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Knock-Off Shelf Tutorial

It all started with 2 metal Ikea shelving units ($14.99 each) and a stack of pallet wood and a few left-over 2×4’s! I started back in the winter and the cold made it tough to work on. (I’m a complete wimp below 40 degrees.)


Knock Off metal shelves


The boys helped with painting the shelves a matte - spray paint. They painted the top to bottom, the undersides of the shelves and everything. I still had to touch of some spots by hand and it took just over 2 cans of spray.


Knock Off metal shelves


Once everything dried and it warmer up quite a bit outside I started working on the frame using lengths of 2×4. I measured equal pieces to build up the height since the original shelves are quite short. Next I measured pieces of pallet wood to help hold the inside braces in place and finish the outside at the same time.


Knock Off metal shelves

Knock Off metal shelves




With all of the pallet pieces cut to size, I stained them all using a mix of 2 shades (Colonial Walnut and Windsor Oak) from the Minwax Water-Based Rubbing Stain collection. It really helped add a little something to the wood. Then I rubbed it over with Feed and Wax wood polish.


Knock Off metal shelves


I used wood screws to attach all of the pieces together and it’s super sturdy! I’m still playing with styling the shelves and the wall isn’t nearly finished but here is the finished shelving project! Done!


DIY TV wall main - White Tulip Designs


Next up . . . what to do about that annoying post - thingy in the middle of the wall. I can’t wait to show you how I worked that one out!


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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 06/28/2015 - 12:32 am

Thank you Carole!

Carole West @ Garden Up Green - 06/27/2015 - 9:21 pm

This is cool - Excellent finished product. Kudos!

Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 06/23/2015 - 9:11 am

Thank you Vicki! I’m so glad you liked it. (I think my Hubby felt the same way every day when he came home to see what I had added, lol. They stayed upside-down forever!)

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden - 06/22/2015 - 10:09 pm

Oh my goodness this such a neat idea! I was excited with each picture trying to figure out the end result! Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 06/19/2015 - 4:13 pm

Thank you! It took forever but they were so worth it.

Meredith @ The Palette Muse - 06/19/2015 - 2:56 pm

This is so cool! I love a good IKEA hack, so I’m pinning this one to my IKEA Love board. I have two of these exact shelves in my office, maybe someday I’ll make them over like this!

Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 06/10/2021 - 11:31 am

Thank you Vicki!

Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 06/10/2021 - 11:30 am

Thank you Karen! Good luck with your project!

Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod - 06/09/2021 - 8:09 pm

Jennifer - this is a fantastic makeover! Such a creative way to change up standard shelving - great job! Thanks so much for sharing this fab idea at Something To Talk About Link Party!

Karen - 06/09/2021 - 4:07 pm

Man, that is so smart! I would have never thought of such a creative idea. I think I may have one of those in my garage that I should drag out now!
Thanks so much for sharing at Something to Talk About!

Ladies Who Lunch - Saturday Style

Good morning!

Ready for lunch with the girls? I’ve put together a collection of comfortable, casual pieces for a warm weather lunch date or running errands. With cool colors, soft leather and relaxed jewelry options they’re perfect for any day of the week!


Lunch Ladies


Lunch Ladies by White Tulip Designs featuring

Chicnova Fashion loose fit top / American Apparel blue denim jacket / American Twist loose fitting pants, $37 / Oasis long tiered skirt, $41 / Seychelles wedge heel sandals / Converse laced up shoes, $68 / Kate spade shoulder bag / AmeriLeather brown leather backpack / Daniel Wellington white watch, $210 / Gorjana necklace / Bling Jewelry hinged bracelet / Lane Bryant earrings / Maurices stone ring / Woven bracelet / Vince Camuto cateye sunglasses / Abercrombie & Fitch vintage round glasses / Bumble and bumble styling product, $34


Looking for a brunch or lunch spot in your area? Here are some great options around the country:


(options based on notes and reviews from around the web)

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Growing Family Tree

Recently, I’ve been working on a different kind of family tree project for Hubbs that I started a long time ago and as life happens I never seemed to get back around to updating it and adding on to it but, as it is, the design is pretty forgiving. I got the idea because I have a friend who finished a fairly massive genealogy project. And, when she finished and printed her family tree to hang in their living room it seemed like, in no time at all, it needed updating. Since it was a print it would be a huge undertaking to fix it.

