June 23, 2016

Vintage Patio Wrought Iron Mesh Nesting Tables

It's one of my favorite days of the month, Themed Furniture Makeover Day and the theme this month is Coastal.  Being a landlocked Canadian Prairie girl with dreams of one day living on the coast, you can bet I was more than excited about our theme this month!

When Mr. Frugalista brought home this trio of Mid Century Modern metal mesh furniture that had seen it's better days, my thoughts immediately went to colorful coastal furniture from the 50's.  After some elbow grease and a few cans of paint, I bring you my Vintage Patio Wrought Iron Mesh Nesting Tables with a coastal vibe!

MCM Metal Mesh Outdoor Nesting Tables

I so enjoyed that tall glass of lemonade after taking this picture.  Very refreshing during one of the few warm sunny days we've seen in June.

This is what the tables looked like before...

MCM Metal Mesh Nesting Tables Before Makeover

They definitely saw their better days but after a few coats of spray paint, they are ready for the beach!

White Aqua and Coral spray painted vintage nesting tables

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I used Rust-oleum Painter's Touch 2x Ultra Cover Paint & Primer spray paint on all three tables. Table number one is White Gloss, table number two is Coral Gloss, and table number three is Aqua Satin.

Gold Gilding Wax detail on Coastal Vintage Wrought Iron Nesting Tables

The feet and the darling circles on the legs were just begging for a little somethin'-somethin'.  Using Delicate Surface Paint Block Frog Tape, considering the tables were painted just hours prior, I masked around the legs in preparation for Gold Gilding Wax.

I simply rubbed the gilding wax over the paint with a clean lint free rag and buffed it out after letting it dry for around 30 minutes.

Gold gilding wax over coastal spray painted metal nesting tables

The following day after everything was dry, I protected the tables with Rust-oleum Painter's Touch 2x Ultra Cover in a Clear Matte finish, applying two coats.

Coastal look to MCM Wrought Iron Nesting Table Makeover

I really love the coastal vibe these tables now have and I'm thrilled with how the metal mesh tops look in these colors.  I've used the pretty White and Aqua spray paint color last summer when I repurposed a candleholder into a DIY Bistro Table and on wrought iron chairs I paired with the table to make a Bistro Table Set.

MCM Metal Mesh Nesting Tables for Patio, Balcony or Deck

Even when nestled together the colors still pop.

Coastal white coral and aqua metal nesting table makeover

Oh how I miss those lilacs and wish they, and these nesting tables, were sitting on a beach front patio that I called home on the Canadian West Coast.  A girl can dream, can't she!

I'd settle for a small deck on a mobile or an apartment balcony if it meant having a coastal home.

Vintage Patio Wrought Iron Mesh Nesting Tables Before and After

I can't wait to see what my talented friends in the DIY Furniture Girls group created for their Coastal furniture pieces.

Please pin directly from their blog post rather than the links below.

You'll find this project linked to these fabulous PARTIES.

June 21, 2016

Men's Accessory Storage Box

Welcome to another edition of Frugal Decor Tuesday.  I hope everyone had a great Father's Day this weekend.  In the spirit of Father's Day, I thought I would share another jewelry box makeover except this one has a masculine edge.

This Men's Accessory Storage Box is large and perfect for things like watches, loose change, cuff links, and other accessories. Despite it being rather masculine, I contemplated keeping it for myself.

Mens accessory storage box makeover

Why? Because my Zodiac sign is a Leo.  What fiery, red lov'n, sun worshipping Lioness couldn't resist a jewelry box with a sleeping Lion on the top!

Masculine Bombay Company jewelry box with cast metal sleeping lion

Here is what it looked like when I got it...

Mens jewelry box with cast metal sleeping lion before makeover

It still had the Bombay Company tag on the bottom.

Bombay Company mens jewelry box before makeover

After a good scrub with warm soapy water, a lot of Q-tips, and baby wipes on the interior, I removed the shiny finish with a 120 grit sanding block.

