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EclectiCheap Crafting and Décor 101

Updated on January 22, 2017
DIY Silk rose lampshade
DIY Silk rose lampshade | Source

Eclectic Plus Inexpensive = EclectiCheap

EclectiCheap - Yes, okay, I made up the word. :) I'm enjoying a little word play here. EclectiCheap is pronounced as two words "Eclectic Cheap". It describes perfectly my attitude towards decorating and crafts in general.

I've always been drawn to the eclectic form of decorating but I'm unable to afford the often hefty retail price tags that accompany this style. Likewise with the crafting trends, I prefer to devise or procure a less expensive way to accomplish the look I'm after.

As far back as I can remember and honestly, that's over half a century of thoughts now, I've been making or remaking things. Still, I was a little astounded while looking around our cottage the other day to realize with the exception of the televisions and the standard metal bed frames to hold the mattresses, we only have two pieces of furniture that were actually purchased brand new. One is the dresser in our bedroom and the other is a wicker trunk my husband bought me as a gift from Pier 1 several years ago. Every other piece of furniture and the majority of the decorative art was collected secondhand from thrift shops, garage sales, Craigslist or gifted from family.

To me, home just isn't home if it doesn't reflect the occupants. Each piece whether crafted or refinished or serving merely as art should be able to tell a story even if sometimes you may have to look very closely.

Nearly everything in our home has evolved in some way or the other. On this page, I'm going to share some of my favorite looks and projects over the years. Some I may still be using currently. Due to the small size of our cottage though, many have been retired and given to family or donated to charity. I think they all have value and I hope you can find one or two of your liking.

(All photos on this page credit: Pam Irie)

Found on the Ground Decor

Old Gear Candleholder DIY
Old Gear Candleholder DIY | Source

I call this crafting project my found on the ground décor because that's exactly where I discovered these old gears. Following the numbers in this collage of the project, you'll see I used a piece of fine steel wool to knock off all the loose rust and dirt. This step was followed with a good rinse and the gear was then allowed to dry thoroughly.

A satin finish polyurethane spray was applied to the front and back of each gear to prevent further rusting. I used basic household white glue to attach some felt to the bottom of the gears to protect my furniture top.

This crafting project was as cheap as you can get considering I already had the few items needed. How cheap? It cost me nothing but a little time. :)

A Few Basics for EclectiCheap Décor and Crafting

Every suggested product here on this page is very budget friendly and all are used by me. You'll find these products invaluable for so many crafting and decorative projects for your home.

Elmer's Glue-All Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, Extra Strong, 1 Gallon, 1 Count - Great For Making Slime
Elmer's Glue-All Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, Extra Strong, 1 Gallon, 1 Count - Great For Making Slime

I use a LOT of this exact glue. Buying it by the gallon is smart and cost-effective for my style of decorating and crafting.

 
Surebonder DT-280F Dual Temperature 60 Watt Full Size Standard Glue Gun
Surebonder DT-280F Dual Temperature 60 Watt Full Size Standard Glue Gun

A glue gun is essential whatever your style of crafting or home decorating may be. Get one like this with a stand. It's so convenient and makes the application process easier.

 

Why Call it 101?

Because I want you, the reader, to go back to the basics and use your imagination, use found objects, use what you have, try new things, do a little research online and a lot of experimenting, make some mistakes and when that happens go back to the basics again.

How will you know when you've got it right? When it feels right TO YOU!

Let's Put Some Light on This Subject

Eclec-Cheap DIY Lighting
Eclec-Cheap DIY Lighting | Source
Mini Accent 6 1/2" High Can Spot Light in Black
Mini Accent 6 1/2" High Can Spot Light in Black

These canister up lights are so versatile. As shown in the pictures above of a variety of lamps I've made, you can use your imagination to create something really unique.

 

If a room feels empty you can remedy that quickly just by adding light. I've made many DIY lamp projects over the years. Here are just four....

