If you think that DIYing means having things that don't look quite as good as something you'd buy in a store, think again. As proof that living on a budget doesn't have to mean compromising style, last year we pulled together a post that featured jaw dropping project ideas and results. And, because it was such a hit, here are nine more projects you wouldn't believe are DIYs.
Above: This upholstered bench from Style Me Pretty only looks expensive — it's actually an IKEA hack.
Those midcentury-style planters can be very pricey, but you can build your own for a lot less with this DIY from eHow.
Here's a DIY chandelier from Vintage Revivals that looks like a million bucks.
Mandi from Vintage Revivals built this bench using lumber from the hardware store, and leather from an old beat-up couch she bought at a thrift store.
Take humble thrift store glasses to the next level with this gold leaf cocktail glass DIY from Kelli Hall Design.
Round IKEA mirror + two belts = a super stylish piece for less. More info from Trendenser.
This DIY from Martha Stewart shows how to make a beautiful modern coffee table using a 18" by 18" travertine tile. (The instructions call for brass hairpin legs, which can be quite expensive, but if you were looking to save money you could just buy black hairpin legs and spray-paint them in the desired color.)
This stylish plant stand from Sugar & Cloth is another clever IKEA hack.
And there's this lamp from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs, which you might never guess is made from a humble sheet of MDF.
And if you missed it before, definitely check out these 9 Stylish Projects You Won't Believe are DIYs.
(Image credits: Style Me Pretty; eHow; Vintage Revivals; Vintage Revivals; Kelli Hall Design; Trendenser; Martha Stewart; Sugar & Cloth; Sarah M. Dorsey Designs)