Today I thought I would check in with ya and show you my latest fun little DIY, another Ballard Designs knock-off that even the most casual DIY diva could pull off. I originally wanted these suckers:
|Photo: Ballard Designs|
But, since they range in price from $69-$169, well...that aint happening. So, I went and made me a couple:
|Yes, I sipped wine and ate cashews as I shot these pics. |
Yes, it was 2:20 in the afternoon. Don't judge.
I used round Ponderosa pine panels from Lowe's which together cost me less than $20 (I bought the 15" and the 18" sizes). Then I stained and painted them to my heart's content. The smaller one I based closely on Ballard's design, using a basic stencil and substituting in my own numbers. The larger one I painted using this technique. It is based on this random picture I snapped of a wine crate in one of my favorite restaurants in Belgium:
|(That's why I take pictures of everything!)|
Mine aint perfect. Let's just say they've got some hand-made personality.
Also, they are lacking that cute barrel-looking rim. Bummer.
The lumber and the weathered gray stain I needed (I already had the other supplies) cost less than $25. That means I saved $165! Okay, I actually spent $25, but you feel me, right? For that, I can most definitely live with a little "personality" and lack of rims. I know you agree, that's why I love ya!