November 27, 2014

Kroehler French Provincial Side Table Makeovers

The table on the left may look familiar because I gave it a white makeover several months ago. My client recently inherited a matching rectangular table and wanted them unified for her living room. She commissioned me to not only give her Kroehler French Provincial Side Table a matching makeover but to add a graphic on the bottom shelf of each.

French Provincial Side Table Makeover with graphics

Here is what the table looked like before the makeover.

French Provincial side table before makeover

It needed a few minor scratches and dents filled on the legs and the top and received fresh coats of Old White chalk paint, a little distressing, and some dark wax.  Then the fun began...

Country Chic Paint Image Transfer Medium

Normally I transfer my graphics using graphite paper and hand paint the details but because these graphics were in a hard to reach spot I decided to give Country Chic Paint Image Transfer Medium a try.  I love it when a new product rocks my world!

First I went over to The Graphics Fairy website and found the Count Your Blessings graphic and printed it in reverse.  Then I used the French Wreath graphic and in PicMonkey added the phrase Live Love Laugh inside the wreath and again printed it in reverse.  

French Provincial side table image transfer 1

Next I applied the image transfer medium onto the good side of the graphic and carefully placed it in the middle of each table, rubbing out any air bubbles as I went. I let the graphics dry for several hours.  With a water bottle I lightly sprayed each graphic and with my fingers lightly rolled over them removing a layer of paper. I let them dry again and repeated the process until only the graphic remained.

French Provincial Side Table image transfer 2

Now the great thing about this particular image transfer medium is that it peeled off so much easier than other products I've used and in far fewer steps.  The image held onto the wood firmly, even after distressing it lightly with sandpaper.  This is the best product I've used so far!

French Provincial Round Side Table with Graphic

French Provincial Rectangular Side Table with graphic

Thankfully my client was pleased with her tables and I'll get the pleasure of seeing them in her living room in early 2015 as she's enlisted my Interior Redesign services to do a makeover of a few rooms in her home.  I can't wait because besides refinishing furniture, one of my passions is doing room makeovers using what is already in the home!

Round French Provincial Side Table After Makeover

Rectangular French Provincial Side Table After Makeover

I can't leave a drawer untouched so I lined it with scrapbook paper using the same image transfer medium to adhere it to the drawer and top coat protection.

French Provincial side table makeover with lined drawer

Now the two Kroehler French Provincial Side Tables look like they've always been a matching set!

French Provincial Side Tables unified by a makeover

* This is not a sponsored post nor did I receive compensation for the products used.  When I find a company or a product that I genuinely love, I like to share it with my readers.

November 24, 2014

Christmas Cone Trees {Pier 1 Inspired}

Don't you just love it when the Christmas catalogs come out?  I sure do because they're always chocked full of inspiration.  This girl on a beer budget always seems to gravitate towards the most expensive item on the page.  When I spotted the Beaded Cone Trees in the Pier 1 catalog I knew I had to have them for the mantle in our family room.  So I did what any DIYer would do, created my own Pier I Inspired Christmas Cone Trees.

Pier 1 cone trees and my inspired cone trees

Theirs are covered with gold and white beads but I decided I wanted mine to be wrapped in fabric, metallic spray paint, and glitter paint.  In all honesty, the thought of working with all those tiny little beads...well lets just say that I'm a klutz and there's no telling what kind of chaos would ensue if my mitts got a hold of all those beads.


My Pier I inspired Christmas Cone Trees

Theirs is 36" high - mine is 28".
Pier I inspired mirrored Christmas cone tree

 Theirs is 24" high - mine is 22" high.
Pier 1 inspired beaded Christmas cone tree

Theirs is 20" high - mine is 18" high.
Pier 1 inspired Christmas Chevron cone tree

Here is what I used to create mine...
Supplies used for Pier 1 inspired Christmas cone trees
Dollar Store
* Bristol Board
* Pearl & Diamond Bead Stickers
* Mirrors
* Silver wire beads (6 per pkg)
* Sequin ribbon
* Silver bead strand
* Metallic ribbon
On hand
* Rustoleum shiny silver metallic spray paint
* Silver spray glitter
* Glue gun

Mini Mirrors glued onto metal beads
Metallic Ribbon - 75% Off

Silver Glitter & Shine with a sprinkle of Winter White is our theme for the holidays in the basement family room this year!

Pier 1 inspired Christmas Cone Tree vignette

If only our poor pathetic Charlie Brown Christmas Tree looked better. I loaded it with shiny decorations hoping it would distract from the ugliness beneath.  I think next year it's time we break down and replace it!

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree with a little sparkle and glam

This is the earliest we've decorated for the holidays EVER!  When do you start your holiday decorating?

