The catalogs have been arriving in great numbers again (‘tis the season) and they can be overwhelming – most of them end up in the recycling bin but I do like to browse through the pages of the favorites for inspiration because I like to see how the stylists arrange the rooms to showcase the merchandise. There’s always one or two things on the pages that pop out at me and I think for that price it could be done as a DIY project for much cheaper. For example…
I absolutely love bone inlay but it’s so pricey. This small Aleppo Inlay Table at Serena & Lily is $895. What about using a $99 IKEA Chest and a Nagoya Stencil with two tone paint for nightstand to mimic the look for less?
You know all those chairs we spy in thrift stores for $5 or $10 each? This $399 Artisan bench in the Grandinroad catalog makes me think they could be cleverly reinvented into an entry or outdoor conversation piece. Modify this tutorial from This Old House to turn multiple chairs into one long unique bench.
Versions of this $1600+ Gustavian Bed have been tackled by a few bloggers for far less than the Viva Terra price tag. See Kristi at Addicted to Decorating for how to make a similar headboard and Suzie at The Accent Piece for the full bed.
This European Chalkboard (upper left) with its rustic frame is $299 at Napa Style. How about a similar project for less than $25? Becky at Beyond the Picket Fence, Liz at Love Grows Wild, and the girls at Shanty 2 Chic all pulled it off.
You can make your own lamp out of just about anything. If you want something quirky for your home like Anthropologie’s $448 bunny love light, follow Gina’s tutorial for making your own with some cheap thrift store ceramic figurines. *as always with electricity, be SUPER careful of electrical or fire hazards.
Are you a “I could make that for less” thinker when you browse the catalogs too?
Beckie has a great site Knock Off Decor where she features DIY projects inspired by catalog or retail furniture and accessories. Have you created a DIY version of a pricier piece you’ve seen in a catalog or online? Link to it in the comments, I’d love to see it!