The Interior Frugalista: April 2014

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April 28, 2014

Basement Ceilings {Then and Now}

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Armstrong Residential Ceilings. All opinions expressed are completely my own.



Can you see your family and friends enjoying an evening with popcorn and your favorite flick in your own home theatre?  

That's what I see when I look at this basement.  In it's current state it reminds me of something you'd see in an office building, especially with that fluorescent lighting.  It certainly doesn't feel like a space you'd want to spend much time in.    


Thankfully basement ceilings have come a long way since the day this one was installed. With some DIY ceiling repair this room could easily be transformed into a beautiful home theater!


It's important in a basement to have access to plumbing and electrical and so a suspended ceiling is a perfect option.  But first what needs to be addressed is whatever caused the water damage on the ceiling tiles and have the problem repaired.  Before installing a new ceiling I would hire an electrician to run wiring along the ceiling joists for media components like a smok'n surround sound system.  Those fluorescent fixtures gotta go so I'd have the electrician install recessed pot lights throughout the space and for added movie theater ambiance, wiring for wall sconces around the perimeter of the room.  To control the lighting, I'd have them on dimmer switches.

Now the fun part, looking at all the options available for basement ceilings and picking one that would elevate this basement from Yikes to Oh Wow, where can I sit!  Considering we're looking at transforming this space into a media room I would look at Acoustical options with high CAC (Ceiling Attenuation Class) ratings that reduces sound being transmitted to adjacent rooms or the floor above.  I'd also look at NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) ratings which absorb sound.  While it may be amazing to have high definition theater surround sound bouncing from each corner of the room, those relaxing with a good book upstairs may not appreciate it. Likewise, those enjoying the movie downstairs may not appreciate hearing the thump thump of footsteps from those walking around upstairs. 

Can you imagine this beautiful Shallow Coffered home theater rated drop panel ceiling in this basement? Gorgeous dahling!


If black isn't your thing, what about this equally attractive Homestyle Raised Panel with sound blocking in white? 


Another option is this Single Raised Coffered Panel with sound blocking.  The profile isn't as pronounced but still quite stunning.


For a more contemporary look the Tincraft Circles sound blocking drop panel would be a funky casual option!  


If you're anything like my family, we have our home theater system cranked loud so it feels just like we're at the movies.  Hey, if you're paying for that amazing sound system why not enjoy it's full potential!

The next two options would be excellent choices because they have both Sound Blocking AND Sound Reduction drop panels.

Fine Fissured Textured Tech Black drop panels.  I'm really liking this option too.  


Classic Fine Textured White drop panel.


So which would be your pick?  I would have never thought to install a black ceiling in our media room but now that I've seen the beautiful options shown above, I would love to replace ours...shhhh, don't tell Mr. Frugalista...with the Black Shallow Coffered panels.

Looking at the basement picture again, could you envision an awesome Snack Bar where the desk is?  I know I sure can!  I would install lower cabinets along the wall for movie snacks and incorporate a small bar fridge for cold drinks. What's a theater without popcorn? A theater style popcorn machine would be a great addition too.


To add impact to the snack center I would create an beautiful back splash and run it up to the ceiling.  I'm in love with these Metallaire Small Panels and they come in brass, chrome, copper, lacquered steel, stainless steel and white.  Personally I'd go for the chrome and run them diagonally on the wall just like in the photo. Ah mazing!


Or these contemporary Metallaire Medallion Panels.


There are many more tin backsplash styles available, which would be your pick?

I can't end this post without addressing the walls and the fireplace.  I would remove the chair rail because it divides the walls making them appear shorter. Instead I would paint them one color like a chocolate taupe, grey or red pulled from the colors in the bricks. I envision framed movie posters hanging on the walls.

Personally I could see a white painted fireplace mantle replacing the wood stove.  I'd remove the brick from the front, sides, and floor surrounding the wood stove but I wouldn't get rid of it.  What about reusing them along the entire wall to create a beautiful feature wall?  I could see a large flat screen television hanging above the fireplace.

What's a media room without comfortable reclining chairs and a place to hold your drink.  A four seat leather media sofa would complete the look of this basement transformation.  Now that's a space you and your family would get hours of enjoyment from, wouldn't you agree?  

Disclosure: I received compensation from Smart Click Advertising and Armstrong Residential Ceilings in exchange for participating in this opportunity.  But just like their flooring, I think Armstrong Residential Ceilings have excellent quality products that I wouldn't hesitate to use in my own home and recommend to others.  All opinions in this post are 100% my own.  I would not write a post about something I didn't think was valuable enough to use in my own home or recommend to you, my awesome readers.  The Interior Frugalista will only publish sponsored posts for products or companies that I love and believe in.
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April 26, 2014

DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE PARTY and FEATURES

It's time for another DIY Sunday Showcase Party

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!  We had a good visit with my sister and brother-in-law who were visiting from British Columbia.  We're still impatiently waiting for the arrival of Spring.  Would you believe there is SNOW in the forecast!  I don't think Mother Nature got the memo that it is Spring.

