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
When I saw the Melrose Console table
online I thought it was such a beautiful, high end look especially with the all that fretwork. Oh, the fretwork!
The original was made of welded metal and the price was a bit steep so this was a wonderful piece to mimic. Their price is $800. The cost of my knock-off was $85.
Almost everything was made from standard 1″x4″ pine trim. With some creative cutting and piecing together, I came up with something that looks exactly like the original at a fraction of the cost.
3. Anthro-inspired Lamp and Pillow + Rothko Art
I have been on the hunt for a floor lamp for my living room for some time now, but they all have seemed to come up short or were rather pricey. I had pinned the Novara Floor Lamp
a while ago on Pinterest and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to make something similar. While I love the brass of the original, copper piping was the economical and readily available choice. The shades are made from 2 funnels I found at a local farm store.
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.
4. Worlds Away Anna Bar Cabinet Knockoff
Unique furniture can be expensive and it’s great to find ways to recreate high end looks on a budget. This is a knock off version of the Worlds Away
Anna Bar Cabinet with materials you can get at any home improvement store.
I built this piece with white birch and oak for a tiny fraction of what it would cost for me to buy it. I got creative with the details and used the bamboo from old tiki torches to add the door detail. I made a template and cut out the Greek key handles from leftover wood from this project.
The interior got a unique look with animal print fabric and I added it to a panel insert so I can change it out in the future. I applied gold leaf to the wooden legs to give it a richer look. The cabinet got painted in a beautiful emerald green semi-gloss to give it a lacquered appearance.
5. Sliding Door Console Table
I built this sliding door console from scratch using Purebond birch plywood for the carcass and pine boards for the top, trim, doors and moulding, then painted and stained. The barn door hardware is actually the interior wheel of an awning pulley combined with aluminum bars cut to size, I might have even surprised myself in creating this totally functional hardware from basic pieces.
In total this diy knock off cost me $300 versus the $2900 retail price tag
6. Urban Outfitters Macrame Hanging Chair Knockoff
Time to get cozy with with your favorite book and snuggle up in this handmade macramé chair. The Urban Outfitters
version will cost you a pretty penny but with only four different supplies, you can create your own by mastering three simple macramé knots. You can totally do this!
Macramé designs are becoming one of hottest trends in Home Decor, so you definitely need to make your own hanging chair as soon as possible!
7. Nelson Platform Bench Knockoff
I love the midcentury modern aesthetic, so I chose to recreate the infamous Nelson Platform Bench
by iconic furniture company Herman Miller. This is a classic midcentury modern piece that has been in production since 1946! I constructed the bench from 100% Canadian maple, with a total out of pocket cost of $136.52 (only had to purchase the lumber). Not a bad savings when compared to the original price of $899 plus shipping!
Dado joints were created on a table saw with a dado blade and custom-made jig (picture below) to ensure even slat spacing. The base/legs were mitred to match the angles of the original trapezoidal base and were then (as the Herman Miller site says) “ebonized” using black stain. The bench top was left natural and the whole project was finished with a clear satin Varathane.
I also made a DIY knock off of this tree stump side table
, saving me an additional $234.57 plus shipping. The stump was from a tree that fell during a hurricane.
8. Anthro-inspired Astra Chandelier
When it comes to lighting or anything shiny, I can become quite smitten. But with a high price tag of $1928.00 this little Astra
beauty had me singing the budget busting blues.
I was determined to create the look for less and after two days worth of work, and the use of some unexpected items (like matchsticks and a globe) this golden gal now hangs gorgeously in the entryway. And with a final price tag of only $65 it didn’t crush the design budget which is my kind of savings!
9. Anthro-inspired Green Leather Armchair
Anthropologie is kinda the bomb. I have an unnatural obsession with browsing through their furniture. When I came across this particular chair
, I fell in love! The green leather and the midcentury modern lines made my heart sing. I knew it was the perfect
project to knock off.
I took the chair from dumpster worthy, to living room ready with the help of a jigsaw, drill, and electric sander. After that, it was ready to be upholstered. I matched the green leather with green vinyl, and found black and white chevron fabric for the cushions.
With the price of fabric and foam coming out to $82, the total was $98! That total includes $2 for the chair, $12 for upholstery tacks, and a $2 board that was used on the arms! A far cry from the original, which rings in at nearly $1,500!
10. Restoration Hardware Brickmaker’s Table Knockoff
I’ve been wanting a more industrial-urban farmhouse-looking coffee table for awhile. So for #CWTS Knock Off Round, copying one of my favorites – the Restoration Hardware Brickmaker’s Table
– was a pretty simple decision. BUT I put my own twist on it. Not by changing how it looks (because I ADORE that!), but the materials its made of.
Since I was super strapped for time, welding the metal base just wasn’t going to happen, so I used wood 2×2’s and RustOleum’s new metallics paint to mimic the look of square metal tubing. The result surprised even me!
11. Marble Waterfall Island Inspired Desk, Crate and Barrel Inspired Tie Dye Curtains
Knock-offs have long been one of my favorite things because it lets you get a designer look for less, but it also lets you put your own creative spin on it! When I first saw Marble Waterfall Islands, I was so obsessed! First of all, who wouldn’t love extra marble? But I really love the look of the marble carrying all the way to the floor on both sides. I had this inspiration image
saved for a future kitchen renovation, but thought, why can’t I have it now? I decided to create a similar feel with a new desk for my office. I built the frame out of wood and then I faux painted marble onto it. It definitely gives me that marble waterfall island feel that I so loved.
With my brand new desk in my office, it felt so bland and needed some cheery curtains! Tie Dye has become so trendy and I really love the fresh, modern takes that you’re seeing now. It isn’t your mama’s 1970’s stuff! I found the Crate and Barrel Tie Dye Shower Curtain
and immediately loved the idea of tie dye curtains! I love the organic, not predictable pattern. I was picturing a larger-scale geometric pattern in blue and white. After some googling, I discovered the Itajime Shibori method, which is also known as fold and clamp. I took some old, plain white IKEA curtains and went to work! An hour later, my white curtains had a serious upgrade!
These two DIY knock-offs make such a bold statement and really brighten up my blah office!
12. Restoration Hardware Timber Slat Coffee Table
When I saw this gorgeous modern slat coffee table at Restoration Hardware
, I knew I could make it myself. Even though it’s on sale
for $1270. What a deal! Hehe.
I made mine for under $80, and was able to customize the size to fit my space.
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