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

It's the fourth Thursday of the month and you know what that means, it's Themed Furniture Makeover Day. With February being all about Valentine's Day, it's only fitting that the theme this month is Inspired by Chocolate.

Didn't have to twist my arm participating in this one and today I'm sharing A Scalloped Tea Table Makeover Inspired by Chocolate. A few chocolates were consumed in the making of this project.

A Tea Table inspired by Chocolate

Scalloped Tea Table With Chocolate Inspired Decoupaged Top


I acquired this little tea table, originally from Bombay Company, shortly after the theme was announced for this month's challenge. I knew immediately it would be the perfect piece. This is what it looked like before the makeover...

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 chair.

Tea Table painted with Simplicity White chalk paint

So here 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 it with three thin coats of Simplicity White chalk paint.

For a timeworn look, I distressed it with 100 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.

Tea Table protected with Metallic Pearl Wax

So where's the chocolate you ask?  A visit to the Graphics Fairy website and I found the perfect image to transfer to the top.

Tea Table with Vintage Chocolate Graphic

Image Transfer Technique

Step 1 - Printing the image

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 - Applying the image onto the table

Apply Image Transfer Medium (Mod Podge also works) with a foam brush over the graphic and place it (graphic side down) onto the center of the table, being careful not to move the image around. Use a brayer or credit card to gently remove any air bubbles and to 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 - Removing layers of paper

Using a water bottle and your fingertips, gently rub away the first layer of paper. Let the paper dry and repeat this process. It took repeating this step three times before the image was 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.

Tea Table removing paper from Vintage Graphic

You can see in the picture above how stark the white table is compared to the vintage look of the image. I dry brushed the chalk paint colors Vintage Cupcake and Sage Advice (similar colors in the graphic) around the image.

To remove any cloudy residue on the paper and protect the image, apply two coats of matte Tough Coat.

Tea Table dry brushed with Vintage Cupcake and Sage Advice chalk paint

For a time-worn look, apply dark wax using a lint free rag and wipe away the excess.  I reapplied a little bit of Pearl wax to the detailed areas to get some pearlescent shimmer back onto the white paint.

Tea Table with Vintage Graphic and Dark Wax


Chocolate Inspired Tea Table

After all was said and done, I rewarded myself with a chocolate treat.

Chocolate Strawberries on Chocolate Inspired Tea Table

Let's head over and see what the other DIY Furniture Girls created for their Inspired By Chocolate piece.

Furniture Girls Themed Furniture Makeover Day

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



I'm sharing this project at these fabulous LINKY 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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