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 1×8 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!!
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  1. Margo on April 29, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Please, please, please check your emails.
    I have sent a couple and am patiently waiting for a response. (maybe not so patiently anymore….LOL)

  2. Margo on February 28, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Wow, I love the corbel shelves and can’t believe you got them so cheap. I only live about 10 minutes from Round Top and always go to the Antiques Fair every Spring and Fall. I’ve been looking for a set of corbels for years, but can only find the high dollar ones. Did you happen to get the couple’s names or a business card?

    • Margo on March 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      Hi again….I know you sent me an email with the phone no. of the couple with the corbels, but for the life of me, I can’t find it again. Could you please resend me their phone no.? Thanks and Have a Blessed Day.

  3. Shanty2Chic on February 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I have his phone number. I can email it to you!

    • Margo on February 28, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      Yippee, thanks sooooo much!
      OOPs, I accidentally sent you another comment with the same contents….sorry about that.

    • Margo on April 29, 2012 at 11:22 am

      please send phone no. again…..don’t know what happened to email, but I am desperate to get that number again. Thanks and Have a Blessed Day.

  4. Karla on December 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I love your website! Just found it, and I am soaking it up.
    I love this idea.. I want to ask about the “painting” in the middle.
    Is that a canvas covered in burlap? or what?

  5. Traci@ Beneath My Heart on August 19, 2010 at 12:43 am

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

  6. Meghan on August 8, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Looks great.

  7. AntiqueChase on August 6, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Always inspired by your projects. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Tales From My Empty Nest on August 6, 2010 at 5:31 am

    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!

  9. 3LittleByrds on August 6, 2010 at 4:57 am

    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.

  10. Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top on August 6, 2010 at 4:11 am

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

  11. - Brittany on August 6, 2010 at 2:39 am

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

    Thanks for sharing!


  12. Dawn on August 5, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    So cute! Those corbels are gorgeous!

  13. Future Mrs. D on August 5, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    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

  14. Kelli on August 5, 2010 at 8:56 pm

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

  15. Shirley on August 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm

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

  16. Debbie on August 5, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    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!!!

  17. Room to Inspire on August 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm

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


  18. Cindy on August 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    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

  19. Kelly on August 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    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.

  20. Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing on August 5, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    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.

  21. Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife on August 5, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Wow! These look awesome! Way to go!

    And good luck on that baby! ; )

  22. Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas on August 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm

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

    Looks GREAT!

    Lou Cinda 🙂

  23. Amanda Weezie on August 5, 2010 at 1:36 pm

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

  24. CW on August 5, 2010 at 1:25 pm

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

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