The Interior Frugalista: September 2014

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September 29, 2014

Pedestal Medallion Table

Recently my awesome neighbour, who has given me a treasure trove of goodies, sent this small oak table my direction. I love a pedestal table and was thrilled to get it. I've been itching to do a makeover using a combination of Paris Grey and Pure White and so I decided to transform this little guy into a masculine Pedestal Medallion Table.

Round pedestal medallion table after a masculine makeover

Here is what it looked like before the makeover.  See the saw horses, I even got those from my neighbor!

Round oak table Before

After cleaning it with a liquid sander/deglosser I painted the entire table in Paris Grey.

Round oak table painted with Paris Grey chalk paint

Then I dry brushed Pure White over the base and feet and gave it a bit of sanding to reveal the Paris Grey underneath.  I decided the top was begging for a graphic and thanks to the Graphics Fairy I had the perfect medallion saved in my graphics file.

Printing a medallion graphic to use on furniture

I hopped on over to BlockPoster and enlarged it to the size I needed.

Enlarging a medallion graphic to fit on a table top

Then using graphite paper I traced the image onto the center of the table and hand painted the details with thinned Graphite color chalk paint.

Transferring a medallion graphic onto a table with graphite paper

Happy with the results I went ahead and added clear wax to the entire table and brought it upstairs to photograph.  That's when I learned a hard lesson in not prepping a piece properly! 

Unhappy with finish on table after applying clear wax

You can see in the photo above that the top was showing terribly in the natural light.  To say I was disappointed would be an understatement!  So back down to the workshop it went and I took my mouse sander to it.  It helped but because oak is such a grainy wood I would have had to sand it down to the bare veneer and loose the graphic that I painstakingly hand painted.  Not going to happen!

I repainted the top carefully around the graphic and it looked better but not perfect.  Having little choice I decided to embrace it's imperfections and have a party with dark wax!

The skies parted and the angels sang as the Paris Grey took on a darker tone and provided a stronger contrast with the Pure White.  Liking it so much I decided to paint the feet Paris Grey.  Now this is the sweet thing about chalk paint, you can paint right over wax!  

Pedestal table painted with Paris Grey and Pure White chalk paint

I don't mind how the dark wax settled into the unevenness of the top because it adds...ahem...character.  Yeah that's it, character!

Round pedestal table After with painted medallion graphic

Now it's time to bid this little fella a fond farewell and find it a new home.

Round pedestal medallion table makeover After

THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING FOR FEATURING THIS PROJECT:


         

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September 27, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase and Party {September 27, 2014}


My creativity went on a little vacation and I was getting worried that it left home for good. Thankfully I managed to lure it back with some new craft supplies.  Whew!  What I managed to make this week...

It's time to party
another DIY Sunday Showcase Party!
You guys are a talented bunch and every week it's so hard to pick our favorites. If you didn't make our TOP 6 Features here at the party then be sure to check out our DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest because you 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:
                 


MARIE'S PICK:

STAIN PAINTED ACCENT TABLE by Redo It Yourself Inspirations

JEN'S PICK:

Fall Burlap Wreath Final
FALL BURLAP WREATH by Anything & Everything DIY Blog

MEGIN'S PICK:
Entryway decorated for fall
RUSTIC CHIC FALL ENTRY WAY by Home Remedies

SHELLY'S PICK:
DIY Upcycled/Recycled Rusty Pipe Lamp
DIY UPCYCLED PIPE LAMP by Scavenger Chic

KATIE'S PICK:
Mint Chair with Gold Wax
MINT CHAIR WITH GOLD WAX by BrePurposed

ERIN'S PICK:

CARDBOARD CASTLE by SimpleJoys

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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September 25, 2014

A Fall Pumpkin Craft Idea Using Burlap And Tin

With the chilly days of Autumn upon us, my thoughts go to decorating the fireplace mantel and table tops with Fall decor. Each year I like to challenge myself by creating a unique Fall art project. This year I think I succeeded in making A Fall Pumpkin Craft Idea Using Burlap and Tin.

What I love most about this Fall sign is that I cut out a pumpkin from a piece of tin and created an oxidized copper patina using a fun paint technique.

Fall Pumpkin Art using burlap and tin

These are the materials I used...

Supplies to make Tin Pumpkin Art
*Affiliate links included in this post so you can see the products I used. See my full Disclosure Policy.

A Fall Pumpkin Craft Idea Using Burlap And Tin

Materials List

Old Picture Frame
Sheet of burlap *(affiliate link)
Shellac *(affiliate link)
Chalk paint in the colors Graphite and Old White
Clear Wax
Jute Twine
Sheet of tin
Modern Masters Metal Effects Copper Kit *(affiliate link)
Sophisticated Finishes Blackened Bronze Metallic Surfacers *(affiliate link)
Tin snips
Protective Gloves

Step 1: Refreshing an old picture frame

I found Mr. Frugalista's college diploma tucked away in a tub in the storage room but I really wanted the frame and the mat for this project.  I figured if he's had his diploma stuffed in the bowels of the storage room for several decades then it's free for the pick'ns!