Pictures # 1 and # 4 both use an inexpensive canister-style up lighting fixture. (resource found below). I created the light covers out of wooden disposable chopsticks for the first photo. The third photo's light cover was made with four air vent covers attached together with key rings from the hardware store.

Photos # 2 and # 3 don't do the lamps justice; I apologize for the lack of drama. Both lights are visibly striking in the evening light. A single strand of Christmas lights was threaded through each of three of the five bamboo poles in the second photo as well as through the plastic dryer vent hose shown in the fourth picture.


Don't Know How To Do Something?

Don't let lack of knowledge prevent you from trying something. Gift yourself the satisfaction of doing things yourself. The internet especially abounds with informative step-by-step tutorials showing the how/why/where/when of crafting and home decor.

Every mistake over the years (I've made lots!) just makes my successes that much sweeter. So make it a point to experiment with materials. Look around your home to see what you have first before purchasing supplies.

My EclectiCheap Kitchen - What's the first thing you notice in this picture?

Kitchen Window Treatment
Kitchen Window Treatment | Source

This is my almost done EclectiCheap cottage kitchen. (Someday we are going to replace the generic countertop with a concrete counter but that will be another article, I'm sure.) There are 3 easy DIY projects shown here.

  • I framed my grandmother's old vintage kitchen spoon in a brightly painted red secondhand frame. The mat is cardboard with red gingham fabric attached. It's a sentimental piece of art work to me. My mom said my grandmother used this spoon daily to serve beans in the kitchen. (This was during the Depression years so you know they had a lot of beans.)
  • Look closely to see a bit of the upcycled glass liquor decanter sitting in the window corner. I simply filled it with water and a little red food coloring and let the light shine through.
  • Three white linen dinner napkins (thrifted for $1 each) serve as a charming valance in both of my kitchen windows. Just fold over one edge and sew in a straight line to form a short casing to thread the curtain rod through. You don't even need a sewing machine to do this if you take the time to do a little hand sewing.

Pause for a Poll

Inexpensive DIY Decor
Inexpensive DIY Decor | Source

Which style of crafting and home decorating do you prefer?

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My 3 Painting Rules

ALWAYS prep and prime surfaces properly first.

I prefer to use water base paints and finishes.

I protect my work with a finished top coat.

Paint Is Perfect for a Cheap (Inexpensive) Redo

Eclec-Cheap Painting Projects
Eclec-Cheap Painting Projects | Source

1. Make your own stencil to paint on the doors of a vintage cabinet. (LOTS of tutorials online) A stylized American Gothic just sets this piece apart from all others, don't you think? This was a combined piece of art created with the invaluable help of a good friend years ago. She taught me a lot about painting and the magic of the imagination. :)

2. Painting plaid on metal. Job made easy with a bit of painters tape and paint. These $3 thrift shop stools are sitting kind of pretty now, aren't they? Can we say EclectiCheap maybe? :)

3. I had two slightly different shades of partially used green spray paint to revamp this thrifted rattan stool. Neither can had enough contents to do the project. :( What did I do? I sprayed the under section first with my second choice and once that dried I used my preferred color on top. No one ever noticed and I didn't have to buy any new supplies at all for this transformation.

4. This 3-drawer dresser is the perfect size and now serves as a nightstand in our guest bedroom. It was pretty beat up when I got it for a steal at the local charity thrift shop. Black was my color of choice for this redo.

The pretty flowers I added on were simple to do. I'm no artist, so I found a design I liked online and laying the chest flat on the ground facing up WITH the drawers in place and the handles removed, I used white chalk to free hand outline the main points. I tried to replicate the design as best I could, but it turned out not much like the original design. That's the way it should be! :)

I used basic craft paint (the stuff in photo 5)to fill in the colors. The whole thing I topped with a satin finish water-base polycrylic and then reattached the handles.

5. This is the latex craft paint I use constantly. Basic shades also are available in larger bottles which is what I used to paint the chest in photo number 4.

