To turn a "splurge" into a huge "save," you have to be a little lucky. Finding the right vintage elements to repurpose for DIY projects is a tough challenge, to be sure. But if you're in the right place — Craigslist — at the right time — constantly — you just might make a huge score.
Chris and Julie of DO or DIY definitely got lucky. After lusting after Restoration Hardware's $1395 Royal Marine Tripod Floor Lamp, they decided to try their hand at a DIY version and "immediately" found the perfect piece — a vintage wood and brass tripod for a telescope, at the bargain price of $60.