October 28, 2014

Old Violet {The Dining Chairs} Makeover

Remember Old Violet {A 70 Year Old Sideboard} and Old Violet's Sidekick {The Dining Table}? Well I just finished giving her siblings Old Violet {The Dining Chairs} a makeover.  Sadly only four survived after 70 years and they were hanging on for dear life.  Giving these guys some TLC would be an understatement but with determination stubbornness, like Humpty Dumpty, we were able to put them back together again,


Here is what they looked like before. The second chair from the left was missing the stretchers on the bottom so we used some from another chair as our template and rebuilt new ones. Some of the dowel joints had to be replaced and all the dowel joints were re-glued and clamped. The chair on the far right used to be an arm chair by the looks of it. We tightened the corner braces on all four chairs and replaced any stripped screws. Using a mouse sander I stripped the chairs down to the natural wood and then repaired numerous nicks and scratches.


The chairs were painted with three coats of Old White chalk paint and lightly distressed.


The splats were painted in French Linen chalk paint and dark waxed but of course I couldn't stop there.  I wanted to continue the French theme and so I stenciled a Fleur-de-lis on the back of each splat and lightly distressed them.

Wanting to upholster the seats with the same fabric I used to line Old Violet's drawers I went back to Fabricland (two different stores) in search of more of the fabric.  A gal on a mission I spent hours searching through what felt like hundreds of heavy bolts of fabric to find it.  I swear at one point I was ready to strip in the middle of the aisle because I was drenched in menopausal sweat!  After all that work there wasn't a metre to be had at either store.


I was doing the happy dance when I came across a bolt of this gorgeous striped fabric with colors that matched perfectly.  Exhausted by this point I plopped that fabric down on the cutting table, asked for 2 metres and joyously headed to the cashier.  "That'll be $95.00 please".  I can't repeat what spontaneously came blurting out of my mouth.    


I'm really pleased with the transformation of this 70 year old dining room ensemble.


It was a lot of work but I'm thrilled that I was able to give Old Violet and her siblings a new lease on life!


Here's a sneak peak at what's next on the workbench queue...


October 25, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {October 25, 2014}

It's an exciting day here at The Interior Frugalista.  Today we are picking up the brand spanking new Frugalistamobile!  Finally I have a vehicle that can haul thrifty finds...BIG thrifty finds.  This is a big deal at our house because we drive our vehicles until they die a slow agonizing death decide to retire. This one is replacing my 1999 Ford Taurus.  That poor Taurus was loaded to the max often - one time we managed to squeeze three headboards into the trunk!  Okay, they were sticking out the back end and hanging on for dear life with nothing but a bungie cord between them and the concrete but hey, they were flagged *wink*.

Mazda 5
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:
Living Room www.thepainteddrawer.com
MY LIVING ROOM AND A COST BREAKDOWN
by The Painted Drawer
Suzanne's gorgeous makeover looks magazine worthy and would you believe she spent under $500.00 using thrifty finds that she transformed!

JEN'S PICK:
Nautical Compass Table
NAUTICAL COMPASS TABLE by Confessions Of A Serial DIYer

MEGIN'S PICK:
Fall inspired painted buffet.  Annie Sloan "Coco" Chalk Paint®.
DINING SET {FALL INSPIRED} by Orphan's With Make Up

SHELLY'S PICK:

AVENGERS SUPER HERO CAPES by Sunshine And A Summer Breeze

KATIE'S PICK:

RECLAIMED WOOD BATHROOM SHELVES by Edea Smith

ERIN'S PICK:
DIY Photo Collage Letters - Anything & Everything
DIY PHOTO COLLAGE LETTERS by Anything & Everything

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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October 24, 2014

Hardcover Books Become Shabby Chic Props!

During a project photo shoot recently I realized this girl is in serious need of some props!  Not in my budget too cheap to buy some, I was inspired by a few cool ideas I saw on Pinterest.

For those of you active on Pinterest you may have already seen these and been there-done that-got the t-shirt.  For those of you who haven't, we're going to have some fun painting hardcover books into shabby chic home décor props!

Painting hardcover books for home decor

I pulled some hard cover books out of the basement storage archives.  I read these many years ago and loved them.  Having no intention of getting rid of them I thought they'd be perfect for this project.  We're not talking Tolstoy here but ones from the personal growth/self help genre.  Not exactly coffee table books nor the subject matter you want to display to your guests.

