The Interior Frugalista: January 2015

January 31, 2015

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {Jan 31, 2015}

Wow we hit a record number of 474 links at the party last week.  You guys are awesome! This made the task of picking a favorite even more challenging.  I can't wait to see what you have in store for us again this week.  
Now it's time to get 
this DIY Sunday Showcase Party started!
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:
DIY Industrial Bathroom Light Fixture - By SnazzyLittleThings.com
INDUSTRIAL BATHROOM LIGHT FIXTURE by Snazzy Little Things
Jeanette and Mark did amazing job on this  sweet DIY bathroom light fixture!  I love the dark walnut stained pine with the silver hammered finish and those awesome Edison bulbs .  They offer an excellent tutorial as well.  

JEN'S PICK:
Cookies and Cream Red Velvet Brownies, Oreo stuffed homemade red velvet brownies, topped with cookies and cream kisses! - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #RedVelvetBrownies
COOKIES AND CREAM RED VELVET BROWNIES by This Silly Girl's Life

MEGIN'S PICK:
Ikea Hack via www.mommyzoid.ca
IKEA HACK by mommyzoid

SHELLY'S PICK:
MCM Buffet Makeover With Hairpin Legs
MCM BUFFET by BrePurposed

KATIE'S PICK:
Industrial Cart Coffee Table
INDUSTRIAL CART COFFEE TABLE by Kleinworth & Co.

ERIN'S PICK:
Raspberry Truffle Tart | Cooking on the Front Burner #chocolatetart #valentinesdessert
RASPBERRY TRUFFLE TART by Cooking On The Front Burners

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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January 29, 2015

DIY Décor for the new master bedroom bookcase

In my last post I shared our new DIY Custom Bookcase and Window Seat in the master bedroom. It was looking a little sparse when I went to style it for the photos. Instead of making a trip to Homesense, my go to home décor store, I decided to create some made-by-me Custom DIY Décor.

DIY Home Decor

With a little paint and a graphic I transformed this yellow jug that I've had for many years collecting dust in the storage room.

Glazed Ceramic Jug Before

Into this...

Glazed ceramic jug After

Instructions:
  1. Clean the jug first with rubbing alcohol and let it sit for a few days (this removes any grease or residue).
  2. Paint the jug with Americana Multi-Surface Paint (I used the color Cottonball). 
  3. After letting the paint dry for 4 days bake the jug in a non-preheated oven at 350° for 30 minutes.
  4. Let it cool with the oven door open.  This gives glazed ceramics a durable dishwasher safe finish.
  5. On the computer in Word create a graphic (I used a wreath I uploaded from The Graphics Fairy).  I added "1987" inside the wreath, the year we were married.
  6. Tape wax paper (wax side up) onto a sheet of bond paper (secure it well on all four corners to avoid a paper jam) and print the graphic in reverse.  
  7. Cut around the graphic so it's easier to handle.
  8. Tape the graphic wax side (printed side) facing towards the jug and gently rub the graphic off. When you no longer see the graphic on the wax paper you have a good transfer.
  9. Mine transferred too light because I have a laser rather than inkjet printer.
  10. If your transfer is too light like mine, simply trace over it using a Sharpie.  I used both a grey and black Sharpie.

Glazed Ceramic Jug DIY Makeover styled on a bookcase

A few years ago I fell in love with a pillow I saw at Homesense. When I brought it home it didn't work in my living room and eventually ended up in a tub in the basement storage room. While rummaging through that tub looking for pillow forms I decided it would be perfect for our new window seat.

Stenciling a throw pillow

Using letter stencils I created the words "Le Jardin", fitting considering it had a butterfly motif and the window seat overlooks our back yard garden.

How To Stencil graphics onto a throw pillow

I placed my letters individually onto the pillow cover in the direction I wanted them and simply traced through the stencil with white chalk.  I continued this process for each letter.  They started to go a little wonky at one point and using a damp cloth I simply erased the ooops and continued on my merry way.  Once I had the words placed the way I wanted them I inserted a piece of cardboard inside the pillow cover to avoid bleed through to the back side.  Then I painted over each letter with Americana Multi-Surface Paint, again in the Cottonball color, using an art brush.

DIY stenciled throw cushion AFTER
I like the pillow much better with the French script added!

You can see the wooden jewelry box I transformed for the bookcase HERE.

To see how we made the Custom Bookcase and Window Seat click HERE.

I'll be sharing how I made the bench cushion and the rest of the throw pillows in an upcoming post.

So if you have some glazed ceramics around the house that you're not using because you dislike the color, paint them like I did! 

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January 26, 2015

A Custom DIY Window Seat And Bookcase In The Master Bedroom

I've been hinting to you guys long enough about an ambitious project going on in the master bedroom.  Get your mind out of the gutter...I know you went there!  Today I am finally sharing the reveal of our Custom DIY Bookcase and Window Seat Built-Ins.

Custom DIY bookcase and window seat

Last summer when we had the windows replaced on our humble abode we also had the window in the master bedroom enlarged.  Pictured below is our old window and how the room was decorated several years ago.  I actually thought it was a nicely decorated at the time, what was I thinking!

Old aluminum slider window in the master bedroom

What a difference after the new window was installed!  I absolutely love it and all the light that it lets in.  You can see by the painter's tape that we were deep into the planning stages of our future built-in.

