January 29, 2015

DIY Décor for the new master bedroom bookcase

In my last post I shared our new DIY Custom Bookcase and Window Seat in the master bedroom. It was looking a little sparse when I went to style it for the photos. Instead of making a trip to Homesense, my go to home décor store, I decided to create some made-by-me Custom DIY Décor.

DIY Home Decor

With a little paint and a graphic I transformed this yellow jug that I've had for many years collecting dust in the storage room.

Glazed Ceramic Jug Before

Into this...

Glazed ceramic jug After

Instructions:
  1. Clean the jug first with rubbing alcohol and let it sit for a few days (this removes any grease or residue).
  2. Paint the jug with Americana Multi-Surface Paint (I used the color Cottonball). 
  3. After letting the paint dry for 4 days bake the jug in a non-preheated oven at 350° for 30 minutes.
  4. Let it cool with the oven door open.  This gives glazed ceramics a durable dishwasher safe finish.
  5. On the computer in Word create a graphic (I used a wreath I uploaded from The Graphics Fairy).  I added "1987" inside the wreath, the year we were married.
  6. Tape wax paper (wax side up) onto a sheet of bond paper (secure it well on all four corners to avoid a paper jam) and print the graphic in reverse.  
  7. Cut around the graphic so it's easier to handle.
  8. Tape the graphic wax side (printed side) facing towards the jug and gently rub the graphic off. When you no longer see the graphic on the wax paper you have a good transfer.
  9. Mine transferred too light because I have a laser rather than inkjet printer.
  10. If your transfer is too light like mine, simply trace over it using a Sharpie.  I used both a grey and black Sharpie.

Glazed Ceramic Jug DIY Makeover styled on a bookcase

A few years ago I fell in love with a pillow I saw at Homesense. When I brought it home it didn't work in my living room and eventually ended up in a tub in the basement storage room. While rummaging through that tub looking for pillow forms I decided it would be perfect for our new window seat.

Stenciling a throw pillow

Using letter stencils I created the words "Le Jardin", fitting considering it had a butterfly motif and the window seat overlooks our back yard garden.

How To Stencil graphics onto a throw pillow

I placed my letters individually onto the pillow cover in the direction I wanted them and simply traced through the stencil with white chalk.  I continued this process for each letter.  They started to go a little wonky at one point and using a damp cloth I simply erased the ooops and continued on my merry way.  Once I had the words placed the way I wanted them I inserted a piece of cardboard inside the pillow cover to avoid bleed through to the back side.  Then I painted over each letter with Americana Multi-Surface Paint, again in the Cottonball color, using an art brush.

DIY stenciled throw cushion AFTER
I like the pillow much better with the French script added!

You can see the wooden jewelry box I transformed for the bookcase HERE.

To see how we made the Custom Bookcase and Window Seat click HERE.

I'll be sharing how I made the bench cushion and the rest of the throw pillows in an upcoming post.

So if you have some glazed ceramics around the house that you're not using because you dislike the color, paint them like I did! 

January 26, 2015

There's been some changes in the master {Building a Bookcase and a Window Seat}

I've been hinting to you guys long enough about an ambitious project going on in the master bedroom.  Get your mind out of the gutter...I know you went there!  Today I am finally sharing the reveal of our Custom DIY Bookcase and Window Seat Built-Ins.

Building a custom DIY bookcase and window seat AFTER

Last summer when we had the windows replaced on our humble abode we also had the window in the master bedroom enlarged.  Pictured below is our old window and how the room was decorated several years ago.  I actually thought it was a nicely decorated at the time, what was I thinking!

Old aluminum slider window in the master bedroom

What a difference after the new window was installed!  I absolutely love it and all the light that it lets in.  You can see by the painter's tape that we were deep into the planning stages of our future built-in.

New vinyl window with enlarged opening in the master bedroom

Since buying this house almost two decades ago I had envisioned a window seat overlooking our back yard.  We are fortunate to have a private yard with mature trees that backs onto a green belt.  I love watching the flocks of birds that visit our feeders, the squirrels leaping from tree to tree gathering pine cones and peanuts, and the rabbits hopping around in the field.

Well I finally got that window seat and it all started with a trip to Home Depot to get these...

Precut pine boards used to build a custom bookcase and window seat

First using the two tall pre-cut pieces of pine pictured above we built a bookcase.  Basically a rectangle 80" high by 12" deep.