Blue chalk painted Masculine accessory storage box with silver gilding wax

The chalk paint color is called Summer Blueberries.  You may remember the Oval Pedestal Coffee Table Makeover that I shared recently using this color.  In that makeover, I protected the table with White Wax and loved the look.  I tried something different with this trinket box and used Silver Gilding Wax, applied with a lint free rag.  I also applied it on the brass lion and drawer pull.

Masculine cast metal lion jewelry box with silver gilding wax

It instantly gave the box a fresh, clean look and I was swooning over the metallic highlights.  Here is the box again before...

Thrift store Mens Jewelry Box Before Makeover

and after...

Mens Accessory Storage Box Before and After

If you missed other masculine jewelry and trinket box makeovers you can catch them here at Vintage Men's Valet Roll Top Jewelry Box, Gray Pebble Beach Jewelry Box, and Dark Gray Harlequin Chest.

Before I close this post, it is Week 9 of the Between The Lines series and I don't want you to miss a thing.

Press the links below to visit today's featured bloggers.

Be sure to come back on Thursday for the June edition of Themed Furniture Makeover Day.  The theme this month is Coastal and I have a fun throwback makeover to share with you all.

You will find this project linked to these fabulous parties.

June 18, 2016

DIY Sunday Showcase Party (06-18-16)

Wishing all the Fathers, Step-Fathers, and Grandpa's out there a Happy Father's Day!  May your ties be few and hugs & kisses plenty!

On Frugal Decor Tuesday I shared a Thrift Store Wooden Coffee Tray Makeover.  On Thursday was the Summer edition of the Power Tool Challenge and I shared my DIY Wooden Garden Caddy With An Antique Chair Spindle Handle.

Now that I've got you caught up on the happenings this past week here at The Interior Frugalista, let's get down to the business of partying. Welcome to the DIY Sunday Showcase Party! 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!

Join us and share your favorite DIY Projects, Crafts, or Recipes.
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Jennifer at Pink When
Erin at My Crafty Spot
Wendi at H20 Bungalow
Alli at An Alli Event
Marie (moi) at The Interior Frugalista

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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:
A Farmhouse Style Bathroom | www.makingitinthemountains.com

Jen's Pick:
Red, White and Blueberry Popsicles

Katie's Pick:
These walnut fig bars are a healthy version of Fig Newtons. Vegan, gluten free, paleo, grain free and simple to make, these are the perfect dessert or post-workout snack! | www.pancakewarriors.com
WALNUT FIG BARS by Pancake Warriors

Erin's Pick:
4th of July Jello Shots - make them kid friendly or add alcohol for the adult crowd! Either way they are sure to be a hit for your 4th of July Cookout! Click on the photo to grab the recipe and have FUN making these Jello Shots!
4TH OF JULY JELLO SHOTS by Hoosier Homemade

Wendi's Pick:
Pallet Wood 4th of July, Memorial Day centerpiece-005

Alli's Pick:
flank steak wraps
SUMMER FLANK STEAK WRAP by Kid's Activities Blog

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June 16, 2016

Antique Chair Spindle Wooden Garden Caddy

It's time for the monthly Power Tool Challenge and the theme this month is Summer. In the March challenge, I shared how I turned an Antique Chair Back into a Bird Feeder. Well for this month's challenge I dug back into my bucket of chair parts to inspire me for this project. My project this month is an Antique Chair Spindle Wooden Garden Caddy.

Antique Chair Spindle Wooden Garden Caddy

I should say, cadd(ies) because I made four of them, of which three sold at the outdoor market in May.

Antique Chair Spindle Handle Wood Caddies

The Power Tool Challenge is a monthly series where several female DIY bloggers come together to share a project they made using a power tool(s).  The goal is to inspire, motivate, empower, and challenge our female readers to step out of their comfort zones and try one of our projects using a power tool.  Perhaps you are already comfortable with certain power tools but want to expand your repertoire or overcome a fear of a certain power tool. 

I didn't invent the wheel with this project.  You can find wooden tool caddies all over the blogosphere and Pinterest but I have a goal to achieve.  To get to the bottom of my bucket of antique chair parts by the end of the year.  If you missed my project in the March challenge, you can see how I repurposed an Antique Chair Back Into A Bird Feeder.

