Thursday, March 4, 2010

We can do it...cheaper!

I'm starting something new today that I would like to try to do every week. As the the title says, it will be called "We Can Do It Cheaper!" Be sure to link and show me what you have as well.

Check out what I've got and you'll see how it works.
(All "do it yourself" prices are approximate)

Pottery Barn Wreath - $49
This is an easy one. Go to your local craft store and pick up a straw or foam wreath. Grab a few bags of moss and attach it to the wreath. Looks as good if not better than the "real thing".
Your price - $10-15

Pottery Barn Coat Rack - $99
Love this coat rack and you can have something very close for a quarter of the price. Grab a piece of wood from your local hardware store (have them cut it for you), get your black spray paint out and then some matte/clear finish. You can experiment with different paints and finishes to get the same "iron" look. Hobby Lobby has some great hooks for $2.99 each (they have them 1/2 off this week as well). Attache to the wood and hang. Sit back and enjoy.
Your price - $14-30

Restoration Hardware Subway Art - $495
Scared by the price tag on this one? Me too, that's why I really want to give this one a try.
There are a few ways to do this one. I think I'm going to buy some heavy black poster board/matting board and then print out the letters from my computer. After laying them out on the paper, I will then trace them on and fill in the letters with white paint. Matte with white matte (you can also do this yourself with a nice razor blade). Frame with your choice of frame and take a deep breathe of satisfaction.
Your price - $20-50

Now your turn. Link up and show me something that you have seen and copied. Be sure to link back to here so that others can enjoy more idea's!


Karena said...

You are the best, what great ideas to do on a budget that is just as nice as the original! I will have a giveaway soon so come and follow me!

Art by Karena

The Misty Journey said...

On your last idea: You can easily do a reverse print so you do not have to trace and paint the letters unless thats the look you want! You have some cute posts...wish I had time to do this too. Maybe someday???

karab said...

Love the ideas! I'm all about doing things cheaper! :)

Miss Mustard Seed said...

What a great idea for a party. I meant to come earlier, but I got bogged down with other things. Thanks for the invite.