Mimic Restoration Hardware Style on a Budget
No-Sew Dining Chairs
For less than the cost of a single upholstered side chair, Lauren made six Restoration Hardware look-alikes for her dining room table. You'd never guess that underneath the chic drop cloth fabric and nailhead trim are cane backs and mustard yellow seats! It helps that the blogger found sturdy wooden chairs with similar turned legs on Craigslist and was able to modify the original ornate top rails into a sleeker camelback shape.
Distressed Wood Shelves
A DIY project tackled over a three-day weekend, this shelving is a worthy knock-off of Restoration Hardware's Distressed Pine Shelves. To mimic the cast metal rods, the husband-and-wife team transformed galvanized pipe with two types of spray paint. Once secured to the wall, the brackets were able to support framing boards distressed and stained for an aged look.
French Naval Clock
There are a few big differences between the vintage-inspired French clock from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child and the knock-off from Kim of Bugaboo City. First, RH's timepiece has a riveted metal frame, while Kim's is encased in a spray-painted plastic frame accessorized with decorative screws. The original clock cost $175, but Kim's came together for less than $10. Now that's money (and time!) well spent.
Wooden Outdoor Furniture
It takes a lot of ambition to re-create an entire outdoor collection, but that's exactly what blogger Karen of The Art of Doing Stuff did. She decided she'd rather spend her time building Scandinavian-style patio furniture than spend $20,000, and the result is a rustic-modern sofa, chair, and coffee table perfect for backyard bashes. One standout hack: Karen put the heavy wooden furniture on appliance casters so she could easily move the pieces around.
Decorative Mute Books Set
Turn your decades-old books into chic home decor. When covered in kraft paper and scrap fabric, large paperbacks easily pass for Restoration Hardware's reproduction of 18th-century tomes. Don't tell anyone, but the RH books are blank inside, and this blogger's books are filled with love stories.
Panel Floor Mirror
When you'll save more than $1,500 on a Restoration Hardware hack, you don't mind altering the dimensions for your DIY version. Heather's panel mirror is about half the width of the original but reflects with the same grandeur because of its height. To keep the cost and weight down, she used metallic spray-painted PVC strips to mimic an iron-finished metallic grid.
When the Restoration Hardware curtain tiebacks you love would set you back nearly $400 for two pairs, you begin to wonder if they're really a necessity. At least, that's what Elizabeth thought, until the decorator realized she could make her own for less than the cost of a single tieback. Her DIY version has the same rustic appeal as the original and adds expensive-looking natural texture to her room for a fraction of the price.
Trestle Door Coffee Table
We consider this Restoration Hardware hack a huge win: Not only did Jill re-create RH's Trestle Door Coffee Table simply by studying the online images, she also managed to save $1,930 by building it herself. This isn't an entry-level DIY project, but if you are a beginner, you can relax—the finish is meant to be slightly flawed and imperfect.
Iron and Rope Mirror
The beauty of Restoration Hardware's handcrafted mirror is the contrast in texture between the knotted jute rope and antique iron frame. Sadly, the price isn't as attractive. To get the look for less, Kristen wrapped MDF (medium-density fiberboard) around a large circular mirror, spray-painted the frame and knob, and attached thick sisal rope for a vintage vibe.
Industrial Pendant Light
Call it a reproduction of a reproduction. Restoration Hardware's Industrial Cage Filament Pendant is a copy of early-20th-century lighting, and the hanging light Tricia made for her son's desk is a knock-off of that. While both pendants have a metal lamp guard and an exposed Edison bulb, only one cost around $50.
Fluted Frame Mirror
This Restoration Hardware knock-off wall mirror can be assembled without any special tools, making it an easy hack for beginners. In fact, you can even follow Tamara's lead and have your local hardware store make all the cuts for you. While you're there, pick up fluted panels and bull's-eye corner blocks, sold individually or in a window casing set, to form the mirror's classically ornate frame.
Wood and Metal Tray
What do you do with leftover galvanized steel roof flashing? If you're Kim, you handcraft a Restoration Hardware Mailroom Tray look-alike. Without the vintage patina of the metal frame, Kim's version is more industrial than rustic, but it's still a perfect solution for serving up snacks or keeping catalogs and magazines contained. Make yours larger, smaller, or deeper, depending on your organizational needs.