August 25, 2014

A white headboard with a touch of Elegance!

During one of our treasure hunts back in the Spring I set eyes on this headboard tucked behind several others. Mr. Frugalista gave me that are you really sure you want this look because he could see we were going to have to work for it.

White caned back headboard after a makeover

Most people would walk right by it but all I saw was it's caned beauty and how pretty it would look in white. Suddenly I have the urge to break out in song  ♫ Here Comes The Bride...♪   

Thrifty caned headboard before a makeover

It's already looking 100% better after just the first coat.

Thrifty caned headboard after the first coat of white paint

I love how cane looks painted white - so fresh.

Close up picture of the cane on the headboard painted white

Then I added a touch of Elegance.  Suitable name - I love this color! 

Close up of the white headboard with Elegance color chalk paint

So did my client who commissioned me to paint the headboard to match the Arabesque Side Table I made over a few months ago.  

Matching Arabesque side table to compliment the headboard

I didn't distress the headboard to reveal the dark wood underneath because it had a glossy finish. Instead I antiqued it with dark wax. 

Close up of antiquing with dark wax

I think the white headboard and night stand compliment each other quite nicely!

White caned headboard After with matching side table

Hopefully I can find another headboard similar to this during one of my treasure hunts.  I think it would make a beautiful day bed with a ruffle skirt and loads of pretty pillows.

White headboard AFTER

The day I found this headboard I also picked up two more.  They are waiting to be transformed into garden benches.

August 23, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {August 23, 2014}

As summer sadly comes to a close and before the Autumn chill fills the air, this girl is sneaking in one more beach vacation.  So while we get this party started, I offer you a toast from the beautiful Okanagan Valley!

Let's have a party...
another DIY Sunday Showcase Party!
You guys are a talented bunch and it gets harder and harder each week 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!

The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00pm CST and runs until the following Wednesday.
Meet the Hosts:


ICE CREAM CHAIRS by our own Forever Decorating


Fall Mason Jar Vases final
FALL MASON JAR VASES by Anything & Everything

Gold Duck Tape Necklace, Delineate Your Dwelling #knockoff #anthropologie
GOLD DUCK TAPE NECKLACE  by Delineate Your Dwelling



CRATE PAINTING by Bohemian Junktion


GEOMETRIC HEADBOARD FOR UNDER $100.00 by The Weathered Door

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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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August 21, 2014

New windows and an exterior renovation design for our humble abode

I'm so excited to share this post with you guys today.  For 15 years I've been patiently moaning and groaning about wanting new windows and replacing the glass in the front door sidelites.  This house had triple pane pain windows - we're talking six panes of glass per window people!  Always such a joy dreaded event to clean.  To top it off they were aluminum sliders and during our brutal Canadian winters, forget about getting any fresh air because those babies were frozen solid.

At long last my wish has come true and we got those New Windows and a Front Door - no more sliders! Instead we have vinyl crank outs with "real" triple pane glass. The basement windows are sliders but they actually open without Herculean effort. It's hard to tell in the picture but the wide reed sidelite glass has been replaced with Rain glass and the front door with a Cheyenne Chamber Top Plank style and factory painted in Slate - love it!

After Picture of New Windows

Wish I would have taken close-up photos of our old windows.  I only had 15 years for crying out loud!

Before the new windows were installed.

I'm told by Mr. Frugalista that I'm no longer allowed to hang wreaths on the door.  Excuse e moi?  Thats like wearing a little black dress without the pearls...I don't think so!

Before new windows were installed on the rear of the house
Wondering what those swirly marks are on the siding above the basement windows?  In his teenage years our son decided a great way to get rid of mosquitoes was to spray OFF onto the house!  
After new windows were installed on the rear of the house

We had both the kitchen and bedroom windows enlarged and I love how they add symmetry to the back of the house. The piece de resistance is that I can lay on the bed now with an unobstructed view of our back yard. As for the bay window - I don't know how I lived without it all these years!
We have big plans for the interior finishing around both of these windows but more about that in a future post.

Now lets talk about that ugly mint green siding shall we...

Side view of exterior before renovations

The new windows make it look even worse. If we had the budget the siding would have been replaced with the windows. Unfortunately the reality is that we don't so we'll have to patiently count the sleeps until the Summer of 2015.

That gives us time to come up with an exterior renovation plan for our humble abode.  Mr. Frugalista and I would love to be living on the Canadian West Coast.  We both enjoy being near the water and living in landlocked Alberta is challenging killing our spirits - okay so I'm being over dramatic.  Moving isn't going to happen anytime soon so we decided if we can't live on the coast then we'll bring the coast to us!  

Inspired by homes we saw during a recent visit to Vancouver Island, we've come up with some ideas to incorporate coastal elements into the plan.

