The Interior Frugalista: November 2014

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November 29, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {November 29, 2014}

I'm sorry for getting the party up a little late this week - I was sure I hit the scheduled Publish button. I hope my friends to the south are enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family!
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:
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DEMILUNE SIDEBOARD by Phoenix Restoration
Oh my I'm crushing on this beautiful red sideboard!

JEN'S PICK:

WOOD SLICE SILHOUETTE ORNAMENTS by Little House of Four

MEGIN'S PICK:

HOW TO MAKE A WALL SHELF OUT OF A HUTCH by DesignDreams By Anne

SHELLY'S PICK:
Easy DIY Winter Scarf Wreath
EASY DIY WINTER SCARF WREATH by A Cultivated Nest

KATIE'S PICK:
I’m officially decorating for Christmas…with a Pottery Barn knock off no doubt! Learn to make a DIY Noel sign with this perfect craft for your home decor.
DIY NOEL CHRISTMAS SIGN by Crafts by Courtney

ERIN'S PICK:
Gold Cane Chair Makeover by Two Thirty~Five Designs
GOLD CANE CHAIR by Two Thirty-Five Designs

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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November 27, 2014

Kroehler French Provincial Side Table Makeovers

The table on the left may look familiar because I gave it a white makeover several months ago. My client recently inherited a matching rectangular table and wanted them unified for her living room. She commissioned me to not only give her Kroehler French Provincial Side Table a matching makeover but to add a graphic on the bottom shelf of each.

French Provincial Side Table Makeover with graphics

Here is what the table looked like before the makeover.

French Provincial side table before makeover

It needed a few minor scratches and dents filled on the legs and the top and received fresh coats of Old White chalk paint, a little distressing, and some dark wax.  Then the fun began...

Country Chic Paint Image Transfer Medium

Normally I transfer my graphics using graphite paper and hand paint the details but because these graphics were in a hard to reach spot I decided to give Country Chic Paint Image Transfer Medium a try.  I love it when a new product rocks my world!

First I went over to The Graphics Fairy website and found the Count Your Blessings graphic and printed it in reverse.  Then I used the French Wreath graphic and in PicMonkey added the phrase Live Love Laugh inside the wreath and again printed it in reverse.  

French Provincial side table image transfer 1

Next I applied the image transfer medium onto the good side of the graphic and carefully placed it in the middle of each table, rubbing out any air bubbles as I went. I let the graphics dry for several hours.  With a water bottle I lightly sprayed each graphic and with my fingers lightly rolled over them removing a layer of paper. I let them dry again and repeated the process until only the graphic remained.

French Provincial Side Table image transfer 2

Now the great thing about this particular image transfer medium is that it peeled off so much easier than other products I've used and in far fewer steps.  The image held onto the wood firmly, even after distressing it lightly with sandpaper.  This is the best product I've used so far!

French Provincial Round Side Table with Graphic

French Provincial Rectangular Side Table with graphic

Thankfully my client was pleased with her tables and I'll get the pleasure of seeing them in her living room in early 2015 as she's enlisted my Interior Redesign services to do a makeover of a few rooms in her home.  I can't wait because besides refinishing furniture, one of my passions is doing room makeovers using what is already in the home!

Round French Provincial Side Table After Makeover

Rectangular French Provincial Side Table After Makeover

I can't leave a drawer untouched so I lined it with scrapbook paper using the same image transfer medium to adhere it to the drawer and top coat protection.

French Provincial side table makeover with lined drawer

Now the two Kroehler French Provincial Side Tables look like they've always been a matching set!

French Provincial Side Tables unified by a makeover

* This is not a sponsored post nor did I receive compensation for the products used.  When I find a company or a product that I genuinely love, I like to share it with my readers.

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November 24, 2014

DIY Christmas Cone Trees with glitter and glam

Don't you just love it when the Christmas catalogs come out?  I sure do because they're always chocked full of inspiration.  This girl on a beer budget always seems to gravitate towards the most expensive item on the page.

Recently I saw some Beaded Cone Trees and knew I had to have them for the fireplace mantel in our family room.  So I did what any DIYer would do, made my own DIY Christmas Cone Trees with glitter and glam.

DIY Christmas Cone Trees

The inspiration trees are covered with gold and white beads but I decided I wanted mine to be wrapped in fabric, metallic spray paint, and glitter paint. In all honesty, the thought of working with all those tiny little beads...well let's just say that I'm a klutz and there's no telling what kind of chaos would ensue if my hands got a hold of all those beads.

These are the materials I used to make mine...

Materials to make Christmas Cone Trees


Mirrored Cone Tree Materials List:

  • 3 sheets of Bristol board (dollar store)
  • White duct tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Metallic ribbon (fabric store)
  • Bag of assorted mini mirrors (Michaels)
  • Silver Wire Beads (6 per pkg) (Michaels)

Beaded Cone Tree Materials List:

  • Rust-oleum Silver Metallic Spray Paint
  • Self-adhesive Pearl and Gem stickers (dollar store)

Chevron Cone Tree Materials List:

  • Silver spray glitter
  • Sequin ribbon (fabric store)
  • Silver bead strand

Making Cone Trees

 Bristol board Christmas Cone Trees

Place a sheet of bristol board vertically on a work surface. We will be making three trees, one at 26-inches high, another at 22-inches high, and the third at 18-inches high.

