The Interior Frugalista: May 2015

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DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {May 30, 2015}

Hi Everyone,
So glad to see you here today and I hope you enjoy our fabulous features! While the party goes live this swollen feet muscle aching Mama has her feet up enjoying a cold one on her deck. In the last 7 days I have helped both of my children move within days of one another. To say I'm getting to old for this ____ (you fill in the blank) would be an understatement!


Bloggers this is a great link up to showcase your work because not only will it appear on this blog but on the blogs of five of my friends.  That's six opportunities to have your work featured!

If you are not one of the six featured here today you may have been featured at our DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest so be sure to hop over there as well!


So without further adieu
it's time to get this DIY Sunday Showcase Party started!
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

              

♥♥♥ OUR PICKS FROM THE LAST PARTY ♥♥♥

MY PICK:

Dress up an old foot stool using some jute twine to upholster the seat.  |  anderson + grant
RUSTIC FOOTSTOOL by Anderson and Grant
You've got to see how Jamie hand wove twine on the top of this gorgeous rustic footstool.  Isn't it just gorgeous!


JEN'S PICK:

This cute menu board is an easy DIY project that will help you get organized for meal planning and add a touch of fun to your home decor. A double win! It could also be used for organizing your weekly schedule or family appointments.
DIY MENU BOARD by The Sits Girls


KATIE'S PICK:

dipped-faux-concrete-planters
FAUX CONCRETE SUCCULENT PLANTERS by The Scrap Shoppe Blog


ERIN'S PICK:

Thick, gooey caramel filling over buttery shortbread cookie and covered with swirled chocolate ganache is the golden ticket to get anything you want.
SWIRLED CHOCOLATE CARAMEL SHORTBREAD BARS by Sweets & Savory by Shinee


WENDI'S PICK:

WP_20140610_17_33_27_SmartShoot (2)
HOW TO MAKE OUR 4th  OF JULY WREATH by Lou Lou Girls


ALLI'S PICK:

Upside Down Pineapple Cake Protein Shake 6
UPSIDE DOWN PINEAPPLE CAKE PROTEIN SHAKE by The Seasoned Mom

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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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Terracotta Pots Get French Country Style

For years, I've admired the look of Vintage French Country pots. I've been pining for three large ones on the corner of our deck but the hefty price tag made that wish unattainable. Chalk paint, a spray bottle, printer, and image transfer medium, my existing terracotta pots get French Country style!
How to turn ordinary clay pots into Vintage French Country style

The inspiration for sharing my Terracotta Pots get French Country Style is a decorating challenge hosted in the Decorating and DIY Enthusiasts Facebook Forum.  May's Challenge is Decorating With A Clay Pot and I'm so excited to be participating for the first time in this monthly challenge.


Here is a picture of what my flower pots used to look like taken a few summers ago...

Terracotta pots before a makeover

All I did to create the look was water down some chalk paint in the color Versailles to the consistency of milk. Randomly brush the paint onto your pots and let it dry to the touch. Using a spray bottle spritz the paint to dampen it and with a damp sponge remove (wet distress) the paint in some areas. That's it!

I didn't apply a protective finish because I want the paint to age naturally from the outdoor elements. All three pots were painted late last summer and they withstood our harsh Canadian winter and still look fantastic!

Terracotta pots painted with Versailles chalk paint and wet distressed


Clay pots painted with chalk paint and distressed

While I loved how they turned out, I wanted to add more French elements and so this challenge motivated me to apply the finishing touches.

How To Add A French Typography Graphic

Step 1 Finding the perfect French Typography

I went to the Graphics Fairy website and found the perfect French Typography graphic for the front of the largest pot.

Step 2 Printing the graphic

Using a laser printer, I printed the graphic in black & white on the "best" print setting.  If your graphic has any text be sure to print a mirror image (reverse the image) before printing.

Step 3 Preparing the graphic

Cut the white space around the image (as seen in the photo below).  The closer you cut around the image, the less paper to remove later.

Step 4 Transferring the graphic onto the pots

Using an Image Transfer Medium (my preference is the Country Chic Paint brand) but Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium works well too, apply a generous coat with a foam brush onto the front (printed side) of the graphic.

Using Image Transfer Medium to add French Typography to painted clay pots

Carefully place the graphic onto the surface of your pot and with your finger or a plastic scraper (like the one pictured above) remove any wrinkles and air bubbles.  Be careful not to move the graphic or it may smudge.  Let it sit for several hours or overnight, until the paper the transfer medium is completely dry.

Adding French Typography Graphics to painted terracotta pots

Step 5 Revealing the graphic

Using a spray bottle dampen the graphic (not soak) and with your fingers or a clean rag gently rub until you remove ONE layer of paper.  Let it dry and repeat this process until all the layers have been removed and only the ink remains.
Tip:  don't rub too hard or you risk removing some of the graphic. 

