The Interior Frugalista: October 2015

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DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {October 31, 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 our five co-hosts. That's six opportunities to have your work featured!

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:

Halloween Hot Chocolate Bar with free printables. Such a cute Halloween vignette!
HALLOWEEN HOT CHOCOLATE BAR by Clean & Scentsible
Don't you just love all the tasty treats and decorative elements in Jenn's hot chocolate bar!   I bet her house is VERY popular Halloween Night.


JEN'S PICK:

Butternut Squash Orzo Salad with Maple Vinaigrette | Cooking on the Front Burner
BUTTERNUT SQUASH ORZO SALAD by Cooking on the Front Burners


KATIE'S PICK:

This White Wine Sangria Recipe is pure fall in a cup! All of your favorite fall flavors all melded together in an AMAZINGLY delicious white wine sangria!
COCKTAIL: FALL WHITE WINE SANGRIA by pink heels PINK TRUCK

ERIN'S PICK:

my-repurposed-life-repurposed-bed-coat-rack-shelf
WHITE HEADBOARD SHELF COAT RACK by My REpurposed Life

WENDI'S PICK:

Create your own DIY Wood Plank Gather Sign to decorate for fall and all year long!
DIY WOOD PLANK GATHER SIGN by The Casual Craftlete

ALLI'S PICK:

These Pumpkin Apple Sugar Doughnuts are baked, not fried and jam packed with pumpkin and freshly grated apple. Rolled in cinnamon sugar to finish them off, these are simply sublime!
PUMPKIN APPLE SUGAR DOUGHNUTS by Reasons to skip the Housework

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



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A Vintage Desk With Sage Advice {Guest Post}

Good Morning Friends, hope you're having a Spooktacular week.

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Barbara, a fairly new and talented blogger from A Green Paintbrush.  Barbara is sharing her gorgeous Vintage Desk Makeover with you today.  So without further ado, give a warm welcome to Barbara...

Hello readers of The Interior Frugalista. My name is Barbara and I live in Sonoma, CA, in the US of A. I have been following Marie on her fabulous blog for quite some time and I am so thrilled and honored to be one of her guest bloggers.

I have been painting furniture for a few years but only recently took the plunge into furniture rehab blogdom! You can find me at A Green Paintbrush where I chronicle my furniture and paint adventures!! A few months ago I found this desk on Craig's List and after working on it, am really happy with its end result!

7 Drawer Desk 

But hey, I'm getting ahead of myself here. Allow me to share with you how I took the desk from this...

7 Drawer Desk 

...to this.

7 Drawer Desk 

The seller told me that he had inherited the vintage desk from his grandmother. He had a real sentimental attachment to the piece, but now no longer had room for it. I knew that with some of my paint love, this desk could have a new life for someone else. The wood had a lot of scratches, but structurally, the desk was stable and sturdy. The drawers worked perfectly.

To begin with, this desk got a good cleaning to remove the dirt, dust and cobwebs. I knew that I wanted to keep the top in a restained wood, so out came my power sander to remove the previous old and tired looking wood stain -- dust, dust, and more dust!!

  7 Drawer Desk 

After another cleaning, the fun part could finally begin, i.e., the painting!! I use chalk paint on my furniture projects and though I've read time and time again that no priming is needed, I am just a priming kind of gal. And so, I began with a coat of Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 shellac/primer.

7 Drawer Desk 

Once I had a dry primer base, I was eager to try a new to me shade of color on this piece: Country Chic Paint's Sage Advice. I'm a fan of CCP -- I love how smoothly it applies. I ended up giving the desk 2 coats of Sage Advice and with it, I achieved a lovely depth of color.

7 Drawer Desk 

After the painting came the finishing details. For the desk top, I applied General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut. I found that only 1 coat of the stain was needed in order to bring out the beauty of the original wood. The stain was sealed with 2 coats of CCP's Tough Coat.

Next, the body of the desk was sealed in a coat of Natural Wax, also made by CCP, and then buffed and buffed to a shine (tired arm muscles!!). I was not a fan of the original "batwing" hardware. I found these gold plated pulls online at D Lawless Hardware. Once I installed them, I immediately knew that I had added the "piece de resistance" for the desk -- I just love what they bring to the overall look.

7 Drawer Desk 

7 Drawer Desk 

7 Drawer Desk 

7 Drawer Desk 

I am thrilled with the resulting rehab and new look of this desk. I hope to find a buyer who will appreciate its beauty and function. I do believe this desk is ready for its close up, Mr. DeMille!! A final "glamour" shot:

7 Drawer Desk 

Thank you Marie for this very enjoyable time with your readers.
Thank you so much Barbara for generously helping me out during my surgery recovery and sharing your talents with my readers!  I absolutely love what you did with this desk, from the paint color to the stained top, drawer pulls and that fabulous chair you paired it with.  I have no doubt this desk is going to sell quickly!

