The Interior Frugalista: February 2016

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DIY Sunday Showcase Party {02/27/16}

This week's features might make you hungry, or get you in the Easter craft mood, and/or motivate you to pull out the power tools and build something!

But before we get to our features, on Thursday did you catch this month's Furniture Themed Furniture Makeover Day? Myself and 17 ladies from the DIY Furniture Girls Group shared makeovers Inspired By Chocolate. If you missed it you can catch it here at Chocolate Inspired Tea Table. This week on Frugal Decor Tuesday I shared An Easy Update To An 80's Clay Fruit Bowl.

Welcome to DIY Sunday Showcase Party! 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.
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The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00 pm CST and runs through the following Wednesday.

MEET THE HOSTS

              
Jennifer at Pink When
Erin at My Crafty Spot
Wendi at H20 Bungalow
Alli at An Alli Event
Facebook/Pinterest/Google+
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:

RECYCLED DECOUPAGED PAPER MACHE BUNNY by Purple Hues and Me
Jen's Pick:
Classic Pistachio Macarons filled with Ladurée pistachio cream. Simply the best!
PISTACHIO MACARONS  by Sweet & Savory
Katie's Pick:
Cobb Salad on a Stick
COBB SALAD ON A STICK by CARRIEelle
Erin's Pick:
Modern DIY rustic mirror frame tutorial. Take a plain $5 cheap framed mirror and transform in into a unique staement piece that's anything but ordinary! www.H2OBungalow.com #powertoolchallengeteam
MODERN DIY RUSTIC MIRROR FRAME by H2O Bungalow
Wendi's Pick:

RUSTIC PALLET COOLER WITH BOTTLE CAP ART WORK by highStyle reSTYLE
Alli's Pick:
Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day with these darling Cat in the Hat treats, so fun for your reading week party!
DR. SEUSS SNACK: CAT IN THE HAT TREATS by She Saved

If you've been featured here today copy our Feature Button!
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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 on your link party page!
NEWDIYBUTTON So let's get this DIY Sunday Showcase Party started!


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A Scalloped Tea Table Makeover Inspired By Chocolate

Have you ever tried transferring an image onto a piece of furniture? There are many ways to transfer images but today I'm sharing a step-by-step tutorial on how to do it with image transfer medium and it's actually a lot of fun.
How To Transfer Images Onto Furniture
Today is Themed Furniture Makeover Day and the theme this month is Inspired by Chocolate. In my furniture stash, I happened to have the perfect scalloped Queen Anne tea table that was just begging for a graphic on the top.

A few chocolates may have been consumed in the making of this project.
A Scalloped Queen Anne Tea Table Inspired By Chocolate

A Scalloped Tea Table Makeover Inspired By Chocolate


This is what the Queen Anne tea table, originally from the Bombay Company, looked like before the makeover...
Queen Anne Tea Table Before Makeover
I have to admit this piece was a joy to work on compared to my hair pulling, curse-spewing, wine drinking saga last month with my Shades of White Chair from hell.
Simplicity White Chalk Painted Tea Table
So this is what I did with this cute little table. After applying a coat of shellac, because I knew the dark wood was going to bleed through the paint, I brushed three thin coats of Simplicity White chalk paint.

For a timeworn look, I distressed it with 150 grit sandpaper. To protect the finish I applied a generous coat of Metallic Pearl Wax. It's hard to see in the pictures but it gives off a beautiful pearlescent shimmer.
Chalk Painted Tea Table with Metallic Pearl Wax
So where's the chocolate inspiration you ask? I found the perfect Vintage Scandinavian Chocolate Graphic at the Graphics Fairy site to transfer onto the top.
Tea Table with Vintage Scandinavian Chocolate Graphic

Image Transfer Technique

Step 1 - Print Graphic

Print a mirror image of the graphic onto bond paper. If you use an inkjet printer you need to let the ink dry for several hours, I let mine dry overnight. If you use a laser printer you can skip the ink drying process.

Step 2 - Add graphic to table top

Apply Image Transfer Medium (Mod Podge also works) with a foam brush onto the image side of the paper. Place image side down onto the center of the table, being careful NOT to move the image or it will smudge. Use a brayer or credit card and gently rub over the graphic to remove any air bubbles and ensure a tight bond with the table surface. Allow the paper to completely dry before moving on to the next step.
Tea Table with Vintage Graphic using Image Transfer Medium

Step 3 - Remove layers of paper

Working in sections, spray the image with water and gently rub the first layer of paper off with your fingertips. Let the paper dry and repeat this process to remove the next layer of paper. Repeat this step until all the layers have been removed and the graphic becomes clear.

Note: The image will look somewhat cloudy after all the layers are removed, don't be alarmed. The next step will remove that murkiness.
Removing layers of paper from graphic on Scalloped Tea Table
You can see in the picture above how stark the white table is compared to the vintage graphic. Next, I dry brushed layers of chalk paint in the colors Vintage Cupcake and Sage Advice around the graphic.
Tea Table dry brushed with Vintage Cupcake and Sage Advice chalk paint
To remove the cloudy residue that may remain on the graphics and to protect the table top, apply two coats of Matte Tough Coat.

