April 24, 2015

Let there be light {Phase Two of our Dining Room Makeover}

I finally have an update on Phase Two of our Dining Room Makeover. Between a new grandbaby, Easter, and life in general, it's been a slow process but alas the Dining Room Built-In China Cabinet Makeover is complete!

Dining Room Makeover Phase Two

If you've been following me then you know this room makeover is an attempt to get rid of all the brown-on-brown tones going on in the room. Phase One of this makeover was about adding some visual interest to the long wall. We're so pleased with how much it brightened the room and gives the illusion that the room is much larger than it is.

Here is what our dining room has looked like for the last three years (minus the mess on the table). Yawn!

Dining Room Makeover Before

It's amazing what a can of paint and some elbow grease can do to completely transform a room.

Dining Room Makeover Phase Two After

Phase Three of this makeover series will be replacing the furniture. The original set that you see in the Before picture is going to our daughter. The set in the After picture is a Vintage Dining Table and Vintage Dining Chairs I gave a makeover to several months ago.

On a whim we brought it upstairs to see what it would look like in this space.  Being a couple of old farts in our 50's there was no way we were hauling that sucker back downstairs so we decided to use it for Easter Dinner, where it remains.  I don't think it works in this space and so it's For Sale in my Etsy Shop.

I have BIG plans for furniture in this space...all thrift store and DIY items but more about that in future posts.

Chalk painting the bead board china cabinet back Luscious Lime

Like the Antique Radio Cabinet where I added pretty green paper to the back, I decided to give the same pop of color to our built-ins. Instead of paper I chalked painted the bead board in the color Luscious Lime by Country Chic Paint. I applied the paint with random brush strokes to get an uneven affect and then went over it with White Wax.

Luscious Lime chalk painted china cabinet back

I just love the rustic look of the paint and how everything in the cabinet pops!

China Cabinet Back After

By fluke the green in our vintage china matches beautifully.

I forgot the Cuss Box was in there before taking the photo.  It sat in my Grandmother's kitchen growing up and whenever we came for a visit my Father would have it filled!  I haven't a clue why I ended up with it *blush* but let's just say that if I used it for it's intended purpose, we could go on a Hawaiian holiday every winter!

Closet up of Luscious Lime chalk painted china cabinet back

We removed the Valance between both cabinets. I never liked it and thought it dated the piece. Instead we wrapped a heavy crown around the top of each unit.

Built In China Cabinet removing the valance and adding crown moulding

We painted the entire unit white to brighten up the space.  I love the look of white cabinets and three years ago we painted our kitchen cabinets white so now this unifies them as both can be seen from the living room.

Painting the Built In China Cabinet White

We decided to keep the top stained Dark Walnut.  I love the juxtaposition between the two fnishes.

Staining the Built In China Cabinet Base Dark Walnut

I couldn't justify replacing the bronze hardware we purchased when refinishing the kitchen cabinets. I didn't want a high contrast between the hardware and the cabinets and so I spray painted the existing pulls with Rustoleum Primer White and distressed the raised details to reveal some of the bronze underneath.

Bronze China Cabinet Pulls spray painted Primer White and distressed

Once again here is the Before and After.

Built In China Cabinet Before and After

I can't wait until the new new to us furniture is finished and in this space. It will pull this room together.

April 23, 2015

Vintage Blog Of The Week Feature

I'm so excited to share that I have been chosen as Vintage Blog Of The Week by Diana at Adirondack Girl @ Heart.  

Adirondack Girl @ Heart

Diana has featured some incredibly talented bloggers since launching this series and I'm honored to have my name included among them.  Please pop on over to Adirondack Girl @ Heart to check out my Feature and be sure to say hello.

Another weekly series at Adirondack Girl at Heart is Vintage Finds where Diana shares her weekly thrift store, garage and estate sale finds.  That girl can sniff out some fantastic vintage treasures!  

Thank you so much Diana, I appreciate you sharing The Interior Frugalista with your readers!

April 21, 2015

Change The Color NOT The Upholstery {A Painted Wing Chair}

Do you have a piece of furniture where the fabric is dated but in excellent condition?  Does your budget, like mine, not accommodate having it reupholstered?  Covering it with a slipcover is one option but did you know you can paint the upholstery?

