The Interior Frugalista: April 2013

April 30, 2013

Tweaks around the humble abode!

Well it is April 30th here in the Great White North and this is what we woke up to yesterday morning...

Mother Nature obviously hasn't received the memo that it is Spring!   I am itching to enjoy my summer ritual of casually sipping my morning java in my pajamas on the deck. Listening to the birds chirping and watching the antics of our resident squirrels is the perfect way to start the day!


Feeling optimistic that we will enjoy our morning coffee on the deck this coming weekend, we decided to spend this past one finishing small projects indoors around our humble abode.

In the Frugalista's Office:
Painted the back of my bookcase funky black and white stripes.
BEFORE
AFTER
Moved the dining room light fixture into my office and added red grosgrain ribbon along the edges.  I just love my little Frugalista hideaway and how it reflects my personality.  Casual, a little funky, a little vintage, a little fiery red, with a hint of glam!

In the dining room:
My latest find!  The silver and crystal chandelier echo some of the elements in our living room.  The sparkle it casts throughout the space is beautiful.

Packed in our basement storage I unearthed a couple of ornate wall sconces that I plan on chalk painting for this space.  I think it's time for another treasure hunt for the perfect mirror to go along with them!
New Chandelier
LIGHT FIXTURE and CHINA CABINET
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CHINA CABINET
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To echo the dark and white cabinets in the kitchen (see kitchen cabinet transformation) and the white bookcases in the living room (see 80's Wall Unit Hack), we added Martha Stewart paintable wallpaper in a beadboard pattern to the back of the china cabinet.  I love how everything behind the glass now pops!
Another very exciting addition to our dining room is in the works but more about that in an upcoming post!
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April 29, 2013

The bedroom is stenciled!

It was a lot of work but the results were well worth it!
Wall Stencil
FINISHED
I'm anxious to start my next project for this room which is transforming an antique door into a headboard, which will sit against this lovely stenciled wall.  I found the perfect bedding to complete the ensemble which I'm picking up this afternoon.  

Being a dig in before reading instructions kind of gal, here are the Mistakes and Lessons Learned about all over stenciling so you don't encounter the same struggles I did...

Tips for applying All Over Stencils:
  1. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE STARTING!!!!!
  2. No, the Stencil Level recommended by the supplier is not a useless little gadget but the handiest little tool I wish I had ordered!
  3. Find the center of your wall and mark in pencil at the top and bottom. 
  4. Find the center of the "pattern" on the stencil and not the center of the actual stencillike I made the mistake of doing, and mark onto the top of the stencil with a permanent marker.
  5. Starting at the top of your wall, align the center mark on the stencil with the center mark on your wall.
  6. Level the stencil and tape the corners firmly in place using painters tape (don't use masking tape or it will lift the paint).
  7. I preferred applying the paint with a stencil brush and pounching rather than using a dense foam roller because I didn't have to clean the stencil as often and I used less paint.  It's a personal preference!
  8. Work vertically rather than horizontally for the best pattern alignment and levelling.  I made the mistake of doing the opposite!
  9. I used FolkArt Acrylic craft paint Wicker White in the 2 fl oz/59ml bottles.  I found 1 bottle covered an entire row when using a stencil brush.  Wish I had known this before starting as I ran out of paint and ended up travelling to three different stores before finding enough to finish - popular colour! 
  10. It doesn't hurt to have a glass of wine nearby to help relax into this project! 

And so it began...


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April 22, 2013

She's a beauty!

HOT OFF THE WORK BENCH

I wish this sofa table was mine! It arrived with water damage on the top, some cracks along the edge, and a couple of wobbly legs but her beauty lies within the details. Talk about a nice set of legs!

Red sofa table painted with milk paint

Here she is close up...

Red sofa table close-up painted with milk paint

The top being a veneer, I carefully sanded it to remove scratches and water damage with a mouse sander using a fine grit sandpaper. I used Dynamic Dyna Patch to fill in scratches, cracks, and to level the top. After tightening the screws to solidify the legs, she was good as new!

Patching the damaged veneer on the red milk painted sofa table

Because the table wasn't of solid wood construction, to ensure a good bond with the milk paint I applied a light coat of shellac over the entire table. It was painted with a couple of coats of Homestead House Milk Paint in Fort York Red and protected with clear wax and antiqued with dark wax.

This is what it looked like before I started.

Before picture of the red sofa table painted with milk paint

My sister is lucky owner of this beautiful table and I'm so jealous!
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April 12, 2013

Mama went treasure hunting...

...and this is what I found.
With some milk or chalk paint and dark wax, this solid antique 5 panel door is going to make a beautiful headboard!
So much fun browsing through David & Sherry's awesome store and enjoying David's great sense of humour!  


My day got even better when my order arrived with the stencil for the wall behind the soon to be headboard!  Can't wait to get started on this project.
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April 11, 2013

You can keep Spring from the girl...

...but you can't keep the girl from Spring!  


There is still snow on the ground here in the Big White North. I'm done waiting for it to disappear so off to Michael's I slid to pick up embellishments for a DIY Spring Wreath project. So there snowman,  put that in your pipe and smoke it!


This afternoon I'm up to my elbows in feathers.  Spring fever continues...


This is how a Vegetarian uses her meat thermometer!

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April 6, 2013

An impromptu tweak in my office

AFTER
While working on the sewing table/sideboard project yesterday, I loved the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Graphite so much that I decided, while the paint can was still open, to tweak a bookcase in my office. I just love it!


BEFORE
I love it so much I've decided to repeat the look on another bookcase in my office, when time permits of course.
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April 4, 2013

A peak at what I'm up to today...

Love these but the colours don't work for the vignettes I'm creating.
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April 1, 2013

Penny mystery revealed

Remember my request for Canadian pennies on Facebook?

AFTER
A penny for each year of our births!
This Le Maison frame was so much fun from the moment of discovery during a second hand treasure hunt to the final blister during my battle with the hot glue gun.

I just love the vintage scrapbooking paper a friend provided for this project and the cute little embellishments I found at Dollarama.  I turn into one the kids running up and down the isles in that store shouting, "oh, look at this...look at that".

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