April 02, 2015

From Headboard to Faux Fireplace

Hey guys, today I'm sharing a fun project Mr. Frugalista and I have been working on. Several months ago I saw this nifty headboard tucked behind several others in a corner of our favorite thrift store. The stained glass caught my eye and when we dug it out of the pile I knew it was going home with me.

Headboard transformed into a faux fireplace

The moment I set eyes on this piece I didn't see a headboard...what I saw was a faux fireplace! Here is what it looked like when we brought it home.

Headboard before makeover

Remember these?  My sister and I had one similar growing up but without the cool stained glass.  She used to hide wads of chewing gum in the cubby on her side and mine was full of V.C. Andrews books.  Remember Flowers In The Attic?

I digress...ahem...back to the fireplace.  The first thing we did was mark the center opening on the front support and carefully cut it using a skill saw (a jig saw would work too).  Then we framed in the box using "good 1-side" plywood and added a bottom plate the same width and depth as the existing top.  

Headboard during transformation into a faux fireplace

Next we added MDF trim to the front of the fireplace echoing the trim on the stained glass sliders.

Headboard turned Faux Fireplace after being trimmed

Initially we added a hardboard back to the fireplace box only and kept the original upper back. We changed our minds because I wanted a finished look so we removed both and added one large piece of 1/8" hardboard to cover the entire back.

Back of faux fireplace

The fireplace was primed with Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 Primer (the only primer I use in the workshop).

Headboard now Faux Fireplace after first coat of primer

The fireplace was painted with two coats of Old White Chalk Paint. Using a sanding block I distressed the edges revealing some of the wood beneath. Because this is a faux fireplace I used clear wax to protect it. If it was an operational fireplace I would have used Tough Coat or Polyurethane to protect the finish because wax would not withstand the heat.

Faux Fireplace painted with Old White chalk paint and distressed

Mr. Frugalista found a mirror that fit the opening perfectly for $17.00.  Using 2 x 2 lumber he attached them to all four sides of the back of the fireplace box.  This gave him something solid to glue the mirror onto with silicone.  After it was cured he ripped MDF trim into 1 3/4" wide pieces to frame the front of the mirror.  These were attached with construction adhesive.

Mirror added to opening of Faux Fireplace after transformed from a headboard

And that's how we turned a MCM Headboard into a Pretty Faux Fireplace!

Headboard turned into a Faux Fireplace After

Here's a close-up of the trim we added to the front.

Trim around Faux Fireplace opening

...and the pretty stained glass.

Stained Glass Sliding Windows on Faux Fireplace transformed from a headboard

Headboard now a faux fireplace

Faux Fireplace After being transformed from a headboard

I wish I had a room to fit this fireplace in our house but I don't so it'll be for sale in my Etsy Shop soon.

March 31, 2015

DIY An Ordinary Mirror To Look Antiqued

Last week when I shared Phase One of our Dining Room Makeover several of you asked about the Antiqued Mirror hanging above our new Board & Batten wall.

Turning an ordinary mirror into a DIY Antiqued Look

Several years ago I bought this mirror at Wal-Mart for $8.00.  I painted the frame white and aged it with antique gold Rub n Buff.  This was long before I discovered chalk and milk paint and the wonders of dark wax.  I apologize for the poor quality image, it was taken at night using my iPhone.

Inexpensive mirror before makeover

Inspired by an antiqued mirror I saw on Pinterest, I got to work transforming this inexpensive mirror into a stunning Antiqued Mirror.

Remove the paper and cardboard backing from the mirror.

In this step you will need to be in a well ventilated area wearing rubber gloves, eye protection, and a mask.
Stripping the backing of a mirror to transform it into an antiqued look

Jumping into this project with both feet before reading the instructions, I thought by simply dabbing the paint stripper using a sea foam sponge it would remove the reflective surface from the back of the mirror and clear glass would be peeking through in spots.  Wrong!

Removing the backing of a mirror using paint stripper
First you have to generously apply paint remover all over the back of the mirror using a chip brush. Let it sit a few minutes and remove with a putty knife. With a wet cloth wipe down the back of the mirror afterwards. Some of the backing will remain but that's okay, it adds to the aged patina.