Making Christmas Cone Trees from bristol board

  1. Tape a piece of string onto the bottom right corner of a sheet of bristol board.
  2. Wrap the opposite end of the string around a pencil until it measures 26-inches when pointing down onto the bristol board (as pictured above).
  3. Starting from the left bottom corner of the board, draw a line across to the opposite side (as pictured above).
  4. Cut along the line with scissors.
  5. Roll into the shape of a cone, ensuring the top stays tight.
  6. Secure the cone in place with tape. I prefer using white duct tape because of its adhesion and so it blends in with the color of the bristol board.
  7. Repeat Steps 1-6 for the next cone measuring 22-inches.
  8. Repeat Steps 1-6 for the last cone measuring 18-inches.


Mirrored Cone Tree - 26 inches tall

Mine cost $22.00 - Theirs $74.95
DIY Mirrored Holiday Cone Tree


Metallic Ribbon for Christmas Cone Tree

  1. Starting at the bottom, wrap a strand of Silver Metallic Ribbon around the cone, adding a dab or hot glue here and there to secure in place.
  2. When you reach the point where you started, measure approximately a 1/2-inch, cut the ribbon and fold the raw edge under. Secure in place with a dab of hot glue.
  3. Repeat Step 1 -2 until you reach the top of the tree.
  4. Try to keep your seams lined up to one another (they will be on the back of your tree).

Mini mirrors and metal beads to embellish Christmas Cone Tree
  
With a hot glue gun, glue the mini mirrors onto the front of the silver wire beads. The beads come in assorted sizes you find the one that fits the opening best.

Mirrored Beads and Metallic Ribbon on Holiday Cone Tree

Glue the mirrored metal beads randomly around the tree and glue one to the top of the tree (as seen in the first picture).

Beaded Cone Tree - 22 inches tall

Mine $8.00 - Theirs $44.95
Metallic Beaded Holiday Cone Tree

  1. Paint the 22-inch cone silver using Silver Metallic Spray Paint. Mine took two coats for full coverage.
  2. Once the paint is completely dry, run assorted size self-adhesive Pearl and Gem bead strands vertically up the tree. I found my bead strands at the dollar store. Even though they are self-adhesive, place a dab of glue on the first and last bead of the strand for extra adhesion. 
  3. For added interest near the top, end the pearl strands evenly around the tree, leaving just the gem strands run to the top.

Chevron Cone Tree - 18 inches tall

Mine $10.50 - Theirs $34.95
Chevron Beaded Holiday Cone Tree

  1. Spray the 18-inch cone tree with silver spray glitter. It took several coats to get full coverage.
  2. Once the glitter spray is dry, run a strand of silver beads around the base of the cone tree securing in place with a hot glue gun.
  3. Run two strands of silver beads around the top (as pictured above).
  4. Glue three beads onto the top of the tree.
  5. Wrap double strands of silver sequined ribbon, leaving about three inches between each double strand (as pictures above).
  6. In the space between the sequined ribbon, run the silver beads in a chevron pattern around the tree, securing in place with a hot glue gun. 

Silver Glitter and Glam with a sprinkle of Winter White is our theme for the holidays in the basement family room!

Christmas Cone Tree vignette

This poor pathetic 4-foot Charlie Brown Christmas Tree has been a holiday fixture in our house since the kids were babies. We don't have the heart to get rid of it so it takes a lot of shiny decorations to distract from the ugliness that lies beneath.

All things considered, I don't think it looks too bad, especially when paired with our much adored Christmas Village!

Glammed Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

This is the earliest we've decorated for the holidays EVER!

DIY Christmas Cone Trees

When do you start your holiday decorating?

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November 22, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {November 22, 2014}

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Like a lot of you we have the white stuff on the ground (but that's pretty typical for this region).  It and all the holiday posts in the blogosphere these days inspired me to pull out the Christmas decorations.  We've NEVER decorated this early!  How about you, before or after American Thanksgiving?

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:

INDUSTRIAL CABLE SPOOL SNOWMAN by Artsy VaVa
I think this junk find Snowman is so stink'n cute!

JEN'S PICK:
White Black Gold Thanksgiving Table Gold Thanksgiving Tablescape
GOLD THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE by HOUSEologie

MEGIN'S PICK:
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GOODBYE BROKEN...HELLO BEAUTIFUL  by The Curator's Collection

SHELLY'S PICK:
Indian Corn Thanksgiving Placecards  |  OHMY-CREATIVE.COM
GLITTER INDIAN CORN PLACE CARDS by Oh My! Creative

KATIE'S PICK:
DIY Wood Slice Chalkboard Clock :: making it in the mountains
WOOD SLICE CHALKBOARD CLOCK by Making It In The Mountains

ERIN'S PICK:

DIY CRANBERRY MONOGRAM by Atkinson Drive

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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