New enlarged vinyl window in the master bedroom

Since buying this house almost two decades ago I had envisioned a window seat overlooking our back yard.  We are fortunate to have a private yard with mature trees that backs onto a green belt.  I love watching the flocks of birds that visit our feeders, the squirrels leaping from tree to tree gathering pine cones and peanuts, and the rabbits hopping around in the field.

Well I finally got that window seat and it all started with a trip to Home Depot to get these...

Pine boards to build custom window seat and bookcase

First using the two tall pre-cut pieces of pine pictured above we built a bookcase.  Basically a rectangle 80" high by 12" deep.

Building a custom DIY Bookcase in the master bedroom

To accommodate adjustable shelves we used this handy Kreg Shelf Pin Jig that we ordered online. You basically work in sections starting at the top by drilling holes using the template and working your way down.  You can see how it works here.  Using a router with a half round bit the front of each shelf was given a bull nose edge.

Kreg Shelf Pin Jig for adjustable shelves on custom bookcase

Next we built a 60" x 18" bench seat. The carcass was built with 2 x 3 lumber which was suitable for strength but not as heavy or bulky as 2 x 4's. The exterior is lined with pre-cut pieces of pine and the interior with 1/8" thick hardboard, which has a smooth surface for storing blankets.

You'll notice we didn't move the electrical plug because it is one we rarely use. Instead we made a cut out so it can be accessed on the rare occasions when we need it.  The back of the bench is mounted onto the wall and three legs, also purchased at Home Depot, support the front. Not only did we do this for decorative purposes but there is a heat register on the floor under the bench and so being raised allows for unobstructed heat flow.

Custom DIY bench seat carcass

The lid is pre-cut pine cut deeper than the seat to allow for a 2" over hang. Using a router with a half round bit the front was given a bull nose edge. A pine plate was installed in the back to accommodate the piano hinge and allow the lid to open fully. To add some detail to the front we mitered thin pieces of trim and attached them with construction adhesive taped to secure in place while curing.

Trim on custom DIY bench seat

Custom DIY bench seat with decorative trim on the front

Rather than have a super long bench we decided to build a short bookcase on the end.  Can never have enough storage, right! 

Custom DIY shelving with window seat

We added small crown molding along the top to dress it up.

Trim around base of custom DIY open cabinet

Then we added crown molding to the top of the tall bookcase.  The base of both units were trimmed with baseboard for a custom finish.

Installing crown molding on custom DIY Bookcase

Pictured below is the 3" thick foam I cut to size using a serrated bread knife for the bench.

Three inch foam used for the custom DIY bench seat

The entire unit was primed first with Zinsser Bullseye 123 Primer followed by two coats of white satin latex paint.

DIY Custom Window Seat and Bookcase Primed


Custom window seat and bookcase painted white

 The results are even better than I had envisioned and I couldn't be happier.

DIY master bedroom window seat and bookcase

I'll be sharing how I made the upholstered seat and toss cushions soon.

Repurposed drop cloth cushion for DIY window seat

Custom DIY window seat and bookcase

I was concerned adding a built in was going to make the bedroom appear smaller but what ended up happening is that it made it look much larger. Don't you agree?

Master Bedroom before and after Custom DIY window seat

I'll be sharing how I turned our old curtain panels into a faux roman shade in an upcoming post.

Custom DIY built in bookcase and window seat

It may have taken over a decade but it was sure worth the wait!

UPDATE: January 31, 2015
I've had several questions about the wall behind the bed and the room color.  The wall is a Chelsea Allover Stencil.  The paint color is Benjamin Moore "Wedgewood Gray" HC-146. 

This is the second ambitious project in this room.  The first was adding another closet by stealing a small piece of real estate beside the existing closet. 
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January 24, 2015

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {Jan 24, 2015}

Hello everyone, I hope you're staying warm.  Here where normally we are freezing our butts off this time of year it's been nice and mild.  We're talking above zero!  Perhaps that sounds cold where you are but here it's almost top down on the convertible weather!

Now it's time to get 
this DIY Sunday Showcase Party started!
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:

BUFFET IN MMS MILK PAINT EULALIES SKY by D.D.'s Cottage and Design
Don't you just love this paint color! Darrielle did a beautiful job giving this flea market find a stunning makeover.
JEN'S PICK:
Baked Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings
BAKED HONEY CHIPOTLE CHICKEN WINGS by Moms Need To Know
MEGIN'S PICK:
Reclaimed pallet heart, rustic heart, reclaimed wood heart, rustic sign, pallet wood project, pallet valentines day heart
PALLET WOOD VALENTINE'S DAY HEART by Scavenger Chic
SHELLY'S PICK:
Bring a cozy wintery feel into your decor with this DIY sweater covered lampshade project
DIY WINTERY WHITE SWEATER LAMP by A Cultivated Nest
KATIE'S PICK:
Make a big, fluffy Be Warm Winter Pompom Wreath to welcome family and friends during the cold & frosty winter months! At littlemisscelebration.com #crafts #winter
BE WARM WINTER POMPOM WREATH by Little Miss Celebration
ERIN'S PICK:
RUSTIC STRING YARN SIGN by My Simple Obsession

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!
Read More
161