DIY Decor That Looks Like the Real Deal
Fake it 'til you make it! High-end decor doesn't have to come with a designer price tag. We found 14 DIY decor projects ranging from furniture to lighting that look just as good as the store-bought versions that inspired them -- and cost less!
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Side Table with Hairpin Legs
Designer hairpin-leg furniture can cost an arm and a leg. Luckily, this blogger found a way to mimic the look of hairpin legs on a DIY side table with no welding required. Slightly smaller than the Zara Home original, this handy homemade version makes a perfect rustic-meets-modern plant stand.
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If you're looking to brush up on your sewing skills, this tassel pillow tutorial is a great place to start. The inspiration pillow cost nearly $100, but yours can cost next to nothing with the help of leftover fabric scraps. Mixing and matching prints gives the textured throw pillow vintage appeal.
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Striped Picture Frame
Perk up a picture frame with Kate Spade-inspired stripes. This blogger cleverly used electrical tape to create a black-and-white pattern visible on the back of an acrylic frame. The result? A knockoff striped frame that packs the same preppy punch as the designer version at a fraction of the price.
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Looking for simple, modern outdoor seating? For less than the price of one West Elm bench, you could fill an entire backyard with near-identical slab bench knockoffs -- thanks to this easy tutorial. The clean lines and minimalist black-and-white color combination of the seating complements any and all outside decor.
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Rope Knot Table Lamp
Now here's a bright idea: Craft your own lamp and save yourself more than $200. Down Home Inspiration nailed this designer knockoff and beautifully re-created the textured twists of Pottery Barn's rope knot table lamp. If you can tie a monkey fist knot, you can make this nautical-inspired lamp.
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When Restoration Hardware didn't offer an oversize vintage map of the country of this blogger's choice, she took matters into her own hands. This easy-to-follow tutorial includes valuable tech tips for finding, saving, and printing old-fashioned maps. Put the money you save toward a trip to the destination now hanging on your wall.
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Some women get the urge to shop, while others get the urge to build. Instead of buying a two-tone dresser from Pottery Barn Kids, this determined blogger pulled out her power tools and got to work. Her detailed tutorial includes a link to the building plans, so you can satisfy woodwork urges too.
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Colorful Painted Lampshade
Not an artist? Not a problem! It takes only random brushstrokes in an array of bright colors to create the modern abstract pattern of this DIY lampshade. Copy the color story from The Land of Nod original, or mix hues up to match any room in your home.
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The benefit of DIY decor is that it can be customized to fit your style and space. This blogger shares two variations of a large Pottery Barn-style mirror -- framed and frameless. Both budget versions are composed of beveled mirror panels that make the final result look just as expensive as the original.
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What's more thoughtful than sending a note by mail? Sending it on a handcrafted notecard. This ladylike stationery set, a shining nod to Kate Spade, features feminine details like gold bows, scalloped edges, and gold foil envelopes. If you don't have a Cricut machine, try small store-bought bow stickers to add a classic touch.
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Paper Towel Holder
Old wooden utensils serve a new purpose as part of this decorative kitchen accessory. The clever DIY Paper Towel Holder closely resembles the original Pottery Barn design but can be painted any color -- even with chalkboard paint -- to match your kitchen decor.
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Stacked Wood Lamp
Believe it or not, the Anthropologie version of this DIY lamp costs 15 times more than the reproduction! If you can wield a drill, you can make this pretty stacked wood accessory using some birch wood slices, a lamp kit, and glue.
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If you can scrounge up some soup cans, a shot glass, tea canisters, and a wood plank, you can keep your work space organized thanks to this DIY pencil holder. The Anthropologie knockoff shines like the original but for a fraction of the price while keeping your work space neat and tidy. DIY desk accessories never looked this good.
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