October 24, 2014

Hardcover Books Become Shabby Chic Props!

During a project photo shoot recently I realized this girl is in serious need of some props!  Not in my budget too cheap to buy some, I was inspired by a few cool ideas I saw on Pinterest.

For those of you active on Pinterest you may have already seen these and been there-done that-got the t-shirt.  For those of you who haven't, we're going to have some fun painting hardcover books into shabby chic home décor props!

Painting hardcover books for home decor

I pulled some hard cover books out of the basement storage archives.  I read these many years ago and loved them.  Having no intention of getting rid of them I thought they'd be perfect for this project.  We're not talking Tolstoy here but ones from the personal growth/self help genre.  Not exactly coffee table books nor the subject matter you want to display to your guests.

So here's what I used for this fun and easy project.  Notice I already applied a coat of Graphite chalk paint to the outside of each book?  Let's face it, some neurosis just need to be kept private!

Painting hardcover books for home decor before

I applied two thinned coats of Graphite to completely cover the titles as well as the exposed pages followed by a thin coat of Old White. After it dried I sanded the books to reveal the Graphite underneath. Next I attached the self-adhesive stencils that I purchased at Michaels to each spine and cover and pounced Graphite over them. Once dry I carefully (using tweezers) removed the stencils and lightly sanded over the graphics to give them a worn look.

Painting hardcover books using chalkpaint and stencils

When I applied the clear wax they took on a wooden box appearance and I just love it!  Using a lint free cloth I rubbed dark wax on the spines, edges, corners, and exposed pages where they would naturally age over time.

Painting hardcover books and giving them the appearance of wooden boxes

Hardcover books painted and stenciled for home decor

And there you have it - an easy peasy way to decorate your table tops, book cases or in my case to use as photo props!

Hardcover books painted and stenciled After

October 20, 2014

Old Violet's Side Kick {The Dining Table}

Vintage Dining Table Makeover

Remember a couple of weeks ago I introduced you to Old Violet?

Vintage Sideboard Buffet Before and After

Well Old Violet came with siblings and I just finished giving one of them a matching makeover.

Vintage Dining Table Makeover After

This is what IT (I didn't name this piece) looked like before the makeover. It also was a little rough around the edges, had a few scars, and was showing it's age. A testament again, like Old Violet, that they lived life to the fullest!

Vintage Dining Table makeover Before

This baby needed some orbital sander treatment and some scratch and nick repair.  Like the sideboard I painted the base and skirt with Old White chalk paint and then lightly distressed it.

Vintage Dining Table Makeover painted with Old White chalkpaint and distressed

The casters were all intact and working fine but they looked pretty beat up and rusty.  After giving them a scrub I rubbed them with silver buff, letting some of the rusty goodness seep through.

Vintage Dining Room Makeover casters rubbed with silver buffing wax

The top was painted in French Linen chalk paint. Table tops get so much wear and tear that rather than using a clear wax finish I applied a couple of layers of Tough Coat. Once dry I brushed on some dark wax and removed the excess.

Vintage Dining Table with top painted in French Linen chalk paint

Of course I couldn't stop there.  I decided to add an element of surprise when the extension leaf was flipped open.  I transferred and hand painted the same graphic that I used on Old Violet.

Vintage Dining Table with hand painted graphic on the extension leaf

Here's a close up.

Vintage Dining Table close up of hand painted graphic

With the extension leaf the table seats 8. (I apologize for my crappy makeshift back drop.  I had to take the photos downstairs where I don't have a wall to be had to use as a back drop.)

Vintage Dining Table Makeover with flip top extension leaf to seat 8

Without the extension leaf the table seats 6.  Again I apologize for the back drop (must fix this problem).  Anyone have any suggestions?   What do you use, besides a wall, for your back drop?

Vintage Dining Table Makeover without extension leaf to seat 6

Next on the workbench queue is the last of Old Violet's siblings.  Sadly only four survived!

Vintage Dining Table chairs Before Makeover

October 18, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {October 18, 2014}

Hope you're having a great weekend everyone! I'm on the hunt for some dining chairs and unique hardware so I'm spending mine thrift diving - my favorite past time. A brand new thrift store opened in our town Hamlet recently and I'm looking forward to scoping it out this weekend.

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!

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:
How To Craft a Halloween vignette & a scary skull pumpkin
EASY SCARY SPIDER PUMPKIN WITH DECOUPAGE OR GLITTER GLASS
by Fresh Idea Studio
JEN'S PICK:
Decorative Halloween Pumpkin Project Final
DECORATIVE HALLOWEEN PAINTED PUMPKINS by Anything & Everything
MEGIN'S PICK:

MID CENTURY MODERN CREDENZA WITH A WHITE GLOSSY TOP by The Weathered Door
SHELLY'S PICK:
Pink Flamingo Pumkin by Paper and Fox
PINK FLAMINGO PUMPKIN by Paper & Fox
KATIE'S PICK:
Candy Corn Trifle, layers of pudding, cake and whipped cream to make an easy, festive Fall dessert! - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #SnackPackMixins #shop
CANDY CORN TRIFLE by This Silly Girl's Life
ERIN'S PICK:

CURVY HEADBOARD TO COAT RACK UPCYCLE by West Furniture Revival

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!
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October 15, 2014

The winds of change came with a melt down!

