The Interior Frugalista

October 21, 2016

Set of Round Metal Accent Tables and Exciting Announcements

Hello friends, before I share my most recent furniture makeover with you, I feel the need to explain my recent string of absences here on the blog. We had the difficult task of moving my Mom into a long-term care facility. She has been battling Alzheimer's for the last five years. It has been extremely difficult watching the woman who raised seven children slowly dwindle into a frail non-verbal, wheelchair bound, and shell of the woman we know and love.

It has taken several weeks to find a facility that best supports her needs both physically and emotionally and I'm happy to report that we found one in the "old neighborhood" where we were raised. She's happy, content, and safe and you can only imagine the relief we feel knowing that when we are not at her bedside, she is in good hands. So for that reason, I am late with my furniture makeover this week because my focus has been on Mom and only Mom.

Now...onto my most recent find, a set of three-legged bronze metal cocktail tables that had seen their better days. It's not often that you find a set, especially ones with beautiful floral lattice tops. A fresh coat of white paint on these Round Metal Accent Tables made all those details pop!

Round Metal Accent Tables Makeover

This is what the tables looked like before the makeover...

Bronze Metal Cast Accent Tables Before Makeover

We have had temperatures of below 0°C and snow on the ground since early October, so my spray painting outdoors days are over. Instead, I brushed two coats of Dixie Belle Paint Company chalk paint in the color Fluff and distressed the raised details on the table.

Round Metal Accent Tables Chalk Painted White

To protect the finish I tried Dixie Belle Paint Company Clear Coat Satin Finish. I love the streak free matte finish but it did yellow the paint a little. At first, I panicked but then decided I kind of liked the aged patina and decided to embrace the yellow.

Floral Lattice Cast Metal Table Top

Those curvy legs and details on the top look so much better painted white, don't you think?

White distressed painted metal accent tables

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Round Metal Accent Tables Before and After

And as I usually do, I went room-by-room looking for a spot to keep these tables and as what usually happens, there wasn't one square inch of space in this house for them. So I will be selling this set at the holiday market in November. Which brings me to my first announcement...

Local Curated Holiday Market Announcement

I will be one of many Curators at the Curated Holiday Market on November 5th & 6th. For those of you living in the Edmonton, Alberta area, there will be a Ticket Only Market Eve event on Saturday, November 5th from 5-9pm. Which means you will get first dibs at all the handmade goods!

Curated Holiday Market in Edmonton, Alberta.

For more information about the market press on the photo above. To purchase tickets, you can do that here Market Eve Tickets. BUT WAIT, I will be running a contest for a FREE pair of Market Eve Tickets on my Facebook Page starting on October 25th at 6pm.

$10.00 Power Tool Reader Project Challenge with Ryobi Prize Package Announcement

The members of our monthly Power Tool Challenge Team are inviting and challenging our readers to build a project for $10.00 or less (including hardware) using at least one power tool. It can be made with a free item, reclaimed wood, anything as long as you spend a total of $10.00 or less to make it.

Power Tool Reader Challenge with Giveaway

Come back here between October 27th and November 10th to upload a picture of your project to our Power Tool Reader Challenge Linky Party. The Power Tool Challenge Team will vote for our favorite project and that lucky winner will receive a Ryobi ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit with Miter Saw 6-tool package!

Participants may enter up to three projects, so get busy! Winner of the Ryobi Prize package must be 18 years of age or older and reside in the USA.

October 14, 2016

Curbside Tilt Top Drop Leaf Table AGAIN but with Parisian Flair

Those of you who have been following me from the beginning may remember this Curbside Tilt Top Table with the pretty scalloped edge. Back in 2013, Mr. Frugalista noticed it at the end of our neighbor's driveway with a Take Me sign on it. He didn't have to twist my arm when asked if I wanted it.

It sat in our living room for a couple of years and was the perfect table for this room with a small footprint. It took up very little space when not in use by dropping the leafs on both sides. It has been replaced with a different table and so today I'm sharing this Curbside Tilt Top Drop Leaf Table Again but with a Parisian flair!

Curbside Tilt Top Table with French Script

Here are pictures of what the table looked like while being prepped and after the first makeover . I must apologize for the poor quality photos as they were taken in the early days of blogging. If you missed that post you can catch it here at Curbside Tilt Top Table.

Curbside Tilt Top Table Before and First Makeover

Sadly, I don't have room for this table in my home anymore and so I will be selling it at the Curated Holiday Market in November. But before I do, it was in need of a refresh with a certain je ne sais quoi!