Building a custom DIY Bookcase in the master bedroom

To accommodate adjustable shelves we used this handy Kreg Shelf Pin Jig that we ordered online. You basically work in sections starting at the top by drilling holes using the template and working your way down.  You can see how it works here.  Using a router with a half round bit the front of each shelf was given a bull nose edge.

Kreg Shelf Pin Jig used for adjustable shelves on the custom bookcase

Next we built a 60" x 18" bench seat. The carcass was built with 2 x 3 lumber which was suitable for strength but not as heavy or bulky as 2 x 4's. The exterior is lined with pre-cut pieces of pine and the interior with 1/8" thick hardboard, which has a smooth surface for storing blankets.

You'll notice we didn't move the electrical plug because it is one we rarely use. Instead we made a cut out so it can be accessed on the rare occasions when we need it.  The back of the bench is mounted onto the wall and three legs, also purchased at Home Depot, support the front. Not only did we do this for decorative purposes but there is a heat register on the floor under the bench and so being raised allows for unobstructed heat flow.

Custom DIY bench seat carcass

The lid is pre-cut pine cut deeper than the seat to allow for a 2" over hang. Using a router with a half round bit the front was given a bull nose edge. A pine plate was installed in the back to accommodate the piano hinge and allow the lid to open fully. To add some detail to the front we mitered thin pieces of trim and attached them with construction adhesive taped to secure in place while curing.

Lid for custom DIY bench seat

Custom DIY bench seat with decorative trim on the front

Rather than have a super long bench we decided to build a short bookcase on the end.  Can never have enough storage, right! 

Building a small custom DIY shelving unit beside window seat

We added small crown molding along the top to dress it up.

Adding decorative trim along the top and wrapping the base with baseboards on small custom shelving unit

Then we added crown molding to the top of the tall bookcase.  The base of both units were trimmed with baseboard for a custom finish.

Adding crown molding to the top of the custom DIY bookcase

Pictured below is the 3" thick foam I cut to size using a serrated bread knife for the bench.

Three inch foam used for the custom DIY bench seat.

The entire unit was primed first with Zinsser Bullseye 123 Primer followed by two coats of white satin latex paint.

DIY Custom bookcase and window seat primed and painted white View 1


Custom DIY bookcase and window seat primed and painted white View 2

 The results are even better than I had envisioned and I couldn't be happier.

Custom DIY bookcase and window seat in the master bedroom View 1

I'll be sharing how I made the upholstered seat and toss cushions soon.

Custom DIY bookcase and window seat in the master bedroom View 2

Custom DIY bookcase and window seat in the master bedroom View 3

I was concerned adding a built in was going to make the bedroom appear smaller but what ended up happening is that it made it look much larger. Don't you agree?

Custom DIY bookcase and window seat in the master bedroom Before and After

I'll be sharing how I turned our old curtain panels into a faux roman shade in an upcoming post.

Custom DIY built in bookcases and window seat in the master bedroom

It may have taken over a decade but it was sure worth the wait!

UPDATE: January 31, 2015
I've had several questions about the wall behind the bed and the room color.  The wall is a Chelsea Allover Stencil.  The paint color is Benjamin Moore "Wedgewood Gray" HC-146. 

This is the second ambitious project in this room.  The first was adding another closet by stealing a small piece of real estate beside the existing closet. 

January 24, 2015

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {Jan 24, 2015}

Hello everyone, I hope you're staying warm.  Here where normally we are freezing our butts off this time of year it's been nice and mild.  We're talking above zero!  Perhaps that sounds cold where you are but here it's almost top down on the convertible weather!

Now it's time to get 
this DIY Sunday Showcase Party started!
If you didn't make our TOP 6 Features here at the party then be sure to check out our DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest because you may be featured there!

