeous farmhouse bed for under $200.

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Salvaged Wood Balustrade Coffee Table

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After living with her small, wobbly coffee table for ten years, Tricia from Simplicity in the South was more than ready to welcome a more substantial piece into her home. Tricia actually built her new “beefier” table for a mere $50 since most of the wood was salvaged from an old building. And would you believe this was Tricia’s first furniture build? She borrowed a little help from Ana White for the tabletop but can take the credit for the rest of the plan. Of course, Tricia shows you exactly how she built it and achieved the distressed finished with milk paint and a wet rag.

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Platform Bed with Rustic Wood Headboard

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Gretchen of Gretchen’s Garage loves looking at Pottery Barn for inspiration in building. So when her sister needed platform beds for the lake house she is building, that is right where Gretchen went. Thanks to some building tips from Ana White, Gretchen was able to make two platform beds for less than the cost of a headboard at Pottery Barn!

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