The Interior Frugalista: October 2013

October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween Y'all!

Pumpkins carved for Halloween

Even Sexy Rexy is getting in on the action...but he isn't pleased about it!

The cat dressed up for Halloween

We don't go all out on Halloween like we used to when the kids were little. Other than our pumpkins, this is pretty much it for decorations. I made this wreath last year - that's about as scaaaaaaaaaary as I'm getting!

DIY Halloween Wreath

Close up picture of the Halloween Wreath

Have fun tonight everyone!
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October 29, 2013

Office Got A Tweak {Room Makeover}

Hi Everyone, hope you had a nice weekend! Ours was a busy one painting, tacking, installing hardware, and dismantling a pallet. We have three room makeovers on the go at the moment - why do just one when you can do three!

It all started with some Pinterest inspiration. I came across this and a few other pins featuring the Bedford Collection from Pottery Barn.

I fell in love with this look and then thought to myself, "wait a minute I have a similar custom made unit sitting in the guest room with nothing in it". It was built many many many years ago...okay, not that many... for Mr. Frugalista's childhood bedroom. It was later passed down to each of our children at various stages of their childhood.

Custom desk unit before in the guest bedroom

This was it's last childhood incarnation.
Custom desk unit before in our daughter's old room
I dragged that baby out of the guest bedroom and into my office lickety split and got to work making it look more "officey".  And so the office makeover began...

I had already painted it white when our daughter's room was converted into a guest room but those handles just had to go.  I don't know how many finger nails I broke trying to pry the drawers open.
Custom desk unit before with old handles
The wood handles were glued on - try removing 40 year old handles without damaging the drawer fronts!  I did it but not successfully on some drawers.  Nothing that a little Dynamic Dyna Patch couldn't handle.
Custom desk unit after with new hardware
The drawer in the desk unit had some graffiti so it needed a little makeover. First I had Mr. Frugalista make some drawer dividers that I painted white. I lined the drawer with some pretty paper and added a glass knob for some glam.
Custom desk unit drawer makeover
Take a look at these Before and After pictures - it looks so much more professional now.

Custom desk unit before and after View A

Custom desk unit before and after View B

This is my office Before the makeover:

Office before makeover View 1

Office before makeover View 2

This is my office After the makeover:

Office after makeover View 1

Office after makeover View 2

Office after makeover View 3

Office after makeover View 4
My office feels much larger now and it is definitely far more functional! Next up...the guest bedroom makeover (coming soon).


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October 25, 2013

Three Image Transfer Techniques {tutorial}

Oh my, a few months ago I decided to try the art of image transfers. I was nervous at first and have since tried a few different transfer methods. This has become my new love! I get lost in the process and loose awareness of everything around me (except for the music I have blasting from my MP3 player). Oftentimes I'm so engrossed that I loose track of time, forget to eat, and am startled back to reality when Mr. Frugalista opens the shop door after his return from work.

Today I thought I would share a few of my projects and what transfer methods I used. We'll start with my most recent...

Tray with coffee graphic for our kitchen coffee station

Carbon paper (Graphite Paper) image transfer method

This has become one of my favorite transfer methods! I've been using good old fashion carbon paper that I've had around the house since the 90's. Apparently the "now" product is Graphite Paper - which I haven't tried yet.

Using Microsoft Word, I insert and manipulate the graphic to the size I want. Then I print it with my laser printer on bond paper. I slip a sheet of carbon paper behind the graphic and tape it onto the surface I'm working with. Using a pen I trace over the entire graphic pressing hard to ensure a good transfer. With fine art brushes and watered down acrylic craft or chalk paint, I hand paint over the transfer. I have never had a problem with the carbon smudging when I apply the paint. Here is a close up of the coffee tray using this method.

Coffee tray using carbon paper image transfer method

I used the same transfer method when making this gift for the Grand Opening of the Apple Box Design Studio.

Sign using carbon paper image transfer technique
I embellished this one with a wooden picket fence and a mini bunting flag banner that I made with scrapbook paper and a red Sharpie.

Modge Podge or Gel Medium Image Transfer Method

With this transfer method you need a mirror image before printing, especially when there is text. I cut around the areas of the graphic that I want transferred. Using a foam brush I apply an even coat of Modge Podge over the good side of the image. Then I place the image side onto the surface I'm working with and gently rub it to ensure good contact and to remove any wrinkles and/or air bubbles. Let it dry (I prefer overnight).
Modge Podgeor Gel Medium image transfer technique

With a spray bottle I wet the image (not saturate) and with the ball of my finger I gently rub to remove a layer of paper. I let it dry and repeat the process until I'm satisfied with the clarity of the image. In the picture below you can see how the image looks after removing a couple of layers of paper.

Removing layers of paper using Modge Podge image transfer technique

Once completely dry I apply a couple coats of Modge Podge to protect the image. On this one I decided I didn't like the image on a white background.  I repainted the plaque with Graphite chalk paint, carefully painting around the image. I painted the scalloped edge with Old White chalk paint (pretty much reversing what I'd done originally). I was much happier with the contrast!