COME JOIN US AND SHARE YOUR FAVORITE DIY PROJECTS, CRAFTS OR RECIPES !
The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00pm CST and runs until the following Wednesday
Meet the Hosts:
                 
MARIE'S PICK:

BUFFET IN MMS MILK PAINT EULALIES SKY by D.D.'s Cottage and Design
Don't you just love this paint color! Darrielle did a beautiful job giving this flea market find a stunning makeover.
JEN'S PICK:
Baked Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings
BAKED HONEY CHIPOTLE CHICKEN WINGS by Moms Need To Know
MEGIN'S PICK:
Reclaimed pallet heart, rustic heart, reclaimed wood heart, rustic sign, pallet wood project, pallet valentines day heart
PALLET WOOD VALENTINE'S DAY HEART by Scavenger Chic
SHELLY'S PICK:
Bring a cozy wintery feel into your decor with this DIY sweater covered lampshade project
DIY WINTERY WHITE SWEATER LAMP by A Cultivated Nest
KATIE'S PICK:
Make a big, fluffy Be Warm Winter Pompom Wreath to welcome family and friends during the cold & frosty winter months! At littlemisscelebration.com #crafts #winter
BE WARM WINTER POMPOM WREATH by Little Miss Celebration
ERIN'S PICK:
RUSTIC STRING YARN SIGN by My Simple Obsession

PARTY RULES:
  1. Follow your party hosts.
  2. Post a maximum of 3 of your newest DIY's.
  3. Linking to the party allows the hosts to possibly PIN your project to our DIY Showcase Pinterest Board, use your project in a round-up post (with direct links to your post), as well as Feature your project in the next DIY Sunday Showcase!
  4. Please Do Not Pin from the party, instead go to the original blog post.
  5. In order to be featured you need to grab the button or link and copy it onto your post or in your link party page!

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind The Blogger Feature

I'm so excited to be featured today at the Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind The Blogger series hosted by Kris at Junk Chic Cottage.  So many bloggers that I admire and look up to are on this list and so I feel honored to have been added.

The Interior Frugalista

I invite you to pop over to Junk Chic Cottage and check out my feature. Stay awhile and visit Kris and her beautiful blog. She definitely lives up to Cottage in Junk Chic Cottage! She and her husband share a beautiful lake cottage home and their skills at turning junk'n objects into beautiful home décor are fabulous. Like her amazing Kitchen Coffee Bar.  You've got to see what she used to carve out some space in her dining room for an office!

You will quickly learn that Kris has such a friendly and warm personality and she has a Huge heart. Thank you so much Kris for introducing me to your readers. I'm honored to be a part of your series Life Behind The Blogger!

January 21, 2015

Another Thrift Store Jewelry Box Makeover

Besides refinishing furniture I love finding wooden jewelry boxes at our local thrift stores and giving them a fresh new life. It's hit and miss finding decent ones but occasionally I'll find several in one fell swoop. That's what happened just before Christmas when Mr. Frugalista discovered four beauties on one shelf.

I was thrilled when he brought this one home because it's a style you don't see often.  A great score at $5.00!

A 3 Drawer Jewelry Box Makeover

Here's what it looked like before the makeover.

Thrift Store Jewelry Box Before

Originally the plan was to paint it metallic silver or black and sell it.  But there's a lot going on in the master bedroom these days (get your mind out of the gutter) and I decided it would fit nicely.

Thrift store jewelry box After and a sneak peak at another project.

While working on my Birds of Paradise Side Table I moved my can of paint and brush over to this for the same Pebble Beach and White Wax goodness.

Jewelry Box Makeover After

Being a more masculine style I made room for Mr. Frugalista's watches, tie bars and cuff links. For the entire 27 years of our marriage he's been keeping them in a small cardboard box.  Don't hate on me!


Masculine Jewelry Box Makeover

I gave it a little Parisian vibe on the top with a Fleur-De-Lis stencil.

Fleur-De-Lis stenciled jewelry box

Another jewelry box score from that trip was the popular 4-drawer with glass front and brass turnstile.  I apologize for the poor image quality.  The photo was taken in haste with my iPhone.  It was a Christmas gift for my son's girlfriend and there was no time to stage, wait for decent light, or a proper photo shoot.

4 drawer with brass turnstile Jewelry Box Makeover After

I painted it with chalk paint in the colors Rustic Charm and Vanilla Frosting.  Then I lightly distressed it with sandpaper and applied dark wax. I Mod Podged scrapbook paper onto a piece of hard board that I cut to fit the opening where normally there would be glass.  I kept the glass in case she preferred it that way (which she did).

To see a Queen Anne Jewelry Box I donated to a silent auction last year for the Children's Make A Wish Foundation press HERE.

Or a Vintage Men's Valet Roll Top Jewelry Box HERE.

I have this one collecting dust in the workshop.



Thrift Store Jewelry Box awaiting a makeover

I'd be happy to do a custom makeover if anyone is interested.

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