The Interior Frugalista: March 2014

March 31, 2014

TAX DAY CASH GIVEAWAY

CONGRATULATIONS

DEBRA P.

WINNER OF THE GIVEAWAY



Enter for your chance to win $650 from a great group of bloggers in the Tax Day Cash Giveaway...but hurry just like your taxes it all ends at midnight on April 15th, 2014!!

Amazing cohost are:

Mandy Jean  @  Mandy Jean chic 
Evelyn @ My Turn for us 
Stephanie @ Wife Mommy Me
Anna  @ Cuddlebug Cuties
Angel  @ Sew Crafty Angel 
Katherine @ Katherines Corner 
Tiffany @ Style Honestly 
Michelle @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby
Karen @ Giveaway Hunt 
Natasha @ Serenity You 
Inspired Kathy @ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer 
April @ 100lb Countdown
Myrna @ UndecidedMamas

Giant shout out to other participants 
(because without everyone we would have never reached $650)

Jackie@  Jade and Oak 
Joy @ Yesterfood 




Must be 18 years or older to participate in this giveaway. Must have a verified PayPal account for monies to be transferred to the winner. The winning entry will be verified. Once the winner is notified they have 72 hours to reply back or a second winner will be selected and the first one will have no claim to the prize.  This giveaway is open worldwide but prize money is valued on the US dollar and any taxes is at the sole responsibility of the winner and not of anyone who contributed to this giveaway.   
If you have any questions please contact Mice In The Kitchen BEFORE entering the giveaway.

Good luck!!
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March 29, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase and Features

Last week we had an incredible 253 links at the party. Each week it gets harder and harder to pick our favorites. If you didn't make our TOP 6 Features be sure to check out our DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest because your link just may be featured there!

It's time for another DIY Sunday Showcase Party

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 SIDEBOARD by The Curators Collection

Jen's Pick:
COLORFUL DECK SEATING AREA MAKEOVER by Madcap Frenzy

Megin's Pick:
PLOW AND HEARTH KNOCKOFF CHEVRON END TABLE by Sweat Pea

Shelly's Pick:
GOLD DIPPED STRIPED TABLE FROM GLASS PATIO TABLE by Home For4 Sweet Home 

Katie's Pick:
FABULOUS FREE KITCHEN PRINTABLES by The Happy Housie 

Erin's Pick:
DIY DAHLIAS FOR SPRING by Kraft & Mint 

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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March 27, 2014

Too Pretty For A Bedroom! {Small Armoire Makeover}

Hope you all had a great weekend!  It's been a chilly one here on the Canadian Prairies with temperatures in the -7°C range.  Oh how I long to see a patch of green or a crocus popping out of the ground!  While it's still too cold to spend time outdoors I've been busy completing projects that have been taking up valuable real estate in the workshop.

My most recent project is a Small Armoire Makeover that I've had since the late 70's.  When we completed the Master Bedroom Closet Expansion we no longer needed it so I decided to give it a makeover. Now that it's finished, I think it's Too Pretty For A Bedroom Armoire!

Small Armoire Makeover

Unfortunately I never took a Before picture of what it looked like originally but the picture below will give you a good idea as this is what the matching dresser and hutch looked like from the set.


In the late 80's I stripped the glossy finish down to the natural wood and stained it.  I replaced the hardware as well.


When we decorated the master bedroom a few years ago I gave it another fresh white makeover with Benjamin Moore Aura paint in Cloud White and replaced the hardware with pretty glass handles.  This picture was taken during our Closet Expansion.

Small Armoire Makeover Before Picture

As they say, third time's the charm! I kept the Armoire white but this time gave it a makeover using Country Chic Chalk Paint in Vanilla Frosting. Because this piece had layers of Aura paint underneath I decided to forego distressing it. Instead, after a couple of coats of Country Chic Tough Coat, I antiqued it with a brown glaze. Normally I protect my pieces with clear soft wax followed by a dark wax but I wanted to try the Tough Coat product. I will definitely use it again for things like table tops and kitchen cabinets that require extra protection but in all honesty, I prefer a wax finish.

Small Armoire Makeover after chalk paint and dark glaze

Here is a close up of those pretty glass handles I purchased from Lee Valley Tools.

Small Armoire Makeover with glass handles

I decided to add a surprise pop of color to the inside of the Armoire using Country Chic Chalk Paint in the color Elegance.  So pretty!

Small Armoire Makeover using Elegance chalk paint in the interior

To add another pretty surprise element I decided to stencil the inside of the doors with a Damask Birds of Paradise stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.

Small Armoire Makeover with stencils on the inside of the doors

I lined the drawers with a pretty coordinating wall paper.

Small Armoire Makeover with wallpaper lined drawers

Then I got to thinking, why does this HAVE to be a bedroom Armoire?  I think it would also make a nice small hutch in a kitchen or dining room with the doors left open.

Small Armoire Makeover from bedroom to dining room

Dang, I'm going to have a tough time letting this one go!  Believe me I scoured every square inch of this house trying to find a place to put it but unfortunately I don't have any room for yet another piece of furniture.

