The Interior Frugalista: May 2016

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May 31, 2016

What A Difference White Paint Makes To Refresh Candle Holders

Hello friends, it feels so good to be back after a two-week hiatus.  I was a vendor at my first outdoor market on May 23rd and was burning the candle at both ends leading up to the event.  Oh my goodness, despite the weather being cold and rainy, I had so much fun!

While I received loads of compliments about my larger furniture pieces and many patrons returned a few times to take a closer look, what sold were the smaller furniture pieces and almost all of my home décor.  One of the most popular items that flew out of my tent were candleholders and I learned that next time I need to bring triple the amount of those.

Today on Frugal Decor Tuesday I thought I would share some of them with you.

Refreshed Candle Holders With White Paint


Bronze candleholder lamp refreshed with Heirloom White spray paint

Especially this one!  I refreshed all the metal candleholders just a few days before the event and in my haste, completely forgot to take before pictures.  If you can imagine this one being a dark bronze color.  It immediately came alive with just a few coats of Rust-oleum Painter's Touch in the color Heirloom White and paired with a pretty 3-wick key lime candle, it's perfect for Summer nights alfresco.

I wish the next candleholder came in a set but that didn't stop someone from buying just the one.  It was also a bronze color but once spray painted in Heirloom White, the pretty details just popped.  I hit it with 180 grit sandpaper to distress the raised parts so the details were even more pronounced.

Bronze candlestick refreshed with Heirloom White spray paint and distressed

The next set was IKEA candlesticks picked up at our local thrift store.  They had a dark wooden stem with metal silver tops.  To unify the two, I sprayed them with Heirloom White and distressed the wooden stems only.  The pretty blue PartyLite tapered candles were also scored in a package of four for $2.00!

IKEA wooden candlesticks refreshed with Heirloom White spray paint

The next candleholder really didn't need much refreshing and could have been left alone.  I dry brushed Simplicity White chalk paint over the bamboo and cleaned up the top.  The bronze metal banded candle was also a thrift store find along with the framed origami samurai costume art and the sushi set.

Bamboo and metal candleholder refreshed with simplicity white chalk paint

I did manage to take a before picture of this candleholder...

Before photo of thrift store bamboo and metal candleholder

What a difference white paint makes to quickly refresh some candle holders. If you like these candle holder makeovers please share them with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.


Quick and easy way to refresh candleholders with white paint

Another thing I learned from my day at the market; leave plenty of time for set-up because you never know what unexpected surprises await. We didn't anticipate gale force winds picking up our tent and moving it to the next stall, a few times.  Another lesson - buy market tent weights!

Thank goodness we did a tent mock up at home the day before because once we battened down the hatches, we knew exactly where everything needed to go.  Sadly in our haste, we completely forgot to take pictures!

Market tent display table

Here are a few photos from the mock-up. Imagine there being tent walls surrounding the displays rather than purple painted ones from our daughter's childhood bedroom (which we still haven't painted). The photos were taken with my phone so I apologize for their quality.

Left side of market tent mock up prior to market day

Right side of market tent mock up prior to market day

It was great meeting so many locals who braved the cold and I so appreciated the show of support from family and friends. My hard work and efforts were paid off when I received numerous compliments about how pretty my tent was.

One of many highlights was meeting a talented blogging friend who drove over an hour to meet face-to-face and brought me this beautiful floral arrangement with peonies from her yard. Thank you so much, Terry from The Curator's Collection!


Before I close, have you been following the Between The Lines Series?  According to my blog statistics, the majority of my readers are in the 45+ age group.  This series is a great way to meet other bloggers in the 50+ age group.


If you haven't been following or missed a few weeks, you can catch up by pressing the links below.
Week One

On Thursday, I'll be sharing a Farmhouse Table makeover that is going on a journey.

You will find these projects linked to these fabulous parties.

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May 28, 2016

DIY Sunday Showcase Party {05-28-16}

Happy Memorial Weekend our friends to the south!  I'm from Canada and we celebrated Victoria Day last weekend.  I hope your long weekend is much warmer and dryer than it was for us.

After being MIA for the last couple of weeks, it feels so good to be back to a regular blogging schedule.  On Thursday was my favorite day of the month, Themed Furniture Makeover Day and I shared my Summer Blueberries: An Oval Pedestal Coffee Table Makeover.

