The Interior Frugalista: September 2017

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Farmhouse Etagere Bookcase From Repurposed Tiered Tables

The project I'm sharing today is the opposite of "if you build it they will come" but rather if they come, you will build it.

Over the last year, the exact same two-tiered turned leg oak table has landed on my doorstep from multiple sources. It's like the first little table put the word out that the Frugalista lady has opened her doors to them but their respective owners didn't collectively know it.

Whats a girl to do when she finds herself with four identical tables? Turn them into a Farmhouse Etagere Bookcase I say!
How To Turn Tiered Tables Into A Farmhouse Etagere Bookcase

Before I get into the details of this Etagere Bookcase, today is Furniture Fixer Uppers day, one of my favorite days of the month.

Six talented and creative bloggers come together to breathe new life into six furniture pieces that had seen better days. You will find links to my friend's furniture makeovers at the bottom of this post.

In case you missed last months challenge, I went all glam with a Vintage Student Desk fit for a princess.


How To Make A Farmhouse Etagere Bookcase From Tiered Turned Leg Tables



These are the tables, the one in the foreground on the top is ever so slightly different and I ended up not using it because it made the bookcase too tall.
Tiered Turned Leg Tables Before Repurposed Into Etagere Bookcase
As it is, the bookcase stands 5-feet tall with just the three tables.
DIY Etagere Bookcase with chalk painted turned leg tables

First I gave the tables a good scrub with vinegar and water. They had a glossy finish and so in order to give the paint some bite, I lightly sanded them all with a mouse sander and 150-grit sanding pad. That was the most labor-intensive part of this project.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you to support the costs of running this site. See my disclosure policy page. Materials list included at the bottom of this post.

Center of Tiered Table Legs for Farmhouse Etagere Bookcase
On the middle and top tables ONLY, find the center point on each leg and mark with a pencil (pictured above).
Pilot hole on Tiered Table Legs for Farmhouse Etagere Bookcase
Using an Awl, puncture a pilot hole in the center of the legs (pictured above).
Drill hole on Tiered Table Legs for Farmhouse Etagere Bookcase
  • Wrap a piece of tape around a ¾-inch Forstner Bit at a ¾-inch depth.
  • Drill a hole the depth of the tape to accommodate wooden connector dowels (pictured above). 
  • Flip the table right side up and stack table #2 on top of the bottom table and align them centered on top of one another.
  • Draw a pencil mark around each leg (pictured below).
  • Stack table #3 on top of table #2 and repeat the steps above.
Squeeze wood construction glue into the holes on the legs and insert the wooden dowels (pictured below). You may need to use a hammer.
  • Squeeze wood construction glue into the holes on the table tops and align the dowels to connect the tables. 
  • Wipe excess glue with a damp cloth and clamp overnight (pictured below).
Now the fun part, making them pretty. Brushing turned legs, especially in multiples, is a pain in the neck so the plan going in was to use my paint sprayer. Unfortunately, our weather has been hovering around the 2°C range so spraying furniture outside is no longer an option.

Painting Spindles Tip

If you have no choice but to use a brush, the job is much quicker and easier when using a good quality synthetic round brush (pictured above).
The shallower shelves on the Etagere were a tight squeeze and so my short stubby palm pro angled paintbrush made the job much easier.
DIY Etagere Bookcase with whitewashed turned leg tables

  • The bookcase was painted with just one coat of Anne Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Old White.
  • To reveal more of the light oak underneath the edges were sanded with 220 grit sandpaper.
  • After brushing clear wax the contrast between the white and natural wood popped.
  • The wax was buffed to a matte finish.

DIY Farmhouse Etagere Bookcase made with small tables
I styled it as a living room bookcase but I could see it in a Farmhouse kitchen to hold a mixer and baking supplies, or a bathroom for toiletries and rolled towels, a craft/sewing room or home office. 
DIY Etagere Bookcase Farmhouse Style
If you're wondering about the stool in the photo. Being the Mother of seven children, many a potato was peeled and dish washed on that stool. I claimed it before heading to the donation pile and gave Mom's Stool A Befitting Makeover.

Adding chunky wooden candlesticks onto the top give the bookcase just the right amount of height. Instead of candles, I decorated them with pumpkins for Fall. If you'd like to see how I made them you can find both a video and written tutorial in my post Fabric Pumpkins With Cabinet Knob Stems.
DIY Farmhouse Etagere Bookcase styled for Fall
Thank goodness for multiples, it's like these tables lined up on my doorstep because they had dreams of becoming a bookcase one day. As much as I'd like to keep this Farmhouse Etagere Bookcase, it'll be heading to my booth soon.

Oh, and as for the odd man table out, it has been dismantled and the shelves will be morphed into signs and the turned legs repurposed on several future projects. Nothing goes to waste around here.