Wing Chair Before, Slipcovered, and then painted with chalk paint

We purchased this wing chair at an auction several years ago and it's been the Go To Chair in our living room.  Burgundy was great in the 90's but not so much anymore, at least with our decorating scheme. Here is what it looked like before...

Wing Chair Before

I've been hiding the upholstery for the last couple of years with a white and red ticked linen slipcover. While it made an improvement it never fit snug and drove me crazy how the fabric shifted around after someone had been sitting in it.

I contemplated altering the slipcover for a snugger fit or sewing a custom one but that just felt too overwhelming.  As we've been adding more white and Chartreuse into our living and dining room the slipcover was looking washed out.

Wing Chair slipcovered

If you've been following my blog you may remember that I painted a French Provincial Chair from gold to Old White a few months ago.  I also painted an Antique Bergere Chair for a client last December.

Meet the Emperor's Silk Wing Back Chair using Annie Sloan™ Chalk Paint.

Wing Chair After being painted with Annie Sloan™ Chalk Paint in Emperor's Silk

I love the pink undertones in the red, not too pinky and not too red.  The color works fabulously with the reds already in the room along with the Chartreuse accent color.

Here are some close ups...

Close up of wing chair after being chalk painted

Wing Chair painted with Emperors Silk Chalk Paint Close up

These pictures were taken before applying a coat of clear wax which will deepen the color and soften the fabric to feel like leather.  I'm still waiting for the upholstery to completely dry before starting that process.

From Burgundy to Red a chalk painted wing chair

It took five coats to get rid of that burgundy color! What was my process?

Supplies for chalk painting upholstery

How To Chalk Paint Upholstery

I've used regular paint brushes in the past but my personal preference for upholstery is using my small Annie Sloan™ paint brush.
  1. Work in sections.
  2. Using a spray bottle dampen (not saturate) the fabric as you work.
  3. Have a pail of lukewarm water at your side.  First dip the tips of your brush into the water.
  4. Then dip the tips of your brush into the paint.
  5. Apply long even strokes moving sideways and up and down for good even coverage.
  6. Continue steps 1-5 until the entire surface has been painted.
  7. Wait at least 12 hours before applying your second coat and consecutive coats.
  8. This chair took me a week to complete because I applied five coats of paint.
  9. Let the upholstery dry completely (it may take a few days).
  10. Using a white lint free cloth or a wax brush (my preference) apply a light coat of clear wax.
  11. Wipe on and wipe off to soften the fabric.  I do not buff as I don't want a sheen.
Wing Chair Makeover using chalk paint

Chalk painted wing chair AFTER

I'm quite pleased with the transformation of our favorite chair!

Chalk painted wing chair and ottoman using Emperors Silk

I hope this has inspired you to attempt painting upholstery.  On Thursday I'll have the reveal of Phase Two of our dining room makeover!

Until then... 

April 18, 2015

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {April 18, 2015}

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I think these foam cherry blossoms that Gail made are just fabulous!

Easy Blueberry Cake with Lemon Whipped Cream Frosting

Builder-grade Laundry rooms get a Farmhouse Modern Makeover, oozing with charm! To see the reveal, visit DIY beautify

Wood Slice Hanging Planter

Clock Table from a Flea Market Find, diy, table makeover

stenciled leather coasters

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April 16, 2015

Vintage Vanity Makeover with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

Hi guys, I'm excited to be teaming up with Modern Masters again for this post. Last October I found this beat up Vintage Vanity at a local thrift store. It was a hot commodity with three of us wanting to take it home. I was doing the happy dance when I won the bidding war only because I had a vehicle that could transport it. The funny thing is that we had just come from the dealership to pick up my spanking new Mazda 5, a.k.a. Frugalista Mobile, and had it on it's maiden voyage when we decided to stop. Score!

When I set eyes on the vanity I knew instantly that I wanted to give it a Hollywood Glam meets Breakfast at Tiffanyesque makeover.

Hollywood Glam Vintage Vanity Makeover
Modern Masters provided the Metallic Platinum Silver Semi-Opaque paint for this makeover in exchange for a product review.  See my Disclosure Policy.

