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DIY Fretwork Mirror

So this next DIY project is definitely more labour intensive than those of SMP Living's past, but we all strongly feel that any additional effort is more than well worth it. And though it takes a bit of patience and a bit of precision to complete this masterpiece, it's not totally unreasonable or over-the-top difficult. And the results? Well they're simply beyond!

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DIY Calligraphy Pillows

Could you not just kiss our in-house DIYer square on the mouth? She whipped up these DIY calligraphy pillows for our segment on the Today Show and to say I'm obsessed would be a huge understatement. The best part? We're sharing the templates (for free!) so all you have to do is print them out and iron them on. Ready. Set. Craft!!

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DIY No-Sew Two Tone Curtains

You may have spotted these babies on the Today Show this morning (yes, we were on again. Yes, we're pinching ourselves again!) These no-sew two toned curtains are the perfect project for the anti-crafty. Because all you need is some beautiful fabric of your choice and a hot iron. You heard right - it's seriously that simple! 2 yards of colored fabric (we used...

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23 Ikea Hacks

I'm always blown away by the craftiness that resides within the Interwebs. Specifically: people's ability to transform a run-of-the-mill Ikea piece into a work of art. And while I'll be the first to admit that not every hack results in a win, there are a ton out there with seriously impressive results. And tucked within these pages is a whoooole bunch of them. Literally everything you'll need to transform your space on a budget. PS - You...

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DIY Gilded Garden Markers

It was a whopping 3 degrees outside the other day which, if you ask anyone who experienced this brutal winter, is a huge, mega, massive win. I swear I saw people roaming the streets in shorts! What I'm getting at you ask? Spring is on it's way. I can feel it. It's in the air. Which means that it's now time to get started on those gardens. And step one on that garden to-do list? These DIY gilded garden markers, of course!

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DIY Herb Garden Pots

At just $1.99 per plant pot, this is one DIY that feels like a no brainer. It's amazing how a little white paint can totally and completely transform such a simple object. And by playing with different levels of opacity, layering on that paint will allow you to achieve this marbled look for less than the cost of your morning cup of coffee. That, right there, is a win as far as I'm concerned!

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DIY Foraged Florals & Gold Vase

This month’s foraging  excursion was as fun as ever! We kept it a little light-hearted with a nod to a St. Patty’s Day table arrangement. But truly, it’s just as beautiful to keep these rhodies (that’s what we call rhododendrons for short), and dried hydrangea in a vase around your house all year long. Having fresh greens around is sure to boost your winter blues! We also brought you two...

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Ikea Hack: Gilded Campaign Nightstand

Why is it that a little bit of gold detailing makes the world a prettier place? Take for example the sort of plain IKEA Rast Dresser. Good bones but lacking in something. With a little bit of gold hardware, white lacquer paint and a splash of gold leaf...Voila. Nightstand Perfection. And all for about $150. Boom.

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DIY Floor Poufs

To say I'm excited about this next DIY would be the understatement of the century. Do you know how many times us SMP girls have requested our in house crafter to break-out her DIY skills on those kind of pricey but oh so fabulous floor poufs that you see everywhere? Probably about a million. I'm sure she obliged, if only to allow us to get on with our lives. And check out the rest of our DIYS here!

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8 DIY Projects to Spruce Up Your Home

Here at SMP, we believe in splurging. Especially on those timeless, you'll take them from home to home, move them from room to room pieces. But when it comes to giving your space a facelift for the season, DIY is where it's at. And here are 8 totally do-able, totally steal-worthy projects that are worth that trip to home depot. Each that will most definitely brighten your day.

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DIY Winter Terarrium

Confession: up until a few months ago, I thought these were called teraniums. I know. Total blogger fail. Especially because these little globes of lovely are ALL the rage throughout internet land. And lucky for all of us, Pollen Floral Design and Cambria Grace Photography are here today sharing a wee little guide to a wintry version of your very own! Ps -...

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DIY Gold Leafed Coasters

You know you're fancy when your coasters match your party, and with this cute and crafty how-to, it's totally and completely possible. The sweet folks at Hello!Lucky  never fail to impress, but I'm thinking they've outdone themselves this time. Grab all the steps below!   Cardstock Exacto knife Ruler Cutting mat McGill...

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DIY Gold Dot Vase

The frugalista within always gets really excited when we come up with a fabulous party project that can totally be repurposed once your party guests have retired for the evening. This Kate Spade inspired vase is all that and more. Though it undeniably added that je ne sais quoi to our shin-dig, I'd just as easily place it on my dining room table any ol' day of...

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DIY Gilded Modern Art

As soon as I stumbled upon this golden duct tape I knew it was meant for something great. After considering the many options, I opted to use it to make some modern artwork with a gilded effect. Its a pretty simple and chic way to add some new art to your home! My patterns were inspired by these lovely Goods By Grinn pillows. They make a fun...

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Gold Leafed Ikea Desk Hack

Bold statement alert: this is my favourite DIY we've ever featured on SMP Living. That says a lot considering there are a number of them that have completely knocked me off my feet. But I would pay big bucks for this gorgeous gilded number in a high end store. The best part? With just a little elbow grease, you can do the whole thing for virtually nothing! Ah, Ikea hacks - how I love thee.

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DIY Gold Zig Zag Tray

In my humble opinion, one can never have enough trays. I honestly couldn't even count how many I have laying around corralling various objects of all shapes and sizes. They add instant class to any ol' room, especially when they've been decked out in a hint of gold. So, naturally, that's just what we did. And we've got the full how-to just for you! White tray of your choice (we got ours from...

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DIY Art: Calendar Print Gallery Wall

Because art is one of those things that can quickly deplete a budget, when it came to Stephanie's apartment we knew we had to get creative. When we stumbled upon this stunning botanical inspired calendar we felt like we had hit the jackpot. Beautiful floral graphics filled pages that were simply ripe for the picking. And for just a few dollars we were able to outfit Stephanie's office with an entire wall...

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DIY Gold Leafed Art

Ok so before we get to Stephanie's big reveal, we have a few pretty wonderful DIY's we need to share. First up: this awesomely simple gold leafed art, inspired a bit by Lovely Little Details + Song Ink's gorgeous print and a bit by this fun print we saw on Art.com.

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Ten Tips on Painting a Striped Wall

So today we're devouring  our Weddings Editor - Erin's - recent houselift. Code for house facelift. One of the things that Erin tackled when she first moved in that we all fell so hard for, were her striped walls. They instantly made her tiny space feel larger and decidedly oh so chic. So we asked Erin to share a few little tips on wall striping. Fat or skinny, bold or shy, following these little tidbits...

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DIY Gold Dipped X-Bench

Before we get to the most fun bit of Erin's home makeover (the full tour, of course!) we thought we'd share a quick little tutorial on how we spruced up a few X-Benches in Erin's space. Now, there was nothing seriously wrong with them to begin with, but they did lack a little sparkle. And Erin is the kind of girl that seriously sparkles. So luckily, with a quick coat of white paint and a little dipping action...

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