A Vintage Desk Makeover With Sage Advice (Meet Barbara)

Good Morning Friends, hope you're having a Spooktacular week.

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to a fairly new and talented blogger from A Green Paintbrush. Her tagline is rescuing and rehabbing furniture one piece at a time and today she's sharing a gorgeous Vintage desk makeover with sage advice with you today. So without further ado, please welcome Barbara.

Vintage Desk With Sage Advice

Hello, readers of The Interior Frugalista, my name is Barbara and I live in Sonoma, CA, in the US of A. I have been following Marie on her fabulous blog for quite some time and I am so thrilled and honored to be one of her guest bloggers.

I have been painting furniture for a few years but only recently took the plunge into furniture rehab blogdom. You can find me at A Green Paintbrush where I chronicle my furniture and paint adventures. A few months ago I found this desk on Craig's List and after working on it, am really happy with its end result.

Vintage 7 Drawer Desk Painted Sage 

But hey, I'm getting ahead of myself here. Allow me to share with you how I took the desk from this...

Vintage Wood Desk Before Makeover 

...to this.

Vintage Desk Painted Sage Green 

The seller told me that he had inherited the vintage desk from his grandmother. He had a real sentimental attachment to the piece, but now no longer had room for it. I knew that with some of my paint love, this desk could have a new life for someone else. The wood had a lot of scratches, but structurally, the desk was stable and sturdy. The drawers worked perfectly.

To begin with, this desk got a good cleaning to remove the dirt, dust, and cobwebs. I knew that I wanted to keep the top in a restained wood, so out came my power sander to remove the previous old and tired looking wood stain -- dust, dust, and more dust.

  Vintage Desk Wood Top Sanded 

After another cleaning, the fun part could finally begin, i.e., the painting! I use chalk paint on my furniture projects and though I've read time and time again that no priming is needed, I am just a priming kind of gal. And so, I began with a coat of Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 shellac/primer.

Vintage Wood Sage Desk With Primer 

Once I had a dry primer base, I was eager to try a new to me shade of color on this piece by Country Chic Paint called Sage Advice. I'm a fan of CCP -- I love how smoothly it applies. I ended up giving the desk two coats of sage advice and with it, achieved a lovely depth of color.

Vintage Desk Chalk Painted Sage Green 

After the painting came the finishing details. For the desktop, I applied General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut. I found that only one coat of stain was needed in order to bring out the beauty of the original wood. The stain was sealed with two coats of Country Chic Paint's Tough Coat.

Next, the body of the desk was sealed in a coat of Natural Wax, also made by CCP, and then buffed and buffed to a shine (tired arm muscles). I was not a fan of the original "batwing" hardware. I found these gold plated pulls online at D Lawless Hardware. Once I installed them, I immediately knew that I had added the "piece de resistance" for the desk -- I just love what they bring to the overall look.

Vintage Sage Desk Makeover With Brass Pulls 

Sage Painted Vintage Desk Brass Pulls 

Vintage Sage Desk Top Antique Walnut Gel Stain 

Antique Walnut Stained Vintage Desk Top 

I am thrilled with the resulting rehab and new look of this desk. I hope to find a buyer who will appreciate its beauty and function. I do believe this desk is ready for its close up, Mr. DeMille! A final "glamour" shot...

Vintage 7 Drawer Sage Wood Desk Makeover 

Thank you, Marie, for this very enjoyable time with your readers.

Thank you so much, Barbara, for generously helping me out during my surgery recovery and sharing your talents with my readers!  I absolutely love what you did with this desk, from the paint color to the stained top, drawer pulls and that fabulous bronze metal chair you paired it with.  I have no doubt this desk is going to sell quickly for you.

Dear friends, I urge you to pop over to A Green Paintbrush to give Barbara a warm welcome. Every Friday she has a blog series called Friday Fotograph that is worth checking out.

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Easy To Build Mirror Frame {Guest Post}

Good Morning Everyone!

Today I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Cher, the talented blogger behind Designs by Studio C. Cher is a Rockstar at designing furniture and home decor and she offers professional drawings and tutorials with her builds.  I hope you enjoy her Easy To Build Mirror Frame that she is sharing with you today!  So without further ado, meet Cher...

