Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ballard Inspired Cuties!

Hey guys!! Sorry about the absence between posts... Something about being 9 months pregnant, 106 degrees outside and having all my kids at home slows me down just a bit :) I have been getting projects done though and I wanted to share this one with you.  I recently got the new Ballard catalog online and saw this super cute picture...



I loved everything about it.  I love the bracket shelves, all that white and I love those topiaries.  My project started just recreating the shelves and led to a slightly different ending.  The very first thing I needed was the brackets.  I went to Hobby Lobby to get some metal brackets I had planned on painting white.  They also have a great selection of wood and resin corbels that would be cute painted white too.  I then remembered these great corbels I purchased on my trip to Round Top last year.



There was a really sweet couple there who sell mantels and corbels they make from old chippy wood and tin.  I scored two of these for $8 a piece!  I decided to use them instead of the metal brackets.  My next stop was Michael's to find something to put on top of my shelves.  I wanted the topiaries from Ballard but with a $60 price tag I said no thanks!  While at Michael's I was lucky enough to stumble upon these!!



Yes... That's right! Those are boxwood topiaries... Yeah!  These were buy one get one free so I got 2 for $12! I loved them but was not loving the pots.  I had a plan though.

My first step was to cut some wood for the top of my shelves.  I used cheap 1x8 I got from Lowe's for under $5.  I used my miter saw to cut two 6" pieces.



Here they are just before getting a coat of our fav... Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch in Heirloom White!



Here it is dry!



I penciled off center on the bottom of the wood and used another favorite product for the next part.  I used Gorilla Glue Epoxy.



I just mixed the epoxy using the directions on the package and applied it to the bottom of the wood shelf.



Then I just attached the wood corbels to the shelf piece and let them dry.

While those were drying I started working on my topiaries.  I purchased a roll of jute twine from Hobby Lobby.



I then pulled out my new hot glue gun because I had yet another one go see Jesus.



I started at the bottom of the pot and wrapped the twine as I went up.  Every couple of inches I would add a drop of hot glue.



A few minutes later....



When I made it to the top I tied a cute little bow and I was set!



My final step was to hang my new cuties and take pictures for you guys! Here is how they turned out...










What do you think??  I love them!  I must thank Ballard for the super cute idea and bad prices to inspire me to make my own.  I'm off to browse their catalog a bit more!  Have a great Thursday and we will be back soon!

Don't forget! I Made it Without My Hubby is in two days! Get those projects ready!!

~Whitney





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20 comments:

CW said...

Great Job. I just scored a gift card from michaels, I may head over and look for the same ones! thanks for the info

Amanda Weezie said...

I love this idea. Very cute and looks pretty easy. Was it? haha

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Love it! I adore topiaries and love what you did to the pot!

Looks GREAT!

Lou Cinda :)

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

Wow! These look awesome! Way to go!

And good luck on that baby! ; )

Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing said...

Cute idea! I love how you used the jute. They'll be perfect for one of my tall, skinny wall spaces. I seem to have a lot of those in my house.
Kelly

Kelly said...

That's awesome. I think I have those exact same corbels that I bought in Round Top. Did you get them from an older couple that sold a bunch of tin ceiling tiles? Great idea.

Cindy said...

Hey Whitney, What a great idea, I would love some of those, too. I need to check out Michaels and see what I can put together. You found a great place for them!
Hugs, Cindy S

Room to Inspire said...

I love your inspired topiaries and shelves. The jute was a perfect addition - you had me at Ballard!

Chelsea

Debbie said...

Isn't it amazing what a little bit of jute can do?? I love it on the pots... they look great on the corbels. I need some of those (corbels that is)... wish I lived by that sweet couple!!!

Shirley said...

Very cute!!! I need to find some sconses like that for my house. I like what you did with the twine. Very nice!

Kelli said...

I love that! The jute looks cute on the pots, too. Great idea, thanks for sharing! :)

Future Mrs. D said...

ok... so I am new TODAY, must admit I have scrolled through your entire blog... Love it.. I am laughing hysterically at the "thank you" that Ballard for their great ideas and lol ridiculous prices.. Anyhoo you sisters are uber talented... Amber

Dawn said...

So cute! Those corbels are gorgeous!

- Brittany said...

Love those topiaries! Wish I lived near your corbel source.

Thanks for sharing!

Brittany
http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Super cute! Love them! And I also love the art hung in between.

3LittleByrds said...

Very cute idea. I love the corbels.I'm gonna have to check out Round Top now that I'm in Texas. I've heard Canton is a must too.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

These turned out great. Love how you did the pots! And to think that you are 9 months pregnant and still did this project. It makes me tired to think about it! Love & blessings from NC!

AntiqueChase said...

Always inspired by your projects. Thanks for sharing.

Meghan said...

WoWzers!
Looks great.

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Whitney,
Those turned out adorable! Great job! I am so impressed you were able to do that at 9 months pregnant. Wow!

 
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