The Interior Frugalista: August 2015

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DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {August 29, 2015}

Wow, this week was another hard one to pick a favorite. I had so many favorites that it took a good half hour flipping back and forth between them all before I could narrow my choice down to just one. So much talent in the blogosphere!

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 our five co-hosts. That's six opportunities to have your work featured!

Come join us and share your favorite DIY Projects, Crafts, or Recipes.

The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00 pm CST and runs until the following Wednesday.

MEET THE HOSTS

              

Jennifer at Pink When


Erin at My Crafty Spot

Wendi at H20 Bungalow

Alli at An Alli Event
Marie (moi) at The Interior Frugalista

♥♥♥ Our Features From The Last Party ♥♥♥

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!

MY PICK:


HOW TO PAINT A BRICK  POPCORN AND A MOVIE SIGN by Lake Girl Paints
I am still swooning over Deb's fabulous sign and want one for our basement media room!

JEN'S PICK:

dryer vent pumpkin
DRYER VENT PUMPKINS by You Brew My Tea

KATIE'S PICK:

rustic apples made from scrap wood 2x4 pieces
DIY SCRAP WOOD APPLES by Meatloaf and Melodrama

ERIN'S PICK:

Fresh Peach Tart | Cooking on the Front Burner
FRESH PEACH TART by Cooking On The Front Burner

WENDI'S PICK:


DIY TRUMEAU MIRROR by Patina Paradise

ALLI'S PICK:

my-repurposed-life-repurposed-buffet-coffee-station.jpg
COFFEE STATION REPURPOSED BUFFET by My Repurposed Life

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!
NEWDIYBUTTON So let's get this DIY Sunday Showcase Party started!



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Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest Makeover Debacle

Today I was going to share a Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest Makeover that I could be proud of. I took great pains in stripping the chest down to the natural wood and was dancing for joy with the beautiful dark walnut stained drawer fronts. I couldn't have been happier with the crisp lines of the white painted triangle too. The makeover turned out exactly how I had envisioned it.

Cue the dramatic music.

Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest Debacle

After standing back with a cup of coffee and admiring my hard work, all that was left to do was protect the finish.

Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest Makeover Debacle

I decided to give Hemp Oil a try. It had been getting rave reviews from other bloggers so I had to see what this product was all about. If I can find a way to avoid the labourious task of applying and buffing clear wax, I'm all ears.

I brushed all the chalk painted surfaces with hemp oil using a chip brush and wiped away the excess oil with a clean lint free rag. I was thrilled with how easy that was.

MCM Cedar Chest Makeover with stenciled top

Then everything went to hell in a handbasket.

MCM Cedar Chest dark walnut stain ruined with hemp oil

Hemp Oil can use used as a protective finish on bare or stained wood, milk or chalk paint, and can restore old wood. Perhaps the stain wasn't completely dry, despite it being over 24 hours.

Or I applied too much hemp oil. Whatever it was that lovely dark walnut stain was turning into oozing oily goo that dribbled down my perfectly painted white triangle.  

MCM Cedar Chest with white painted triangle ruined

Every attempt I made to dab off the excess oil made it worse. I had the stain on the paint and paint on the wood.

Not willing to admit defeat, I persisted in my feebish attempt to clean up the paint using fine artist brushes to achieve those crisp lines again.

MCM Cedar Chest makeover gone awry

Look how awful the finish is on the stain and this is after my attempt to reapply stain over the damaged areas. You can see a dribble line on one of the feet in the picture below.

MCM Cedar Chest Makeover with ruined protective finish

So guess what I'm doing today? Stripping the entire front of the chest back to the natural wood and starting over.

Failed MCM Cedar Chest Makeover

I won't stop until I know the finish is perfect and then the stain will get my trusted polyurethane finish.

Oh, I almost forgot, this is what the chest used to look like...

Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest Before

Update
I successfully finished this makeover and couldn't have been more thrilled with the results. Stepping away from this piece for a few days was enough to clear my head and come up with a new plan of action. You can see how it turned out here Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest.

Those of you who refinish furniture, I'd love to hear your project from hell stories in the comment section below.

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Easy DIY Faux Fireplace Insert With Real Logs

Recently I shared how we turned a Mid-Century Modern Headboard into a Faux Fireplace. Originally we added a trio of candle holders into the fire box opening but I wasn't happy with the look. The plan was to replace them with chunkier wood candlesticks until I got this idea...