French Scalloped Tilt Top Table

I sanded the top and repainted it with red chalk paint, The pièce de résistance was adding the French script stencil to the top. Oh là là!

French stenciled Tilt Top Table

After the stenciled detail dried I lightly distressed it with 220 grit sandpaper. Then I applied a top coat of clear wax followed by dark wax to settle into the grooves around the scalloped edge and add a vintage look to the script.

I refreshed the red chalk painted feet and added dark wax but left the pedestal base as is.

Curbside Tilt Top Table pedestal base

This is what the table looks like with the drop leaf sides down...

Chalk painted drop leaf scalloped table

I love this table even more now and it is going to be so hard to part with it but after numerous unsuccessful attempts at making it work in our living room, I have to bid it farewell.

Pedestal tilt top drop leaf table

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Curbside Tilt Top Drop Leaf Table AGAIN

If you saw this table on the curb, would you pick it up?

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October 11, 2016

DIY Cake Stand with Parisian Flair

Welcome to another edition of Frugal Decor Tuesday. I hope all my fellow Canadians had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! Ours was a chilly and white one as it snowed all weekend.

I didn't plan on sharing this project today because I've already published a few DIY Cake Stand posts. I was so thrilled with how this DIY Cake Stand With Parisian Flair turned out that I decided to go ahead and include it in the Frugal Decor Tuesday series. Also, I discovered a great tip for painting silver using chalk paint that I think is worth sharing.

DIY Cake Stand with Parisian Flair

The thrift store finds I repurposed to make this cake stand, are a black wooden candlestick and an oval scalloped silver platter. Unfortunately, because I hadn't planned on sharing this project I didn't take before pictures.

Chalk painted DIY Cake Stand

Tip: Silver Test

The last thing you want to do is paint over a valuable sterling silver platter so before opening that paint can, test it first with a magnet. If the magnet sticks, then it is not real silver. Sterling Silver IS NOT magnetic.

Once I determined my silver platter was not sterling, I attached the wooden candlestick to the base of the tray using E6000 Glue and let it cure 72-hours (maximum bond strength).

How To Paint Silver Using Chalk Paint

I wanted this cake stand to have a vintage old world charm and to achieve that finish chalk paint is a great option. However, painting silver with a brush is very finicky for two reasons; a) the paint takes much longer to dry between coats and b) you can't brush over the same area twice or the paint will peel and next thing you know, you have a hot mess on your hands. I found an easy way around that...

Tip: Prime the silver with spray paint first. 

I used Rust-oleum Ultra Coat spray paint in Primer White.

Scalloped Silver Platter painted white

Once the spray paint was dry I brushed two thin coats of chalk paint in a warm white color. Using 220 grit sandpaper I distressed the high points along the scalloped edge to reveal some of the silver (as pictured above).

With that beautiful scalloped edge, I added some Parisian flair using part of a French stencil that I had on hand using acrylic craft paint in a charcoal color.

Scalloped DIY Cake Stand

Once the charcoal gray paint was dry I protected the entire cake stand with a clear coat in a matte finish.

I think the stencil just added that extra charm to this DIY Cake Stand With Parisian Flair.

DIY Stenciled Cake Stand

While writing this post I am enjoying a fresh cup of strong coffee and one of those delicious chocolate cupcakes.

If you missed any of my other DIY Cake Stand posts you can catch them here at Easy DIY 2-Tiered Cake Stands, Repurposed Silver Tray Cake Stands, and a special Wedding Cake/Cupcake Stand for our daughter's wedding.

I hope you found my tips helpful for testing and painting silver platters and trays. With the upcoming holiday season, these DIY Cake stands add so much charm to a buffet table.

* I've included some affiliate links so you can easily find the products I used or recommend to complete this project. See my full Disclosure Policy.

October 7, 2016

How I redeemed a small Antique French Tea Table

Sweet friends, I apologize for being late with my furniture makeover this week. We had a power outage most of the day on Wednesday which meant no internet service. I planned on finishing a few details on this piece but there wasn't enough light in the basement workshop. Sadly, my days of painting outdoors are over. It's been a balmy +5°C the last couple of days - that's 41°F for those of you in the US. Time for winter coats, mittens, and blueberry tea to stay warm.

Mr. Frugalista a.k.a. my furniture buyer asked me if I would be interested in this adorable Antique French Tea Table and I immediately gave him the thumbs up. It was in really good condition and I planned on staining the top a dark walnut. Upon closer inspection, I saw that someone had reattached/reinforced the legs with screws...from the top!  So onto plan B, a painted top.

