Ballard Designs Inspired Tower Makeover {Rock Your Knockoff Tour}


Ballard Designs Inspired Tower Makeover {Rock Your Knockoff Tour} girlinthegarage.net

This week some of my friends and I have gotten together to recreate expensive items at popular home decor stores for a fraction of the cost.  This is my first “knockoff” or “inspired by” makeover, and it was pretty fun!  I saw the Wilton Etagere on the Ballard Designs website and had the perfect piece in mind… only it was in my parents’ garage.  This tower used to be in their bathroom before it got a makeover last year, and thankfully they didn’t mind me taking it.  So much shiny chrome!

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This shelving unit was free for me but you can find similar styles at many stores.  Here are a few I found online (#5 is just like the one I painted):

Ballard Designs Inspired Tower Makeover {Rock Your Knockoff Tour} girlinthegarage.net

1.  Neu Home Contas Collection- Walmart

2.  Best Living Monaco Etagere – Walmart

3.  Powell Reflections Etagere (Set of 2) – Amazon (affiliate link)

4.  CreativeWare Tower – Amazon (affiliate link)

5.  Zenith Studio Accents Linen Tower – Amazon (affiliate link)

I used Rustoleum spray paint products for this makeover.

  • Metallic Vintage Bronze for the tower
  • Mirror Effect for the glass shelves
  • Crystal Clear Enamel as a protectant

Ballard Designs Inspired Tower Makeover {Rock Your Knockoff Tour} girlinthegarage.net

On our first 50-degree day of the year (as the snow was starting to melt) I set up outside and got to work.  When you haven’t been able to spray paint in 5 months, you forget how much faster it is than painting by hand!  I painted the tower and then the glass by following the directions on the cans, and then protected it all with the enamel spray.

Ballard Designs Inspired Tower Makeover {Rock Your Knockoff Tour} girlinthegarage.net Ballard Designs Inspired Tower Makeover {Rock Your Knockoff Tour} girlinthegarage.net Ballard Designs Inspired Tower Makeover {Rock Your Knockoff Tour} girlinthegarage.net

Ballard Designs Wilton Etagere

Even after 5 coats of the Mirror Effect spray, the glass shelves just have a hint of “mirror” on them.  I may end up giving them a few more coats when it warms up again.

Ballard Designs Inspired Tower Makeover {Rock Your Knockoff Tour} girlinthegarage.net

 Is there anything you’ve been coveting at a popular store but can’t bring yourself to overspend for it?

Have you made a “knockoff” before?  I’d love to hear about it!

And be sure to visit my friends below to see all of their “inspired by” pieces!

Jen

Rock Your Knockoff Tour:  DIY home decor at a fraction of the retail price!  10 Blogs, 4 Days

Monday March 17:

SWEET PEA

FRESH IDEA STUDIO

Tuesday March 18:

CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL DO-IT-YOURSELFER

DIO HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Wednesday March 19:

JUST A GIRL AND HER BLOG

CURB ALERT!

COUNTRY DESIGN STYLE

Thursday March 20:

WHAT MEEGAN MAKES

MOMMY IS COOCOO


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20 Comments on Ballard Designs Inspired Tower Makeover {Rock Your Knockoff Tour}

  1. Jeanette
    March 17, 2014 at 11:00 am (3 years ago)

    Jen, you rock!!! I love the look and the color. What an amazing and fun display piece. Plus, it was free!!! Thanks for sharing your rock your knockoff! ~Jeanette
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  2. Paula@SweetPea
    March 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm (3 years ago)

    You really rocked this knockoff! I love that you got your piece for free from your parents. I hate buying something when I can use something that’s available for free.

    I’ve missed spray painting. I did it a few times this winter in our workshop and it still smelled up the house, even with the windows open downstairs. I’m so ready for warm weather!
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    • Jen
      March 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Paula! Me too- spring can’t get here soon enough!!

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  3. Nancy
    March 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Jen, I am just loving this Bronze that you used!! I keep wanting to try it, and now seeing the finished results I am going forward and buy some. Your Tower looks Great!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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    • Jen
      March 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much Nancy! Glad I could help with your decision. 🙂

      Reply
  4. Crystal
    March 17, 2014 at 8:14 pm (3 years ago)

    What a great knockoff!! You did a fabulous job!! I love it!!

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  5. Wendi @ h2OBungalow
    March 18, 2014 at 6:18 am (3 years ago)

    Jen, Fantastic knock off! Can’t believe the difference from chrome to trendy too! I just passed on a shelf unit like this yesterday at a thrift store. Now I’ll think twice before I pass on one next time:).
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  6. Amy @ StowandTellU
    March 20, 2014 at 8:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Vertical storage is such a space saver how cool that you had one waiting for a makeover! Your new tower is trendy and fabulous. Love that mirror effect paint, too.
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  7. dria
    March 22, 2014 at 7:24 am (3 years ago)

    I love how this turned out! You did an amazing job! I love that crown too 😉

    Reply

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