May 15, 2012

Guest Post: Projects Under $100 by Life on Mars

Hey Loves!  I've got a little treat for ya today, Mrs. Maury is stopping by to give us some great projects.  Super cute, and impressive projects that all cost her less than $100 each!  I can really get on board with that.  Maury has an adorable blog, Life on Mars, and she has a great giveaway going on right now, so go check it out!

Hello Bird and Branch readers! I’m Maury (aka Mars) from Life on Mars and I’m so excited to be here! I met Jessamie during the Color Your World Challenge and have become a huge fan of her blog and her awesome style.

Life on Mars header

My husband and I bought a new house last May. We’ve been moving room to room updating and making this house into our home. I started my blog last April in order to journal about the process, the ups and the downs. Since then I've definitely found my inner crafter, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite Under-$100-Projects with you:

I recently finished my Guest Room and really wanted to bring in a pop of fun color and pattern in this room. These curtains were so easy. All you need is basic white panels, spray paint, painters tape and some cheap plastic sheeting.

Total Cost: $77

Yep, it’s made of toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls, cut into strips, glued together and spray painted. That’s it. The best part was asking for people to keep their TP rolls for me. I really think some people thought I was insane.

Total Cost: $0


I have an obsession with earrings. I like them a lot, but it’s ok because I’m not really a necklace person.

I decided enough was enough and THIS:

was absolutely ENOUGH.So I bought a large oval frame on sale at Hobby Lobby, tore off the back and replaced it with burlap.


Total Cost: $14

I saw a cute version of subway art at a artsy store last summer and I knew I wanted to make it for my husband. I changed up the wording a little bit, but it’s essentially the same.


I used scrapbooking letters as reverse stencils, spray painted the whole thing and then pulled the letters off to show the white underneath.

Total Cost: $17

I found a coffee table at the Habitat Restore. I really liked the shape of the legs, but she needed some serious love.


Coffee Table Before

Yep, this guy had seen better days. I refinished it with paint and glaze that I already had:


coffee table

Total Cost: $40

Project #6: Easy Burlap Wreath


This was s super easy burlap wreath using burlap ribbon, a wire wreath form, floral wire and some ribbon and flowers that I already had on had.

Total Cost: $15

I hope you come visit me at Life on Mars. l mentioned that we just finished our Master Bedroom, now we’re working on the Master Bathroom, the Mundryway (aka… the Mudroom/Laundry Room/Hallway… thanks to Cassie at Primitive and Proper for that hilarious nickname that I’ve adopted) and the yard. So there’s lots more to come. I hope you’ll join us for the ride!

Thanks so much to Jessamie for letting me take over her blog today!


  1. i love maury! and i love being thrifty! this is an awesome twofer! :)

  2. Great projects! Love savvy projects that are easy on the wallet!

  3. Wow, where does Maury find the time? That's a lot of project awesomeness!

  4. Wow- I am amazed by the creativity and ingenuity it took to come up with these amazing projects! I especially love the spray paint curtains. Too cool!

  5. Maury is such a DIY genius...I really need to make one of those jewelry holders of my very own! And that wreath is just adorbs...need that, too (c;


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