The Interior Frugalista: February 2017

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Turned Leg Nesting Tables With Jacobean Floral Tops

It's the fourth Thursday of February and you know what that means, it's the second installment of the Furniture Fixer Uppers series. I had been planning for weeks to share a fun and funky mid-century modern makeover with you today. The fabric was purchased, the prep was started and then BAM I got hit with a bug that knocked me flat off my feet. 

Determined not to miss this challenge, one sleepless night during a coughing fit I took my box of kleenex and pajama-clad body downstairs to look for something that would take the least amount of physical exertion to makeover. I had this set of Turned Leg Nesting Tables on the workbench queue but I kept putting it off because I couldn't narrow down a paint color.

When you feel like you've been hit by a bus, it's amazing how quickly you can make a decision. My gut was saying green and so green it was.
Turned Leg Nesting Tables
Here they are pulled open...
Turned Legs Nesting Table Trio
The paint finish is looking rather dull in these photos because I ran out of energy before taking the photos to apply a protective finish.

Turned Leg Nesting Tables With Jacobean Floral Stenciled Tops


This is what the tables used to look like...
Turned Leg Nesting Tables Before
The plan was to take photos of each step to include in my tutorial but it took everything in me just to pick up a paint brush, let alone a camera. Most of this makeover was done on a rolling mechanics stool - oh how I can't live without this gem in my workshop.

*This post contains affiliate links so you can find the products I used or suggest to complete this project. See my full disclosure policy.

Prepping for paint

I always have a bucket of warm water, rubber gloves, an old toothbrush, clean cloth, dish soap, and a bottle of liquid sander/deglosser at the ready to give these pieces a good scrub. You can see in the photo above there was paint splattered on the feet so I carefully removed it with a 3M scouring pad.

Because of the light glossy finish, I ran a medium grit sanding sponge over the wood to give the paint some bite. When using a mineral based chalk paint you don't necessarily have to do this step but I'd rather error on the side of caution.

It's hard to tell in the before photo but there were a lot of scratches on the top of the largest nesting table and so I filled those and sanded smooth once dry.
Turned Leg Nesting Tables painted in color sea glass

Painting the tables

I used mineral-based chalk paint by Dixie Belle Paint Company in the color Sea Glass, isn't it such a beautiful color? I applied it with a paintbrush and just love the self-leveling qualities of the paint. I like to dip just the tips of my brush in water and then the paint to achieve long smooth strokes before having to reload my brush. It only took two coats for full coverage.  
Turned Legs Nesting Tables with white details

Accenting with white paint

To break up all that green and add a little accent, I painted the grooves on the table skirts and feet using a large script liner art brush and white acrylic craft paint. I left the groove between the ball turned detail on the legs green because otherwise, it looked too whimsical.  
Jacobean Floral Stencil for nesting table makeover

Stenciling the top

I applied a Jacobean Floral stencil down the center horizontally across the top of each table using the same acrylic craft paint used to accent the grooves. I used a brush to apply the paint although a small foam roller would have been much quicker had my brain been functioning on all two cylinders.

I prefer using a swirling motion rather than dabbing motion when stenciling with a brush, offloading the excess paint onto a paper towel until my brush is almost dry.

I used Frog Delicate Surface Tape to hold the stencil onto the fairly fresh painted surface. Considering the paint was applied just mere hours before stenciling, I avoided using repositionable stencil spray adhesive.
Turned Leg Nesting Tables with Jacobean Floral Stenciled Tops
I'm quite pleased with how these tables turned out, especially considering how sick I was. The color will be even deeper once I apply a clear coat satin finish.
Turned Leg Nesting Table Skirts
Before I share more beauty shots, let's talk a little bit about the Furniture Fixer Uppers series.
It's a monthly series where six blogging friends, who have a passion for rescuing furniture that has seen it's better days, come together to bring you six furniture makeovers with tutorials and helpful tips. The goal is to inspire others to breath new life into dated furniture at a fraction of the cost of replacing it with something new.

