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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?

*Linking up to The CSI Project

17 comments:

  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.

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

    www.sadieandstella.blogspot.com

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

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  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?}

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

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

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  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!

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  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:
    http://rindymae.blogspot.com/2011/08/diy-upholstered-headboard.html

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  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?

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    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.

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

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  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.

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  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!

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

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  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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