Because the frame was stained red it was almost guaranteed that I would get paint bleed so to remedy that I applied a coat of shellac to seal the tannins in the wood. I brushed a coat of Graphite (charcoal gray) chalk paint for the first color. I followed it up with two coats of Old White chalk paint. Using an 80 grit sanding sponge, I distressed the corners to reveal the gray underneath. The paint was sealed with clear wax rubbed on with a clean link free rag.

Step 2: Burlap Back

I lined the cardboard backing of the frame with burlap leftover from a table runner, tacking it in place with dabs of hot glue.

Attaching burlap for the background of the tin pumpkin art

Now onto the fun stuff...

Step 3: Making a tin pumpkin

Note: For this step, you must wear protective gloves to prevent being cut by the tin.

I cut a small piece of sheet metal (you can buy small sheets at Home Depot) using vintage, made for giants, tin snips.

Cutting sheet metal with tin snips to make tin pumpkin art

I traced a pumpkin using a sheet of carbon paper onto the tin (as pictured below).

Tracing pumpkin image onto sheet metal for tin pumpkin art

Step 4: Painting and oxidizing the tin pumpkin

After I carefully cut out the pumpkin, I painted it with two coats of Modern Masters Metal Effects Copper Primer (as pictured below).

Metal Effects Primer on tin pumpkin art

Next, I painted two coats of Modern Masters Metal Effects Copper paint (sorry about the blurry photo).

Next, only on the leaf portion of the pumpkin, I applied Modern Masters Green Patina Aging Solution with a small paint brush and dabbed it with a clean rag. You can see in the photo below how it started the oxidization process.

Metal Effects Copper Paint for tin pumpkin art

After a few minutes, this is what it looked like.  Love this stuff!

With Sophisticated Finishes Blackened Bronze Metallic Surfacer and a Q-tip, I outlined around the leaf, painted the stem and ribs of the pumpkin (as pictured below).

Metal Effects Green Patina Aging Solution on leaves of tin pumpkin art

For the tendrils, I simply hot glued a strand of jute twine from the stem and to the leaf, using the printed pumpkin graphic as my guide (as pictured below).

Attaching green twine and wooden letters to tin pumpkin art

Step 5: Adding painted wooden letters

I had some wooden letters in my stash and painted them using the Modern Masters Metal Effects Primer and hot glued them in place.

I attached my Fall Pumpkin Craft into the painted frame and voila!


Here it is incorporated into our Fall Mantelscape. 

DIY Pumpkin Art for a Fall Mantelscape


When Mr. Frugalista got home from work he spotted his frameless college diploma on the dining room table and asked, "what the heck did you do with my college diploma"?  I gave him an innocent smirk and batted my eyes and he walked away shaking his head. And that wasn't the first time and it won't be the last.

Have you ever tried the Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit? If so, what did you make with it?

You'll find this project linked to these fabulous Link Parties.

Thank you to the following for featuring this project:

  

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September 20, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {September 20, 2014}

Mother Nature has been a little confused in these parts.  We went from Snow last week to +27°C this week.  Is it Winter...is it Summer?  We don't seem to get the in between.
It's time to party
another DIY Sunday Showcase Party!
You guys are a talented bunch and every week it's so hard to pick our favorites. If you didn't make our TOP 6 Features here at the party then be sure to check out our DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest because you 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:
                 


MARIE'S PICK:
Fall door decor made with branches and berries.  Average But Inspired
TWIGS AND BERRIES FALL DOOR DECOR by Average But Inspired

JEN'S PICK:

Halloween Footprint Sign | Home. Made. Interest.
HALLOWEEN FOOTPRINT SIGN by Home Made Interest

MEGIN'S PICK:
Check out this amazing DIY post on creating Pumpkins with Realistic Looking Stems | www.andersonandgrant.com
DIY PUMPKINS WITH REALISTIC LOOKING STEMS by Anderson & Grant

SHELLY'S PICK:

ON DESIGNING A BOY'S ROOM {Our "Train" Of Thought} by The Heathered Nest

KATIE'S PICK:
Campaign Style Storage Crate 2
CAMPAIGN STYLE WOOD STORAGE CRATE WITH CASTERS by Houseologie

ERIN'S PICK:
Bean Pumpkin, Delineate Your Dwelling #triangles #geometric #fall
BEAN PUMPKIN by Delineate Your Dwelling

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!
NEWDIYBUTTON


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