Hello, Interior Frugalista fans! My name is Cher and I create furniture plans as well as other DIY projects over at Designs by Studio C. I created a super-easy woodworking plan to build a large mirror frame exclusively for you while Marie is recuperating (get well soon, Marie!). This plan is an excellent choice for those wanting to get started with woodworking and if you don't have any or all of the tools needed, I will offer other alternatives along the way!


Here is what you'll need:
  • 1 - 1x6 board at 8'
  • Drill
  • Pocket hole jig with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws
  • Wood glue
  • Router with 1/4" rabbeting bit
  • Miter saw (or a miter box with a hand saw)
  • 12" square mirror
  • Picture framing tab gun or mirror clips
  • Stain and sealer or primer and paint
  • Picture hanging wire with fasteners
Cut List:
  • 4 - 1x6 at 22-3/4"
Mirror Frame Mirror Frame-Copy
Step One
Cut the pieces for the frame to length. Home Depot can make these cuts for you when you purchase your board, but they will not make the mitered cuts. Don't worry - they are easy to do! The cut are 45° angles and can be made on a miter saw but if you do not own a miter saw, a miter box can be used (they are very inexpensive) with a hand saw to make the cuts. I suggest drawing a diagonal line at the end of each board where the cuts will be made. Mirror Frame-Frame
Step Two
If you have a pocket hole jig, drill pocket holes in one mitered edge of each board, then assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. If you do not have a pocket hole jig, use metal corner brackets instead. These (along with the screws) can be spray painted beforehand! Mirror Frame-Assembly
Step Three
Once the frame is assembled, use a router with a 1/4" rabbeting bit to cut a recess on the back side of the frame to accommodate the mirror. Secure the mirror in place with a picture framing tab gun. If you do not have a router with a rabbeting bit or picture framing tab gun, the mirror can still be secured to the back of the frame (or even to the front for a different look) using regular mirror clips! Mirror Frame-Rabbet Mirror Frame-Mirror
Step Four
Fasten the picture frame wire fasteners to the back of the frame according to the manufacturer's instructions. I used soda can tabs with small screws and washers. Finish the frame as desired. I used a metallic polyurethane to finish this frame. The frame is wide enough that it can be stenciled for further decoration or if making it as a gift, the recipient's name can be added to it. How cool is that?


Thanks so much, Frugalista readers, for letting me fill in for Marie!

See, I told you Cher provides the best drawing plans and tutorials with her builds!  I hope you all enjoyed her Easy To Build Mirror Frame.

I urge you to pop over to Designs By Studio C to give her a warm hello and check out more of her fabulous furniture plans, DIY projects, and lots of How To Information.

Thank you so much, Cher for so generously helping me out during my recovery by sharing this awesome project with my readers!  

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Old World Map Coffee Table Makeover

Surprise, I bet you didn't expect to see me here today considering I'm recovering from arthroscopy surgery in both knees. Its Themed Furniture Makeover Day, one of my favorite days of the month and I wasn't going to let a little thing like surgery stop me from participating.

This month, my second month with the group, the furniture makeover theme is Black, fitting being the month of October. I had the perfect arched cross leg table that had seen its better days to transform into a rich black finish, and then I went all crazy with a roll of wrapping paper.
Black Old World Map Table Makeover
You might remember a few weeks back I shared my Delightful Moroccan Stenciled Coffee Table. In that post, I mentioned I had purchased two VERY similar coffee tables. This is table number two.

Knowing I would be out of commission for six weeks while recovering, I did this table makeover at the same time as the other so I wouldn't miss the challenge.

Old World Map Coffee Table Makeover

Before I get into the details of this makeover, this is what the table used to look like...
Black Old World Map Coffee Table Before
It was painted with two coats of chalk paint in the color Liquorice from Country Chic Paint.
Old World Map Coffee Table chalk painted black Liquorice
The edges of the table were lightly distressed using 180-grit sandpaper to reveal the lovely light wood underneath, such a pretty combination. Then the paint was protected with a clear wax and buffed to a matte finish.
Old World Map Coffee Table painted black and distressed
It had a nice smooth top that was perfect for a decoupaged finish and so with a roll of Old World Map wrapping paper and my go-to wallpaper paste, the paper was attached to the top.