So here's what I used for this fun and easy project.  Notice I already applied a coat of Graphite chalk paint to the outside of each book?  Let's face it, some neurosis just need to be kept private!

Painting hardcover books for home decor before

I applied two thinned coats of Graphite to completely cover the titles as well as the exposed pages followed by a thin coat of Old White. After it dried I sanded the books to reveal the Graphite underneath. Next I attached the self-adhesive stencils that I purchased at Michaels to each spine and cover and pounced Graphite over them. Once dry I carefully (using tweezers) removed the stencils and lightly sanded over the graphics to give them a worn look.

Painting hardcover books using chalkpaint and stencils

When I applied the clear wax they took on a wooden box appearance and I just love it!  Using a lint free cloth I rubbed dark wax on the spines, edges, corners, and exposed pages where they would naturally age over time.

Painting hardcover books and giving them the appearance of wooden boxes

Hardcover books painted and stenciled for home decor

And there you have it - an easy peasy way to decorate your table tops, book cases or in my case to use as photo props!

Hardcover books painted and stenciled After

October 20, 2014

Old Violet's Side Kick {The Dining Table}

Vintage Dining Table Makeover

Remember a couple of weeks ago I introduced you to Old Violet?

Vintage Sideboard Buffet Before and After

Well Old Violet came with siblings and I just finished giving one of them a matching makeover.

Vintage Dining Table Makeover After

This is what IT (I didn't name this piece) looked like before the makeover. It also was a little rough around the edges, had a few scars, and was showing it's age. A testament again, like Old Violet, that they lived life to the fullest!

Vintage Dining Table makeover Before

This baby needed some orbital sander treatment and some scratch and nick repair.  Like the sideboard I painted the base and skirt with Old White chalk paint and then lightly distressed it.

Vintage Dining Table Makeover painted with Old White chalkpaint and distressed

The casters were all intact and working fine but they looked pretty beat up and rusty.  After giving them a scrub I rubbed them with silver buff, letting some of the rusty goodness seep through.

Vintage Dining Room Makeover casters rubbed with silver buffing wax

The top was painted in French Linen chalk paint. Table tops get so much wear and tear that rather than using a clear wax finish I applied a couple of layers of Tough Coat. Once dry I brushed on some dark wax and removed the excess.

Vintage Dining Table with top painted in French Linen chalk paint

Of course I couldn't stop there.  I decided to add an element of surprise when the extension leaf was flipped open.  I transferred and hand painted the same graphic that I used on Old Violet.

Vintage Dining Table with hand painted graphic on the extension leaf

Here's a close up.

Vintage Dining Table close up of hand painted graphic

With the extension leaf the table seats 8. (I apologize for my crappy makeshift back drop.  I had to take the photos downstairs where I don't have a wall to be had to use as a back drop.)

Vintage Dining Table Makeover with flip top extension leaf to seat 8

Without the extension leaf the table seats 6.  Again I apologize for the back drop (must fix this problem).  Anyone have any suggestions?   What do you use, besides a wall, for your back drop?

Vintage Dining Table with extension open


Vintage Dining Table Makeover without extension leaf to seat 6

Next on the workbench queue is the last of Old Violet's siblings.  Sadly only four survived!

Vintage Dining Table chairs Before Makeover

October 18, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {October 18, 2014}

Hope you're having a great weekend everyone! I'm on the hunt for some dining chairs and unique hardware so I'm spending mine thrift diving - my favorite past time. A brand new thrift store opened in our town Hamlet recently and I'm looking forward to scoping it out this weekend.

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:
How To Craft a Halloween vignette & a scary skull pumpkin
EASY SCARY SPIDER PUMPKIN WITH DECOUPAGE OR GLITTER GLASS
by Fresh Idea Studio
JEN'S PICK:
Decorative Halloween Pumpkin Project Final
DECORATIVE HALLOWEEN PAINTED PUMPKINS by Anything & Everything
MEGIN'S PICK:

MID CENTURY MODERN CREDENZA WITH A WHITE GLOSSY TOP by The Weathered Door
SHELLY'S PICK:
Pink Flamingo Pumkin by Paper and Fox
PINK FLAMINGO PUMPKIN by Paper & Fox
KATIE'S PICK:
Candy Corn Trifle, layers of pudding, cake and whipped cream to make an easy, festive Fall dessert! - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #SnackPackMixins #shop
CANDY CORN TRIFLE by This Silly Girl's Life
ERIN'S PICK:

CURVY HEADBOARD TO COAT RACK UPCYCLE by West Furniture Revival

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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