Petite French Antique Tea Table

This is what the table looked like before...

Antique French Tea Table Before

I got a little overzealous and taped it prior to taking the before picture. Can you see the screw holes on the top? Despite filling the holes with wood filler, they were still too obvious to apply a stain.

If you follow me on Instagram, last week I shared a photo of a fabulous delivery I received. I have a larger project reserved for these products but like a child on Christmas morning, I couldn't wait to start playing.

*Paint products provided by Dixie Belle Paint Company. Project idea, choice of products, and all opinions are 100% that of my own (see full disclosure policy).

French Antique Tea Table Makeover

This table is mahogany and it's been my experience that you are guaranteed paint bleed from the tannins in the wood, especially when painting white. I've ALWAYS applied a stain blocker or shellac first but I decided to tempt fate and slap the paint on without any prep.

As you can see in the photo above, not only was there no paint bleed but I got complete coverage in two coats. Painting furniture with chalk paint is not new to me and over the last 3-4 years, I've used several different brands. Dixie Belle paint had this ole gal doing the happy dance to the beat of the 70's rock blasting from my blue tooth speaker!

Antique Tiered Tea Table

The legs and top were painted white in the color Fluff which has gray undertones. The bottom tier and the pretty scalloped edge along the top were painted gray in the color Driftwood, which is a soft gray. Another thing that surprised me about this paint is the quick drying time, bonus!

I love how these two colors combined are so soft and pretty but you know me, I couldn't leave well enough alone. I just had to inject more personality into this piece and with those lovely curves, it was begging for some French goodness.

French grain sack stencil for Antique Tea Table

Using the same Driftwood gray paint color I combined the two stencils pictured above and applied them to the top of the table. One coat of paint and light distressing after it dried using 220 grit sandpaper.

French Chalk Painted Tea Table

Here is a close up...

Painted Old World Number on Antique Tea Table

The following morning I applied a coat of clear wax over the entire piece. Dixie Bell Paint Company calls their wax, "Best Dang Wax" and I can attest that not only is it the best dang wax but it smells good too. It's also easy-peasy to buff, important when these old arms just ain't what they used to be.

Petite French Antique Tea Table

My dear loyal readers, did you notice the dried lavender in the pitcher? Yes, it's the same lavender I harvested from my front yard in August! If you missed it, you can catch my post here on How To Harvest And Dry Lavender.

After all my hard work it's time to warm up and relax with a blueberry tea. Those of you who read my IKEA Moppe Hack Apothecary Cabinet post learned what ingredient I add to make this special tea.

If you're curious about the pretty white pumpkin sitting on top of the books, I share a tutorial on How To Make Sweater Pumpkins With Cabinet Knob Stems.

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French Antique Tea Table Before and After

Now I need your help.

I stood in front of this table, with sandpaper in hand, more time than I care to admit wondering To Be Distressed or Not To Be, that is the question?

*I've included some affiliate links so you can easily find the products I used or recommend to complete this project. See my full disclosure policy.

October 4, 2016

Easy DIY 2-Tiered Cake Stands using plates from the thrift store

It's Frugal Decor Tuesday and you know what that means, time to share something purchased at a thrift store and given a new life. Today my thrift store finds are two German Democratic Republic Kahla Porcelain plates and two Liberty Blue England Staffordshire Ironstone Plates.

This is such an easy peasy DIY that is perfect to use when hosting Thanksgiving Dinner or parties during the upcoming holiday season. They also make great jewelry holders in a bedroom. So without further ado, let's turn those thrift store plates and glass candlesticks from the dollar store into Easy DIY 2-Tiered Plate Stands.

Easy 2-tiered thrift store plate stands

My original plan was for the plates to be the base of each cake stand. I love to have cake stands at various heights on my buffet table so I decided to increase the height by adding a candleholder base.

Here is a close up of each...

Liberty Blue Ironstone Cake Stand

German Kahla Cake Stand

How To Repurpose Thrift Store Plates Into Tiered Cake Stands

Materials List

  • 4 glass candleholders (Dollar Store)
  • 2 sets of plates in different sizes (Thrift Store)
  • Industrial Strength E6000 Glue

These are the dishes I used...

