August 29, 2015

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {August 29, 2015}

Wow, this week was another hard one to pick a favorite. I had so many favorites that it took a good half hour flipping back and forth between them all before I could narrow my choice down to just one. So much talent in the blogosphere!

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!

Come join us and share your favorite DIY Projects, Crafts, or Recipes.

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

MEET THE HOSTS

              

Jennifer at Pink When


Erin at My Crafty Spot

Wendi at H20 Bungalow

Alli at An Alli Event
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 PAINT A BRICK  POPCORN AND A MOVIE SIGN by Lake Girl Paints
I am still swooning over Deb's fabulous sign and want one for our basement media room!

JEN'S PICK:

dryer vent pumpkin
DRYER VENT PUMPKINS by You Brew My Tea

KATIE'S PICK:

rustic apples made from scrap wood 2x4 pieces
DIY SCRAP WOOD APPLES by Meatloaf and Melodrama

ERIN'S PICK:

Fresh Peach Tart | Cooking on the Front Burner
FRESH PEACH TART by Cooking On The Front Burner

WENDI'S PICK:


DIY TRUMEAU MIRROR by Patina Paradise

ALLI'S PICK:

my-repurposed-life-repurposed-buffet-coffee-station.jpg
COFFEE STATION REPURPOSED BUFFET by My Repurposed Life

If you've been featured here today copy our 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 in your link party page!
NEWDIYBUTTON So let's get this DIY Sunday Showcase Party started!



August 27, 2015

Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest Makeover

Today I was going to share a Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest Makeover that I could be proud of.  I took great pains in stripping the wood down to it’s natural finish and was dancing for joy with the beautiful dark walnut stained finish.

The Simplicity White chalk paint was fabulous too.  I was doing the happy dance when I had a nice crisp edge with absolutely no bleed through (thanks to Frog Tape) to my geometric pattern on the front.

Instead of sharing a beautiful MCM Cedar Chest with you today I’m bringing you the makeover from hell!

Que in the climactic music

MCM Cedar Chest makeover gone awry

Why, because the unthinkable happened (okay, I'm being a little over dramatic).

I decided to try out this Hemp Oil I've been hearing about all over the blogosphere.  If I can skip the step of labourously applying and buffing wax, why not!

I brushed it over the white chalk paint and was thrilled with the results.  I added a stencil to the top and was pretty proud of the overall look of the chest.

MCM Cedar Chest Makeover with stenciled top

Then everything went to hell in a handbasket.    

Que in more climactic music

MCM Cedar Chest dark walnut stain ruined with hemp oil

Perhaps the stain wasn't completely dry, despite it being over 24 hours since its application, or you can't use Hemp Oil over a stain.  If anyone knows the answer to this, I'd love it if you shared in the comment section.

But that lovely Hemp Oil proceeded to turn that beautiful dark walnut stain into liquid goo that dribbled down my perfect painted geometric pattern.     

Insert crying here and few expletives.

MCM Cedar Chest painted geometric pattern ruined from stain bleed

Every attempt I made to repair the mess made it worse. I had the stain on paint and paint on wood. Not willing to admit defeat, bound and determined to get er done, I persisted in my feebish attempt to make her pretty.

MCM Cedar Chest makeover stained finish gone awry

Look how awful the finish is on the stain...and this is after my attempt to fix the mess.  You can see a dribble line on the foot in the picture below.

MCM Cedar Chest walnut stain gone awry

So guess what I'm doing today? Stripping the entire front of the chest and re-painting and staining it.

MCM Cedar Chest makeover after it went awry

I won't stop until I know the finish is perfect.  Then the stain is getting my trusted polyurethane finish.

Oh, I almost forgot, this is what the chest used to look like...

MCM Cedar Chest Before

I know many of you who upcycle furniture have been there...done that...got the t-shirt.

I'd love to hear your project from hell stories!

August 25, 2015

Easy DIY Faux Fireplace Insert With Real Logs

Hi guys, remember last week I shared how I tweaked a Vintage Sideboard that I was having trouble selling?  I'm happy to report that it worked - I have viewings scheduled for this week!

