I’ve wanted to make a hairpin bench for so long and the price of hairpin legs always turned me off. But then I came across these hairpin legs on Amazon and for 20.00 for a set of four – you can’t even buy materials to build the legs for that price![Read more…] about Easy Hairpin Bench
It’s the gloomiest day here in Campbell River. So gloomy that I couldn’t take photos of all the lovely pieces that Glen and his team built & shipped out today. So instead, I decided to make this simple spring centrepiece.
Since Spring is a few days away, I wanted to make a fun centrepiece for my table. When I say this is cheap, trust me, it’s cheap. I bought these cans on sale for 6 dollars for the set of 4 & then I made this wooden tray. The plants came to 10 dollars ( & I’m sure we could of gotten them way cheaper, but Glen had to go to the “plant store” aka, land of overpriced plants )
I then took a teeny little brush and painted over all the letters with white paint. I totally ordered them while I as on my cellphone and I didn’t realize they were gold sparkly letters. It’s probably just me, but I think glitter is really tacky.
Once dry, I distressed slightly to blend it into the bucket.. and done! It was that simple. Plop in the plants and place on your tray. You can use any tray, but I made a tray with my nail gun & scraps as I didn’t have a tray long enough for these buckets.
I love all things chippy and “ugly” as my husband likes to say, so the tray is pretty rustic looking. But it’s totally my jam. I’m sure you could find a decently priced tray, or you could even use a plank of stained wood!
Monday’s are one of our busiest days of the week. It usually entails, staging 10 -20 pieces of furniture, wrapping them and shipping them. Today we had a few client appointments at our home between picking the kids up.
Hope this little centrepiece inspires you to think of out the box and make a fun, DIY and cheap centrepiece that you love.
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Hey hey hey friends!
It’s super sunny & gorgeous here on Vancouver Island today and the snow is literally almost gone. I’ve surprised myself because I do love snow, but I’m also looking forward to spring. I find winter so gloomy, especially here on the Island. We live in a rainforest and it’s constantly grey outside. So when we get a day of sun, everyone jumps for joy!
Something that I wanted to chat with you guys about is corbels. They are all the rage right now and I’ve wanted a pair for a while but I can’t afford the price tag. I mean, this is what my blog is all about, how to DIY something for either free, or for cheap.
My dear son accidentally purchased a pair of wood brackets… you can bet that I put some more security on our Amazon account after that. Geez. But thing is, these brackets were only 12.00 each ( if you’re buying from the American Amazon, they are only 8 dollars each! Whhhhhhhat?! ) I’ll have links below so you can easily purchase them to make this project and they came in the mail within 4 days!
Shopping List For DIY Cheap Corbels
–These Brackets ( Canadian )
-White Paint ( Any Kind )
-Tester of Jacobean Minwax Stain
-Cardboard to paint/stain on
This is going to be ultra easy, take you 10 minutes so hold onto your hats and lets go. Also, I have to warn you, the photos are pretty bad, but it’s so hard to take photos of yourself while you’re staining and painting!
I stained these with the color Jacobean from Minwax. If you buy a tester it is under 6 dollars and will last you for a few other projects. We had all the supplies we already needed for this project so it cost me mouthing.
If wanting to save money, you could stain your corbels with ground coffee beans. Trust me, it really works!
Next step is to dip your rag into the white paint. You can dab it a bit on the card board.. then just rub it on your corbels. I promise, there is no right way, you just rub it, swipe it, blend it. It’s supposed to look super ugly & distressed.
Let dry – and you can distress if you like if you put too much paint on, but I didn’t do this step. Your first corbel will look like this. This took me about two minutes, so again.. don’t think into it. Just do it!
After taking this photo, I actually blended those blotches in a but better on the first one. I let them dry for an hour & put them in place. You can put a wax or varnish on them too, but I skipped this step as I will most likely use them for something else in the future or put antiquing wax on someday.
…and you’re left with the most stunning set of corbels for a grand total of 24 dollars ( way cheap in US currency )
My lamps are pretty ginormous, but these corbels sit 7″ height.
I’ll be posting all the “shop this post” links below so you can easily purchase what you see in this blog and can I just talk about those lamps fro a minute? I had a bit of affiliate income, so I purchased those gorgeous lamps and they were on clearance for 41 dollars each!!! Marked down from over 120. There are still a few left, so run run run.
Hope you enjoyed this blog & let me know what you think of these DIY Corbels!