Exterior Renovation Design Board

Being a visual person I needed to see our ideas in living color so I came up with a few design plans.

Design Plan Side View
To break up the large span of siding on each side of the house we are thinking about adding cedar shakes to the upper portion of the gables. The perspective in this picture is a little wonky but you can get a good idea of what we're thinking about doing.  The color of the shakes in the picture are Slate to match the front door.

Exterior Renovation Design Plan for the gable ends of the house using cedar shakes and 6" beveled wood siding

Design Plan #1 in Beechwood siding and Mountain Shadow dry stack stone.

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #1 in Beechwood

Design Plan #2 in Autumn Gray

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #2 in Autumn Gray

Design Plan #3 in Driftwood Gray

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #3 in Driftwood Gray

Design Plan #4 in Rocky Gray

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #4 in Rocky Gray

Design Plan #5 in Corundum

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #5 in Corundum

Design Plan #6 in Cape Cod Taupe

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #6 in Cape Cod Taupe

Design Plan #7 in Chocolate with Carolina Coco Dry Stack Stone

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #7 in Chocolate

Design Plan #8 in Chocolate with dry stack stone above the door as well and white shutters.

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #8

Design Plan #9 in Beechwood with dry stack stone above the door.

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #9

There are too many options available and I'm feeling overwhelmed with the possibilities. If this were a client's house I'd come up with a design board lickity split but because it's my own home I'm loosing all objectivity.

If it were your house which design plan would you choose?

What do you think about the addition of a round port hole window above the door?

What do you think of adding stone above the door?

Do you have any other suggestions?

I would love to get your feedback so don't be shy!  Any suggestions you can throw into the mix would be much appreciated.

August 18, 2014

DIY Patio Water Wall

It's been a busy summer with projects around the exterior of our humble abode.  I'm excited to share with you the DIY WATER WALL we Mr. Frugalista built over the weekend.

When we built our patio to expand our outdoor living space this summer we designed it with the intention of incorporating a water feature.  I can only take credit for coming up with the idea and putting my two cents its my way or the highway into the design plan.  I was inspired by one I saw on Craftsy.  Mr. Frugalista and I went back and forth argued for weeks before we came up with a design that we were both I was happy with.

The original plan was to use a sheet of metal (preferably copper) for the water to run down but when Mr. Frugalista spotted these two panels of wide reed tempered glass for $15.00 a piece at our local home reusables store, our game plan quickly changed.

...and so it began, starting with a frame built with 2 x 2's for the base.

Then came building a box out of plywood to fit inside the frame.  This will house the pond pump, water, river rocks and support the glass on the bottom.

The box was inserted inside the frame.  You can see it is raised from the base.  This way we could get the height we wanted for the outer shell but use less water with a smaller trough.

Next wood slates were attached to the bottom of the trough to keep the glass panels straight.

The trough was lined with a waterproof pond liner and attached with staples.  Before Mr. Frugalista went further he tested it to ensure there were no leaks.

1' x 6' pressure treated deck boards were attached for the uprights on each side.

Next up was finishing the exterior of the box with cedar tongue and groove closet liner.

The base was trimmed with ripped cedar fence boards and 1" x 1" wood slats.  Then the tempered glass panels were inserted and centered into the base.

The pond pump lays on the bottom of the trough and long plastic tubing is attached and runs along the left upright where it meets an elbow and then runs along the top.  Holes were drilled into the tubing at the top only and spaced evenly for the water to run down the glass.
Tip 1:  The pond pump needs to be rated for the height in which the water has to travel (in our case it was 6 feet).
Tip 2:  The holes should be facing the glass and pointing slightly upwards in order to hit the glass and flow down it.
Tip 3:  The size of the drilled holes determines the strength of the water flow.
Tip 4:  Start with small holes and submerge the pump in water to test the flow.  Increase the size of the holes in increments until you have the flow you desire.

Once satisfied he then framed the uprights to conceal the tubing and framed the top to support the glass panels.  The bungie cord is to hold the two panes of glass in place while he framed up the sides and top.

Last but not least the entire frame was stained in a Behr semi-transparent Sagebrush Green to match our existing planters.

Here's a close up of the water trickling down the glass.  We choose a very soft trickle (smaller holes) and it makes such a relaxing sound as the water hits the rocks below.

Its only been a week since this project was completed but we can't sit on our deck or patio now without the Water Wall plugged in and running!  

We've decided it needs to be illuminated at night.  So we are now on the hunt for two small exterior floodlights to attach to the back of the base pointing upwards along the glass.  I'm so thrilled we went ahead with this idea and I can't wait to enjoy it both during the day and at night (pictures will be added).

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