This is what the vanity looked like before the makeover.  I apologize for the poor quality image taken with my iPhone because I was too lazy to run upstairs and get my big girl camera.

Vintage Vanity before

Other than a couple of wonky drawers and a beat up top, it was in fairly good condition sans a matching bench.  After fixing the drawers and prepping the top it was time to give this baby a new lease on life, Hollywood style!

Modern Masters Matte Metallic Platinum Silver Paint is semi-opaque and so I gave the entire vanity a coat of Pebble Beach (grey) chalk paint first.

Vintage Vanity painted with Pebble Beach Chalk Paint

I let the chalk paint dry for about an hour and sanded it nice and smooth with a sanding block before applying the first coat of Matte Metallic Platinum Silver.  You can apply it with either a brush, sprayer, or roller. I chose the later using a 4 inch foam roller to achieve a smooth finish.

The paint went on like buttah.  I was surprised at how much coverage I got on the first coat considering it is a semi-opaque paint. To avoid getting lap marks I applied light pressure and made long even strokes while keeping a wet edge. A wet edge means going into what you just applied while it's still wet.

Ye of little patience and someone who predominantly works with fast drying chalk and milk paint, I was surprised by how quickly this paint dried.  It was ready for the next coat within 30 minutes.  It took three coats to get the coverage I wanted.  I let the last coat dry overnight before applying two coats of satin polycrylic.  It is recommended that you use Master Clear®Protective Clear Coat with the Modern Masters metallic paint line.

I was thrilled with the smooth finish I was getting.

Close up of finish using Modern Masters Silver Metallic Paint

To add some contrast I applied dark wax on all the trim details.
Dark Wax Tip: cut the bristles on an inexpensive chip brush down to half an inch.  This makes getting into all those tight crevices so much easier!

Vintage Vanity painted metallic with dark wax trim

What's a Hollywood Glam Makeover without some bling!  I cleaned up the original knobs and spray painted them in a Pearl Mist color.  Using E6000 glue I attached some pretty beads that I purchased at Michaels onto the middle of each knob.

Painting original hardware and adding beads to the center for added bling

So pretty!

Close up of pretty beaded knob on a Vintage Vanity

It still felt like something was missing and then I remembered a strand of pearl beads I had left over from another project.

I marked a line with a pencil onto the center of the middle drawer.  Again using E6000 glue I squeezed some onto my pencil line and attached the strand of pearls.  Once dry and tightly secured I cut the clear thread from the strand.

Adding a strand of craft pearls to the front of a vintage vanity

Like they say, beauty must come from within so I added a surprise pop of Tiffany Blue to the drawers and lined them with a pretty metallic polka dot paper.

Vintage Vanity drawers painted in Tiffany Blue

Vintage Vanity drawers lined with metallic polka dot paper

Tip for lining drawers:
Brush this magic in jar onto the back of the paper and bottom of the drawer. It gives you some play time to line the paper up nicely without wrinkles or air bubbles.

Unfortunately the vanity was missing the original bench.  I tried finding one online without success. Last weekend I did the happy dance when I found the perfect metal vanity stool that not only looks great but tucks nicely underneath when not in use.

Finding the perfect vanity stool for a Vintage Vanity

It's hard to see in these photos but the fabric has a pearl damask pattern. To unify the stool with the vanity I applied Silver Gilding Wax to the metal wrapped around the curly cues or whatever you call them.

Adding Silver Gilding Wax to the metal details on a vanity stool

Vintage Vanity Makeover Hollywood Glam with new vanity stool

I took these photos in our Media Room which just happens to have a Breakfast At Tiffany's movie poster on the wall.  Okay I'll be honest, it was the poster that inspired this makeover.

Vintage Vanity close up of mirror detail

I only used two thirds of a 32 fl oz jar of Modern Masters Metallic Paint to complete this project. Yay because that means I can play some more!

Vintage Vanity Goes Hollywood Glam

I quite enjoyed working with this paint and have so many ideas for using it on other projects.  There is an array of color options available in the Modern Masters Matte Metallics paint line.  I'm thinking Champagne would be very pretty.  I could go for a glass of bubbly right now to toast this fantastic makeover!

I hope it has inspired you to give something a Hollywood Glam Makeover! How would you use this product?