Game on friends!! It’s time for Round 1 of Creating with the Stars 2014 and oh, so appropriately the first round is a Knock Off. If you’re new to our blog, you might not know that Jess and I are the hosts of ABC’s DIY show “Knock It Off” on The LiveWell Network. Every episode we help homeowners makeover a room using mad DIY skills (and some crazy ideas) to Knock Off high end looks. Our budgets are tiny, but the results are epic! If you haven’t watched it before, you can watch full episodes HERE– warning, don’t blame us if you end up having a “Knock It Off” marathon and forget to feed your family and/or shower for days!
Here’s a little peek at our show:
A few reminders on how things work around here…
1- Projects are Anonymous:
Our bloggers have done their best to keep things legit and not reveal which project is theirs. This keeps the playing field level.
2- One Vote Per Round:
You can only vote once, this isn’t a popularity thaang… we want to know which DIY project is the very best!
3- Winner Announced Wednesday:
Wednesday we will announce the winner of Round 1 and also say goodbye to 3 talented bloggers. It’s kinda like a rose ceremony, but far less painful because we don’t have to deal with Juan Pablo!!
4- Full Tutorials
We’re hooking you up with more amazing DIY tutorials than you’ll know what to do with! Tomorrow, Sarah Dorsey (last year’s CWTS Champ) will be sharing her knock off, and then each day following the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will share their complete tutorials for their winning projects!
We proudly present to you Creating with the Stars Round 1: Knock Off
1. Black Rooster X Bench Knockoff
I saw knock-off week and it had my name written all over it. I’ve been eyeing the x-bench stool available from online décor shop Black Rooster for a while, but at $720 it’s a far cry from my budget and the perfect piece to knock-off! Style meets practicality with this piece and I decided it made sense to knock off something that I actually need in my home, which lead me to this little beauty.
If you’re in need of extra seating in your living area but are limited by space the x-bench stools are the answer. They can be stored under a console when they are not needed, looking pretty lovely as a feature and pulled out for those occasions when they are needed. I do love an item that is both functional and doubles as décor!
The most fabulous thing about this project? The fact that I transformed a high-end piece of furniture for a third of the price of the original without skimping on style or quality! I used wood, foam, charcoal linen fabric, nail heads as studded detail and voila, the knock-off delivers on grandeur and elegance in this DIY.
2. Society Social Melrose Cocktail Table Knockoff
Pillows are a wonderful and fairly inexpensive way to update a space if you make them yourself. I loved the version from Anthropologie, but spent about half as much money to make my own. This also allowed me to choose any colorway I wanted. The black and white feels modern but the tassels keep it fun. It kind of reminds me of music notes on a staff.
I used some white butcher paper on a roll and craft paints to whip up the art. Layering on different reds, pinks, white, and some coral gives a great pop to the space.
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