Here's the way I apply this paint. I always squirt some in a small disposable plastic tub and add a little hot water. Mix with a wooden chopstick to make sure there are no lumps. Paint. Allow to dry thoroughly between coats and before applying water base polycrylic top coat. That's it!

This is the most inexpensive way you'll find to paint furniture besides the OOOOPS section of the local hardware store. Try it! You'll like it!

Complete Your Painted Surfaces with Water Base Satin Polycrylic

You work hard on a project, so help protect it with this super product. This is my preferred brand and finish.

Minwax 63333444 Polycrylic Protective Finish Water Based, quart, Satin
Minwax 63333444 Polycrylic Protective Finish Water Based, quart, Satin

Makes a great finish. Protects surfaces. Easy to clean. I recommend this product highly!

 

Your Style of Crafting and Décor - What's It Called?

Is it junky? Is it funky? Is it cheap? Is it chic? Is it classic? Is it trash or is it treasure? Shabby Shanty?

If you can't make up your mind, call it EclectiCheap!

EclectiCheap = This and That Done Your Way! - Why are these special to me? Because I did them my way and inexpensively! :)

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1950s era Miramar of California hanging planter. Wet sanded the metal hanger and used a matte black spray on the corroded original finish.Actual drift card found by my daughter New Years Day on the beach several years back. Lauhala remnant background in inexpensive black frame.My motto. :) Quick embroidery project in a thrifted frame. Want the free pattern? You'll find the link at the bottom of this page.Very EclectiCheap. Tansu = Craigslist  Wood stump = Free  Rocking Chair = Thrifted  Everything secondhand except the large vase and slim statue.Years ago. Teen daughters EclectiCheap window treatment. Standard shade and a black sharpie autographed by her friends (and big brother's) Big hit! :)Thrift shop belts woven as new seating. Easy and very EclectiCheap!Black sharpie + Thrifted lampshade + John Lennon's "Imagine" song lyrics = EclectiCheap décor!Wood shims + glue gun + silk flowers = Cheap Shim Chic. How to link below.VERY inexpensive and pretty, don't you think? This is the DIY silk rose lampshade featured in the intro. Tutorial link found below.This vintage linoleum flooring piece was salvaged from the old plantation cottage belonging to my husband's family on Maui, where his father grew up.Affordable wall art! Hardware store ceiling fan medallion spray painted red. Colorful graphic in center is CD cover art. It's EclectiCheap!Look closely; I needed a frame with a mat. I used black bias tape, then folded and ironed mitered corners. Very EclectiCheap and practical.Vintage sheet music. Torn paper and white glue is decoupaged to the frame. Looks like leather. (I once did an entire hallway floor using this method.)
1950s era Miramar of California hanging planter. Wet sanded the metal hanger and used a matte black spray on the corroded original finish.
1950s era Miramar of California hanging planter. Wet sanded the metal hanger and used a matte black spray on the corroded original finish. | Source
Actual drift card found by my daughter New Years Day on the beach several years back. Lauhala remnant background in inexpensive black frame.
Actual drift card found by my daughter New Years Day on the beach several years back. Lauhala remnant background in inexpensive black frame.
My motto. :) Quick embroidery project in a thrifted frame. Want the free pattern? You'll find the link at the bottom of this page.
My motto. :) Quick embroidery project in a thrifted frame. Want the free pattern? You'll find the link at the bottom of this page.
Very EclectiCheap. Tansu = Craigslist  Wood stump = Free  Rocking Chair = Thrifted  Everything secondhand except the large vase and slim statue.
Very EclectiCheap. Tansu = Craigslist Wood stump = Free Rocking Chair = Thrifted Everything secondhand except the large vase and slim statue.
Years ago. Teen daughters EclectiCheap window treatment. Standard shade and a black sharpie autographed by her friends (and big brother's) Big hit! :)
Years ago. Teen daughters EclectiCheap window treatment. Standard shade and a black sharpie autographed by her friends (and big brother's) Big hit! :)
Thrift shop belts woven as new seating. Easy and very EclectiCheap!
Thrift shop belts woven as new seating. Easy and very EclectiCheap!
Black sharpie + Thrifted lampshade + John Lennon's "Imagine" song lyrics = EclectiCheap décor!
Black sharpie + Thrifted lampshade + John Lennon's "Imagine" song lyrics = EclectiCheap décor!
Wood shims + glue gun + silk flowers = Cheap Shim Chic. How to link below.
Wood shims + glue gun + silk flowers = Cheap Shim Chic. How to link below.
VERY inexpensive and pretty, don't you think? This is the DIY silk rose lampshade featured in the intro. Tutorial link found below.
VERY inexpensive and pretty, don't you think? This is the DIY silk rose lampshade featured in the intro. Tutorial link found below.
This vintage linoleum flooring piece was salvaged from the old plantation cottage belonging to my husband's family on Maui, where his father grew up.
This vintage linoleum flooring piece was salvaged from the old plantation cottage belonging to my husband's family on Maui, where his father grew up.
Affordable wall art! Hardware store ceiling fan medallion spray painted red. Colorful graphic in center is CD cover art. It's EclectiCheap!
Affordable wall art! Hardware store ceiling fan medallion spray painted red. Colorful graphic in center is CD cover art. It's EclectiCheap!
Look closely; I needed a frame with a mat. I used black bias tape, then folded and ironed mitered corners. Very EclectiCheap and practical.
Look closely; I needed a frame with a mat. I used black bias tape, then folded and ironed mitered corners. Very EclectiCheap and practical.
Vintage sheet music. Torn paper and white glue is decoupaged to the frame. Looks like leather. (I once did an entire hallway floor using this method.)
Vintage sheet music. Torn paper and white glue is decoupaged to the frame. Looks like leather. (I once did an entire hallway floor using this method.)
Upcyled Elec-Cheap Plant Rooter
Upcyled Elec-Cheap Plant Rooter | Source