That gave me the idea to create something more of a “growing” family tree.  I wanted something more “organic” rather than the standard  tree layout. This allows for family to be added easily and even moved around, if you’re careful. To start, I painted a thin and branch-y tree and added our name at the bottom. Our name is printed on card-stock and I used foam mounting tape to give it some dimension.

DIY -Family Tree from White Tulip Designs

Rather than starting in the trunk, I painted to little love birds and added in “leaves” for our family members moving up (for his family) or down (for mine) and back toward the left. This left lots of room on the branches for any new additions to our family.  The birds (for me and Hubbs) is where the “family” grows from rather than the trunk.


Family Tree - birds detail


If you have a more modern, unconventional, family (don’t we all!) this is a great way to display. This way, things are more of an organic layout rather than sort of a “hierarchy” of family.


Family Tree - main

Now, I just need to find a good place to hang it! Have you put together an unconventional family tree? I’d love to hear about it!

(Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for Saturday Style!)

Thrifty Shopping

Happy Tuesday, I hope you had a great weekend! I’m sure you’ve noticed my blog schedule has been a little off lately. I’ve been super busy with wedding season and I’ve also been trying some new things so, please bear with me while the dust settles. If you’ve missed my new series, Saturday Style, please check it out and let me know what you think. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed putting them together. (This Saturday I’m putting together a fashion round-up!)

With all of the May madness setting in, I need a little break so, this weekend, I dragged G out for a quick thrift-store trip. He’s not the biggest fan but he really is a huge help on these trips.  And, I found lots of treasure!

Don’t you just love it when you have a successful thrifting trip? If you’re a thrift-store novice, the first thing you need to learn is to always have a “thriftlist” thrift-wishlist) in the back of your head. Or, written down somewhere if you have a memory like mine. The funny thing is, I’ve been looking for old wooden windows for different projects for years and I’ve never found any that would work. But this past Saturday I hit pay-dirt!!


Thriftstore Shopping Tips-Wooden Windows


I know, right!?! They had 2 stacks of wooden and vinyl windows for $5 each sash (window top or bottom section).  I got so excited I started contemplating buying the whole stack. Please, don’t be a greedy thrift shopper! I did buy 2 though, since I’m sure I’ll never run into this again. The man at the Re-store even suggested I pick up some of the vinyl windows for a DIY greenhouse project, a la Pinterest but I managed to keep it together long enough not to go down that road. (Maybe later, right?)

There was also an old, all wooden ladder for $10! Hmmm, I wonder what room I can work that into? And, of course, there are always little knick-knacks like small frames, prints, silver bowls, kitchen do-dads, etc. that you want to be sure you don’t miss! Can you say $1 frames?

The last few times I’ve been thrift-shopping I came up dry every time. I thought I had finally found the wooden closet doors I’ve been searching for a week or so ago but I didn’t have the measurements with me. There’s nothing worse than finding “the perfect . . .” and then, it just won’t fit. Erghhh.


Thrifty Shopping - doors


The bottom of one of the doors needed some love but I still think they’re lovely. Oh well, back to the hunt.

Where do you like to thrift-shop? If you’re in the Upstate South Carolina area here are some of my favorite thift-y spots,

Salvation Army Store - 417 Rutherford Street, Greenville - Great for old furniture, vintage clothes, frames, and old silver

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Greenville- 305 Rutherford Road, Greenville - Perfect for large items like kitchen and bathroom sinks, doors, light fixtures, and random house supplies

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Easley -6776 Calhoun Memorial Highway (US-123), Easley -Good for unusual, vintage home items, furniture, and some lighting items

Morning Garden - Saturday Style

Good morning! Ready for another round of Saturday Style? This time around I’m including some cocktail recipes from great food blogs around the web!

Ahhh, just imagine - Morning coffee and cocktails in the garden. (There’s a reason Mimosa’s start with an mmmm, right?)


Morning Garden


Morning Garden by White Tulip Designs featuring wooden outdoor furniture
Round planter / Rustic dining set / Wooden outdoor furniture / Villeroy boch flatware, $140 / BonJour porcelain stoneware / Colored napkin


Need some ideas for your own breakfast cocktails? Here are few from around the web . . .



(click each pic for link)

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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 06/09/2021 - 10:36 pm

Thank you Kristi!

Kristi - 06/09/2021 - 4:19 pm

Your drinks look too pretty to enjoy. Such beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing at #homemattersparty

Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 05/23/2015 - 10:20 am

You’re certainly welcome!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust - 05/23/2015 - 10:17 am

Thanks for sharing my cocktail!!

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