DIY Fireplace Insert With Real Logs

Easy DIY Faux Fireplace Insert With Real Logs


This is what the original candle holders looked like. Wouldn't you agree, they were just not working?
Faux Fireplace From An MCM Headboard
...and here is the fireplace with the real log insert. Much better, right?
Faux Fireplace With Real Log Insert
To refresh your memory, in case you missed the From Headboard To Faux Fireplace post, this is what the headboard originally looked like.
Vintage Headboard Before Repurposed Into Faux Fireplace
Remember those headboards with sliding doors on the top? Perhaps you still have one or see them at thrift stores all the time. They are not difficult to repurpose into a faux fireplace.

Step 1 - Finding the perfect logs

We foraged through the wood pile in our back yard to find some logs that stacked well together.

Wood Piles = Mice

Mice = Screaming Woman Running Down The Street

Thankfully no mouse was found in the making of this fire log insert.

Step 2 - Stacking the logs 

After we found the perfect log configuration we flipped the stack upside down and screwed them all together using #8 2-inch wood screws.
Stacked Logs Attached With Screws For Fireplace Insert

Step 3 - Aging Fresh Cut Logs

The logs are from an old tree that fell down in our backyard this Spring during an unwelcomed snow storm. The cut ends of each log were still green so I aged them with what I call Giggle Juice. I always have a batch at the ready in a sealed container.

Aging Wood Solution Recipe:

White or Apple Cider Vinegar
Grade #0000 Steel Wool
Container with lid

  • Fill the container with vinegar and soak steel wool for several days in a sealed container.
  • Apply using a sponge or brush but be sure to wear gloves or your hands will be stained for weeks.
  • Reapply until you reach the desired aged patina.


Step 4 - Drill Holes For Votive Candleholders

Using a 2 1/2" Hole Saw Bit, drill holes into the logs where you plan to insert glass votive candle holders.
Drilling Holes For Faux Fireplace Insert

Step 5 - Insert Candles

For safety reasons, I placed battery operated tea lights into each glass votive holder. You could place battery operated wax candles in the holes instead.
Battery Operated Candles In Log Faux Fireplace Insert
Here is the left side of the faux fireplace with real log insert...
Left Side Faux Fireplace with Real Log Insert
...and the right side of the faux fireplace.
Right Side Faux Fireplace with Real Log Insert

Headboard Faux Fireplace with Real Log Insert
If you like the idea of using real logs and candles inside a faux fireplace or existing wood burning fireplace box, please share this with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

How To DIY a Fireplace Insert With Real Logs
Which look do you prefer, the look of natural logs or using candlesticks inside a fireplace opening? I'd love to hear about in the comment section below.

You will find this project shared at these fabulous Linky Parties.

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DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {August 22, 2015}

I can't believe how fast the week went! Wasn't it just yesterday that I posted the last party? It's been a great week of partying around here. On Tuesday I turned 39 another year closer to 60 but whose counting. Madonna is two days older than me, Ellen DeGeneres a few months, and look at them! So I'm in good company. Before we head over to the party I thought I'd start with a beautiful bouquet of roses. Mr. Frugalista surprised me with them for my birthday - I just love the colors. So while I'm still in party mode lets get this one started shall we!



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 our five co-hosts. That's six opportunities to have your work featured!

Come join us and share your favorite DIY Projects, Crafts, or Recipes.

The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00 pm CST and runs until the following Wednesday.

MEET THE HOSTS

              

Jennifer at Pink When


Erin at My Crafty Spot

Wendi at H20 Bungalow

Alli at An Alli Event
Marie (moi) at The Interior Frugalista

♥♥♥ Our Features From The Last Party ♥♥♥

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!

MY PICK:

On Fern Avenue
BABY CHANGING TABLE TURNED RUSTIC ISLAND by On Fern Avenue
The transformation Lynn gave this piece is fabulous.  The painted wood planks are lovely but you should see what did on the front!

JEN'S PICK:

Beer-Soaked Oven Fries with Rosemary & Garlic - LexiBites.com
BEER-SOAKED GARLIC & ROSEMARY FRIES by Lexi Bites

KATIE'S PICK:

Vintage Map Suitcase
HOW TO UPCYCLE VINTAGE SUITCASES WITH MAPS by Pillar Box Blue

ERIN'S PICK:

Chalkboard Buffet diy
DIY CHALKBOARD BUFFET by Scavenger Chic

WENDI'S PICK:

pallet wood sign
DIY PALLET WOOD & GALVANIZED STEEL SIGN by All Things Heart & Home

ALLI'S PICK:

Locky 6
BARNYARD BIRTHDAY PARTY by Pastels & Macarons

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!
NEWDIYBUTTON So let's get this DIY Sunday Showcase Party started!


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