If you missed our first challenge in January, I turned an old Mid-Century Modern Bookshelf into a Funky Bar.

Like the bar, my nesting tables were looking rather dated and beat up and not something you would want on display in your home. But they were in perfect working condition and would be a shame to end up in the landfill. With a little paint and some creativity, they were completely transformed and can be used for many years to come.
Turned Leg Nesting Tables Makeover
I'm quite pleased with how they turned out and I hope you like them too.

Turned Leg Nesting Tables Before and After
You will find this project shared at these fabulous LINK PARTIES.

Are you as excited as I am to see how the talented gals in this group transformed these Fixer Uppers? We had a little chuckle over how two members picked the very same dresser without realizing it. Let's head over to each of their blogs by pressing the links below...
Edition Two Furniture Fixer Uppers Before
PRESS THE LINKS BELOW TO SEE THE AFTER PHOTOS
Just The Woods


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Small Portable Rolling Multi-Purpose Table

This poor table has had so many incarnations that it doesn't know which end is up. The last makeover had a fabulous faux oxidized copper top with a wood slat lower shelf. We were using it outside on our deck. While in winter storage in our shed a squirrel decided the wood slats would make a great all you can eat buffet.

When I heard this month's Power Tool Challenge was Favorite Tool & Best Tips, I knew this little table would fit the bill perfectly. Not only could I put the most used and one of my personal favorite power tools to work to fix it, but I could finally get that much needed rolling portable multi-purpose table for my office.

Portable Rolling Multi Purpose Table

For a little trip down memory lane, this is what the first makeover looked like...

Portable Rolling Multi Purpose Table Before

It was going to be paired with a headboard for a girl's room. When the headboard sold without the table, I turned it into a faux oxidized copper table for our deck. You can find that makeover here at Faux Oxidized Copper Top Table.

Portable Rolling Multi Purpose Table Before Squirrel Damage

After the squirrel chomped on the wood slats (Mr. Frugalista removed them before I could take a picture) I was left with this mess...

Portable Rolling Multi Purpose Table Before

Small Portable Rolling Multi-Purpose Table


So what was the favorite power tool I used to repair and beautify this table?

A power drill - actually, two power drills because one ran out of juice and I discovered the second battery back was also dead.

Tip 1

Always have the secondary battery pack on your power drill fully charged.

*Affiliate links are included in this post so you can find the products I used to complete this project. See my full disclosure policy.

Drill #1 - Dewalt 18-Volt NiCad 1/2-inch Cordless Drill



Drill #2 - Ryobi 3/8-inch Clutch Corded Driver Drill


If you find power tools intimating, then I highly recommend a power drill be the tool you start with. Like I said earlier, it is the most used tool in the workshop and the one that got me grunting like Tim The Tool Man Taylor in the early days of DIYing.

Painting The Table And Damaged Shelf

The first thing I did was unscrewed the lower shelf from the table, flipped it upside down, painted it using Fusion Mineral Paint in the color Picket Fence. I also stenciled two black grain sack stripes on the top of the shelf (not pictured).

Portable Rolling Multi Purpose Table Painted Black

Next, I chalk painted the skirt and legs black in the color Liquorice by Country Chic Paint.

Once they were dry I screwed the lower shelf back onto the table. No one's going to see that ugly mess now that it's facing upside down.

Reattaching shelf on Portable Rolling Multi Purpose Table

Unfortunately, the legs were too narrow to accommodate the casters I had on hand. Instead of buying new ones I decided to add a second shelf on the very bottom. Can never have enough shelves, right.

Casters for Portable Rolling Multi Purpose Table

Adding A Bottom Shelf

Bonus just happened to have the perfect size piece of MDF in my stash leftover from another project. All it needed was the same profile around the edge as the other shelf and so this was done using a router with a 1/2-inch round over bit. Then I chalk painted it black to match the frame.

I flipped the table upside down and lined the shelf up to the legs. It was attached with #8 Robertson 3/4-inch screws onto each leg. This provided the perfect base to mount the casters.

