August {ditto} DIY link party – a pretty trash can ?
Monday, August 5, 2013 by {darlene}

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design For the Rest of Us

Welcome to the August {ditto} DIY challenge! {Last chance to link up this summer!}

I hope you loved last month’s challenge! There were some beautiful projects that I hope you had a chance to hop around and check out. SUCH creative  ways to incorporate gorgeous fabric art into your home!

Today kicks off the grand link-up for August {found at the end of this post}. It will also be our last link-up for a bit. Do you have your trash-into-treasure pretty trash can ready?

For those of you who are just encountering {ditto} DIY for the first time, here is what it is all about:

Once a month all summer long, ten very different bloggers have been hosting this challenge to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design. The idea is to inspire everyone to incorporate fine design elements into your own home in a way that fits your own style.

We have been so thrilled to have so many of you join our challenge each month! Between the craziness of Fall and the Holidays, and not one, but TWO babies on their way for our little blogger posse {my little girl is soon to arrive. 4 more weeks!!, and Lauren is having a baby TODAY!}, we decided {ditto} DIY would be a perfect tradition for us to resurrect each summer. And with the way time flies, we are going to be back there before you know it!

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design for the Rest of Us

Once again, our ten hosting bloggers include:

Darlene @ Fieldstone Hill Design
Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

This month’s theme is decorative and pretty trash cans, and this was our inspiration photograph:


The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Add a classy pattern to create a pretty trash can, turning a necessary room element into a lovely design detail.

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I cannot wait to see all of the awesome pretty trash can {ditto}DIY projects from this great group of bloggers! Be sure to click around and see what they have dreamed up.

AND!! I can’t wait to see what YOU ALL have created. BE SURE TO LINK UP BELOW!!!!!

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But first! Now that you have created a something out of nothing {!!} and made the mundane more lovely, here are some designer tips for paying attention to the little details that make a room extraordinary!

Designer Tips

 it’s all about the details &


adding bold pattern in everyday objects:


 1. On the subject of a pretty trash can: one great option is to hide your trash can, of course. But, have you considered your trash can another opportunity to add color or texture to your space? If you are wanting to add another design element to the room, this simple everyday object can truly be elevated. Of course, adding fun and bold and classic pattern is a great way to accomplish that.

2. Other pretty ideas: Try wrapping your trash can in twine for a textural look. Try using a flowerpot or a wicker basket for a trash can. Add some shine with stainless. Add some color with paint. And, like the images in our main inspiration {ditto} DIY pic, definitely consider adding geometric pattern.

3. The great thing about bold patterns is that they can take the mundane and add vibrancy to an object, and then to a room. Trying adding a geometric pattern to a bowl or a tray, and then adding that to a simple table-scape to see how quickly things liven up. Adding geometric, bold pattern pillows to a neutral space is a quick way to have some fun in a classic or neutral room. Tossing patterned napkins on your table adds instant energy.

4. A picture says a thousand words. Especially when it comes to convincing you that a trash can really does matter! Enjoy the collection of images below {find all of the sources via Inspiration Offices and Workrooms}, and be inspired to make the extra effort to add a pretty trash can:

pretty trash can


And now comes the fun part! Back to this month’s challenge, and our link-up!

It is time to link up your own fabulous trash can projects and join our LAST {ditto} DIY party of the summer! It wouldn’t be much of a party if you didn’t stick around, so be sure to check out as many projects as you can!  The link up is for everyone, so if you don’t have a blog, you can still join us over at our Facebook Page and link your project there!


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  • If I makeover another trash can, which I’m tempted to tackle the bathroom one next, I’d love to bring texture into it with burlap, or use your idea with twine. Thanks for the tips!

  • Ok friend – I have always hidden my trash cans, except for our Packer one, of course (and more recently, my daughters got a super cute one), but seeing this you are changing my mind. I’m redoing the dining room…sometime, into more of an all purpose room and a pretty can will have to make its appearance.

  • color me stupid but i have yet to find anyone who did this challenge that are listed. did i miss something? seriously, i don’t know. :/

  • Well, this is what I need, because we haven’t updated our trash cans for years. My husband’s attitude is, “Why spend a dime on something that is going to hold TRASH?!?!” so he’s never wanted me to replace them. Now, finally, they are cracked from being used by a little boy as a step stool and YAY!!! they need replacing. So I can do it right. I never thought I’d be thankful for the way that kid breaks everything in sight, lol!

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