That's it! 

Like the paint, I didn't apply a protective finish over the graphic because I want it also to age over time from the natural elements.

After adding a French Typography Graphic to painted pots

I was so happy to finally plant some flowers in these pots last weekend. Here in the Great White North, there is usually the risk of frost until after the May long weekend. So while my flowers look scrawny right now, by mid-summer they should be filled with colorful blooms that cascade down my French Country pots.

Turning terracotta pots into Vintage French Country Style A


Turning terracotta pots into Vintage French Country Style B

Turning terracotta pots into Vintage French Country Style C

Turning terracotta pots into Vintage French Country Style D

Turning terracotta pots into Vintage French Country Style E

I'm thrilled with how they turned out and glad I resisted adding graphics to all three.  They look great with the Vintage Door Turned French Flower Planter we made last year for the deck.

Vintage Door Transformed Into French Flower Planter

For another idea on how to Repurpose plant pots, visit my post Plant Pots to Water Fountain.

Be sure to visit the fabulous hosts and see what they did for the Clay Pot Challenge!

3 Month Decorating Challenge - One space, three ways brought to you by a group of top bloggers!

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You'll find this project linked to these fabulous link parties.
A big thank you to the following for featuring this project..
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DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {May 23, 2015}

Bloggers this is a great link up to showcase your work because not only will it appear on this blog but on the blogs of five of my friends.  That's six opportunities to have your work featured!

If you are not one of the six featured here today you may have been featured at our DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest so be sure to hop over there as well!


So without further adieu
it's time to get this DIY Sunday Showcase Party started!
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

              

♥♥♥ OUR PICKS FROM THE LAST PARTY ♥♥♥

MY PICK:


STAR SPANGLED BANNER TRUNK by Redo It Yourself Inspirations
You should see what this trunk looked like before Robin added her magic touch.  Fabulous and meticulous attention to detail on this one!


JEN'S PICK:

faux metal letters on white board with red stars
DIY AVIATION INSPIRED WALL ART by Meatloaf and Melodrama


KATIE'S PICK:

Easy to build DIY Patio Planter for $10!!
EASY TO BUILD PATIO DIY PLANTER by Fynes Designs


ERIN'S PICK:

Hexagon Wall Planter
HEXAGON WALL PLANTERS by Love Create Celebrate


WENDI'S PICK:

Pallet Wood Stars and Stripes for the 4th of July diy, Pallet Wood
DIY STARS AND STRIPES by Scavenger Chic


ALLI'S PICK:

SALTED MARGARITA TRUFFLES by Lamberts Lately


If you've been featured here today copy our Feature Button!


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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Thrift Store Score {A Set Of Duncan Phyfe Dining Chairs}

Hey guys, remember I told you Mr. Frugalista found a set of four Duncan Phyfe Dining Chairs for $20.00 a piece?  Well I finally finished giving them a makeover and I'm thrilled with how good they look with the thrifted Duncan Phyfe Dining Table we scored last year.

Duncan Phyfe Dining Chair Makeover

Here is what they looked like before. Don't you just love the fabric pocket stuffed with a thin layer of foam and glued to the existing upholstery. Fancy Schmancy!


Duncan Phyfe Chairs Before

Much nicer now!  I picked up enough of this fabric for all four chairs, another piece I'm working on for this space, a table runner, and two pocket pillows for the living room.  It cost me a grand total of...wait for it...$24.00!


Duncan Phyfe Dining Chairs with new upholstery

I sprayed these chairs using my handy dandy HomeRight Finish Max Pro paint sprayer using a 50:50 ratio of Annie Sloan Old White and Pure White Chalk Paint.

Duncan Phyfe Dining Chairs painted in Old White and Pure White Chalk Paint

Using fine grit sandpaper I distressed the edges and the raised bits and followed up with a coat of clear wax.

Duncan Phyfe Dining Chairs painted with white chalk paint and distressed

Duncan Phyfe Dining Chairs After

I love how they look with the Duncan Phyfe Dining Table.

Thrift Store Duncan Phyfe Dining Chairs get a makeover to go with Duncan Phyfe Table

It feels so good to be putting the final touches to our Dining Room Makeover.  If you haven't seen the transformation of this brown-on-brown dining room before, take a peak at Phase One and Phase Two.


Dining Room Makeover with thrift store Duncan Phyfe Table and Chairs after their makeover

I have something special on the go for the wall side of the table.  It should be finished in a couple of days.  Here's a sneak peak...

Headboard and Foot Board being transformed for dining room Before

What do you think of my fabric choice? Do you think it works well with the chairs and table? What about with the other elements in the room?

I'm sharing my Duncan Phyfe Dining Chairs at these fabulous Link Parties

Thank you so much to the following fabulous bloggers who featured this project:


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