Adding Lower Shelf To Portable Rolling Multi Purpose Table

Installing Casters

After marking the screw holes for each caster with a pencil, I drilled pilot holes using a 1/16-inch drill bit.

Drilling Pilot Holes for casters on Portable Rolling Table

Tip 2

Pre-drill pilot holes to prevent the wood from cracking. It also makes drilling the screws so much easier.

Installing casters on Portable Rolling Multi Purpose Table

The casters were attached with #6 Robertson 1/2-inch screws.

Adding Wood Slat Top

Now for the top - I unscrewed the brackets holding the top onto the frame. Next, I lined up 7 1" x 3" pine boards that were cut the same length on the miter saw. I placed the good side of the grain facing my work surface. After lining them up perfectly straight, I clamped them together.

Adding wood slat top onto Portable Rolling Multi Purpose Table

I flipped the table top upside down onto the clamped boards and centered it. Using #8 Robertson 1 1/4-inch wood screws, I attached the boards along the perimeter to secure them in place.

Attaching wood top to Portable Rolling Multi Purpose Table

Tip 3

Here's a manly man tip for you to prevent the wood from cracking. Spit on the end of the screw first before drilling. I'm telling you, it works!

I reattached the top onto the base. Now what to do with the wood...

Assembling Portable Rolling Multi Purpose Table

Staining Wood Top

I stained the wood top with Voodoo Gel Stain by Dixie Belle Paint Company in the color Up In Smoke.

Staining wood top on portable rolling multi purpose table

Once it was dry I used the black paint remaining on my brush from painting the frame (I always wrap my wet brushes with plastic wrap between coats) and dry brushed long random strokes over the stain. I repeated the same step using the Picket Fence white color paint remaining on my other brush, giving it a rustic appearance.

Rustic wood top on portable rolling multi purpose table

I like the contrast of the white middle shelf with the rustic wood top.

Small Portable Rolling Multi Purpose Cart

Then I brought the table up to my office and am thrilled to finally have a portable surface to keep my editorial calendar/daytimer, pencils and pens at the ready, and anything else that I use throughout the day but don't have room for on my desk.

Portable Rolling Multi Purpose Table for home office

This small rolling portable multi-purpose table could be used for so many purposes, like in a sewing room for a serger, a craft room, a small work surface in the kitchen, or outside on the deck like we used to have it.

Quite the difference between the before and after.
Small Portable Rolling Multi Purpose Table Before and After
Before I send you off to see what my friends on the Power Tool Challenge Team made using their favorite power tool I thought I'd leave you with a couple more tips.

Tip 4

Always hold the drill perpendicular to the surface to ensure the screws go in straight and hold the drill tight by leaning your body into it. Using a drill press is ideal for ensuring perfectly straight screws but not everybody, including myself, has one. Here are some helpful tips that I found on DrillPressGuide.com on How To Drill Straight Without A Drill Press.


Tip 5

If you ever need a precise hole depth, measure the end of the drill bit to the depth of the hole you require. Wrap a piece of tape around the bit at that mark. Drill to the depth of the tape and you'll have the perfect hole depth every time.

You will find this project linked to these fabulous LINK PARTIES.

Power Tool Challenge Team Projects

My Love 2 Create - Triangle Hexagon Tray 
My Repurposed Life - DIY Cutting Board 
The Kim Six Fix - Scroll Saw Book Letters 
Create and Babble - Cut Wood Slices 
The DIY Bungalow - DIY Faux Fur Foot Stool 


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Craft Supply Goodie Box Giveaway

Hi everyone, I bet you weren't expecting a post from me today. If you're a crafter like myself, then you'll love today's post. Why? Because Kathy, The Queen of Junk Treasures, from Petticoat Junktion invited four blogging friends to join her in a Craft Junk Goodie Box Giveaway Tour.

Five bloggers have each put together a Goodie Box filled with crafting and junking supplies from our stashes and we're giving them away to five lucky winners! The links to each Giveaway Box are at the end of this post.

We'll begin with my Craft Supply Goodie Box Giveaway...

