May 21, 2016

DIY Sunday Showcase Party {05-21-16}

Happy Weekend DIY Sunday Showcase Friends!  You could hear crickets this past week here at The Interior Frugalista.  It may be quiet on the blog but in the workshop, I've been burning the midnight oil getting ready for my first outdoor market this weekend.  I promise, once I take a few days off next week to recover, I'll have loads of new projects to share.

For those of you in the YEG area, you can find me
Monday, May 23rd
10:00am - 4:00pm
Parking Lot Sale
Look for my tent near the doors to the antique mall and drop by to say hello!
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I've been sharing snippets of some of the handpainted goods I'll have for sale.

Now that I've got you caught up on the happenings this past week here at The Interior Frugalista, let's get down to the business of partying.  Welcome to DIY Sunday Showcase 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 our five co-hosts. That's six opportunities to have your work featured!

Join us and share your favorite DIY Projects, Crafts, or Recipes.
DIY Sunday Showcase Party button
The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00 pm CST and runs through the following Wednesday.

MEET THE HOSTS

              
Jennifer at Pink When
Erin at My Crafty Spot
Wendi at H20 Bungalow
Alli at An Alli Event
Facebook/Pinterest/Google+
Marie (moi) at The Interior Frugalista

♥♥♥ Our Features From The Last Party ♥♥♥

If you are not one of the six featured here today you may have been featured at our DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest so be sure to hop over there as well!

My Pick:
How adorable are these Tulle DIY Wedding Flower Pots for Weddings, Bridal Showers or other Spring or Summer events! Easy to make with white painted flower pots, ribbon and tulle! A great tulle tutu planter! | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM
TULLE DIY WEDDING FLOWER POTS by Oh My Creative

Jen's Pick:
Simple salmon fish tacos with fresh jalapeƱos and a creamy topping!
SALMON FISH TACOS WITH JALAPENO CREAM by Lemons For Lulu

Katie's Pick:
southwestern bedroom decorSOUTHWESTERN GUEST ROOM REVEAL by Domestic Imperfection

Erin's Pick:

MAKE A WATERMELON SHARK by Gluesticks

Wendi's Pick:
Easy DIY planked wall tutorial using trim - an inexpensive way to add that farmhouse style to your home.
DIY PLANKED WALL TUTORIAL by Clean & Scentsible

Alli's Pick:
Healthy Melon Banana Smoothie-7
HEALTHY CANTALOUPE SMOOTHIE by Artsy Craftsy Mom

If you've been featured here today copy our Feature Button!
DIY Sunday Showcase Party feature button

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 on your link party page!
NEWDIYBUTTON So let's get this DIY Sunday Showcase Party started!


May 14, 2016

DIY Sunday Showcase Party {05-14-16}

Even with fewer guests at the party last week, it was still hard to narrow down just one feature. I hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day!

In case you missed it, this week on Frugal Decor Tuesday I shared How I gave an Oval Rattan Mirror a Coastal Driftwood Vibe. On Thursday, I dared to share a tour of my Basement Workshop.

Now that I've got you all caught up on the happenings this past week here at The Interior Frugalista, let's get down to the business of partying.  Welcome to DIY Sunday Showcase 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 our five co-hosts. That's six opportunities to have your work featured!

Join us and share your favorite DIY Projects, Crafts, or Recipes.
DIY Sunday Showcase Party button
The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00 pm CST and runs through the following Wednesday.

MEET THE HOSTS

              
Jennifer at Pink When
Erin at My Crafty Spot
Wendi at H20 Bungalow
Alli at An Alli Event
Facebook/Pinterest/Google+
Marie (moi) at The Interior Frugalista

♥♥♥ Our Features From The Last Party ♥♥♥

If you are not one of the six featured here today you may have been featured at our DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest so be sure to hop over there as well!

My Pick:
how to make edible floral lollipops
A SWEET GARDEN PARTY TREAT: EDIBLE FLOWER LOLLIPOPS by Garden Therapy

Jen's Pick:
Chicken tortilla stack recipe - a perfect weeknight meal that the whole family will love!
CHICKEN TORTILLA STACK RECIPE by The Country Chic Cottage

Katie's Pick:
Shrimp Tacos
CHIPOTLE SHRIMP TACOS RECIPE by Happy Mothering

Erin's Pick:
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SLIGHTLY DISTRESSED GRAIN SACK MCM VINTAGE VANITY by The Curator's Collection

Wendi's Pick:
Welcome your guests all Summer long with this fun Patriotic Shutter! With just a few simple supplies, you can take an old shutter and make it new again! Click on the photo to see the instructions.
DIY PATRIOTIC SHUTTER by Hoosier Homemade

Alli's Pick:
Alli will be back next week!