Materials List


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How To Turn Multiple Tiered Tables Into A Farmhouse Etagere Bookcase
I'm so excited to see what my talented Furniture Fixer Upper friends did with these furniture pieces.
Furniture Fixer Upper Before Photos September
PRESS THE LINKS BELOW TO SEE THE AFTER PHOTOS
The Interior Frugalista (moi)


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Talk Of The Town Party #91

Judging by our features this week, Fall is definitely in the air. Goodness you guys, do you know how hard it is to pick just two? So many fabulous projects and delicious recipes shared each week. I can't wait to see what you all share this week. Let's get this party started...


Last Week at Knick of Time - Talk of the Town Link Party #91
Last Week at My Repurposed Life - Talk of the Town Link Party #91

Last week at Sadie Seasongoods - Talk of the Town #91

Last Week at The Interior Frugalista - Talk of the Town Link Party #91

Here's what we're talking about from last week's party!

Fall Front Porch by How to Nest for Less
Fall Front Porch - How to Nest for Less
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins by Tinselbox

Farmhouse Style Reversible Wood Sign by Twelve on Main
Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Dessert by Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Dessert - Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

Apples and Eucalyptus Free Fall Printable by So Much Better with Age
The Best Pumpkin Pancakes by Somewhat Simple
Pumpkin Pancakes - Somewhat Simple
 
Easy Farmhouse Fall Sign by My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
Easy Farmhouse Fall Sign - My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
Hearty Pumpkin Potato Soup by Food Fun Family
Hearty Pumpkin Potato Soup - Food Fun Family

Now, it's your turn!
By linking up at Talk of the Town, you agree that your photos may be used to promote the party, or in other round-ups.
***Please note: we have added a new guideline. Please keep in mind that linking up with stock photography or using photos without express permission by the photo owner is not allowed. Links of stock photography or photos that are not owned by you will be removed without notification.***
TotT Something to talk about
PLEASE NOTE – There are now *2* separate link-ups;
The first is for DIY/Vintage/Repurposed links
and the second for recipes.
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Fabric Pumpkins With Cabinet Knob Stems

Would you believe we had our first snowfall yesterday? It melted as soon as it hit the ground BUT dang, it's only September. I'm keeping my finger's crossed this isn't a sign that we're headed for a long winter. Bundled in a sweater with the furnace running, my thoughts went to hot apple cider and decorating for Fall.

Are you like me and have a bin full of fabric leftover from former projects? Those scraps can be turned into the cutest pumpkins. Today I'm showing you how using remanents from an old red ticking stripe slipcover along with how to repurpose vintage kitchen cabinet knobs for the stems.

Decorating a tray for Fall using Fabric Pumpkins with Kitchen Cabinet Knob Stems.
Fabric Pumpkins with cabinet knob stems
If you're a visual person I've included a video tutorial below...

Video Tutorial


Fabric Pumpkins With Cabinet Knob Stems


Fabric Pumpkins with faux fern leaves

Full Tutorial

The steps for sewing the pumpkins are pretty much the same as my Sweater Pumpkins. Except with these, I used faux leaf picks and an old slipcover removed from our Chalk Painted Wing Chair. If you can sew a straight line, you can definitely make these pumpkins.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you to support the costs of running this site. See my disclosure policy page.

Supplies:

Red Ticking Stripe Fabric or fabric of your choice
Matching All Purpose Thread
Cotton Batting
Twine
White Ceramic Kitchen Cabinet Knobs or knobs of your choice
Mod Podge or White Glue
Hot Glue Gun

Fabric Pumpkin Patch with Cabinet Knob Stems

Step 1: Cut fabric

The trick to measuring your fabric is to divide the width in half to get the height. I recommend making the pumpkins in multiple sizes, mine are in three as follows:

Large: 20-inches wide x 10-inches tall
Medium: 16-inches wide x 8-inches tall
Small: 12-inches wide by 6-inches tall

Step 2: Sew side seam

DIY Fabric Pumpkin Seams
  • Fold fabric with the short sides together (pictured above).
  • Sew the side seams together. I used the elastic stitch setting on my sewing machine, mimics a serged seam to help prevent the fabric from fraying.
  • If you don't have a sewing machine you could hand stitch the seam.

Step 3: Sew bottom seam

Gather baste stitch on Fabric Pumpkins
  • Sew the bottom seam using a basting stitch (largest stitch setting) and leave long threads on either end.
  • Gently pull on the top strand of thread to gather the fabric (pictured above).
  • Repeat by pulling the top strand of thread on the opposite side (pictured below).
  • Tie the ends to secure the gathers.


Option B: Gather the fabric in your hand and tie it off with an elastic band.