Do you have a hard time letting go of your furniture makeovers after you've poured so much sweat Love into them?

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March 22, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase and Features

Yeah, it's Spring!

It's time for another DIY Sunday Showcase Party

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:

HOW TO BUILD A CRIB TABLE by Lip Gloss And Lumber

Jen's Pick:
DOTS & BURLAP HAPPY EASTER BANNER by Twelve 0 Eight

Megin's Pick:
CHALK PAINT GREY SIDEBOARD by Chic by Tab

Shelly's Pick:
DIY POLKA DOT MUG by Endlessly Inspired 

Katie's Pick:
DIY TOTE BAG by Place Of My Taste 

Erin's Pick:
DIY SUNBURST MIRROR by Place Of My Taste 

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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March 21, 2014

Spring Mantle for under $10.00!

SPRING, please say it's so!

The calendar says it's Spring but the view from my window says, "sweetheart you're in Canada...think again".

Well Spring HAS Sprung in our living room and I was bound and determined I would decorate our Spring Mantle for under $10.00!


A spring mantle decorated for under $10.00

The first thing I did was shop the home for anything with a Spring/Easter vibe.  Then I headed to the dollar store with my $10.00 bill in hand.  So now what?

Embellishments for decorating a Spring Mantle for under $10.00!

I started with the items I already had on hand like colored cardstock, scrapbook paper, alphabet stickers, twine, and some cute mini clothespins to create a simple banner.

The Easy Peasy How To

  1. Using a ruler, I drew the first flag banner onto cardstock and cut it with a paper cutter.  This became the template for the rest of the flags.  Mine are 5" x 8"
  2. I went through my scrapbook paper to find images perfect for Spring.
  3. I cut the scrapbook sheets to 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" and glued them to the front of the cardstock.
  4. I attached 1-inch self-adhesive letters to the front of each flag.  They came in a booklet that I found at my local Dollarama store.  
  5. The booklet also contained some cute stickers that I also used to embellish the flags.
DIY Flag Banner for a Spring Mantle under $10.00!

I had the cutest crochet bottle caps in my stash (got them at Michaels) to embellish the letter S flag (see below).

Close up of flag banner for our Spring Mantle under $10.00!

The Alphabet Booklet also contained some cute stickers that I embellished the letter R flag with by adding the word WISH.

Close up of flag banner for our Spring Mantle under $10.00!

...and ENJOY on the letter N flag.

Close up of flag banner for our Spring Mantle under $10.00!

Nothing says spring like a gazebo, right?  Several weeks ago Mr. Frugalista came home with a miniature wooden gazebo that he found while thrifting on his lunch break.  I gave it a good cleaning and a dry brush of white chalk paint.

I found some raffia ribbon in my crafting stash and made a nest and filled it with Marbled Easter Eggs that the kids and I decorated around 15 years ago!

Miniature Wooden Gazebo for our Spring Mantle under $10.00!

Also many years ago in a craft class, I made this tissue paper decoupaged bunny.  Wanting a more "grown up" look I decided to give it another decoupaged makeover using French newsprint scrapbook paper torn into strips.  I rubbed dark wax over the Modge Podge once it was dry to give the paper an aged appearance and then painted the egg with...wait for it
...Duck Egg Blue chalk paint!

Decoupaged Bunny for our Spring Mantle under $10.00!

I had two of these wooden bird houses, one I gave to my Mom for her birthday and this one I kept for myself.  I painted it with Simplicity White, Luscious Lime and Antique Red.

Bird House for our Spring Mantle under $10.00!

I pulled a wooden candlestick from the trio in the master bedroom and thought it would make a perfect base for the birdhouse.

Birdhouse on a wooden candlestick for our Spring Mantle under $10.00!

Which brings me to my cute little bird cage.  You'll see it creatively incorporated into all my seasonal vignettes.  I placed the remaining marbled Easter eggs into the nest and added a few feathers I had in my craft bin.

Bird Cage for our Spring Mantle under $10.00!

In the master bedroom, I had a set of faux Heather tea cups.  I grabbed one of them to add to the display.  Using some real Heather in a teacup & saucer would have been very pretty but remember I was decorating on a $10.00 budget!

Heather in a teacup for our Spring Mantle under $10.00!

One of my dollar store purchases was this cute wooden letter block.  I gave it a quick coat of paint using Duck Egg Blue, Antoinette, and Perfection.

Block Letter Word for our Spring Mantle under $10.00!

Last but not least is what consumed most of my budget.  I had the vase on hand as well as the moss but I thought these branches with mini eggs and nests were just too adorable.

Spring Mantle for under $10.00!

For a grand total of $9.00 and some change, there you have it...a Spring Mantel for under $10.00!

Spring Mantle for under $10.00!

UPDATE:

To add some dimension to the Spring Banner, I aged each flag by pouncing brown paint around the edges of the flags.  To do this I used a round stencil brush and dipped the ends of the bristles into the paint and dabbed the excess with a paper towel.  In a circular motion, I lightly added the brown where the paper would naturally age over time (see picture below).

Spring Flag Banner

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