If you've been featured here today copy our Feature Button!
DIY Sunday Showcase Party feature button

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 on your link party page!
NEWDIYBUTTON So let's get this DIY Sunday Showcase Party started!


May 13, 2016

A Basement Workshop Tour {she ain't pretty but she's functional}

Hello frugalistas, with almost every DIY project that I have shared, I received questions and comments about my workshop.  So today I thought I would take you on a tour of our Basement Workshop.  When you don't have a garage, the garage, minus the cars, (who uses them for actual vehicles anyway) becomes the basement.

I'm also going to share the workhorse tools and products most used in the shop.  *affiliate links are included - see my disclosure policy.

An Organized Basement Workshop

In late December, while Mr. Frugalista was home on Christmas break, I decided to take advantage of the extra set of hands and have him help me get our basement workshop organized.  I couldn't take rummaging through plastic bins to find things like screwdrivers and pliers any longer.  So off to Home Depot we went to get a few sheets of pegboard.  The pegboard hooks and hangers we already had, no surprise, in a large plastic bin!

Organized Basement Workshop with Tool Pegboard and DIY Workbench

Using leftover paint from our son's bedroom (he is now grown and a homeowner himself) we spray painted the pegboard for a punch of color and to add some energy to the workspace.

Organized Basement Workshop with Paint Brush Pegboard and DIY Workbench

I can't tell you how nice it is to have all the hand tools hanging where I can see them!

Organized Basement Workshop with pegboard storage for Levels and Squares

I hang my larger stencils on pegboard hooks.  Since taking this picture several months ago I've gotten smarter and have them hung from metal binder clips, that way I just have to unclip the stencil I want rather than pulling them all off the hook to get the one I want.

Basement workshop stencil storage

At the end of my wall-to-wall work bench, I set up a packaging station to wrap small items that I sell and/or ship.

Basement Workshop packaging and shipping zone

You can see my work table is well used by the layers and layers of paint.  It's a six-foot folding banquet table from my Dad's former classroom (he taught automotive electronics).

The adjustable hydraulic mechanic seat on wheels underneath is a must have, I'd be lost without that thing!

Basement Workshop folding work table with hydraulic adjustable mechanic seat

I love these plastic wall mount storage bins we found at Home Depot to house my furniture hardware. I could use a few more of these.

On top of the white plastic, storage cart is something I could not live without in the workshop.  When I'm working in here that Bluetooth speaker is blasting 70's rock (and I'm dating myself).  Chances are if you try phoning or ringing my doorbell, I won't hear you because I'm singing at the top of my lungs and doing the hustle with a paint brush in my hand.

Basement Workshop wall mounted hardware storage bins

As you probably noticed, I love to line drawers with paper but the problem was I had them stacked on a shelf and they were collecting dust.  Mr. Frugalista came up with the clever idea of taping two garbage cans together, cutting the bottom off the top one to make a swing door using nylon zip ties for the hinges.  It may not look very professional but it works like a charm!

Basement Workshop with DIY Garbage Can Wallpaper Storage Bin

Before my chalk paint was stacked three deep and one on top of the other.  A real pain when you wanted the back bottom can.  My neighbor, a.k.a. the furniture fairy gave me a small bookcase that worked perfectly for storing cans of paint and supplies.

The metal file cabinet beside it holds small stencils, printed graphics, and decals that I use on furniture pieces.

Basement Workshop Storage Bookcase and Metal Filing Cabinet

Basement Workshop using food tins for art brush storage

I had nowhere to hold small jars of paint and various supplies that I use on a regular basis.  We repurposed a wall mounted shelving unit that we made for our son's room to display his Maisto Diecast Car Collection and it gives me loads of storage.

Tip:
Many of you asked about the containers I use to store my twine, jute, and rope - you can see those on the top shelf on the far left.  Pringles containers with a hole in the center of the plastic lid, using a hole punch, are perfect for storing these.

