18 Sneaky Ways to DIY Top-Dollar Decor

When it comes to home decor, quality and affordability don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Whether you're looking to glam up the garden or invigorate a lifeless living room, these 18 knock-your-socks-off knockoffs of beloved labels will leave your home handsome and your wallet full.

  1. Leading Light

    DIY Geometric Light Fixture

    For $50, you can make this industrial-style light a focal point in your home. To DIY the Henry Pilcher look-alike, surround a spray-painted pendant with an icosahedron assembled from cut lengths of copper pipe and wire. Mount the completed fixture to the ceiling with a hanging bracket.

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  2. Bench Warmer

    DIY Bench

    This $15 front-porch staple captures the striking ivory-and-ebony scheme of the West Elm original, but with bargain materials. The brag-worthy bench was constructed from pretreated lumber planks and screws, and then smartly finished with black and grayish-white spray paint.

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  3. Coasting Through

    DIY Coasters

    Water rings are no match for these $25 agate coasters, near twins of those sourced from the aisles of Anthropologie. To re-create the slip-proof coasters for your own seasonal soiree, use a small brush to line the edges of agate slices in liquid leafing. Then, glue rubber feet to the bases for a set of stunning table-protectors that firmly stay in place.

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  4. Heart and (Con)sole

    DIY Console Table

    This colorful console table may make you do a double take: While it looks like an expensive Anthropologie find, it's actually an IKEA buy that's been gussied up with a stencil and a few coats of paint. Although the exterior is sure to make a statement in any room, it's the added storage space inside that really makes this project worth every penny.

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  5. Fine Dining

    DIY Dining Table

    The term “knockoff” won’t come to mind when guests lay eyes on this $150 Pottery Barn-inspired dining set made by Making It in the Mountains. The wood benches, tabletop, and crisscrossed planks at the base lend it a casual, picnic-style feel, while a rich wood stain drenches the piece with luxury. 

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  6. Triple Threat

    DIY Triangle Shelf

    At first glance, you may think this collection of mod triangular shelves comes from an expensive home furnishings store. But these Dot & Bo doppelgängers made by Well Made Heart are actually $25 versions made from mitered lumber and assembled with glue and nails. Finish off this easy DIY with a sleek wood stain, and you have yourself an impressive geometric display for trinkets and other colorful accessories. 

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  7. Sharpie Marks the Spot

    DIY Rug

    This $25 West Elm-inspired floor covering relies on only a Sharpie and a plain rug to re-create the original's stunning Moroccan Kasbah design. Cut out cardboard shapes and then, with the rug lying flat on the floor, tape them in place to form the desired geometric pattern. Trace the shapes with a pen, then display the fashionable finished product proudly in any room of the house.

    Related: 10 Doable Designs for a DIY Rug


  8. Sleek Seat

    DIY Outdoor Bench

    Where there’s a Williams-Sonoma Home catalog, there’s a DIY way to achieve a similar look for less. (This one comes in at around $35.) Constructed from pine boards and stained with natural wood finish, this easy-to-build, easy-on-the-wallet bench is durable and versatile enough for dining and entertaining indoors or out. And the sleek finish will give you plenty to brag about.

    Related: 10 Doable Designs for DIY Outdoor Furniture


  9. See the Light

    DIY Ceiling Light

    Let your interiors shine under the light of this West Elm-inspired bentwood pendant. Quilting hoops reinforced with floral rings form the frame of the $40 luminary, while wood stain and paint lend it an austere, rustic quality that’s ideal for any modern room.

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  10. Vintage Vessels

    DIY Spice Jars

    Declutter your kitchen Anthropologie-style without the high price tag that comes along with it. Take a cue from the resourceful blogger at At the Picket Fence and gather your collection of spare jars and paint them the color of your choice. Then, adhere chalkboard labels to the jar fronts. Paint the lids in a bright array of hues to complete the eclectic look. 

    Related: 10 Clever DIY Ways to Store Kitchen Spices


  11. Showstopping Support

    DIY Raised Planter

    These walnut-stained wooden plant stands may look like the high-end products you've seen at West Elm, but they're actually DIY versions that the blogger at Hey There Home put together for less than $10. To steal the look for your own outdoor space, cut the legs from square hardwood and the base from a pine board. Assemble the pieces with wood glue, coat with stain, and place your favorite pot inside to add instant glam to the garden.

    Related: Your Easiest-Ever Garden: 7 Planters That Do All the Work


  12. Dressed and Distressed

    DIY Drawer Handles

    A riff on a West Elm wood-tiled dresser, this blogger-made creation by Love and Renovations transforms an antique into an awe-inspiring accent for only $200. Glue whitewashed wood blocks to the drawers in an interlocking pattern, and then adorn them with painted dowels that serve as the modern drawer handles.

    Related: 10 Ways to Give Furniture a Fast Facelift


  13. Roped In

    DIY Rope Lamp

    Here's a nautical-style rope lamp that bears all the wayfaring whimsy of the Pottery Barn original, but for only $25. Natural rope wrapped in a knot shape around a foam ball forms the base. A length of copper pipe projecting from the center is wired and fitted with a bulb, then topped with a thrifty lampshade. For the full tutorial, visit Down Home Inpsiration.

    Related: 4 Creative Ways to Do a Lampshade Makeover


  14. Earn Your Stripes

    DIY Striped Bench

    You can soon be sitting pretty on this $5 DIY bench. Steal the look from Ballard Designs (and Live Love DIY) by folding and securing striped fabric over a bargain bench on three sides. Stuff the open side with foam padding (or pillow stuffing, for an even cheaper alternative), and finish by attaching nailhead trim around the edge of the fabric. 

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  15. Spoon-Fed Storage

    DIY Paper Towel Holder

    Take a cue from Pottery Barn (and the resourceful blogger at In My Own Style) and put together this utensil-themed paper towel holder for about $3. Using a drill and wood glue, assemble the base from a wood round and a tall spoon and fork with dowel-like handles. Once the pieces are in place, paint it and slide a roll of paper towels over the center utensil to keep your cleaning companion stylishly within arm’s reach. 

    Related: 11 Cheap Cures for a Cluttered Kitchen


  16. Drop Cloth, Glorified

    DIY Dining Room Chairs

    Believe it or not, these dreamy, no-sew dining room chairs were upcycled from a drop cloth and a set of seats on their last legs. To copy this fan-favorite look that echoes home decor favorites like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn, prime and paint the chair, adhere batting to the seat back, and cover the seat and back with cut-to-size pieces of drop cloth. Insert nailheads along the edges for a top-notch finishing touch. To see the full before-and-after, visit Blesser House.

    Related: 14 Ways to Pull Off a Double-Duty Dining Room


  17. Seeing Clearly

    DIY Glass Lamp

    This Pottery Barn-inspired luminary by the Thrifty Abode adds a luxe look to any accent table at a price point that's far from exorbitant. The base was cleverly repurposed from a glass vessel, and a lamp kit and a new shade were all it took to elevate it to showstopper status. 

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  18. A Herringbone to Pick

    DIY Floor Mirror

    West Elm may have provided the heavenly herringbone inspiration for this floor-length bedroom mirror, but you can get it for a song by making it yourself just like the blogger at Homecoming. The frame is constructed of mitered wood planks that were grooved to hold the mirror in place, then whitewashed and painted to emulate the distinct design of the original.

    Related: 21 Ways to Make a Small Bedroom Big


  19. Don't Miss!


    Even if you've got your heart set on hardwood flooring, it's worth considering the alternatives. Sometimes, materials that only look like wood can be just as good as—or even better than—the real thing. Explore your options now!