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Painted Outdoor Rug with Quatrefoil Design

What’s a girl to do when she can’t spend hundreds on a pretty, patterned rug for her front porch? Paint one of course! Check out how Gina of The Shabby Creek Cottage transformed this $20 Wal-mart rug into a statement-making piece for her porch. The ever resourceful Gina made the quatrefoil stencil all be herself using a cereal bowl and a piece of cardboard, traced it onto the rug with chalk, and then went over it with paint. Easy peasy and cheap to boot!

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DIY Antiqued Christmas Mirror with Text

With Halloween officially behind us, it’s time to bring on the Christmas projects. I mean if Big Lots and Kmart can show Christmas commercials, we can definitely get our Christmas craft on, right? Speaking of Christmas projects, my dear friend Jen from Tatertots & Jello has already created a couple of amazing ones! I am just loving this mirror she made for the holidays by distressing it and then adding some vinyl. I’d take it hands-down over her Pottery Barn inspiration, and it was less than one-third the cost.

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DIY Interchangeable Lemonade Stand, Market, Bakery, and More!

Jen from House of Wood built this knockoff Land of Nod play stand using plans from Ana White for her two favorite 3-year-old girls for Christmas last year. Needless to say, the pre-schoolers absolutely loved it! And what’s not to love? It’s a “lemonade stand, farmers market, theater, post office, bakery… even a Psychiatric Help booth a la Charlie Brown” all rolled into one. Like Jen says, “The girls are only limited by their imaginations!”

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Fabric-Covered Parsons Console Table

Brit from House Updated needed a simple gray console table for her entryway and loved the color and texture of a cement one from Crate & Barrel (but not the $900 price tag). She took on the task of building her own console table in five simple steps using just a single piece of wood and a curtain panel from Ikea. Here’s from Brit: “It only took an afternoon to make and, best of all, it only cost $25! The result is a sturdy table that has enough texture to make it interesting – it is perfect in our entry!”

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