Basement Workshop DIY Wall Mount Shelving Unit

The workbenches were made by our son when he was still living at home.  This used to be his mountain bike repair custom rebuild space.  Hence, the bike part related stickers you'll see scattered around the workshop.

Basement Workshop DIY Workbench

The shelves are repurposed bi-fold doors on metal shelf brackets that run the length of the room.  So handy for holding power tools, etc.  You'll have to forgive the clutter in the photo below as it was taken last week during the frenzy of preparing for the outdoor market on the 23rd.  Pretty much all the furniture and jewelry boxes in the picture below are finished and ready to take.

Our house is a bi-level so it's great having large basement windows that bring lots of much-needed light into the room.  We added more shelves above the windows for scrap lumber and trim storage.

Basement Workshop with wall to wall DIY shelving

One day I may get around to finally painting the concrete floor and replacing the ugly beat up ceiling tiles but like I said in the title of this post, she ain't pretty but she's functional!

Last but not least I have to introduce you to my Shop Assistant, Sexy Rexy.  He's cute, he's cheap, but he naps on the job a lot and spends far too much time at the catnip salad bar.

Basement Workshop Shop Assistant

Only a consummate DIYer would give up such valuable real estate for a workshop.  This would make an amazing family room but when you don't have a garage and don't have a spot to build one, then you do what you gotta do!

I have tools that I cannot do without in the workshop and so I thought I would share some of them with you today.  Not all are the same brand that I have but that is because some are only sold at specific Canadian retailers.  Every workshop should have at least one of these...


There are a lot of products that I use on a daily basis and can't do without. I'm sharing a few of my favorites here...


I hope you enjoyed the tour and found some of my storage solutions helpful. If you have any questions, don't be shy and either leave a comment below or email by pressing the Contact Me link at the top of my blog.

May 10, 2016

Driftwood Inspired Rattan Mirror Makeover

Hello frugalistas, welcome to another edition of Frugal Decor Tuesday.  Today I'm sharing a thrift store find that received a makeover with Summer in mind.  As my thoughts wander to warm Summer days spent on the shores of Vancouver Island, I bring you my Driftwood Inspired Rattan Mirror.

Driftwood inspired oval rattan mirror makeover

Before I get into the nitty gritty of this makeover dear friends, you may find me M.I.A. for the next few weeks.  I am busy as a bee in the workshop with furniture and home decor makeovers to sell at my first outdoor market (event details below).  I promise when I return, I'll have loads of fun makeovers to share with you.  You can still catch me co-hosting the DIY Sunday Showcase Party every Saturday afternoon.

In the meantime, let's get back to this makeover, shall we? This is what the mirror looked like before...

Oval rattan thrift store mirror Before makeover

I brushed the entire frame with two coats of chalk paint in the color Hurricane from Country Chic Paint.

Rattan mirror chalk painted with the color Hurricane

To get the driftwood appearance, I dipped my brush into a bucket of water, wiped the excess off on a paper towel and dipped just the tips of my brush into the color Simplicity white, also by Country Chic Paint.

With very little pressure, I brushed the thinned paint in random strokes hitting the raised parts of the frame.  Before the paint was completely dry I took a slightly (almost dry) lint free rag and wet sanded (removed more of the white paint) in spots to reveal the gray underneath.

How to get a Driftwood appearance with Gray and white chalk paint

To protect the finish I applied clear wax.

Clear wax to protect chalk paint on DIY painted mirror

This look may not be for everyone but I'm quite pleased with the results.  I think it would look great at a lake cottage or room with a coastal theme.

Driftwood coastal inspired rattan mirror makeover

This oval mirror is just one of the many items that I'll be selling at the outdoor market in a couple of weeks.

Driftwood inspired rattan mirror diy

For those of you living in the Edmonton and surrounding area, please drop by my tent to say hello!

Old Strathcona Antique Mall Parking Lot Sale 
Monday, May 23rd
10:00am - 4:00 pm
For more details press the Facebook event link.
Not on facebook, you can find event details here.  

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Before I end this post, have you been following the Between The Lines series every Tuesday?  If not, Between The Lines is a new blog series that takes a peek into the lives of bloggers over the age of 50. Every Tuesday for the next eight weeks, a group of bloggers will be interviewed and featured by Katherine at Katherine's Corner.  The series began on April 19th and you can catch Episode One here.


You can catch today's features here on Week Four.  For those of us seasoned bloggers, it's a great way to meet others in the Nifty Fifty Club!