German Democratic Republic Kahla Gold Rimmed Dinner and Salad Plates 

Thrift store German Kahla dishes

Liberty Blue Historic Colonial Scenes England Ironstone "Independence Hall" Salad Plate and "Old North Church" Bowl

Thrift store Liberty Blue Ironstone dishes

Sweet prices considering they sell online for around $10.00 each!

Assembling The Cake Stand BASE

  1. Run a bead of industrial strength E6000 glue around the top of a glass candle holder.
  2. Flip a dinner or salad plate upside down onto a work surface and set the glass candle holder onto the center of the plate (as pictured below).
  3. Wipe away any oozing glue with a cotton swab dipped in Mineral Spirits.
  4. Press firmly to ensure a good bond and let cure 24-hours.
Assembling Liberty Blue Ironstone Cake Stand

Assembling The Cake Stand TOP

  1. Run a bead of industrial strength E6000 glue around the base of a glass candleholder.
  2. Repeat steps 2-4 from above.

Note: E6000 glue takes 24-hours to cure so it is imperative that you wait until doing the next step.

Assembling German Kahla Cake Stand

Assembling the 2-Tiered Cake Stand

  1. Now that the glue has completely cured run a bead of E6000 glue around the rim of the candlestick for the top tier of the cake stand.
  2. Place the candlestick in the center of the bottom plate.
  3. Line up the patterns on both the top and bottom plates (as seen below).
  4. Wipe away any oozing glue with a cotton swab dipped in Mineral Spirits.
  5. Press firmly to ensure a good bond.  
Liberty Blue 2-tiered Plate Stand

German Kahla 2-Tiered Plate Stand


  • E6000 glue takes approximately 72-hours for maximum bond strength so avoid picking up the cake stands until the glue has completely cured.
  • Do not wash the cake stands in the dishwasher or immerse in water. Wash the plates with warm soapy water and a dishcloth.
This is such an easy DIY for under $10.00 that even my fellow Canadian readers could make these in time for their Thanksgiving Buffet tables!

DIY Tiered Cake Stand

DIY German Democratic Republic Kahla cake stand

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Two Easy Candlestick Plate Stands

Have I inspired you to look twice at those old dishes stacked on the shelves at your local thrift store? The holiday dishes should be coming out soon too.

September 29, 2016

IKEA Moppe Hack Apothecary Cabinet

For years I've been wanting something to organize our CD collection (yes, we're still old school and play CDs) but nice enough that it could be on display in our living room. During a trip to IKEA this Summer, I was so disappointed to learn they stopped selling their Moppe cabinets. Literally a week later my neighbors were having a garage sale and what do my eyes behold? I had one of those "start the car - start the car moments" while hovering over it until Mr. Frugalista ran home to get the funds. Lord pray for the soul who dares try to take my Moppe!

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I saw that this months theme for the Power Tool Challenge Team was Modify. Moppe got bumped up the makeover queue and so today I am sharing How to repurpose an IKEA Moppe into an Apothecary Cabinet that looks like a piece of furniture but made to house and organize CDs.

IKEA Moppe Hack Apothecary Cabinet

If you are new here and haven't heard of the Power Tool Challenge Team, we are a group of skill sharing, power tool savvy DIY bloggers who come together each month to share a project with our readers using a power tool(s). Our goal is to inspire, encourage, and motivate our female readers to pick up a power tool and make something!

These are the materials I used to make my Apothecary Cabinet.

Materials to make an Apothecary Cabinet

Materials List

  • IKEA Moppe cabinet
  • 4 Furniture legs
  • 4 Metal mounting plates
  • Pine plywood
  • 8 Layered Crest Whitewashed Wood Shapes (Michaels)
  • 8 Metal label drawer pulls (Michaels)
  • 1 sheet of Scrapbook paper
  • Pure White Paint
  • Warm White Paint
  • Wall Paper Adhesive
  • Mod Podge
  • Dark Wax or Glaze
  • Construction adhesive

Power Tools

  • Table Saw
  • Router with quarter round bit 
  • Mouse sander
  • Drill

How To Repurpose An IKEA Moppe Into An Apothecary Cabinet

Music inspired Apothecary Cabinet

Step 1: Adding a plywood top and base to the Moppe

IKEA Moppe Cabinet with new top

To add a more polished look to the Moppe cabinet I added a plywood top and base. Both were ripped on the table saw at 13" x 8 1/2". 

Mr. Frugalista was conveniently around when I started this project so I had him cut the plywood on the table saw. I'll use that finger eating tool if I have to but there is no twisting my arm if I can delegate the task.