Fall backyard
Well guys, the plan was to have another pretty piece of furniture fresh off the workshop floor to share with you today.  Lord knows I tried but God, the Universe, my Higher Power decided I needed to learn a lesson instead and it came in the form of a complete melt down.

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Yesterday I woke up with a plan.  I jumped out of bed, enveloped with super human powers, lined up the phone booth with Frugalista aprons, brewed some extra bold, and was ready to fly.  As I went about my mad dashes to and from the phone booth changing from Workshop Apron to Sewing Apron, to Cooking Apron, to Blogging Apron, to Painting Apron, and back to Workshop Apron panic started to set in.  The Cleaning Apron and Laundry Apron were still hanging untouched and the day was breezing by.  By the time Mr. Frugalista got home from work I was a force to be reckoned with.
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"Supper, I don't have time for supper can't you see I'm up to my @$ in alligators here! In case you haven't noticed I don't run on a 9 - 5 schedule. I'll eat when I have time". The poor man, more often than not he comes home to no supper on the table and quietly goes about preparing our evening meal without complaint.

At twelve midnight all the lights are off in the house but the usual glow from my office.  He cautiously peers inside to see what all the racket is about.  I'm hunched over my sewing machine ripping the seam I tore apart three times before, stripped down to my bra with menopausal sweat dripping down my neck, and a glass of Chardonnay, he asks if I'm alright.

Let me preface this by saying I'm so lucky to have a patient, kind, empathetic, devoted husband who has willingly stuck it out for 27 years.  To say I had a moment would be an understatement.


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As uncomfortable as it is to admit and share with you all, I've got to keep it real!

What was the impetus for my break down?  That I didn't have a blog post to share with you this week.  My head was racing with thoughts like;  I'm going to loose readers if I don't have at least two posts per week.  Who's going to want to come to my corner of the blogosphere if I have nothing to share? All the other bloggers are producing beautiful project posts multiple times per week so why can't I?  All the other bloggers are actively engaged in social media so why can't I seem to find the time?  Yadda yadda yadda

So what did my melt down come to teach me?  Besides bursting the delusion that I'm 30 someth'n.
  1. Comparing myself to others is a dangerous and No Win path to walk down.
  2. I can't work 7 days per week and come out sane.
  3. Existing behind my four walls, most day in my pajamas, is malnourishing my spirit.
  4. My body can't survive on coffee and grazing. 
  5. I need to regain balance by spending some time outdoors with nature.
  6. "Real time" relationships aren't going to wait around until I have time.
  7. Admitting that I'm struggling with recently becoming an empty nester - I miss my babies!
  8. Not being 150% engaged in my social media platforms isn't a mortal sin.
  9. The world won't end if I don't have at least 1 blog post per week.
  10. And that multi-tasking isn't my thang!

I also learned...
  1. I am blessed and grateful for being able to earn a living doing what I love!
  2. I am blessed to be actively engaged in my creative passion.
  3. I am blessed to have a husband that supports my blogging and furniture refinishing business.
  4. I am blessed to have two beautiful children who have become fine young adults who I adore and am so proud of.
  5. I am blessed to have wonderful loving and supportive people in my life.
I appreciate each and every one of my readers and I hope you understand those weeks when I'm only posting once that I'm probably off somewhere recharging my batteries!  I'll most likely be spending it enjoying the seasonal views from my back yard.

Fall back yard

Winter back yard

Spring back yard

Summer back yard

October 11, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {October 11, 2014}

Hello everyone,
I hope you've had a great start to the month of October!  For someone who dislikes Fall I'm sure enjoying the colors of the season.  I'm also enjoying all the creative Fall décor being showcased in the blogosphere these days.  I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been up to so without further adieu... 
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!

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:
Halloween Wreath using a salvaged cabinet door
HALLOWEEN WREATH {FROM A CABINET DOOR} by Confessions Of A Serial DIYer
JEN'S PICK:
These Dulce de Leche Blondies are perfectly chewy and filled with a gooey caramel center. You might want to make a double batch, because these babies go fast!
DULCE DE LECHE BLONDIES  by Belle Of The Kitchen
MEGIN'S PICK:
painted pumpkin with vintage door knob
PAINTED FAUX PUMPKIN WITH VINTAGE DOOR KNOBS by Robb Restyle
SHELLY'S PICK:
Apostrophe6
CRAFT NIGHT WITH APOSTROPHE-S by Mabey She Made It
KATIE'S PICK:

FRENCH CHAIR - GREEN GRAIN SACK FABRIC by D. D.'s Cottage and Design
ERIN'S PICK:
Shabby Chic Fall Wreath Tutorial
SHABBY CHIC FALL WREATH TUTORIAL by The Painted Hinge

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!
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