Now that I've got you caught up on the happenings this past week here at The Interior Frugalista, let's get down to the business of partying.  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:
Little Boho
LITTLE BOHO FURNITURE MAKEOVER by Orphan's With Makeup

Jen's Pick:
A fresh new way to enjoy yogurt! These frozen yogurt bites are great for breakfast, snack or dessert. You can even mix and match the ingredients to fit your family’s tastes.
FROZEN FRUIT AND YOGURT BITES by Almost Super Mom

Katie's Pick:
FARMHOUSE WEATHERED FLOOR MIRROR by The Logbook

Erin's Pick:
Raspberry Mango Iced Tea
EASY RASPBERRY MANGO ICE TEA by Cooking On The Front Burner

Wendi's Pick:
4th of July Wreath, Patriotic Wreath, Patriotic Decor,  Fourth of July Burlap Wreath, Burlap Summer Wreath, Burlap Wreath, USA, Door Wreath
PATRIOTIC WREATH by How To Make A Burlap Wreath

Alli's Pick:
folded napkin pockets
HOW TO MAKE FOLDED NAPKIN POCKETS by Dukes & Duchesses

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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May 26, 2016

Summer Blueberries: An Oval Pedestal Coffee Table Makeover

Hello Frugalistas, I've missed you and it feels so good to be back!  I've been MIA for the last two weeks while I burned the candle at both ends getting ready for the antique mall parking lot sale this past weekend.  I have so much to share over the next several weeks but today it's all about Summer Blueberries and an Oval Pedestal Coffee Table Makeover.

It's Themed Furniture Makeover Day, my favorite day of the month!  The theme is Red, White or Blue and you guessed it, I chose blue.

Oval pedestal coffee table makeover

Oval Pedestal Coffee Table Painted Summer Blueberries


As I hinted above, the color is called Summer Blueberries, how could I resist. It's from the Country Chic Paint Spring 2015 Limited Edition line and I fell in love with the first brush stroke. Sadly it's no longer available and regretfully I didn't buy a bigger can.

Doesn't the color pair beautifully with white wax?

Oval pedestal cocktail table chalk painted in color Summer Blueberries

When Mr. Frugalista showed me the online auction listing of this table I told him to bid and keep bidding until it landed in the back of the Frugalistamobile.  Yippee, he won!

Before photo of oval pedestal coffee table

I have a thing for pedestal tables but what really hooked me was the gorgeous wood top.  I carefully sanded the veneer down to the natural wood and stained it Dark Walnut.  Can you tell from the state of the can that I use this color often?

Minwax Dark Walnut Wood Finish on oval pedestal coffee table makeover

It took the color beautifully.

Dark Walnut stained oval pedestal coffee table

After the stain dried overnight, Mr. Frugalista sprayed two coats of Tough Coat protective finish.

Tip 1:  To achieve a factory finish appearance when applying a clear protective top coat, use a paint sprayer rather than a foam brush.


The following morning I got to work painting the skirt and pedestal base.  I decided not to distress this piece because I wanted the color and the white wax to take center stage.

White wax over the color Summer Blueberries chalk paint on a cocktail table makeover

Tip 2: To get colored wax deep into the crevices of a piece, cut the bristles of an inexpensive chip brush down to 1-inch.  It works like a charm!


Oval pedestal cocktail table makeover

If you liked this coffee table makeover please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Summer Blueberries Oval Pedestal Coffee Table Makeover

I call it a Coffee Table but it was listed as a Cocktail Table.

What would you call it?

I can't wait to see what the other DIY Furniture Girls created for their Red, White or Blue pieces.


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



You'll find this project linked to these fabulous PARTIES.
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May 21, 2016

DIY Sunday Showcase Party {05-21-16}

Happy Weekend DIY Sunday Showcase Friends!  You could hear crickets this past week here at The Interior Frugalista.  It may be quiet on the blog but in the workshop, I've been burning the midnight oil getting ready for my first outdoor market this weekend.  I promise, once I take a few days off next week to recover, I'll have loads of new projects to share.

For those of you in the YEG area, you can find me
Monday, May 23rd
10:00am - 4:00pm
Parking Lot Sale
Look for my tent near the doors to the antique mall and drop by to say hello!
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I've been sharing snippets of some of the handpainted goods I'll have for sale.

Now that I've got you caught up on the happenings this past week here at The Interior Frugalista, let's get down to the business of partying.  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:
How adorable are these Tulle DIY Wedding Flower Pots for Weddings, Bridal Showers or other Spring or Summer events! Easy to make with white painted flower pots, ribbon and tulle! A great tulle tutu planter! | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM
TULLE DIY WEDDING FLOWER POTS by Oh My Creative

Jen's Pick:
Simple salmon fish tacos with fresh jalapeños and a creamy topping!
SALMON FISH TACOS WITH JALAPENO CREAM by Lemons For Lulu

Katie's Pick:
southwestern bedroom decorSOUTHWESTERN GUEST ROOM REVEAL by Domestic Imperfection

Erin's Pick:

MAKE A WATERMELON SHARK by Gluesticks

Wendi's Pick:
Easy DIY planked wall tutorial using trim - an inexpensive way to add that farmhouse style to your home.
DIY PLANKED WALL TUTORIAL by Clean & Scentsible

Alli's Pick:
Healthy Melon Banana Smoothie-7
HEALTHY CANTALOUPE SMOOTHIE by Artsy Craftsy Mom

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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