  • This is the most important step. Do this step outdoors wearing a mask or inside like I did with the windows wide open and wearing a respirator mask. This stuff is stinky...real stinky! Wear chemical safe rubber gloves and eye protection as well.
  • Using a funnel pour Muriatic Acid carefully into a spray bottle. Some home improvement stores carry muriatic acid - mine was purchased at Home Hardware. 
  • Lightly spray the acid onto the back side of the mirror along the edges and anywhere you want to remove the reflective backing. This stuff works fast so only keep it on for about 1 minute (unlike what I did). I went upstairs and grabbed a coffee, sat and relaxed for five minutes before returning to find half the mirror had disappeared!
  • Using a wet cloth or paper towel gently dab and remove the muriatic acid.
To age the mirror even more I randomly dabbed gold metallic and graphite (charcoal grey) craft paint over some of the areas using a lightly dampened sea foam sponge.

Remove reflective surface on a mirror using muriatic acid

To bring back some of the reflective surface I mistakenly removed, but not bring it back completely, I sprayed the back of the glass with four coats of Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint.

I painted the first coat of paint on the frame using Graphite (charcoal color) chalk paint.  After it was dry I applied a second coat of paint using Old White chalk paint.  Using a sanding block I distressed the frame to reveal some of the graphite color underneath.

Hand painting graphics onto an aged mirror

Glue scrapbook paper along the cardboard backing (that you removed earlier) - I used 4 sheets of paper. Place the mirror back into the frame followed by the papered backing and staple in place.  In the picture below you can see how the pretty paper is peaking through!  Clean the front of the mirror and you're ready for the next step.

Adding scrapbook paper to a DIY Antiqued Mirror

I created the graphic in PicMonkey and saved it as a jpeg document.  Feel free to download the pdf for your own use by pressing the link on the graphic below.
In Block Poster I enlarged the graphic to fit vertically onto 3 sheets of paper to get the size I wanted. Then I printed the sheets and taped them to the center of the front of the mirror. Using graphite paper I traced the letters onto the mirror.

Also in Pic Monkey I found corner graphics that I liked and applied the same process as in Steps 8 & 9.
Adding handpainted corners onto an aged mirror

Using a script liner art brush and multi-surface white craft paint I filled in the letters and corner graphics.  It took two coats to get the coverage I wanted.

Close up of DIY Antiqued Mirror using muriatic acid, scrapbook paper, and craft paint.

Ta da, a gorgeous Antique Mirror!

DIY Antiqued Mirror

The silver hammered metal trays that used to be in our china cabinet look great hanging on the wall too, don't you think?

Hammered Metal serving tray hung on a wall

I absolutely love our new Antiqued Mirror!

Board and Batten wall with DIY Antiqued Mirror

If you're a more visual person you can check out the tutorial I used to make mine here: How To Antique A Mirror.

I hope this has inspired you to create one for your home!

March 28, 2015

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features (March 28, 2015)

It has been an exciting week at our house.  Last Saturday at 6:45 am we welcomed our first grandchild into the world!  It has been hard to focus on anything but our adorable little grandson, Westin.
Then yesterday Mr. Frugalista and I celebrated our 28th Wedding Anniversary.
So with all the celebrating going on over here I'm in the mood to party!

Bloggers this is a great link up to showcase your work because not only will it appear on this blog but on the blogs of five of my friends.  That's five times the exposure and six opportunities to have your work featured!

If you didn't make the TOP 6 Featured here at the party you may have been featured at our DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest so be sure to hop over there as well!

So without further adieu
it's time to get this DIY Sunday Showcase Party started!
The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00pm CST and runs until the following Wednesday.



Lyn gave her friend's mother's dresser a brand new life.  What a difference from how it looked before and I'm crushing on the color!

Healthy Blueberry Cheesecake Pancake Sandwiches


Mason Jar Blue (Junque Boutique Milk Paint) Headboard Bench

This Easter hot chocolate bar is adorable!

Chocolate Egg Cakes are bunny approved! Inspired from a favorite Easter Egg, chocolate egg cakes sandwich peanut cream filling and are drenched in milk chocolate glaze with a candy bow on top! Recipe at littlemisscelebration.com
CHOCOLATE EGG CAKES by Little Miss Celebration

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  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!
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March 26, 2015

Board and Batten {An Easy Dining Room Wall Update}

I'm so happy to have Phase One of our dining room makeover completed.  I can't believe how much larger and brighter the room looks simply by adding white faux Board and Batten onto the wall.

