October 01, 2014

Halloween Crafting Made Easy!

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I've taken several online classes with Craftsy and have never been disappointed.  They are so easy to follow and you can do them at your own pace.  Like me, you could download the Craftsy app on your iPad or iPhone and watch the videos from the convenience of your craft table.

Have fun crafting and...

September 29, 2014

Pedestal Medallion Table

Recently my awesome neighbour, who has given me a treasure trove of goodies, sent this small oak table my direction. I love a pedestal table and was thrilled to get it. I've been itching to do a makeover using a combination of Paris Grey and Pure White and so I decided to transform this little guy into a masculine Pedestal Medallion Table.

Round pedestal medallion table after a masculine makeover

Here is what it looked like before the makeover.

Round oak table Before

After cleaning it with a liquid sander/deglosser I painted the entire table in Paris Grey.

Round oak table painted with Paris Grey chalk paint

Then I dry brushed Pure White over the base and feet and gave it a bit of sanding to reveal the Paris Grey underneath.  I decided the top was begging for a graphic and thanks to the Graphics Fairy I had the perfect medallion saved in my graphics file.

Printing a medallion graphic to use on furniture

I hopped on over to BlockPoster and enlarged it to the size I needed.

Enlarging a medallion graphic to fit on a table top

Then using graphite paper I traced the image onto the center of the table and hand painted the details with thinned Graphite color chalk paint.

Transferring a medallion graphic onto a table with graphite paper

Happy with the results I went ahead and added clear wax to the entire table and brought it upstairs to photograph.  That's when I learned a hard lesson in not prepping a piece properly! 

Unhappy with finish on table after applying clear wax

You can see in the photo above that the top was showing terribly in the natural light.  To say I was disappointed would be an understatement!  So back down to the workshop it went and I took my mouse sander to it.  It helped but because oak is such a grainy wood I would have had to sand it down to the bare veneer and loose the graphic that I painstakingly hand painted.  Not going to happen!

I repainted the top carefully around the graphic and it looked better but not perfect.  Having little choice I decided to embrace it's imperfections and have a party with dark wax!

The skies parted and the angels sang as the Paris Grey took on a darker tone and provided a stronger contrast with the Pure White.  Liking it so much I decided to paint the feet Paris Grey.  Now this is the sweet thing about chalk paint, you can paint right over wax!  

Pedestal table painted with Paris Grey and Pure White chalk paint

I don't mind how the dark wax settled into the unevenness of the top because it adds...ahem...character.  Yeah that's it, character!

Round pedestal table After with painted medallion graphic

Now it's time to bid this little fella a fond farewell and find it a new home.

Round pedestal medallion table makeover After

September 27, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase and Party {September 27, 2014}

My creativity went on a little vacation and I was getting worried that it left home for good. Thankfully I managed to lure it back with some new craft supplies.  Whew!  What I managed to make this week...

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:

STAIN PAINTED ACCENT TABLE by Redo It Yourself Inspirations

JEN'S PICK:

Fall Burlap Wreath Final
FALL BURLAP WREATH by Anything & Everything DIY Blog

MEGIN'S PICK:
Entryway decorated for fall
RUSTIC CHIC FALL ENTRY WAY by Home Remedies

SHELLY'S PICK:
DIY Upcycled/Recycled Rusty Pipe Lamp
DIY UPCYCLED PIPE LAMP by Scavenger Chic

KATIE'S PICK:
Mint Chair with Gold Wax
MINT CHAIR WITH GOLD WAX by BrePurposed

ERIN'S PICK:

CARDBOARD CASTLE by SimpleJoys

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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September 25, 2014

Tin Pumpkin Art

Have you wondered if I fell off the face of the earth?  Oh man, my creativity went into hiding for several weeks.  Thank goodness I was able to lure it back out with new craft supplies!  I had a fun afternoon playing with some sheet metal and paint to create this Tin Pumpkin Art.

Tin PumpKin Art close-up photo


Pumpkin Art made with tin and some copper aging solution

Here are the supplies I used...

Supplies to make Tin Pumpkin Art

I found Mr. Frugalista's college diploma tucked away in a tub in the storage room but I really wanted the frame and the mat for this project.  I figured if he's had his diploma stuffed in the bowels of the storage room for several decades then it's free pick'ns!

After a coat of shellac I painted the frame a few coats of Graphite followed by a couple of coats of Old White chalk paint.  I lightly distressed it so the Graphite would show underneath.  Fail!  It sanded straight through to the cherry wood so I went with it.

Next I lined the inside of the frame backing with burlap leftover from a table runner I cut up for another project.

Attaching burlap for the background of the tin pumpkin art

Now the fun stuff began.  I cut some sheet metal we had kicking around the workshop with my made for giants tin snips.

Cutting sheet metal with tin snips to make tin pumpkin art

Then I used carbon paper to transfer my pumpkin image onto the tin.

Tracing pumpkin image onto sheet metal for tin pumpkin art

After I carefully cut out the pumpkin with my over sized tin snips (that was fun) I painted it with two coats of Metal Effects Primer.

Metal Effects Primer on tin pumpkin art

Next I painted two coats of Metal Effects Copper paint (sorry about the blurry image).  Then I dipped a small paint brush into some Metal Effects Green Patina Aging Solution and dabbed it onto the leaf portion of the pumpkin.

Metal Effects Copper Paint for tin pumpkin art

And after a few minutes this is what it looked like.  Love this stuff!  With Sophisticated Finishes Blackened Bronze Metallic Surfacer and a Q-tip, I drew the outline around the leaf and the pumpkin details.

Metal Effects Green Patina Aging Solution on leaves of tin pumpkin art

I wrapped some green twine around the pumpkin stem and hot glued a strand leading to the leaf (using the pumpkin graphic as my guide). I had some wooden letters kicking around in my craft supplies and painted them with the Metal Effects Primer for a matt finish.

Attaching green twine and wooden letters to tin pumpkin art

I popped it into my Mr. Frugalista's frame and voila!  I over exposed the shot below so you could see the metallic finish on the pumpkin.


Copper tin pumpkin art

I'm quite pleased with my first creative adventure since being M.I.A.  It looks great on the fireplace mantle with the Fall décor!

Tin Pumpkin Art on display with Fall decor

The first words out of Mr. Frugalista's mouth when he got home from work was, "what the heck did you do with my college diploma"?  So I gave him an innocent smirk and batted my eyes a few times and all was well in the Frugalista household!

September 20, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {September 20, 2014}

Mother Nature has been a little confused in these parts.  We went from Snow last week to +27°C this week.  Is it Winter...is it Summer?  We don't seem to get the in between.
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:
Fall door decor made with branches and berries.  Average But Inspired
TWIGS AND BERRIES FALL DOOR DECOR by Average But Inspired

JEN'S PICK:

Halloween Footprint Sign | Home. Made. Interest.
HALLOWEEN FOOTPRINT SIGN by Home Made Interest

MEGIN'S PICK:
Check out this amazing DIY post on creating Pumpkins with Realistic Looking Stems | www.andersonandgrant.com
DIY PUMPKINS WITH REALISTIC LOOKING STEMS by Anderson & Grant

SHELLY'S PICK:

ON DESIGNING A BOY'S ROOM {Our "Train" Of Thought} by The Heathered Nest

KATIE'S PICK:
Campaign Style Storage Crate 2
CAMPAIGN STYLE WOOD STORAGE CRATE WITH CASTERS by Houseologie

ERIN'S PICK:
Bean Pumpkin, Delineate Your Dwelling #triangles #geometric #fall
BEAN PUMPKIN by Delineate Your Dwelling

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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