The Interior Frugalista: November 2014

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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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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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How To Make Beaded Christmas Cone Trees For Less

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

Recently I saw some gorgeous beaded cone trees that would be perfect for our fireplace mantel but the price was way over our budget. No matter how much I tried to put those darn trees out of my mind I just had to have them.

So I did what any DIYer would do, made my own version of their Beaded Christmas Cone Trees for a fraction of the price.
DIY Christmas Cone Trees

The inspiration trees are covered completely with gold and white beads but I decided to cover mine with 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 bull in a china shop and there's no telling what kind of chaos would ensue.

How To Make Beaded Christmas Cone Trees


These are the materials I used to make mine...
Beaded Christmas Cone Tree Materials

How to make the cones

 Bristol board Christmas Cone Trees
Place a sheet of bristol board vertically on a work surface. We will be making three trees at these heights:
26-inches high
22-inches high
18-inches high

Bristol Board Christmas Cone Trees
  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.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you to support the costs of running this site. See my disclosure policy page.

Mirrored Cone Tree - 26 inches tall

DIY Mirrored Christmas Cone Tree
Mine $22.00 - Theirs $74.95

Mirrored Cone Tree Materials List:

3 sheets of Bristol board (dollar store)
White duct tape
Hot glue gun
Wide Silver Metallic ribbon
Bag of assorted Mini Mirrors For Crafts
Silver Wire Beads (6 per pkg) (Michaels)

Metallic Ribbon for Christmas Cone Tree
  1. Starting at the bottom, wrap a strand of Silver Metallic Ribbon around the cone, adding a dab of hot glue here and there to secure.
  2. When you reach the point where you began, measure approximately 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 mirrors 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.

Beaded Cone Tree - 22 inches tall

Pearl Beaded Christmas Cone Tree
Mine $8.00 - Theirs $44.95

Beaded Cone Tree Materials List:

Silver Metallic Spray Paint
Self-Adhesive Pearls for crafts
  1. Paint the 22-inch cone with 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. Even though they are self-adhesive, place a dab of glue on the first and last bead of each strand for extra adhesion. 
  3. For added visual interest end the pearl strands evenly about 4-6 inches from the top of the tree and continue to gem strands only to the top.

Chevron Cone Tree - 18 inches tall

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

Chevron Cone Tree Materials List:

  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. 
My version of the Beaded Christmas Cone Trees may not be as polished as the retail originals but I love them just the same. Place them over a large mirror or a bed of fluffy white feather boas like I did.
Trio of DIY Beaded Christmas Cone Trees
The poor pathetic 4-foot Charlie Brown Christmas Tree pictured below 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.
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree that went all glam
If you were inspired by my DIY Beaded Christmas Cone Trees for less version, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.
DIY Beaded Christmas Cone Trees
Has this inspired you to make your own version of Beaded Christmas Cone Trees? Perhaps you've already made some. I'd love to hear what materials you used to make yours.


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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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