Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend!
I have The Plague. The throat swelling shut, head feels like it’s going to blow up, body aches that make you want to die … The Plague.
I started feeling it Friday and Saturday, but it was tolerable. I had my Holiday Open House at RELove All Things Shabby on Saturday, and around 9:00 that night it was in full force.
I had known in advance that this Knock Off Tour was coming up, but with last week being the unnamed child’s birthday and the open house, I was way behind (as usual) and, therefore, had to work all day yesterday when I felt like death. Yes, I know, learn to plan ahead. I would like to say lesson learned, but here in Shanna World … probably not.
A few weeks ago, I received the Pottery Barn catalog in the mail, and like normal I was drooling over just about everything. One thing that really caught my eye was the Gilt Galvanized Advent Calendar. I loved the way it looked, but the price tag of $159 was not in my budget.
I decided to make my own.
The first thing I needed was a frame. I didn’t want to go out and buy one, and I didn’t have time to make one. I went down to the basement to search through my hoard and found this old mirror that I had removed from an old dresser. It was already in good condition, and I didn’t even need to stain it. I just popped out the mirror and checked that box off.
Next, I cut out a piece of tempered hardboard (I normally have this around for my chalkboard my projects) to fit inside the mirror frame. I painted it brown using Plaster Paint in Espresso.
After that dried, Topher attached the board into the frame.
Next I needed the tiny buckets. I went all over town and couldn’t find any, and I didn’t have time to order any. I popped into Dollar Tree for one last-ditch effort, and I was shocked to find them in their wedding section.
I spray painted them with several coats of Rust-oleum Metallic Paint &Primer In One in Soft Iron and let them dry for an hour or two between coats.
Now they weren’t galvanized, but I liked the darker pewter color better, so I’m OK with that.
Topher then glued them onto the board with a hot glue gun after measuring off that they were spaced correctly.
Last came the labels. I couldn’t find any label paper that was that the brown-paper-bag color I wanted, so I decided to print the ovals with the numbers on brown scrapbook paper from Michael’s. The numbers were brown, and I wanted them to be white, so I used a Sharpie Paint Pen to fill them in. I had to go over them several times for the white to show up.
I then cut out my ovals and glued them onto my buckets with a glue stick.
I then added a few decorations from my Christmas stash as well as Michael’s dollar bins.
Here is the breakdown:
- $9 at Dollar Tree for the buckets
- The frame I already had
- The piece of wood I already had (about $9 for a 4×8 sheet at Lowes)
- $3 for Christmas decorations
- $1.60 for scrapbook paper
- $7.56 for the spray paint
Grand Total $21.16
Now that my budget can handle. I love that the frame and buckets are totally neutral, and I can update the little decorations anytime I change my Christmas decor.
Stay tuned over the next few weeks as I have some more knock off projects up my sleeve.
Head down below to see the other lovely ladies in the tour knock off projects!
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Parties I Link to:
The 36th Avenue – Adorned From Above – Be Different Act Normal – Boogieboard Cottage – Carolyn’s Homework – Cedar Hill Ranch – The Charm of Home – Chic on a Shoestring Decorating – Cindy’s Romantic Home – Common Ground – Cozy Little House – Craft-O-Maniac – Craftionary – The Crafty Blog Stalker – Cupcakes and Crinoline – Debbiedoo’s – The Dedicated House – A Delightsome Life– Design, Dining + Diapers – DIY by Design – DIY Showoff – Domestically Speaking – Elizabeth & Co. – Embracing Change – Flamingo Toes – Fluster Buster –French Country Cottage – The Frugal Girls – Funky Junk Interiors – Funky Polkadot Giraffe – Gingerly Made – Gingersnap Crafts – The Girl Creative: Project Inspire – A Glimpse Inside – Home Stories A2Z– Katherine’s Corner – Just Us Four – Live Laugh Rowe – Liz Marie Blog – Made in a Day – Making the World Cuter – Miss Mustard Seed – My Girlish Whims – My Uncommon Slice of Surburbia – Naptime Creations – Nifty Thrifty Things – Not Just a Housewife – Redoux Interiors – Romantic Home – Savvy Southern Style – Seven Thirty Three – The Shabby Nest – Simply Designing – Smart School House – Tatertots & Jello – Thirty Handmade Days – Three Mango Seeds – Today’s Creative Blog –Too Much Time on my Hands – Uncommon Designs – Under the Table and Dreaming– Whipperberry – White Lites On Wednesday –