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French Provincial Secretary Desk Shabby Chic Makeover

Painting furniture the same color but with a different finish can completely change the look. Like this curvy little desk. My client asked if I could get rid of the high gloss finish on her white French Provincial Secretary Desk and give it a shabby chic makeover.

It's so easy when you use chalk paint because the lovely matte finish instantly gives a piece that beautiful vintage appearance. Distress it a little and finish with a lovely matte wax and it looks like a timeworn antique.

French Provincial Secretary Desk Shabby Chic Makeover


French Provincial Secretary Desk Shabby Chic Makeover


One of the things I absolutely adore about French Provincial furniture is those lovely curves. I would fill my entire house with this style of furniture. Paired with beautiful glass knobs gives it such a classic look.

French Provincial Secretary Desk Makeover

I've included affiliate links in this post for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend for this makeover. See my disclosure policy.

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DIY Garden Screen From Repurposed Louvered Bi-Fold Doors

A few weeks ago I noticed my neighbor had a stack of old louvered bi-fold 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 and 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 told him that we were going to build a DIY garden screen from those repurposed louvered bi-fold doors.

Old louvered bi-fold doors repurposed into a garden screen

DIY Garden Screen From Repurposed Bi-Fold Doors


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

Here is where my neighbor's louvered doors to the rescue. The stack of blocks under the tarp is a sneak peek 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. Peek-a-boo says the reluctant 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 this is the step where I went inside...BORING.

The next step was a breeze, measure and screw the bi-folds in place onto the back of the posts. Sounds simple enough but you should have heard the arguing back and forth about the silly knobs on the doors. Mr. Frugalista could not understand why for the life of me I would want the knobs exposed...their knobs for crying out loud! I on the other hand 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 left. Considering this section was angled we decided to make the difference look intentional 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 hide the mess even more. I must say going with 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 was away the mouse did play.

Wood birdhouses used as post caps on garden screen

I picked these cute wood birdhouses 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

After two afternoons of elbow grease and some much needed time in the sun, no more unsightly wood pile viewed from the deck.

We live in a cold climate where we can still get snow in May so our growing season is short. To help get our veggie garden planted early we built the budget-friendly DIY raised garden greenhouses seen in front of our bi-fold door privacy screen in the photo below.

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

We also used old bi-fold doors to build a deck privacy screen.

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20 Handmade Headboards {Curated Board on Hometalk}

For those of you who follow my blog you know I have a love for all things DIY.  I love how it inspires creativity, thinking outside-of-the-box, upcycling otherwise discarded items that would end up in our landfills, and saves us a ton of money!  

So when HOMETALK so kindly approached me to curate a board featuring 20 Handmade Headboards - it was right up my alley!  You might remember that last year Mr. Frugalista and I transformed an old 5-panel door into a headboard.  I love the creative ways bloggers have designed their own unique headboards and so I'm thrilled to share twenty of them with you today.

Press HERE or the Graphic to see the full projects and links to their blogs. 
Here is a closer look at each amazing headboard...

OLD WOOD HEADBOARD
PERSONALIZED HEADBOARD
CHEVRON PATTERNED PALLET HEADBOARD
ANTIQUE WINDOWS HEADBOARD
UPHOLSTERED RALEIGH HEADBOARD
FAUX FRENCH FROM A DECAL HEADBOARD
HORSE GATE HEADBOARD
PALLET HEADBOARD
FIREPLACE MANTLE HEADBOARD
BIRCH WOOD AND VINTAGE SKIS HEADBOARD
TUFTED PLANK HEADBOARD
BARN DOOR HEADBOARD USING ANTIQUE WINDOWS AND DOORS
PIANO  HEADBOARD
LARGE FIREPLACE MANTLE HEADBOARD
RECLAIMED WOOD FENCE GATE HEADBOARD
UPHOLSTERED AND HANDPAINTED SCRIPT HEADBOARD
PAINTED SIGN HEADBOARD
WOVEN PLYWOOD HEADBOARD
TUFTED WITH LIGHTS HEADBOARD
OLD 5-PANEL DOOR HEADBOARD

I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did choosing them for the Curated Board on Hometalk!  Be sure to click on the link above to get a full view of each project.
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Painted Oak (A Side Table Transformation)

It felt so good to get back in the workshop after a one week hiatus to catch up on life.  I've had this oak end table taking up valuable real estate in the shop and I didn't have a clue what I was going to do with it.  After tripping on it one too many times I flipped that sucker (and it's pretty darn heavy) onto the work bench and said, "okay table you win - what the heck am I going to do with you?"

Painted Oak - To Be Or Not To Be?  I hear the wood lovers shouting, "I hope she didn't paint it".  Sorry guys but that brand new can of Arles ASCP was calling my name.

Chalk painted oak table with stained top

Here's where I normally show you a Before picture.   I swear I took one but for the life of me I cannot find where the heck I stored it on my computer.  So let me paint a visual...golden oak with two wooden knobs on the drawer.  Nothing fancy B O R I N G !

I started by painting the legs and apron and the plan was to paint the top too.  Those who follow my blog know how much I enjoy transferring images and hand painting them onto my pieces.  The plan was to add a graphic to the top of this table as well but instead of dipping my brush into more paint I pulled out the orbital sander and got dirty. I'm happy I did because after I stained the top with Dark Walnut Minwax Wood Finish, I was very pleased with the contrast.

Painted oak side table with dark walnut stained top.

I was just going to dirty this piece up with some dark wax but it was screaming, "I want to be distressed". Furniture speaks to me like that...seriously!  And sometimes it shouts, like this one did.

Afterwards I applied FAT Dark Wax - that stuff goes on like buttah!  I love how it provided so much depth to the Arles and aged it so beautifully.

Oak chalk painted and distressed side table.

I wasn't liking the two wooden knobs on the drawer front and so I patched the holes and added one to the center.  I had the perfect red knob in my stash that I picked up at a boutique in Niagara-On-The-Lake last winter.

Oak chalk painted side table with antiqued red knob.

I decided to add an element of surprise and give the drawer some personality.  The sides are painted with ASCP Emperor's Silk followed by a coat of dark wax.  Love the depth dark wax gives to this color.  From my pad of vintage scrapbook paper I found a pretty sheet that complimented the paint colors.

Oak chalk painted side table with vintage scrapbook paper lined and red painted drawers.

I would have never thought the darn table I kept stubbing my toes on would become one of my favorite pieces!  From boring golden oak to pretty painted oak - a side table transformation!

Oak painted side table After.

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