Chair spindle used for handle on DIY Wooden Caddy
*affiliate links are included in this post so you can see the products or similar products that I used.  See my disclosure policy.

Let's talk a bit about safety first:

Power Tools Used:

Materials Used: 

  • Antique Chair Spindles
  • Pine Fence Board
  • 1 1/4-inch Brad Nails
  • 1/2-inch Forstner Drill Bit
  • 80 grit mouse sander pads
  • Gorilla Construction Glue
  • Wood Aging Solution (recipe included in post)
  • Chalk Paint in the color Sage
  • Inkjet Printer
  • Garden Inspired Graphic
  • Glossy Paper
  • Spoon

Step 1: Cutting the chair spindle

Miter Saw cut on chair spindle to use for wooden caddy handle

Using the miter saw I cut just a snippet off each end of the antique chair spindle just to straighten and clean up each end.

Step 2:  Cutting the Caddy pieces

Materials and measurements for DIY Chair Spindle Garden Caddy

It took 1 8-foot pine fence board to build each wooden caddy.  I cut them using a miter saw (except for the angle cuts which we'll talk about in Step 3.

Note:  My antique chair spindle determined the length to cut the front and back pieces.


Sides:  5 1/2" x 14"
Front & Back:  5 1/2" x 15"
Bottom: 5 1/2" x 13 1/2"

Step 3: Cutting the Angles on the side pieces

Jigsaw angle cuts on DIY Wooden Garden Caddy
  1. Mark the center of the top of each side piece.
  2. Measure 3/4" on each side of the center mark - making the top a measurement of 1 1/2" wide.
  3. From the bottom of each side piece, measure up 5 1/2 inches both sides.  This equals the height of both the front and back pieces.
  4. Using a straight edge, draw the angle on both sides of each mark (like in the picture above).
  5. Clamp the board securely onto a work table and cut the angles using a jigsaw.
Note:  Using a Bandsaw for these angled cuts would be ideal as you get a more uniformed cut.  It is on my Must Have List for our workshop.

Step 4: Drilling the hole for the spindle

Forstener drill bit to cut hole for handle on DIY Wooden Caddy

  1. Find your center mark at the top of each side piece.
  2. Measure and mark 1 1/4-inches down from the top.
  3. Using a 1/2-inch Forstner Drill Bit (like pictured above) place the tip of the bit on the mark you just created.
  4. Drill the hole for the spindle handles.

Tip:  For a nice clean cut on both sides of the board, drill until just the tip of the drill bit is poking through the other side.  STOP the drill and check with your hands - repeat until you can feel it poking through. Remove the bit, flip the board over and drill until you are all the way through.

Drilling hole for chair spindle handle on wooden caddy

Step 5:  Assembling the caddy

Assembling Wooden Garden Caddy with brad nail gun

My apologies for the blurry picture.  Those of you with a keen eye may notice in the picture above that I'm nailing a plywood front, rather than a pine.  Truth be told, this is a photo from another, much larger, wooden tool caddy that I built for my daughter's wedding (I'll be sharing that project after the wedding).

I completely forgot to take a photo while assembling the garden tool caddy.  Regardless, you can see that they are assembled using a brad nailer with 1 1/4-inch brad nails.

  1. Apply construction glue to the base of one side piece and nail it onto the caddy base.
  2. Apply construction glue to the inside of the hole for the handle.
  3. Insert the chair spindle into the hole.
  4. Apply construction glue to the inside of the hole on the second side piece.
  5. Feed the chair spindle through and nail the side piece to the caddy base.
  6. Nail the front to the base and side pieces, ensuring everything is lined up nice and straight.
  7. Repeat for the back piece.
That's it, your caddy is assembled!  Now onto the fun part, painting and decorating the garden caddy.