Once dry I applied clear soft wax along with dark wax to give it an aged appearance and then carefully distressed the scalloped edge and graphic using fine sandpaper. You can see in the picture below how much better it looks with the graphite background. This was a birthday gift for a friend who is an actress in her local theater group in the Netherlands.

Plaque after using the Modge Podge image transfer technique

Here is another birthday gift that I made for a friend using the same transfer method. She is lucky enough to be getting her own Craft Room soon and so I made a sign for her new space. She is a talented Crafter who does a lot of sewing, so I thought this graphic was perfect. The colors on the image were muted so I dry brushed paint over top and I used stencils for the letters. After protecting the sign with wax I distressed it with fine sandpaper to give it a bit of a vintage vibe.

Sign using Modge Podge image transfer technique

Paint Resist Typography Transfer Method 

This is a fun method for making vintage looking signs. I found an old piece of wood outside in our wood pile. I cleaned it up with some sandpaper and painted it white.  I then applied vinyl letters onto the sign (you can see step-by-step instructions of that in my post The Sign I Just Had to Have).  I painted over the entire sign in red and while the paint was still wet I removed the vinyl letters carefully with a craft knife.  Once the paint was dry I sanded the entire sign to give it a worn look.  I then applied clear and dark wax to give it an aged appearance.

Sign using vinyl letter paint resist transfer technique

The same process was used on my Welcome Sign. I didn't distress or antique this one.

Welcome Sign using vinyl letter paint resist transfer technique

A DIY Welcome Sign Post using an old banister

So there you have it...a quick lesson in three image transfer techniques! There are several others that I haven't tried yet..."yet" being the operative word! I hope my post today has inspired you to try at least one of these image transfer methods. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
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October 22, 2013

Antique Balloon Back Chair Makeover

Like our Nesting Tables, we also inherited this antique balloon back chair several years ago. When we got her she had a few scratches and the upholstery had a faint stain but otherwise she was in pretty good condition. Instead of having her tucked away in a corner for show only, she was well used. She sat at our sofa table desk in the living room and during gatherings she was used for extra seating. But this old gal, much like her owner, was looking pretty tired and worn lately.  It was time to bite the bullet and give her a makeover (I'm still waiting for mine).
Before and After picture of antique balloon back chair
When she arrived in the workshop the plan was to touch up the scratches, give her a fresh coat of paint, and paint the upholstery with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Duck Egg Blue. Ha, if only it were that easy!

This is a better shot of what she looked like before I started.
Before picture of antique balloon back chair

Then I gave her a couple coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Old White and her details just popped! Oh, I should mention I was noticing bleed through so I gave the entire piece a coat of shellac before applying my next coat of paint - worked like a charm!  I waxed her with clear wax followed by dark wax in the nooks and crannies and distressed her a little with fine sandpaper.  I was tickled pink with the results!
Balloon back chair painted with Old White chalk paint

I pulled out my Duck Egg Blue chalk paint and was ready to start my first attempt at painting upholstery when I discovered something nasty was going on underneath that fabric. Oh oh!
Old cotton batting layer on antique balloon back chair
So far so good!

Straw stuffing in antique balloon back chair
I was expecting horse hair but surprise, it's straw! Dusty, stinky, messy straw.

Decayed burlap layer on antique balloon back chair
After removing the layers of straw I noticed the burlap cover was ripped and disintegrated. Okay, so I replace the straw with something else and I apply a new layer of burlap - I can handle that!

Deteriorated cording detached from springs in antique balloon back chair
Oh oh, that ain't look'n so purdy! Yikes, now I started to get nervous. Have I told you, I've never upholstered an old chair before?

Innards all cleaned up inside antique balloon back chair
I gave her a good clean with the shop vac and was thankful to see the strapping was in good condition and all four springs were still tightly attached. Upstairs to grab a coffee and back down to stare...and stare...and stare some more while scratching my head. "Okay, so now what"?

Upholstery 101 - here we come! Then I remembered I had bought The Complete Guide To Upholstery by Cherry Dobson several months back. THANK YOU CHERRY DOBSON!! I highly recommend this book chalked full of easy tutorials.

Putting the antique balloon back chair together again - 2013 version
Mr. Frugalista came to the rescue and together we made our little Antique Balloon Back Chair all pretty again!

 New fabric and gimp on antique balloon back chair

Painted, dark waxed, and distressed wood on antique balloon back chair

After picture of antique balloon back chair makeover

Remember I mentioned in my Four Drawer Dresser to Faux Secretary post that we were going to use this chair with the Faux Secretary in our guest room? Well here they are together at last!
Back of antique balloon back chair makeover

Antique balloon back chair united with 4-drawer Dresser to Faux Secretary

Antique balloon back chair in the guest bedroom with the faux secretary

The guest bedroom makeover is coming along slowly but surely. In the meantime I've been diverted to my office where we removed furniture from the guest room and are re-purposing in there. Posts of that makeover soon!
This is not a sponsored post nor did I receive any financial compensation.  I am merely sharing a helpful resource that I used during this project.



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