I'm embarrassed to admit keeping it real, I had one other piece that just wasn't moving.  A Faux Fireplace that we upcycled from a vintage headboard.  My guess wasn't moving because I was selling it without candles or an insert.  Perhaps it was difficult to image what to put inside or too time-consuming to shop for something suitable.

So I took care of that problem with an Easy DIY Faux Fireplace Insert With Real Logs.

DIY Real Log Faux Fireplace Insert

This is the headboard before we upcycled it into a Faux Fireplace.

Vintage Headboard before upcycled into a faux fireplace

Those of you in my age group will probably remember, or had one growing up, a headboard like this with the sliding cubby doors.  This one is extra special because it has pretty stained glass doors.

If you missed my post where I share how we transformed the headboard you can see it here Faux Fireplace.

The How To
We foraged through the wood pile in our back yard to find some logs that stacked well together.

Wood Piles = Mice

Mice = Screaming Woman Running Down The Street

Thankfully no mouse was found in the making of this firelog insert!

Assembling logs to make a faux fireplace insert

After we found the perfect log configuration we flipped the stack upside down and screwed them all together using 8 x 2" construction screws.

The logs are from an old tree that fell down in our backyard this Spring during an unwelcomed snow storm.  The cut ends of each log were still green so I aged them with "giggle juice".  I always have a batch at the ready in a sealed container.

Giggle Juice Recipe:
Grade #0000 Steel Wool soaked in apple cider vinegar.
Apply using a sponge or brush.
Reapply until you reach the desired aged appearance.

Next we burrowed holes into the logs to insert glass votive candleholders using a 2 1/2" Hole Saw Bit attached to the drill.

Creating holes in the logs to hold glass votive candleholders

For safety reasons, I placed battery operated tea lights into each holder.

Real Log Insert with votive tea lights for a Faux Fireplace

I like the juxtaposition of the faux fireplace with real fire logs.

Real Log fireplace insert for a faux fireplace using battery operated tealight candles

One side of the faux fireplace...

Left side of Faux Fireplace with Real Fire Log Insert

...and the other side.

Left side of Faux Fireplace with Real Log Insert

So which picture do you think makes this fireplace more sellable?

A)  How it was listed the first time with a notice that accessories were not included?
Cancelled Faux Fireplace Listing

B)  How it will be listed the second time?
New Faux Fireplace Listing

Here it is with the candles glowing...

DIY Faux Fireplace with Real Log DIY Insert

With Fall being right around the corner I am hoping this will sell soon.


August 22, 2015

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {August 22, 2015}

I can't believe how fast the week went! Wasn't it just yesterday that I posted the last party? It's been a great week of partying around here. On Tuesday I turned 39 another year closer to 60 but whose counting. Madonna is two days older than me, Ellen DeGeneres a few months, and look at them! So I'm in good company. Before we head over to the party I thought I'd start with a beautiful bouquet of roses. Mr. Frugalista surprised me with them for my birthday - I just love the colors. So while I'm still in party mode lets get this one started shall we!



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!

Come join us and share your favorite DIY Projects, Crafts, or Recipes.

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

MEET THE HOSTS

              

Jennifer at Pink When


Erin at My Crafty Spot

Wendi at H20 Bungalow

Alli at An Alli Event
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:

On Fern Avenue
BABY CHANGING TABLE TURNED RUSTIC ISLAND by On Fern Avenue
The transformation Lynn gave this piece is fabulous.  The painted wood planks are lovely but you should see what did on the front!

JEN'S PICK:

Beer-Soaked Oven Fries with Rosemary & Garlic - LexiBites.com
BEER-SOAKED GARLIC & ROSEMARY FRIES by Lexi Bites

KATIE'S PICK:

Vintage Map Suitcase
HOW TO UPCYCLE VINTAGE SUITCASES WITH MAPS by Pillar Box Blue

ERIN'S PICK:

Chalkboard Buffet diy
DIY CHALKBOARD BUFFET by Scavenger Chic

WENDI'S PICK:

pallet wood sign
DIY PALLET WOOD & GALVANIZED STEEL SIGN by All Things Heart & Home

ALLI'S PICK:

Locky 6
BARNYARD BIRTHDAY PARTY by Pastels & Macarons

If you've been featured here today copy our 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 in your link party page!
NEWDIYBUTTON So let's get this DIY Sunday Showcase Party started!