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Creating with the Stars Round 1: RECAP

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Before we jump into Week Two: Paint, let’s take a look back at Week One: Knock Off round for anyone who may have missed out and is new to Creating with the Stars! It was an amazing week, and it is only going to get better…wait until you see what’s in store for week two!



Round 1 RECAP

12th Place: 

Katherine with her Anthro-inspired Green Leather Armchair

The House of Smiths and Pretty Little Lady Design 



We love the way Katherine took a very inexpensive, thrift store find and transformed it into an Anthro-inspired green leather arm chair. Who doesn’t love Anthropology inspired?!  Unfortunately she was one of the bottom three who left us, and has since shared the tutorial for this chair on her blog, Pretty Little Lady Design. We’re so glad Katherine was part of Creating with the Stars top twelve, at 18 years old she was our youngest! YOU ROCK GIRL! We’re also going to miss our blog star Shelley, she’s such a sweetheart. Thanks for being a part of Creating with the Stars ladies.

11th Place:

Kristin with her Worlds Away Anna Bar Cabinet Knockoff

The Hunted Interior & Bliss @ Home


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We just love Kristin’s style; it’s bold, chic, romantic, just look at her beautiful round one project! Oh, and have you seen her fireplace makeover that she used as her Creating with the Stars entry, amazing right? Sadly, Kristin is another contestant we are saying good-bye to, we’re going to miss her but hope she will come back to visit us. (As we do with everyone from Creating with the Stars!) Plus, we hear Kristin was a wonderful blog star, thanks for all you did girl!

10th Place:

Jesse with his Restoration Hardware Timber Slat Coffee Table

All Things Thrifty and Nine Red


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Who else loves having all of these guys around for Creating with the Stars this year? Jesse’s slat coffee table was a great design, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to put him into the top 9. He has a lot of fun DIY projects on his blog, we just love that he isn’t afraid of color. Check out his awesome China cabinet makeover; now don’t you just want to have a spray painting party with that gorgeous color?! Brooke, thanks for coming back to Creating with the Stars to be a blog star again this year.


Now say hello to our top nine who will be giving it their all and waiting for your votes in Week Two: Paint that starts tomorrow…

9th Place:

Courtney with her Anthro-inspired Astra Chandelier

I heart nap time & A Little Glass Box



8th Place:

Gwen with her Anthro-inspired Lamp and Pillow + Rothko Art

Inspired by Charm & The Makerista


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7th Place: 

Lindsay with her Marble Waterfall Island Inspired Desk, Crate and Barrel Inspired Tie Dye Curtains

U Create and The White Buffalo Styling Co. 

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6th Place: 

Tracy with her Society Social Melrose Cocktail Table Knockoff

Centsational Girl & Right Up My Alley


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5th Place:

Mallory & Savannah with their Urban Outfitters Macrame Hanging Chair Knockoff

Vintage Revivals and Classy Clutter 


Marrakech Chair 2

4th Place: 

Shannon with her Restoration Hardware Brickmaker’s Table Knockoff

Bower Power AKA Design & Life



3rd Place:

Becki & Chris with their Nelson Bench

Thistlewood Farms & The Uncommon Common Law



As the top three, Becki and Chris put together a tutorial for us, check out the details of their beautiful DIY Nelson Bench here.

2nd Place:

Jacqui with her Black Rooster X Bench Knockoff

Tatertots & Jello and Brooke Eva



These pretty X benches come to us all the way from Dubai, check out the tutorial that Jacqui put together for us here.

1st Place:

Jamie with her fabulous Sliding Door Console Table

Congrats to Jamie and her Blog Star Beckie for winning Round 1- you girls rocked this round!

Infarrantly Creative and That’s My Letter

6 CWTS Team


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Isn’t she gorgeous? Jaime put together an awesome tutorial and supply list break down for us that is a must read if you are crushing on this as much as we are!  Thank you to everyone who worked hard to help us put together an amazing Week One, now let’s make Week Two just as awesome shall we?!


So are you ready for round two, what are some paint projects you are hoping to see? Don’t forget there is still time to enter a beach vacation to Punta Cana from Apple Vacations…

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The comments +

  1. […] of paint projects – have you guys been following along with Creating With the Stars over at East Coast Creative??  Right now they’re on Round 2 & this week’s theme is […]

  2. […] a little recap to refresh your memory or missed out on what happened in round one, check that out here to catch up. The lovely Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs is back with us again this week to show […]

  3. […] hooking you up with even more amazing DIY tutorials! Last week’s tutorials can be found HERE.  Tomorrow, Sarah Dorsey (last year’s CWTS Champ) will be sharing her paint project, and then […]

  4. […] hooking you up with even more amazing DIY tutorials! Last week’s tutorials can be found HERE.  Tomorrow, Sarah Dorsey (last year’s CWTS Champ) will be sharing her paint project, and then […]

  5. Mariella says:

    Is there a tutorial for the macrame chair?


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