Have You Ever?

Have you ever seen a cuter rooter?

I'm sure you have, BUT maybe not one made this inexpensively. :) Everything I needed to put together a plant rooter for my mother's kitchen window were things she already had. In fact the two clear glass vases were stashed under her kitchen sink so I didn't have to look far.

This project falls under the "use-what-you-have" style of decorating which is totally compatible with what I also consider EclectiCheap. :)

To make this rooter: The important part of this project is once the inner bud vase is centered inside the larger vase, the bud vase must be either the same height or a tad shorter. Colorful glass rocks or marbles should be placed around the bud vase to help keep it into position.

Fill the bud vase with water and insert a cutting so it may root. Place the rooter in the window so the cutting gets some sun and the glass rocks are reflected in the sunlight.

Homemade Decoupage

Classic white household glue (dries clear)

Plastic disposable margarine tub

Hot water

Squirt some glue in tub. Add a little hot water to thin out the glue a little.Stir and apply to surface. Use slightly dampened rag to gently deflate any air bubbles.

Speaking of EclectiCheap Style...... - What do you think of these looks?

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      evawrites1 3 years ago

      I love it! I'm going to copy your idea with the glass bottle on the windowsill.

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      You are certainly very talented. I love the kitchen curtain.

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      Tricia Deed 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Most of these are pretty cool; some I do not like, but then, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

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      davidtrounce lm 3 years ago

      Gave me a few good design ideas I might use myself. Thanks.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Great decorating ideas. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      tbonestakes 3 years ago

      Your level of creativity is just wonderful, congrats of the LOTD!

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      zzzzzzc 3 years ago

      These are all great ideas, I love to be frugal to with ideas to decorate. Thanks for the ideas.

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      lewisgirl 3 years ago

      I think you are very creative! Congrats on LotD!

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Congratulations on LotD. Love the multitude of ideas.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      nice ideas.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Fun ideas and not difficult to make. Great insight for this kind of crafting. Congratulations on LotD.