Craft Supply Goodie Box Giveaway

If you don't know, I am a Canadian blogger. Oftentimes blogging giveaways are open to US residents only. We decided on this leg of the tour to provide one goodie box open to Canadian residents and that box would be mine.

Craft Supplies for Goodie Box Giveaway

I've since thrown in a few BONUS items not pictured above. You'll have to be the winner to see those surprises.

Being a Canadian girl I couldn't help but include a packet of annual flower seeds that I picked up last summer while touring the famous Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Craft supplies for Goodie Box Giveaway Tour

Craft Supply Goodie Box Includes:
- 1 roll Wave Frog Tape™
- 1 roll Chevron Frog Tape™
- Sample jar of Icicle chalk paint from Country Chic Paint (Canadian Retailer)
- 2 oz bottle of White Acrylic Craft Paint
- 2 oz bottle of Champagne Glitter Paint
- 5 yds Inspirations Fabric Ribbon
- 1 Craft Rubber Stamp
- 1 pkg of HOME Block Letters
- 1 Pair of Thrifty Wooden Candlesticks
- 2 pkg Craft Buttons
1 pkg Bird Cage Embellishments
- 1 pkg Black Board Labels with chalk
- 1 pkg Craft Supply Chalkboard Storage Labels
- 2 Fabric Swatches
- Annual Flower Seed Packet from Butchart Gardens (Canadian Historical Site)
- 1 pkg foam brushes
- Set of 2 Furniture Knobs

Box filled with craft supplies for Goodie Box Giveaway Tour

The Craft Supply Goodie Box is all packed and ready to be mailed somewhere in Canada. All it needs is for the shipping label to be filled out with the winner's name and address.

Parcel waiting for winner of Craft Supply Goodie Box

There will be 1 Canadian Winner chosen for my Craft Goodie Box.

You can enter the giveaway once a day until the giveaway ends.

The only requirement to enter is that you answer the question in the Rafflecopter below and then click the ENTER button - it's that easy!

Good Luck


Craft Supply Giveaway Box for Canadian Residents
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway Rules:
Giveaway closes February 19, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. MST.
Goodie Box is open to Canadian residents ONLY 18 years and older.
Winner will be chosen at random by the Rafflecopter and contacted by me via email. 
Winner has 48 hours to reply to the email or they will be disqualified and another winner selected. Shipping costs will be paid by The Interior Frugalista.

Now that you've entered, click on the links above each photo below to be taken to the Craft Junk Goodie Boxes my blogging friends have put together to giveaway.



We'd love it if you told your fellow crafting friends about this awesome giveaway. 

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Vintage Wood Sewing Knitting Box Table

Hello everyone, I hope you've had a great week. For those of you who like to knit, sew or do needlework while watching television, then you'll like the makeover I'm sharing today. Several months ago Mr. Frugalista came home with this interesting little mid-century modern hinged top table. It is rather low and I had no idea what it's intended purpose was and so it sat in our basement collecting dust.

Mid Century Modern Wooden Sewing Needlework Knitting Box Table

This is what the table looked like before...

Vintage Wooden Sewing Needlework Knitting Box Table Before

...and here it is open. Perhaps I'm wrong but doesn't it look like it may have been handmade?

Vintage Wooden Sewing Needlework Knitting Box Table With Hinged Top

Our grandson's two year birthday is coming soon and so I thought the table might make a special handmade gift from Grandma. The intention was to turn it into a Mega Block Play Table with storage for blocks underneath. When he was over recently I decided to do a trial run before starting the makeover.

Mega Block Idea Fail for Small Wooden Hinged Top Table

Good thing I did because the first thing he did was climb on top. Once he figured out the top opened he had more fun opening and closing the lid than he did to what was stored inside.

Onto Plan B. Recently my friend Larissa from Prodigal Pieces turned a magazine table into a fabulous sewing table. Inspired by her makeover, I decided my little table would be a perfect catch-all for yarn, embroidery, or sewing supplies for projects completed while watching the television.

