I love stores like Antropologie, Urban Outfitters and West Elm as much as the next person, but I can't afford to decorate my whole home with their products. I pick and choose my must-have items to splurge on and, whenever possible, I DIY the rest based on my favorite store-bought pieces. Some home decor products have gorgeous DIY versions with full tutorials available online, so why not give it a try?!
Jackie fell in love with DWI’s Cellula chandelier, which is pictured above, but its $2,730 price tag made it OUT of reach. Jackie then went to work, starting off with a visit to IKEA where she snagged a Tidig pendant. From there it was just a matter of accumulating crystals.
She used real glass crystals, which proved to be too heavy for the beading filament and crimp beads she intended to use to hang the beads, so she had to opt for 26 gauge wire. Continue Reading
I am not ashamed to admit that I let out an audible gasp when I saw this knock-off chandelier project. It is gorgeous! And at over $200 less than its original inspiration, I’d call that a knock-out knock-off.
When a high-end piece of lighting was too far out of her price range, Kelli just rolled up her sleeves and got to work. After smoothing out a few glitches, her finished product is absolutely breathtaking.
One of the signs above is a knock off. Can you guess which one?? Amy, who is the knock-off-er, didn’t know what the sign said, but she knew she loved it as soon as she saw it in a Pottery Barn catalog. So, she whipped out an overhead projector to make the twin.
Nike had been pining over a lantern she’d seen at Ballard Design. The pricetag, however, was a little steep ($59-$79), so Nike decided to make one. You’ll never guess what she used to do it either. Have an idea? To see if you guessed right, take a look at the supplies list:
Knock offs are great, aren’t they? I’ve noticed, however, they usually go one of two ways. 1. They look just as good as the original or 2. they look almost as good as the original. In this case, I think the knock off looks BETTER than the original, (a print at World Market $129). Now, can you guess which is the original? Take a look at the knock off in situ:
Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama makes furniture out of wood pallets, which she sells. She also sells plans to make some of the furniture as well. The up and downside for Ms. Tolstrup is that her for-sale plans are simple, which also means they're knock-off-able using just the pictures of the completed projects. Take, for example, this lounge chair. It could be an inexpensive alternative to a traditional Adirondack lawn chair. To help create your schematic, you might want to consider this evil-genius method of using Photoshop.Continue Reading
Pottery Barn sells a multi-panel mirror that clocks in at 700 bananas. Mikael did a DIY version for—drum roll, please–60 dollars. The outcome is very hard to distinguish from the original. If you’d like to make one for yourself, just make a trip to Lowes with this list in hand:
a package or two of beveled mirror tiles
oil-rubbed bronze spray paint (Mikael used 2 cans)