Gathered bottom seam on Fabric Pumpkins
Turn the pumpkin right side out (pictured below).
Base of DIY Fabric Pumpkins

Step 4: Fill pumpkins

Fill Fabric Pumpkins with cotton batting
Fill pumpkin with cotton batting up to approximately 1-1½ inches from the top (pictured above).

Step 5: Sew top seam

Baste stitch top seam on Fabric Pumpkins
  • With a needle and all-purpose thread, hand stitch the top closed (pictured above) and gather the fabric the same way as in Step 3.
  • Draw the points together into the center and stitch in place (pictured below).
DIY Fabric Pumpkins ready for twine ribs

Step 6: Twine ribs and tendrils

Cut twine the following lengths per size of pumpkin:
Large: 90-inches
Medium: 80-inches
Small: 70-inches

Stringing Fabric Pumpkin twine ribs

Tip 1: Be cautious when pushing the needle through so it doesn't poke your hand. 


Tip 2: Avoid this step if you have a feline family member nearby. Unless you want to get distracted by the playful kitty and completely forget about Tip #1. Ask me how I know.


  • With an 8-inch upholstery needle, thread a strand of twine through the top of the pumpkin and out the center of the bottom. You may want to use a thimble to help push the needle through the bulk of the pumpkin. 
  • Leave a long strand at the top for the first tendril.
  • Holding the tendril in place with your thumb, pull the thread over the pumpkin and insert the needle into the top center and back through the base. 
  • Wrap it over the opposite side of the pumpkin and pull taut to form the first two ribs and tie in a knot to hold in place.
  • Repeat the last two steps until you have eight ribs and tie in a knot to secure.
  • There should be two strands of twine at the top of the pumpkin for tendrils (pictured below).
Fabric Pumpkin twine ribbon ribs

Step 7: Cabinet knob stems

Pierce hole for Fabric Pumpkin Knob Stems

  • Using an Awl, poke a hole through the top and down to the bottom of the pumpkin and move the Awl in a back and forth motion to create a large enough hole (pictured above). Be careful during this step because the tip of that Awl is very sharp when it pops through the bottom. Ask me how I know.
  • Squish the pumpkin as tight as you can and from the bottom of the pumpkin, pull the cabinet knob screw through the hole created by the Awl and out the top of the pumpkin (pictured below). I'm not going to lie, lining up the screw can get a bit frustrating but be patient.
  • Twist the knob onto the screw and hand tighten to secure. You may need to use a screwdriver to tighten the knob completely. 
Inserting Cabinet Knob Stem into Fabric Pumpkin

Step 8: Adding leaves

Faux fern leaf picks for Fabric Pumpkins
I save everything and had quite the collection of faux greens in a large plastic tote. I found several faux fern leaf picks (pictured above) that I believe have been in my stash for over 20 years.

I removed the stems from the pick and simply hot glued them in place under the cabinet knobs (pictured below).
Attaching faux leaves on Fabric Pumpkins

Step 9: Curling the tendrils

Curl Faux Pumpkin tendrils with white glue
Use foil to protect the pumpkins during this next step. Don't they remind you of a group of ladies with hair strands poking through their highlighting caps at the salon?

This is when your grown children's labeled school markers that you've kept all these years come in handy.
Curling tendrils on Fabric Pumpkins
  • Pour white glue or Mod Podge into a plastic container.
  • Dip your fingers into the glue and rub it all over the twine tendrils.
  • Wrap the twine around the markers and leave them to dry for no more than an hour.
  • Carefully slide the markers off the tendrils and let completely dry while still curled.
  • Once dry, loosen the tendril curls to your liking.

I'm so glad to have put more of the remanents from our red ticking stripe slipcover to good use and just love these cute little fabric pumpkins. 
DIY Red Ticking Stripe Fabric Pumpkins With Knob Stems
There may appear to be a lot of steps to make these but this entire pumpkin patch can be made in a day.
Red Ticking Stripe Fabric Pumpkins In Fall Tray
While my red ticking stripe pumpkins have a Farmhouse look, you can create glamourous ones by using velvet and pretty glass or beaded knobs. Or warm and cozy pumpkins with sweaters and wooden knobs. What about whimsical ones with bold colors and patterns and metal knobs. The possibilities are endless.

Last Fall I made similar pumpkins with an old sweater and leftover fabric from our Queen Anne Armchairs Makeover You can find them here in my post Sweater Pumpkins With Cabinet Knob Stems.

Can you tell I love decorating with pumpkins in the Fall. The year before I made Burlap Pumpkins, Chalk Painted Pumpkins, and Metallic Pumpkins. You can find them here in my post DIY Pumpkin Patch.

Have you ever made fabric pumpkins? I'd love to hear how you made yours in the comment section below.

If you found this Fabric Pumpkin tutorial helpful, please share it with a friend or save it on Pinterest.
Fabric Pumpkins With Cabinet Knob Stems

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