Step 6:  Aging the wood

Wood Aging Solution recipe for DIY Wooden Garden Caddy

Giggle Juice (a.k.a. Wood Aging Solution) Recipe:

  • Fill a container with vinegar 3/4 full (I use a large size plastic sour cream container).
  • Submerge a large piece of #0000 steel wool into the vinegar and close the lid.
  • Let it sit for at least 48 hours (I prefer a week).  The longer it sits and disintegrates the steel wool, the rustier the juice.
  • Sometime in that waiting period make yourself a pot of black tea (my preference is Earl Grey but that's just me) and relax.  Enjoy a cup and save the rest!
  • When your juice is nice and rusty run it through a strainer into a glass mason jar (like pictured above).
  • Pour your black tea (through a strainer if you used loose tea) and fill the mason jar.
I always have a jar of Giggle Juice at the ready in my workshop.  I call it that because every time I use it, the magic brings me to giggles.
  • Wear gloves because not only will it stain your fingers but the smell will stay on your hands for days.
  • Apply it to the wood using an inexpensive chip brush. 
  • Apply it in coats, letting it dry between coats until your wood is aged to your liking.
  • I also applied it to my antique spindles.
  • The acid from the vinegar reacts to the tannins in the wood and creates a gorgeous aged patina. 

Step 7:  Dry brushing the paint

Painted DIY Antique Chair Spindle Caddies

You can see I painted each of my Garden Caddies a different color.  The one I'm sharing with you today is in the color Sage Advice by Country Chic Paint.

I dipped the tips of my brush into a bucket of water first and then into the jar of paint.  Applying very little pressure I brushed the color over the aged wood.  It gives a semi-transparent appearance so the wood underneath shows through.  With a damp clean lint free rag, I removed some of the paint in areas.

The colors of the other caddies are; Simplicity White (cool white), Vanilla Frosting (warm white), and Elegance, all by Country Chic Paint.

Step 8: Applying a graphic 

French Garden Graphic transferred onto DIY Wooden Caddy
  1. I went to The Graphics Fairy website and downloaded the Jardin 1914 graphic. 
  2. Note:  To use this particular image transfer method you will need an inkjet printer.
  3. Print the graphic in reverse (mirror image) onto glossy paper (see picture below).
Tip:  I keep the glossy pages from packages of special printing paper for this purpose.  Sheets from labels also works - remove the labels and use the paper.  I find the glossy paper provides a better transfer.

Glossy paper with Inkjet printer to transfer graphics onto wood

Print the graphic on the glossy side of the paper like pictured below.

Printed French Jardin Image to transfer onto DIY Wooden Caddy

You can see that I use the same sheet over and over, wiping whatever ink doesn't transfer off with a damp paper towel.

Line the graphic up onto the front of the wooden caddy (being careful not to move it around to avoid smearing the ink) and tape in place.  Using the back of a spoon, rub the graphic onto the wood.  It took a lot of rubbing to get a good transfer so keeping checking underneath before removing the tape.

French graphic transferred onto DIY Wooden Tool Caddy

Step 9:  Protecting the wood

After the ink has completely dried, I waited for 24-hours, apply clear wax with a lint-free rag to protect the wood. The wax really brings out the paint color too.

Semi-transparent Sage Advice Paint Color on DIY Wooden Garden Caddy

I couldn't resist placing four medium sized mason jars into my garden caddy and filling them with fresh cut pink peonies from the garden.  I think the Antique Chair Spindle Wooden Garden Caddy looks beautiful on my dining room table.

Dining room table with DIY Garden Caddy with Chair Spindle Handle

So what do you think, would you try making a wooden garden caddy for your home?

Peonies in mason jars displayed in DIY Wooden Garden Caddy

Time for more inspiration!  Press the links below to see what my talented friends in the Power Tool Challenge Team created for their Summer projects.  

Frozen Treat Stand by My Love To Create
Red White And Blue Cornhole Game by Create And Babble
Drying Rack From Old Crib rail by The Kim Six Fix
Chair Spindle Wooden Garden Caddy by Interior Frugalista
Star Clothes Drying Rack by A Piece Of Rainbow
Farmhouse Bench Building Plans by Refresh Restyle
Vegetable Gathering Basket by Designs By Studio C
Reclaimed Wood Bookcase by Confessions of A Serial DIY’er
DIY Footstool by Virginia Sweet Pea
DIY Hose Hanger by My Repurposed Life

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