June 3, 2010
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June 7, 2010

Winners of the ‘Hardware Store’ Challenge

Kate loved your projects! Here are her top ‘Hardware Store’ Challenge Picks:

#109 — Wooden Gate Screens @ Funky Junk Interiors

“I fell in love with this project several weeks ago, so I was happy to see it pop up in this contest.  A brilliant and stylish solution to replace ordinary screens or shutters.”

Here are the Top 10 projects:

#48 — Painted Striped Curtains @ Cottage and Vine


#22 — Planted Coffee Table @ Perfectly Imperfect Life

“An ingenious way to repurpose an old coffee table !  Think about the potential with end tables too!  I love the aqua color, very playful and fun.”

#36 — Lattice Planter Box @ Frugal with a Flourish

“I love Jess’s ingenuity and gumption – this is the first thing she’s ever built and she just went for it.  An incredibly detailed tutorial yielded amazing results, definitely one to bookmark!  Imagine a series of these bordering a patio – they would add greenery and create privacy. . . they could even be painted your color of choice.  This project is completely wonderful !”

#43 — Repurposed Potting Table @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue

“I really love this makeover, it combines a garage sale find with an old barn door to recreate a fantastic potting table you’d pay big money for in any garden shop.  Love it !”

#79 — Chic Bathroom Wall Treatment @ House of Smiths

“I’m a huge fan of adding moulding to a space, and this is such a clever way to couple picture frame molding with vinyl graphics to make a big impact.  Fantastic !”

#118 — Farmhouse Table @ Little Bits of Bliss

“Here’s an exceptionally well done dining table with the top created out of stained wood planks. Stunning !”

#116 — Everything but the kitchen Sink @ Primitive & Proper

“Repurposing old cabinets and end tables into play kitchens is all the rage, and here’s an example of one done just right!   I love the combo of the turquoise paint, chalkboard front, and stainless accents.”

#108 — Chicken Wire Wall Shelf @ Crafty Sisters

“I adore this project and can see this in a very high end French style garden shoppe !  I love the vivid kelly green color choice – tres chic !”

#62 — My $1 Armillary @ Nikki’s Nifty Knacks

“I love this idea so much, especially how Nikki thinks out of the box – she took metal banding from a hardware store and mimicked a high end armillary with just a little ingenuity !  Very clever Nikii ! “

#12 — Planter House Numbers @ The Hand Me Down House

“Oh my goodness gracious what a brilliant idea !  Talk about a multitasking charm + function one-two punch.  Amanda at ‘The Hand Me Down House’ is surely the envy of all her neighbors.”

Beckie’s Pick:


#84 — Homemade Coat Rack — Shared from Way Over Here

Amanda’s Pick:

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#97 — Built-Ins Under Washer & dryer @ Show & Tell

Jen’s Pick:

#53.DIY Fountain @ BLJ Graves Studios

And the winner of the Sparkle & Metal $50 Gift Certificate is:

#114 —  Cammie & Emily @ Pocketful of Posies — who showed us how to make this PVC Playhouse


Winners: you can get your special buttons on this page.

Thank you to everyone who linked up. Every single project was fantastic!!!

Thanks Kate for being such a wonderful guest judge!

And thanks to Sparkle & Metal for a fantastic giveaway!! Remember them when you need some beautiful jewelry in the future.

We hope you will come back next week for our “Martha Stewart-inspired” Challenge. {You are welcome to link up past projects — just include the CSI button on your sidebar for the week}.

We can’t wait to see your projects!

The Martha Stewart Craft Department are our guest judges — click HERE to enter the Martha Stewart giveaway!


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  3. Jade jewelry says:

    Thanks for the nice writeup!

  4. SweetCharli says:

    Thanks Amanda for your pick! I couldn’t believe all the wonderful projects that were linked up! 🙂 Excited to see what everyone comes up with next week!

  5. Wow! So pumped I made the top 10! Especially with all the fantastic talent out there! Whoohoo!

  6. Nikki says:

    WOW…I can’t believe I made top 10. And to think, Kate, from centsational girl likes MY project….I feel like a celebrity!!!!!!! 🙂 Thanks for hosting guys, so much fun!!!!!! 🙂

  7. That was a lot of fun, guys, and what great inspiration! I’ll be back next week to get my Martha on!

  8. LoriS. says:

    Congrats to all of the winners! They projects were fabulous!!!

  9. Candace says:

    Thanks to you all for hosting and judging this contest! We were so excited to see little project in the top 10! 🙂

  10. sausha @ {show & tell} says:

    thanks so much for picking my laundry room – i will post my button with pride 🙂

  11. Jenni says:

    Beckie: Thanks for picking my coat rack as your favorite! These contests have been a lot of fun! Thanks for your great blog too!

  12. Marivic says:

    Well done to all you crafty creatives. I looove them all and thank you so much for sharing. They’re inspiring. Happy Day!

  13. Thanks so much! I couldn’t believe I saw my picture as I was scrolling down — there were some really WONDERFUL projects!

  14. Rene says:

    Thanks so much Kate! I am honored to be recognized among such great projects. Still making my rounds to see what everybody made.

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