IKEA Moppe Cabinet with new base

Using a quarter round bit on the router, both pieces got a half round profile (as pictured above).

Half round routered edge on apothecary cabinet

To get the half round profile, I ran the router on three sides of each piece and then flipped the boards over and repeated this step.

To soften the edge and remove any splinters, I lightly sanded the profile using a mouse sander. There wasn't enough clearance in the Moppe cubbies to drill screws through the top and bottom to secure them in place. Instead, they were attached using construction adhesive and left to cure overnight.

Step 2: Giving the Moppe some legs

Apothecary Cabinet Spindle Legs

I was jumping for joy when I stumbled upon a bin of wooden spindle legs packaged in four for $10.00 and metal mounting plates for $2.00 at the Habitat ReStore.

The metal mounting brackets were screwed on each corner of the underside of the base and those lovely spindle legs attached to the brackets. If I was selling this piece I would have cleaned up the brackets before mounting them but because we're keeping this, ain't no rust gonna hurt anyone!

Step 3: Painting The Moppe

Apothecary Cabinet Painted Ultra White

I'm all about using chalk paint but for my apothecary cabinet, I wanted it to blend seamlessly with our living room built-in bookcases. I rolled three coats of Behr Paint and Primer In One Ultra Pure Latex.

Apothecary Cabinet Drawers painted warm white

Again, because I wanted this cabinet to blend into the adjacent bookcase, I painted the drawer fronts in a neutral warm white chalk paint color. It was hard resisting the urge to give the drawer fronts a rustic look by staining them dark walnut but I'm glad I didn't.

Cool and Warm White painted Apothecary Cabinet

The legs were painted the same latex white as the frame. I used 80-grit sandpaper on the mouse sander and distressed the legs. This took the sheen off the latex paint, giving the legs a more vintage chalk paint appearance. I protected them by applying clear wax with a clean lint free rag.

Apothecary Cabinet with distressed spindle legs

Step 4: Labeling the drawers

Apothecary Cabinet Drawer Pulls

I attached small Antique Gold Metal Label Drawer Pulls onto the center of Layered Crest Whitewashed Wood Plaques using the screws that came with them. Are these adorable or what!

The plaques were then glued to the center of each drawer front with construction adhesive. I think the distressed plaques tie in nicely with the distressed legs.

Step 5: Decoupaging the top

Decoupaged paper top of Apothecary Cabinet

I couldn't leave things well enough alone. The original plan was to hand paint a music related graphic or typography onto the top but then I remembered I had some scrapbook paper with musical notes. It's the same paper I thought about using on the recent Antique Tilt Top Table makeover.

I simply measured the top and cut the paper to size. The paper was a little narrower than the width of the top and so I centered it and left a white raw edge.

My preference for applying paper onto furniture is using wallpaper adhesive because you get a very tight bond with few air bubbles or wrinkling. I applied the adhesive on the back of the paper using a sponge brush and gently ran a plastic squeegee to remove any air bubbles.

To protect the paper I applied two coats of Mod Podge, especially around the raw edges to seal the paper. To give it a more vintage look, I rubbed a light coat of dark wax over the paper and around the edge of the top and wiped away the excess with a clean lint free rag.

Let me just clarify, that empty bottle of Disaronno on the workbench isn't there because I like to take a little nip while I work. I love the shape of the bottle so I'll be turning it into a vase soon. Really!

Decoupaged top of Apothecary Cabinet

The CDs are organized by the first letter of the artist's last name except for holiday CDs, they have their own drawers on the bottom. I used self-adhesive letters to label each drawer that way if we add to our collection, the labels can easily be reconfigured as necessary.

Labeled drawers on Apothecary Cabinet

I couldn't be happier with our new CD Apothecary Cabinet and was pleasantly surprised at how pretty it looks painted neutral. In the picture below you can see it's new home against our living room bookcase.

Modified IKEA Moppe Apothecary Cabinet
If you like what you see, please feel free to pin it...

DIY Apothecary Cabinet Before and After

What would you use an Apothecary Cabinet for?

Apothecary Cabinet with decoupaged top

I am excited to see what my talented friends in the Power Tool Challenge Team modified and invite you to join me my pressing the links below.

Ikea Moppe Hack Apothecary Cabinet by Interior Frugalista
Portable Craft Table By Create and Babble
Modified Dresser By My Repurposed Life
Ammunition Crate Table by Virginia Sweet Pea
Ikea Wardrobe Update By Domestically Speaking
How To Piece Scraps To Make A Sign By My Love To Create