Dining Room Wall Before and After Installing Board and Batten

The wall in the dining room is very long and it's always been a challenge decorating it. For decades I had a large mirror hanging behind the dining table with candle sconces flanked on either side. It never felt right, no matter how many times I painted out the mirror or changed the sconces.

Inspired by a couple of blogging friends, Nancy at Artsy Chicks Rule and Kris at Junk Chic Cottage, who added board and batten in their homes, I knew it was exactly what this wall needed.

An easy DIY Board and Batten Wall

Materials List:
  • Upright Battens: 2 1/2" x 1/2"
  • Horizontal Battens: 3 1/2" x 1/2" 
  • Panel Cap Moulding 1" depth
  • 1 1/2" - 2" brad nails and a nail gun
  • Compound mitre saw
  • White latex paintable caulking
  • White latex paint
  • Small foam roller
  • Regular pile paint roller
  • Minwax Polycrylic Satin Finish

Onto the How To
If this has inspired you to add a Board & Batten wall in your home, I've outlined the steps for you below.  Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures of the process, but really it's not a difficult project.

STEP 1: Cleaning the walls
Dining room wall before
Prep the wall by giving it a good wash.  I add 1/2 c of Borax Powder to 1 gallon of hot water and use my micro fibre hardwood floor mop.  Easy way to reach the high parts and leaves a streak free clean!

STEP 2: Deciding the height of your Board & Batten
Measuring the wall for horizontal and vertical board and batten trim
  1. Decide how high you want your wall to be.  As you can see in the picture above, ours is 63" high to the top of the trim.
  2. Before you mark the height, subtract the size of your top trim piece from the measurement.  We subtracted 1/2" for our panel cap moulding.
  3. Once you've established the height using a level draw a line across the entire wall.
STEP 3: Marking the width of each section
Installing the trim for a board and batten wall
  1. Using a stud finder find the studs and mark a line up to the top using a level.
  2. Establish the width of each section of your Board & Batten.  We made ours 32", skipping every second stud.
STEP 4:  Installing the top batten
Close up of the horizontal and vertical trim on the board and batten wall
  1. Starting with the top horizontal batten, using a brad nailer attach the 3 1/2" x 1/2" trim in place following the line you drew earlier.
  2. Cut any joints at a 45° angle.
STEP 5:  Installing the bottom batten (see Diagram 1)
  1. We kept our original baseboards and simply added 3 1/2" x 1/2" trim directly over top.
  2. Again cut any joints at a 45° angle.
STEP 6:  Installing the vertical battens (see Diagram 1)
  1. Using your 2 1/2" x 1/2" trim measure your vertical battens and install using a brad nailer (ours are 52" high).
  2. Ensure each batten is straight by using a level.
  3. Remember, we skipped every second stud. 
STEP 7:  Installing the top moulding
Panel cap moulding used for the top trim on the board and batten wall
Finish off by installing the panel cap moulding on the top using a brad nailer.

STEP 8:  Prepping the trim for paint
  1. Caulk around all the battens using white latex paintable caulking.
  2. Fill all the joints and nail holes with wood filler.
  3. Once dry sand them down nice and smooth.
STEP 9:  Painting the wall
Painted DIY faux board and batten wall
  1. Once the caulking is dry, apply the first coat of latex paint using a small foam roller on each of the trim pieces.
  2. Using a regular size roller with a regular pile, paint the first coat of latex onto the wall.  If you have dark walls you may want to either prime them first or use a latex paint with primer.
  3. Continue the above step until you have complete coverage.  Ours took three coats to get the finish we wanted.
  4. For a more consistent finish we applied a coat of Minwax Satin Polycrylic over the battens and wall.  This step removed any paint strokes and inconsistencies between the wood and drywall.
DIY Faux Board and Batten Wall After

DIY Board and Batten Wall After

One of the next phases to this room makeover is to replace the table and chairs.  We picked up a Duncan Phyfe table for $40.00 that is waiting in the shop for a makeover.  As our family continues to grow a rectangular table will fit everyone far more comfortably than the oval.  I'm on a mission to find wood chairs with upholstered seats.  Not an easy task it seems!

Dining room table and chairs that need to be replaced as part of our dining room makeover

But before we do that, we are currently working on Phase Two which is the built-in china cabinet on the back wall.  Here's a sneak peak...

Sneak peak at the built in china cabinet makeover

But next I'm going to show you how I made this antique looking mirror...
DIY Antiqued Mirror

Until then have a great weekend!

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