November 22, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {November 22, 2014}

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Like a lot of you we have the white stuff on the ground (but that's pretty typical for this region).  It and all the holiday posts in the blogosphere these days inspired me to pull out the Christmas decorations.  We've NEVER decorated this early!  How about you, before or after American Thanksgiving?

It's time to party
another DIY Sunday Showcase Party!
You guys are a talented bunch and every week it's so hard to pick our favorites. 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!


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I think this junk find Snowman is so stink'n cute!

White Black Gold Thanksgiving Table Gold Thanksgiving Tablescape

GOODBYE BROKEN...HELLO BEAUTIFUL  by The Curator's Collection

Indian Corn Thanksgiving Placecards  |  OHMY-CREATIVE.COM

DIY Wood Slice Chalkboard Clock :: making it in the mountains



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November 17, 2014

Man Cave Makeover {The Clean Shave}

*Man Cave Makeover Campaign

Mr. Frugalista and I have been renovating our humble abode one room at a time for what feels like forever. Every room in the house has received a facelift and this past summer we started on the exterior renovations. If Mr. Frugalista had his way next summer we'd be adding a hot tub to our new patio. Not going to happen, replacing the ugly mint green siding trumps a hot tub!

Five years ago we renovated our main bathroom on a beer budget and ran out of funds to replace the dated tub. So I got to thinking maybe Mr. Frugalista can have the next best thing. Since he has pretty much taken over the main bathroom why not give him an indoor hot tub. Yeah okay a jetted tub isn't quite the same as a hot tub for six with lights, a sound system, and a brew under the stars!

So when Man Crates invited me to participate in their Man Cave Makeover Campaign I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to come up with a plan to upgrade our bathroom Indoor Jet Tub Manly Spa Cave!

The Clean Shave Man Cave Makeover

Have you heard of Man Crates?  They are a one stop online shop of unique gifts for men.  And you know what's really cool about these gifts, they come packaged in a wooden crate that requires being pryed open with a crowbar, which is included.  How fun is that!

They have crates for every kind of man.  The Golfer, Gamer, New Dad, Outdoorsmen, Sports fanatic, and the list goes on. When my daughter heard I was participating in this campaign she told me a few of her friends ordered various Man Crates for their significant others and loved them.

I thought the Clean Shave Crate would be perfect for Mr. Frugalista's Man Cave so he could enjoy a good old fashion clean shave.

The most stylish gear you'll ever keep in your bathroom.

So back to Mr. Frugalista's Man Cave.  Space is limited in this bathroom so I chose the Cocoon Whirlpool Tub for it's hour glass design, clean lines, comfortable neckrest and built in armrests so that I can spend hours relaxing in it 10 micro jets and powerful motor for Mr. Frugalista to rest and massage his weary bones.
Cocoon White Whirlpool Bath Tub

What woman wouldn't want a rainfall shower head too!
Pulse AquaRain Shower System in Chrome

One of the great benefits of a hot tub is the sound system.  Needing to convince him that his jet tub is the next best thing I choose this 3 Shower Wireless and Water-Resistant Sound System so he can stream his music, radio and podcasts while he soaks his troubles away.  
3 Shower Sound Systems That Beat Your Clunky Old Radio

It may not be colorful LED's but this manly candle will not only illuminate his man spa but has a frosty scent with notes of an icicle-encrusted branch of winter spruce, citron, balsam and sugar.
Voluspa 'Vermeil - Branche Vermeil' Petite Maison Boxed Candle

While soaking in the bubbles he can ingest some too with this cool Waterfall Wine Chiller that reminds me of a tuxedo.
Waterfall Wine Chiller

On the wall within tub reach is a toilet paper/magazine rack with his favorite This Old House Magazine to hopefully help him get inspired relax and unwind.
TP and Magazine Holder 10 Kitchen and Bath Space Savers

After he's all finished relaxing a warm bath sheet is waiting on the heated towel rack...
Regent 22 1/4" High Wall Mounted Towel Warmer in Chrome

...along with the Classic Six Box Set of Naturally effective cleaning agents in a handy bamboo caddy.  Hey, I'm not his slave!
Classic Six Box Set

I've added a handsome wood and chrome shaving caddy for his convience to keep him organized so they aren't laying all over the counter.
Razor Handle, Brush & Stand Kits - Woodworking

My biggest concern about Mr. Frugalista getting his new Man Cave is that he may not want to come out and I'll loose my slave Handyman.

So which Man Crate would you choose for the men in your life?

This isn't a sponsored post as I was not compensated for writing it.  I thought it was a fun campaign and wanted to participate for the opportunity to welcome my readers to a unique gift idea for the hard to buy for men in their lives during the holidays.

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