DIY Instead of Buy! How I Made A Catalog Item on the Cheap!

My DIY journey began when found Hometalk! It taught me to look at things with a critical eye, and to think of how to make things myself. Not only is it rewarding, it is cost effective to DIY! Here is an example of a project I did.

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Inspiration photo from catalog.
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Finished project!
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  • William William on Feb 27, 2017
    I've done this many times. I can't believe the prices they list! I like something, I make it. I've even sneaked photos on some of the things Hobby Lobby sells. I also would get magazine pictures from people asking me if I could duplicate something. Mainly furniture that I feel is not only overpriced but cheaply made.

    • Anita K Anita K on Feb 28, 2017
      I agree, William - prices are so inflated, that items are still cost-prohibitive, even after coupons are applied! I have been known to snap a photo in Michael's and Homegoods (shhhhhh.....). And yes, furniture is often cheaply made and overpriced. I have not ventured into reupolstering furniture yet - only an ottoman and dining chairs....I have done a secretary desk and buffet - but approaching the family wingback chairs I inherited is another story!

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Feb 27, 2017
    Wow! I love it, Anita!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Anita K Anita K on Feb 28, 2017
      Thanks, Hillela! I find that making something also allows us the freedom to choose colors and mediums as well.

  • Jart57 Jart57 on Feb 28, 2017
    I feel like a spy when in Ross's, Homegoods, Michael's, etc. My phone in my pocket ready to snap pictures at any given moment. It's great to get pictures to assist in painting techniques, special twists on something and so on. Even if I don't make a purchase I leave the store with a smile thinking about the next money saving project waiting to happen! The process is the best part of art. Enjoy the smallest of God's gifts today.

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    • Anita K Anita K on Mar 12, 2017
      Hi Shoshana! Yes, it is so gratifying - I completely agree with you

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Mar 01, 2017
    Anita it came out great! Thanks for the share and the inspiration to keep DIYing

  • Anita K Anita K on Mar 12, 2017
    Thank you very much, Shoshana!

  • Tonya Tonya on Mar 17, 2017
    That's adorable ! It's very inspirational too. I want to try my hands at this . Hubby would be so impressed

    • Anita K Anita K on Mar 18, 2017
      Thank you very much, Tonya! I'm happy that you are inspired by it. That's exactly why I share my projects! Have fun creating! · Reply

  • Crissy Crissy on Jun 25, 2019

    I have a question for you. Do you still have the old secretary desk? I have one pretty similar that I am restoring & I took some of the hardware off to clean & not sure exactly how to get it back on. Can you take me a picture of the inside of yours where the little wood slats pull out. I can’t figure out where that hardware goes back on