July 30, 2014

Vintage Medicine Cabinet Gets Some Pretty

Several weeks ago on a cold windy day Mr. Frugalista and I braved the elements and took our first trip to the Ross Creek Market located east of where we live.  Wow, talk about treasure hunting!  Some vendors have sheds with cute verandas and others large Quonsets filled with goodies. Way at the back of one of them I set eyes on this old chippy vintage medicine cabinet and I knew it had to come home with me!  


This thing has so many layers of chippy crackled paint but it was the vintage mirror glass that made me swoon.


Considering it's age I didn't want to risk sanding away the chipped paint. Instead I gave it a fresh coat of Vanilla Frosting chalk paint and sealed it with two layers of Tough Coat by Country Chic Paint™. Once that dried I rubbed dark wax into all the cracks to honor it's vintage goodness.


The vintage mirror glass was screaming for an etched graphic.  I've never etched glass before but it was a breeze with Martha Stewart Crafts™ Etching Cream and a stencil that I had on hand.


Then came time to play on the inside...I call it "Mustard and Ketchup"!


I painted the interior with a mixture of Fresh Mustard and Simplicity White chalk paint by Country Chic Paint™.  The shelves were painted with Emperor's Silk Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™.  After two layers of Tough Coat I randomly rubbed in dark wax.  


Then I lined the back of the mirror with vintage scrapbook paper - so..."lovely"!  I gave the back of the mirror an even coat of Modge Podge™ as well as the back of the paper (after I cut it to size).


This would look great in a cottage style bathroom or as a spice cabinet in a farmhouse kitchen, wouldn't you agree?

July 27, 2014

Gigantic Vera Bradley Giveaway

Oh my gosh my friend Wendi from H20 Bungalow put together this amazing Vera Bradley Giveaway to share with you all.  There's 13 beautiful pieces up for grabs - a retail value of $600.00!   Take a peak at each piece below and be sure to enter the Giveaway afterwards by using the Rafflecopter provided at the bottom of this post.
Good Luck!
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A fun group of color happy bloggers got together and sponsored this fantastic Gigantic Vera Bradley Giveaway.

What would you do with 13 fun, colorful indulgent vera Bradley pieces? Keep them all? Share with a friend? Be practical and give as Christmas gifts? 

When you're feeling the need for fun and sporty we've gotcha covered with the Jazzy Blooms Pattern.

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Jazzy Blooms pattern ensemble includes - Visor, water bottle, Small Mesh Tote, Organizer, Photo Frame 

Getting ready for work or travel will be lots of fun with coordinated bags in the Island Blooms pattern.

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Island Blooms pattern ensemble includes - Kisslock Wallet, Whitney Purse, Laptop Travel Bag

Just because you can never have enough play time. Any on the go girl will be ready with these English Meadow pieces.

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English Meadow Pattern ensemble includes - Tech organizer, Slim Tote and Black Wristlet (wristlet not pictured).

The sales associate told us that this trendy bag is super popular...and it's so good looking too!

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Ribbons Pattern ensemble includes - Eloise Purse, Quick Swipe Wallet

Pssst. There's extra entry points for tweeting about the Vera Bradley giveaway and you can earn them everyday!
This giveaway will be open from 7/28/14 12:05am until 8/3/14 8pm EST. This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents, winner must be 18 years old, void where prohibited. Click the Rafflecopter below for a copy of the full terms.
This giveaway is not affiiated with or sponsored by Vera Bradley.
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July 26, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {July 26, 2014}

Hello everybody!  While this party is in full swing I'm enjoying some down time in Victoria, British Columbia and enjoying views like this.  My favorite driftwood seat has been beckoning and I plan on spending many a morning relaxing on it with a Starbucks in hand enjoying the view and the ocean breeze with Mr. Frugalista.

So while I'm soaking up the sun and the fresh sea air, 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!

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:
BEACHY CHEST OF DRAWERS by The Curator's Collection

JEN'S PICK:

DIY NO SEW BENCH CUSHION by Old House to New Home

MEGIN'S PICK:
PAINTING AN UPHOLSTERED CHAIR by DIY Beautify

SHELLY'S PICK:
JUNK YARD STEP CHAIR REDO by Redo It Yourself Inspirations

KATIE'S PICK:
DIY FAMILY COMMAND CENTER by Salt and Pepper Moms

ERIN'S PICK:
NO CHURN PEACH AND RASPBERRY ICE CREAM by The Casual Craftlete

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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July 24, 2014

Guest Post: Subway Sign for the Firepit

Today I'm honored to be guest posting at A Peek Into My Paradise.  This is my first time guest posting on Cathy's blog so I'm pretty excited!

I'm sharing a fun Subway Sign for the Firepit that I made to hang on our fence near the seating area of our backyard firepit.

How to make a subway sign for your backyard firepit.

I share step-by-step instructions, including how to age new wood, so you too can make your own firepit sign.  Click Here to see the post.

July 21, 2014

Small Decorative Trunk {Makeover}

I thought I would share another awesome score from my neighbor's garage sale a few weeks ago.  I'm a sucker for trinket boxes and small trunks so when I saw this small decorative trunk sitting on one of the tables I grabbed it.

Small decorative trunk makeover AFTER

Here is what it looked like when I bought it.  A wooden scalloped base and faux snake skin body that needed some TLC.

Small decorative trunk makeover Before

I contemplated giving the base a fresh coat of dark stain and polishing the faux snake skin back to it's original lustre because the colors worked well in my living room.  But then I could see it in a crisp white finish and so I went with it.

Small decorative trunk makeover After

The exterior was painted in Simplicity White and the details in Elegance, both chalk paint from Country Chic Paint.  After a coat of clear wax I rubbed dark wax into the all crevices and it instantly took on an antiqued look.  Love it!

This is what the inside of the box looked like.

Small decorative trunk makeover inside before

I painted the entire inside of the trunk with Elegance.  To add a little surprise when you opened the lid I stenciled a Fleur De Lis and then dark waxed it to give it an antiqued finish.  

Small decorative trunk makeover inside the lid After

To pretty the inside up a little more I lined the bottom with vintage scrapbook paper.

Small decorative trunk makeover After with the bottom lined in vintage scrapbook paper

I think it looks far prettier now than in its original state.  Don't you think it would look lovely sitting on a white chippy bedroom dresser, dining room sideboard or bookcase?

Small decorative trunk After

July 19, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {July 19, 2014}

We're having a heat wave here in the most northern city of North America. They tend not to last very long so I'm soaking up (pun intended) every second of it! I'm over here doing the Happy Dance so let's have a party...
another DIY Sunday Showcase Party!
As it does each and every week, it was hard to pick our favorites. If you didn't make our TOP 6 Features be sure to check out ourDIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest because your link just 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:
DRESSER MAKEOVER by Forever Decorating

Jen's Pick:

FIRE PIT SWING SET by Mother's Home

Megin's Pick:
MASON JAR BIRD FEEDER by Little House Living

Shelly's Pick:
QUEEN ANNE SECRETARY DESK by D.D.'s Cottage and Design

Katie's Pick:
DIY SUMMER BURLAP WREATH by Kennary

Erin's Pick:
DIY OMBRE CEMENT CANDLE HOLDERS by Homey Oh My!

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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