As it does each and every week, it was hard to pick our favorites. This week we had 237 links from you wonderfully talented bloggers. If you didn't make our TOP 6 Features be sure to check out ourDIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest because your link just 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:

                 


My Pick:

ANTIQUE KINDEL DRESSER MAKEOVER by Art Is Beauty

Jen's Pick:
HANGING TEST TUBE WALL PLANTER by Hearts & Sharts

Megin's Pick:
SUNBURST MIRROR by A Prudent Life

Shelly's Pick:
REVYN'S ROOM DONE! by Bohemian Junktion

Katie's Pick:
ORANGE CAMPAIGN DRESSER by Phoenix Restoration 

Erin's Pick:
BLOOMING MOSS MONOGRAM LETTERS by Twelve O Eight 

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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April 25, 2014

Birds of Paradise {Coffee Table Makeover}

Good Morning and Happy T.G.I.F.  With Easter festivities and it being a short week I managed to only complete one furniture makeover.  It was the first time I played with this color combination and I must say, I'm in love!  It's been raining and cool this week so I didn't mind being down in the shop having fun with this Birds of Paradise Coffee Table Makeover.  Can you see my feline side kick who always finds a way to photo bomb my project pictures?

Birds of Paradise Coffee Table

Mr. Frugalista, who has become my "Official" lunch hour Picker...Buyer...Scout...Thrifting Specialist, found this great coffee table for me to makeover.  The legs were in good shape but the top was well used beaten up.

Birds of Paradise Coffee Table Before

Being veneer I didn't have the option of sanding it to the bare wood. Carefully I used the mouse sander to remove any knicks and scratches. Then I filled in the deeper gouges with Dynamic Dyna Patch Pro, my favorite non shrinking filler (I'm not being compensated for saying that - just sharing the love).

I painted the entire table with three coats of ASCP in Old White and the details with French Linen and oh I am loving this color!

Birds of Paradise Coffee Table Close Up

The table looked gorgeous and I could have given it some clear wax and called it a day buuuuuut Mama can't leave well enough alone.  Needing to inject some personality into my pieces I gave the top some stenciled goodness with a Damask Birds of Paradise graphic.  It's actually part of an Allover stencil design to be used on a wall but why limit it's use!  I used the small image of this stencil on the inside doors of the Small Armoire Makeover.

Birds of Paradise Stencil

Using the larger Birds of Paradise image I stenciled it onto the table with a couple of coats of French Linen. Those pretty birds needed to pop so I went over the French Linen with a couple of coats of Duck Egg. Lov'n it!

Birds of Paradise Coffee Table with stenciled top

The plan was to keep the table "clean"...no distressing...no dark wax.  Never say never because that is exactly what I ended up doing.  Why?  Because I really wanted the stencil to look aged.  It looked odd having the stencil aged and the table clean so I just kept going with the sandpaper and dark waxaroo!

Birds of Paradise Coffee Table

I wish I had a house with multiple rooms because I would really like to keep this sweet table but the reality is I don't and so I will sadly have to bid it farewell.

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April 23, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party Round-Up

Today I'm sharing a round-up of unique and creative DIY Wall Art from the DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE PARTY this week.


  In no particular order...

UNIQUE THRIFT STORE UPCYCLE by View From The Fridge

DIY OLD MIRROR WINDOW by Salt and Pepper Mom

COFFEE BEANS TO COFFEE BAR by Red Tin Inn

ANNIVERSARY WALL ART TRIBUTE AND LOVE by Forever Decorating

SALVAGE CHARGING STATION by Unique Junktique

CRIB SPRING WALL ORGANIZER by The Salvaged Boutique

HANGING TEST TUBE WALL PLANTER by Hearts and Sharts

DIY HOOP ART by Huckleberry Love

DIY DRY ERASE MESSAGE BOARD by Sewlicious Home Decor

These are such great ideas and I hope you enjoyed them as much as we did!  If any of these inspired you, please press the link to each blog beneath the photos.  
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April 19, 2014

DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE PARTY and FEATURES

"HAPPY EASTER"

It's time for another DIY Sunday Showcase Party

Hope you're enjoying a wonderful Easter Long Weekend with family and friends.  This year instead of a traditional Easter dinner we are going to fire up the BBQ for the first time this season.  I'm so looking forward it!

Each week it gets harder and harder to pick our favorites. This week we had 287 links from you wonderfully talented bloggers. If you didn't make our TOP 6 Features be sure to check out ourDIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest because your link just 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:

                 


My Pick:

TWO TONE WATERFALL DRESSER by Fisherman's Wife Furniture

Jen's Pick:
EASTER BUNNY BANNER by My Paper Craze

Megin's Pick:
UPCYCLED FOOT STOOL by Redo It Yourself Inspirations

Shelly's Pick:
VINTAGE COKE CRATE REPURPOSE by Robb Restyle 

Katie's Pick:
GROWN UP EASTER BASKET by My Crafty Spot 

Erin's Pick:
DIY BEADED CANDLE HOLDERS AND VASE by Homey Oh My! 

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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