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      Ellen Gregory 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very inventive. Love the American Gothic stencil

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      Michey LM 3 years ago

      Great ideas and can be done,,, congrats for LOTD

      Thanks

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      etypeibo 3 years ago

      wonderfull check my art www.etypetv.com click on logo

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Wonderful craft ideas! Congratulations on receiving the LOTD.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Scarlettohairy: Thank you Peggy! :) Very happy camper today!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @MarcellaCarlton: Thank you! I imagine we'd both immediately feel comfortable in each other's houses. :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Rock Artist: I know, right? If I won the Lottery I'd probably still shop for inspiration at the thrift shops. It's part of what makes me tick.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Nancy Hardin: Oh, the flatware set sounds adorable framed! This is the kind of decorating I love best because it's telling our stories. :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow! Congratulations on lens of the day, Pam!

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      I love these projects. They look great. I've picked up most of my stuff at garage sales, hand-me-downs from the family, and art work from people I've known. I think it looks wonderful together and cost me very little. I can't even imagine buying furniture from a regular store. Thrift stores are a really good resource. CONGRATS ON YOUR LOTD!

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      Rock Artist 3 years ago

      I really like your ideas, especially those adorable curtains and the spoon display (so creative) in the red and white kitchen above. I am a rock painter, and it's something I would do for relaxation and enjoyment even if (when`haha!) I win the lottery. That's how you know something is a passion. Congratulations on LOTD!!!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Congratulations on LOTD! Love this lens. I've framed some old malabar plate flatware that I used as a child in the 1940s. I have no idea who bought it for me, but it was my own little set; knife, fork and spoon with a goose on the handle. My son has already put in "dibs" on getting that when I'm gone. I told him it will be a while yet! hahaha! Loved your Grandma's spoon, and that's the first thing that caught my eye in that photo.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @delia-delia: Eclecticity = is that a word? It should be, don't you think? :) Repurposed art is beautiful IMO. Love it!

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      ideadesigns 3 years ago

      Amazing little treasures you have created here. Like your style and originality!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @ideadesigns: Thank you so much!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Merrci: Merci Merrci!!! :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Diana Wenzel: TY Diana! This is so exciting!!!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Mickie Gee: Many thanks for the comment and the addition to your Pinterest.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @GrammieOlivia: What a nice thing to say; Thank you!!!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks a bunch. Now go out there and get em, girl! :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @CherylK: Another name for it is FUN. I remember that every time I try something else. :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @valerie212: What a great compliment. Thank you!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @pawpaw911: DIY = Do It YES! in our house. ha

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @sharonbellis: Thanks for the words! :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @esmonaco: That window trim is still on my list and frankly I can't wait to cross it off. So much to do, so little time. yikes!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @anonymous: Many thanks! :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @PaynesGrey: Thank you. Easy, easy, easy. :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Craftypicks: They can make a big difference for just a little cost. :)

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Great ideas...fun projects! I also use eclectic things to create my repurposed art projects...

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Had to come back and say congrats on LotD! Well deserved!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Stopping back by to celebrate your Lens of the Day. Nothing cheap about that. :-)

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      Thank you for these wonderful and "cheap" ideas for decor! I added this page to the "Glue Gun Slinger Corral" on Pinterest!

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      They are all really good, I don't think anyone would call them "home-made" or "Cheap", they look great!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      You are so very creative and talented! I love your projects, especially the kitchen curtains and the picture frames. I've stifled my creative urges for a long time. After seeing this page, they're straining to get out! Congratulations on the inspirational Lens of the Day!

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      Cheryl Kohan 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Very clever! I've been doing this sort of decorating for years and now there's a name for it...Excellent!

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      valerie212 3 years ago

      I love DIY lenses, and yours is just ... i am speechless, i love it!

