French Provincial goes shabby chic!

Feeling like a jack rabbit hopping from projects going on outside to ones inside, I had to do a double take this morning when I flipped the calendar to Day 30.  Whaaaat, June 30th already!!!  Okay, who stole June and how can I get it back?

I've been busy getting my hands dirty with Vanilla Frosting chalk paint for awesome clients as their French Provincial Furniture goes shabby chic!  I refinished two pretty side tables and a small desk for them and now I'm working on two beautiful antique chairs...but I'll share those in an upcoming post.  

French Provincial Desk
All three of these pieces were originally stained dark but had been spray painted white.  After a few coats of chalk paint, light distressing, and antiqued with dark wax these pieces all came alive!

French Provincial Desk makeover with Vanilla Frosting Chalkpaint

I replaced the original hardware with pretty clear glass knobs.  To add an element of surprise I painted the sides of the drawers Sangria Red - love this color!  I lined the drawers with script paper and rubbed dark wax over it to give it a vintage appearance.  I love that it echoes old handwritten letters!

French Provincial desk makeover with drawers painted in Sangria chalkpaint, lined with vintage script paper, and clear glass knobs.

Here is what it looked like before the makeover.

French Provincial Desk BEFORE makeover

French Provincial Rectangular Side Table
It received exactly the same makeover treatment as the desk...same color, same amount of distressing, and antiqued with dark wax.

French Provincial rectangular side table makeover

I contemplated replacing the hardware to match the desk but the originals were just too pretty.  Instead I gave them a coat of chalk paint and distressed them a little.  I love how they turned out!

French Provincial Side Table makeover with Vanilla Frosting Chalk Paint and original refinished hardware.

I lined the drawer with some vintage looking damask paper.  It's hard to see in the photo but there is French script running across the damask print which is a nice juxtaposition with the paper lining the desk drawers.

French Provincial Side Table with Damask paper lined drawer.

Here it is before the makeover.

French Provincial Side Table BEFORE makeover.

I love this table and it took everything in me not to add a French graphic to the bottom shelf.  "Marie this ain't your table"!

French Provincial Round Side Table with Vanilla Frosting Chalk Paint

A close-up of the shabby chic goodness.

French Provincial Side Table distressed and antiqued.

Before photo...

French Provincial Round Side Table BEFORE makeover

A sneak peak at what's currently sitting on the work table...

Antique Chair Makeovers BEFORE

Oh so fun - I can't wait to see the fabric my client has in store for these!

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DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {June 28th}

Let's have a party...
another DIY Sunday Showcase Party!

As it does each and every week, it was hard to pick our favorites. If you didn't make our TOP 6 Features be sure to check out ourDIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest because your link just may be featured there!


The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00pm CST and runs until the following Wednesday

Meet the Hosts:

My Pick:

Jen's Pick:
DIY PALLET GARDEN by Anna International

Megin's Pick:

Shelly's Pick:
OUR LATEST ROLLING CART by The Salvaged Boutique

Katie's Pick:
KITCHEN MAKEOVER by Confessions Of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer

Erin's Pick:

  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 in your link party page!

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Old Louvered Doors Repurposed Into Garden Screen

A few weeks ago I noticed my neighbor had a stack of old louvered doors sitting by their garage.  I asked what they were doing with them and learned they were heading to the dump.  Well now like they say, one person's trash is another person's treasure and I struck gold!

When Mr. Frugalista came home he asked, "why the heck is there a bunch of old bi-fold doors leaning against our tree?"  I got the ole eye roll when I said I had big plans for those doors.

Old louvered bi-fold doors repurposed into a garden screen

Like the infamous junk drawer we have the junk pit. It's a very useful and functional pit because it houses our firewood piles, extra garbage cans for yard debris, and the list goes on. No matter how organized we try to keep it, it's still an unsightly mess that can be seen from the deck.

My neighbor's louvered doors to the rescue!  The stack of blocks under the tarp is a sneak peak at our next project.

Old louvered doors to be repurposed into a garden screen

The first order of business was removing the hinges from each set of doors.  Peak-a-boo says the photo bomber!

Removing the hinges from old louvered doors to use for garden screens

The next step was using a post hole auger to dig post holes (make sure you have the area flagged for utility lines before doing this step).  I forgot to take a picture...actually that's where I went inside...BORING.

The next part was a breeze, measure and screw the bi-folds in place onto the back of the posts. Sounds pretty simple enough but you should have heard the arguing back and forth about the silly knobs on the doors. Mr. Frugalista couldn't understand why for the life of me I would want the knobs exposed...their knobs for crying out loud! I on the otherhand argued that they added a decorative element to the doors and gave them character. As you can see from the picture below, I won!

Hanging old louvered doors horizontally onto fence posts

...and onto the next section.

Hanging old louvered doors horizontally onto fence posts to make a garden screen

After the bi-folds were attached in all three sections.

Old louvered doors hung horizontally onto fence posts

We had to get a little creative with the last section because we only had two bi-fold doors to work with. Considering we angled this section we decided to make it look intentionally different while using the same building materials.  

Cedar fence posts between old louvered doors hung horizontally to make a garden screen

The original plan was to install dense lattice between each bi-fold (which we also got from our neighbor) but the pattern was competing with the louvers.  So we went with cedar fence boards which hides the mess even more.  I have to say this choice was much easier to install, just like the bi-folds they were screwed onto the back of the posts.

A garden screen made with old louvered doors

Now this is where Mr. Frugalista ditched me and got outta Dodge.  I spray painted the doors a moss green.

Old louvered doors painted moss green and repurposed into a garden screen

Old louvered bi-fold doors repurposed into a garden screen

Then I stained the posts and fence boards with a semi-transparent Natural Cedar color stain.

Old louvered bi-fold doors turned into a garden screen

I wanted to install decorative fence post caps but Mr. Frugalista didn't like that idea.  So while the cat's away, the mouse did play!

Wood birdhouses used as post caps on garden screen

I picked these cute wooden bird houses up at Michaels and played with some paint while enjoying the glorious and long awaited sunshine.

Old louvered doors repurposed into a garden screen AFTER

Old louvered doors repurposed into a garden screen AFTER

Old louvered doors repurposed into a garden screen with birdhouse post caps

After two afternoons of elbow grease and some much needed time in the sun, no more unsightliness viewed from the deck!  So I wonder what Mr. Frugalista's going to say when he sees those bird houses...he he he.



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