Step 4 - Age the table top

For a time-worn look, apply dark wax over the entire table top, including the graphics, with a lint free rag and wipe away the excess. I reapplied   I reapplied Pearl wax on the scalloped edge to get some pearlescent shimmer back onto the white paint.
Queen Anne Tea Table with Vintage Graphic and Dark Wax
Have I inspired you to transfer an image onto a piece of furniture using image transfer medium? This little table sold quickly at a recent outdoor market.
Chocolate Inspired Tea Table
If you found this image transfer tutorial helpful or like the makeover I gave this Scalloped Queen Anne Table, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.
Scalloped Queen Anne Tea Table With Vintage Chocolate Graphic Before and After

Let's head over and see what my talented friends in the DIY Furniture Girls group created for their Inspired By Chocolate furniture makeover.

Furniture Girls Themed Furniture Makeover Day

Please pin directly from their blog post rather than the links below.



You will find this project linked to these fabulous Link Parties.

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An Easy Update To An 80's Clay Mexican Fruit Bowl

Welcome to another edition of Frugal Decor Tuesday and today we're going to be talking about fruit. Yes, you read that correctly.

We've had this lovely but heavy Clay Mexican Fruit Bowl for several months. Twice we've attempted to sell it without success. My thought is that it isn't the fruit bowl that makes it unattractive to buyers but rather the 80's vibe it has going on. So I pulled it off the shelf and gave it a quick and easy update with chalk paint.

Chalk paint update on Clay Mexican Fruit Bowl

Clay Mexican Fruit Bowl Update


Here is a closer peek at what it looked like before...

Clay Mexican Fruit Bowl BEFORE

My initial thought was to paint it white and distress a little to show some of the color underneath. I barely got the apple finished when I decided to scrap that idea. Onto Plan B, making them look like stone, very fitting considering the weight of each piece.

The first thing I did was water down some white chalk paint to a milk-like consistency. I went over all the pieces with one coat, letting the paint run into all those crevices.

Clay Mexican Fruit Bowl after a whitewash of chalk paint

Once dry I dipped only the tip of my paint brush into the color Hurricane (which is a charcoal gray color) chalk paint and removed the excess paint onto a paper towel.  I ran the brush lightly over each piece in random strokes so the paint hit only the raised parts (see picture below).

A stone-like finish to an 80's Clay Mexican Fruit Bowl

I love how it instantly updated the look.

White & Grey wash finish to Clay Mexican Fruit Bowl View 1

All the details on each piece pop.

White & Grey wash finish on a Clay Mexican Fruit Bowl View 2

I'm quite pleased with how it turned out, so much so that I'm thinking about keeping them.

Stone-like finish on Clay Mexican Fruit Bowl

They would be an interesting addition to any Spring or Summer tablescape.

Stone-like finish on Clay Mexican Fruit Bowl

I think they look great on my dining room table.

An easy white & grey chalk paint update on Clay Mexican Fruit Bowl

If you enjoyed this quick Clay Mexican Fruit Bowl update please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

An 80's Clay Mexican Fruit Bowl update with chalk paint

So what is your preference - the before or after? Don't be shy, I won't be offended if you prefer the before. I always love reading your comments.

My thoughts have been on warm weather, Spring flowers, and time spent outdoors. This Canadian Prairie Girl is DONE with winter so I think next week I'll share a little taste of Spring.

I'm sharing this project at these fabulous LINKY PARTIES

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DIY Sunday Showcase Party {02/20/16}

As was the case again this week, it was difficult to choose just one favorite.  We appreciate each and every one of you for sharing your talents with us!

On Thursday did you catch this month's Power Tool Challenge?  Myself and nine of my tool savvy friends shared DIY Home Improvement projects.   My project was How To DIY A Bathroom Vanity Sliding Shelf.  This week on Frugal Decor Tuesday I shared a Creative Way To Repurpose A Wooden Flatware Chest.

Welcome to DIY Sunday Showcase Party! 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.
DIY Sunday Showcase Party button
The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00 pm CST and runs through the following Wednesday.

MEET THE HOSTS

              
Jennifer at Pink When
Erin at My Crafty Spot
Wendi at H20 Bungalow
Alli at An Alli Event
Facebook/Pinterest/Google+
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:
curvy girl with secrets, painted furniture, bombe chest, vintage, just the woods, staten island, nyc
A CURVY GIRL WITH SECRETS BOMBE CHEST by Just The Woods
Jen's Pick:
Turkey Bacon Ranch Cucumber Sandwiches2
TURKEY BACON RANCH CUCUMBER SANDWICHES  by Simplicity LIVING
Katie's Pick:
DIY Concrete Industrial Pipe Shelf tutorial
DIY CONCRETE INDUSTRIAL PIPE SHELF by Simply Designing
Erin's Pick:
Chewy Chocolate Caramel Bars
CHEWY CHOCOLATE CARAMEL BARS by Eat Move Make
Wendi's Pick:

DIY CONSOLE TABLE by Our Gilded Abode
Alli's Pick:
KISS ME St Patrick's Day Printable
KISS ME FREE ST. PATRICK'S DAY PRINTABLE by Bombshell Bling

If you've been featured here today copy our Feature Button!
DIY Sunday Showcase Party 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 on your link party page!
NEWDIYBUTTON So let's get this DIY Sunday Showcase Party started!

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