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      pawpaw911 3 years ago

      EclectiCheap. I like it. Can't beat DIY for fun and unique. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      Sharon Bellissimo 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Wonderful items so imaginative. Enjoyed exploring your lens!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      You have an amazing creative streak in you, I like all of the things that you have done here, and your pictures are wonderful. Good luck with that window :) Congratulations on LOTD Well Deserved!!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      wow... taking reusing to another level

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Some great ideas here, I agree with PaynesGrey below, my favorite is the lamp shade too!

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      PaynesGrey 3 years ago

      Great ideas, I love the lamp shade!

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      Lori Green 3 years ago from Las Vegas

      I have several of those uplighting canister lamps. I love them!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great lens Veryirie! Clever unique ideas that look fun to put together besides. Also inspiring as I look around the house thinking of what I could use. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Love your lens! I really liked the idea of painting plaid on metal using painters tape, this could have many potential ideas. Great use of the gears as well, your such a crafty and creative person. Looking forward to more of your lenses- and nice to meet you!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 3 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Wonderful and creative ideas for upcycling and furnishing a home on the inexpensive side! Love the phrase you coined for this look - EclectiCheap Style! :)

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I think they look great. Love the ideas. : )

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @GeorgeneMBramlage: The metal stools.....I first taped off a plaid pattern and then used metal spray paint. Once that dried, I used the latex paint and brushed the rest of the plaid on and then followed that up with clear satin polycrylic spray. Here's my blog post and it has a link back to the original tutorial that inspired me. Hope this bit of info helps. :) http://www.veryirie.blogspot.com/2010/07/plaid-pai...

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      I really liked this lens and so admire your projects. You've given me a little nudge with the acrylic paints because I wasn't sure that you could use them on anything. I have three metal chairs I want to refinish while jazzing up...and all I could think of was spray painting. Maybe I'll give the acrylics a go. Thanks a million! Your photos added so much to the lens.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you!!! My grandma's "bean spoon" is very special to me. I bet you can't tell by that kitchen photo my favorite color is red, huh? :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Frischy: That is the first time I've heard the term "granny chic" also. It's really cool! According to your defiintion I will have to include this also in my likes. :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Diana Wenzel: Coming from you I'm REALLY proud. Not kidding! Thanks so much! I have to add "Rustication" to my lingo now too! :)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Really lovely, stylish and crafty, veryirie! This was a very interesting lens all through. I especially your grand ma's framed kitchen spoon, the napkin kitchen curtains and painted plaid on metal.

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      Frischy 3 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I have been a fan of your creative style for years! I love the candle holder made from found objects. That's so cool!

      I recently learned my style is also known as "granny chic." It is fitting, since a lot of what I have in my house belonged to my grandmother at one time.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I totally appreciate your EC style. I am drawn to it. Love, love, love your "Imagine" lampshade. The belt seat is brilliant, also. My style is "Rustication." I like found objects and rustic, not overly done, finishes. Congrats on your feature!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Corrinna-Johnson: Those are the days when I wish I had a big old flatbed truck. :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @angelatvs: Thank you! It is fun, isn't it? :)

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      LOVE your style! I have made some upcycled home decor from other people's junk, like making planters from discarded telephone pole light fixtures (those beauties weigh at least 50 pounds a piece)! In my community, we have trash to treasure days in the spring and fall where everyone puts out their "trash" they no longer want at the end of their driveway and people drive around looking for "treasures" to keep. It is such a success, that all our neighboring communities have started participating too!

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      angelatvs 3 years ago

      Super fun! I love upcycle and decorating on a budget, so these ideas are great!!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Scarlettohairy: Thanks bunches and thanks for that clever pun there, Peggy. Our minds run along a lot of the same patterns I think. :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Brite-Ideas: Thanks so much. I hope others like this page too. I'm a little cross eyed right now from making those collages. ha

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love love love your eclectiCheap style! This is so fun. Right up my alley (where I happen to find some of the junk I craft with)!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      you're so creative with these projects, and they all look really great as well - very nice! you put a lot of time on this page too, wow..it's good!!