Little did I know, that is exactly what these vintage wooden box tables were used for back in the day.

Vintage Wooden Sewing Needlework Knitting Box Table Open

Vintage Wood Sewing Knitting Box Table Makeover

I painted the entire table, inside and out, with two coats of Dixie Belle Paint in the color drop cloth. Normally mid-century modern furniture has a smooth clean paint finish but sometimes you just have to break the rules. I lightly distressed the edges on the top to give it a timeworn look.

I always line my pieces with fabric or paper and found the perfect linen patchwork scrapbook paper in my stash.

Painted Grain Sack Stripe Inside Vintage Wooden Sewing Needlework Knitting Box Table

Notice the grain sack stripe detail on the inside of the lid? It's a stencil with the chalk paint color Rocky Mountain (a charcoal gray).

Nobody has time or patience to open the lid every time they need something while busy stitching so Mr. Frugalista installed a curved locking lid support mechanism to keep it open.

Curved Locking Lid Mechanism on Vintage Wooden Sewing Needlework Knitting Box Table

The front of the table was looking rather bland. In my stash, I found a pretty rose furniture knob with a backplate that would dress the front nicely. Not liking the antique gold finish, I changed it with black hammered metal spray paint.

Black Hammered Spray Paint for hardware on Vintage Sewing Needlework Knitting Box Table

To protect the hardware I gave it a spray of clear coat. I like the contrast against the white and how it echoes the charcoal gray grain sack stripes when opened.

Painted knob on Vintage Wood Sewing Needlework Knitting Box Table

The top needed a little something-something to identify its purpose.

Vintage Graphics on MCM Sewing Needlework Knitting Box Table

I cut an image from a sheet of scrapbook paper and decoupaged it onto one corner using Mod Podge.

Decoupaged Paper Top on MCM Wood Sewing Needlework Knitting Box Table

Inkjet Printer Image Transfer Technique

I wrote a little verse in PicMonkey and reversed the text in a mirror image and printed it using my inkjet printer onto glossy paper. Using the back of a spoon I rubbed the image onto the table.

Inkjet Image Transfer on Vintage Wooden Sewing Needlework Knitting Box Table

Then I went over to the Graphics Fairy website and found Retro Sewing Pin Cushion and Vintage Sewing Embroidery and Thread Spools graphics. Also printing them in mirror images and applying the same image transfer technique as the verse.

The last step was sealing the images but I encountered a little surprise.

Word Of Caution About Inkjet Printer Transfer Technique 

Normally if you give the ink at least 24-hours to dry there is no problem applying a top coat to seal the graphics. When I applied mine 48-hours later the image started to smear. That has never happened to me before.

The only difference this time was that I painted the table using mineral-based paint. In the past, I've always used chalk paint which is porous and allowed the ink to penetrate into the paint. Mineral based paint has an acrylic resin base which makes it water resistant, therefore not allowing the ink to be absorbed into the paint. So my suggestion when using this image transfer technique is to use porous milk or chalk paint.

How I Fixed The Smearing Dilemma

Using a script liner art brush and the same Rocky Mountain chalk paint color used on the grain sack stripes, I painted as much detail as I could. Once it was dry I sprayed a light coat of clear protective finish over the graphics and typography. Once the clear coat dried I was able to brush Dixie Belle Gator Hide, a waterproof protective finish without any smearing.

While the mineral based paint doesn't require a protective finish, knowing this table may have drinks set on it while watching television I decided to add extra waterproof protection. The rest of the table, including the interior, was brushed with Clear Coat by Dixie Belle.

Wanting to add a vintage look to the table top, I applied dark wax over the clear coat, wiping away the excess.

I think this Vintage Wooden Sewing Needlework Knitting Box Table with hinged top is so darn cute.

Vintage Wooden Sewing Needlework Knitting Box Table Before and After
Other furniture pieces where I used image transfer techniques is on a 1940's Art Deco Waterfall Buffet Sideboard, French Desk Makeover, and Queen Anne Writing Desk.

You will find this project linked to these fabulous LINK PARTIES.

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