Thursday, August 18, 2011

Knocking Off Ballard Designs

Ballard Designs is one of my personal favs.  I love just about everything in their current catalog, including these burlap message boards.

Burlap Message Board

However, $49 was a bit more than I was willing to pay.  Especially when I knew I could recreate this look for free.  I already had a canvas (18x18 inch), a large piece of burlap, and some left over upholstery nail heads just sitting in my craft closet.

I think this project is pretty self explanatory so I'll spare you the wordy details and just show you some pics of the process.

So, this would have been a whole lot easier if my staple gun hadn't bit the stinkin' dust after I had stapled just one side.  I resorted to using finishing nails and a little hot glue in the corners.  It's okay, you can say it, the back of this canvas look like a hot mess!

Whatev!  No one will ever see the back so no big.   I am still bummed that I need to buy a new staple gun though.  Anywho, I decided to personalize my version.

Gorilla brand super glue is the bomb!  Just sayin'!

The gold letter is from the Hob Lob, and I've had it forever.

I decided to place my BD knock-off message board on my mantle.

I love it!  I love easy projects.  I pinned up a few old family photos.  The little ones you see are my mom and dad's elementary school pics.  I heart them, and it seemed fitting with us in back to school mode.

To avoid putting a tiny hole in these old photos, I used a little double-sided tape and placed the pin right on top.

So, have you knocked off any of your favorite stores lately?  Anyone have a good recommendation on a staple gun?

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  1. I am loving this. It's darling. I love the P on it. {that sounds wrong}. I especially love the photos of your parents as children. How special. Great job.

  2. I love this idea. Super easy yet chic! Great mantle. So gorg!

  3. I ripped that one out of the catalog too, knowing I could replicate...yours looks great!

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE! First of all I always love seeing that horse! And the P on the burlap is perfect! Awesome job!

    Tiffany {Living Savvy}

    p.s. I finally finished my wingback chair reupholstering... check it out today {maybe a good one for the love of chairs?}

  5. Great knock-off!! I love how you personalized it, so adorable. I'm saving this to use one day...thanks for the idea!

  6. Very nicely done..and I love the b&w pics.

  7. I actually like your version better...and when you factor in price, NO COMPETITION! (c: I love that you personalized it with those awesome pictures of your parents, that was the best part (c:

    P.S. That Mad men BR collection has me not only that it was fall, but also that I was a millionaire. GORGEOUS!

  8. Yeah, those are stinkin' cute!
    I DID knock something off lately. A Pottery Barn headboard. $500 buckaroos without shipping. OUCH! I did it for under $50, thank you very much.
    Here it is if anyone wants a tutorial:

  9. Looks great! I've also been recreating stuff from the Ballard Designs catalog. I found step by step instructions online to make a chandelier cord cover - Ballard's price was $39 for a burlap cord cover. However, I was unable to copy their awesome burlap table cloth with jute fringe - couldn't find that jute fringe anywhere...ideas anyone?

    1. I found jute fringe at walmart believe it or not, it was near the jewelry section for some reason. A friend told me she found a place to order it by google.

  10. Love it especially with the P glued on the board! I also really love the empty frame framing the horse head.

  11. Thanks everyone! Mindy - your headboard is awesome! Sorry Diane I'm no help on the jute fringe. Let me know if you ever find some.

  12. You made it look so easy, even withouth the staple gun! I love anything with nail head trim right now so I love it!

  13. Your turned out better than Ballard's! And I love the way you styled it too!

  14. It looks amazing! I just purchased a remnant piece of burlap - it'd be perfect for this project. Thanks for sharing.

    Visiting from The CSI Project.


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