I urge you all to pop over to A Green Paintbrush to give Barbara a warm welcome to the blogosphere.  Every Friday she has a series called Friday Fotograph that is worth checking out.

You can also follow Barbara on:
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Easy To Build Mirror Frame {Guest Post}

Good Morning Everyone!

Today I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Cher, the talented blogger behind Designs by Studio C. Cher is a Rockstar at designing furniture and home decor and she offers professional drawings and tutorials with her builds.  I hope you enjoy her Easy To Build Mirror Frame that she is sharing with you today!  So without further ado, meet Cher...

Hello, Interior Frugalista fans! My name is Cher and I create furniture plans as well as other DIY projects over at Designs by Studio C. I created a super-easy woodworking plan to build a large mirror frame exclusively for you while Marie is recuperating (get well soon, Marie!). This plan is an excellent choice for those wanting to get started with woodworking and if you don't have any or all of the tools needed, I will offer other alternatives along the way!

DSCF3683 

Here is what you'll need:
  • 1 - 1x6 board at 8'
  • Drill
  • Pocket hole jig with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws
  • Wood glue
  • Router with 1/4" rabbeting bit
  • Miter saw (or a miter box with a hand saw)
  • 12" square mirror
  • Picture framing tab gun or mirror clips
  • Stain and sealer or primer and paint
  • Picture hanging wire with fasteners
Cut List:
  • 4 - 1x6 at 22-3/4"
Mirror Frame Mirror Frame-Copy
Step One
Cut the pieces for the frame to length. Home Depot can make these cuts for you when you purchase your board, but they will not make the mitered cuts. Don't worry - they are easy to do! The cut are 45° angles and can be made on a miter saw but if you do not own a miter saw, a miter box can be used (they are very inexpensive) with a hand saw to make the cuts. I suggest drawing a diagonal line at the end of each board where the cuts will be made. Mirror Frame-Frame
Step Two
If you have a pocket hole jig, drill pocket holes in one mitered edge of each board, then assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. If you do not have a pocket hole jig, use metal corner brackets instead. These (along with the screws) can be spray painted beforehand! Mirror Frame-Assembly
Step Three
Once the frame is assembled, use a router with a 1/4" rabbeting bit to cut a recess on the back side of the frame to accommodate the mirror. Secure the mirror in place with a picture framing tab gun. If you do not have a router with a rabbeting bit or picture framing tab gun, the mirror can still be secured to the back of the frame (or even to the front for a different look) using regular mirror clips! Mirror Frame-Rabbet Mirror Frame-Mirror
Step Four
Fasten the picture frame wire fasteners to the back of the frame according to the manufacturer's instructions. I used soda can tabs with small screws and washers. Finish the frame as desired. I used a metallic polyurethane to finish this frame. The frame is wide enough that it can be stenciled for further decoration or if making it as a gift, the recipient's name can be added to it. How cool is that?

DSCF3684 

Thanks so much, Frugalista readers, for letting me fill in for Marie!

See, I told you Cher provides the best drawing plans and tutorials with her builds!  I hope you all enjoyed her Easy To Build Mirror Frame.

I urge you to pop over to Designs By Studio C to give her a warm hello and check out more of her fabulous furniture plans, DIY projects, and lots of How To Information.

Thank you so much, Cher for so generously helping me out during my recovery by sharing this awesome project with my readers!  

You can also follow Cher on:

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

Hi everyone, we've got some great features to share with you again this week! Can you tell I'm not a big fan of Halloween, especially since the kids have left the roost, I'm the only one who didn't pick a Halloween Feature this week. *blush*

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!

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:

RED PAINTED DOOR - DIY SHUTTERS
MY PAINTED FRONT DOOR by Simply Vintageous
What a difference to the curb appeal of Suzan's "project home".  By adding DIY Black Shutters, pretty window boxes, and painting her front door, added so much charm!

JEN'S PICK:

Littlest Monster Crochet Baby Hat - Make this adorable baby hat, perfect for the Halloween season. Get the free crochet pattern.
LITTLEST MONSTER CROCHET BABY HAT by Whistle & Ivy

KATIE'S PICK:

Sugar Skull Corn Husk Wreath:
SUGAR SKULL CORN HUSK WREATH by Kleinworth & Co.

ERIN'S PICK:

Get the Pottery Barn look for less with my diy Pottery Barn inspired Halloween house. Quick and easy!
POTTERY BARN INSPIRED HALLOWEEN HOUSE by Worthing Court

WENDI'S PICK:

DIY Mummy Pumpkin Candy Holder
DIY MUMMY PUMPKIN CANDY HOLDER by Grace and Good Eats

ALLI'S PICK:

Happy Owl-o-ween! DIY Easy Wood Owl
DIY WOOD OWL OUTDOOR DECOR HAPPY OWL-O-WEEN by Domestically Speaking

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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