I prefer using wallpaper paste because it doesn't wrinkle as much nor do you get as many air bubbles. I included a link to the paste in the Materials List at the bottom of this post.

After it was dry I brushed two coats of matte Mod Podge using a foam brush to protect the paper, allowing it to dry completely between coats.
Old World Map Wrapping Paper Decoupaged On Black Table
The paper looked too stark white for an Old World Map, so I gave it an aged appearance by applying dark wax over the paper in circular motions, removing the excess wax. I applied the wax darker in the corners and along the edge where maps would typically brown with age.

It's important to note that this step should not be completed until after the paper has been protected with Mod Podge.
Decoupaged Old World Map Aged With Wax
I think the black distressed base and the antiqued Old World Map compliment one another nicely.
Black Old World Map Coffee Table
I love the arched cross leg base and tray style top of this table.
Arched Cross Leg Black Old World Map Coffee Table

Old World Map Coffee Table Base
As what often happens, like the Marie Antoinette French Desk Makeover shared in the challenge last month, I didn't want to part with this piece. Thankfully it found a new home rather quickly before I could change my mind.

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

So what do you think, would you consider decoupaging wrapping paper onto a table top? Perhaps you already have. I'd love to hear about it in the comment section below.

If you found this Old World Map Coffee Table Makeover inspiration, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.
Black Painted Old World Map Coffee Table Before and After
Now please join me in visiting my talented friend's blogs to see how they updated their furniture pieces with black paint. Please pin directly from their blog posts rather than the links below.

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

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How To Do An Image Transfer Using Mod Podge {Guest Post}

Good Morning Everyone!  I hope you had a good weekend.

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Lucy, a talented and fellow Canadian Blogger from Patina Paradise. Lucy is going to share her sweet Thrift Store Wooden Planter Makeover with you today along with a tutorial on How To Do An Image Transfer Using Mod Podge.

Without further ado, give a warm welcome to Lucy...

Hi, I'm Lucy and I blog over at Patina Paradise. I love to repurpose thrift store finds and to make things more beautiful on a budget. I like to think outside the box and to make one of a kind items. My latest passion is making over furniture. When I found out that Marie was needing some guest posts during her recoup time from surgery, I was happy to help out. So today I am sharing with you a project I did last year around this time…

Here are the things you will need:
a piece painted white
inkjet printer copy
an image of your choice
Mod Podge
sponge brush for applying the Mod Podge
soft sponge
varnish or shellac for protection

I had wanted to try my hand at image transfers for a long time, so when I found this piece at a flea market, I knew that it was a great candidate for a makeover. It was probably homemade but at $5 I couldn't leave it.

After searching for some copyright free images to work with, I chose this image from the Graphics Fairy. This site is full of free images that you can use for your image transfer projects.

Because I like to be just a little different I used mainly the bee from the image. I used my Silhouette Cameo Designer program to design it. (Remember to "reverse" or "mirror" the image if there is writing in the design)

Once I had painted my piece white, a few days later I printed out my design on my inkjet printer on white copy paper. The whiter the paper the better.

I applied Mod Podge to the printed side of the paper and immediately applied it to the white planter.

(In my experience it is best to cut off the excess paper around the image/writing before doing above step.)

Next, use a roller, or a credit card and carefully go over it several times to make sure the product has spread evenly and it has well adhered. Wipe off any excess Mod Podge that comes out from under the edges of the paper. Then you need to wait at least 12 hours… I left mine to dry overnight. (I have found that the longer you leave it to dry, the darker the image will be). Wet a sponge with water and squeeze out the excess. Rub it gently onto the paper trying to be careful not to wipe away the image that was left. Continue until all of the paper has come off. The best way to know is to feel with your fingertips, and you can even use them to remove the last bits of paper.

Once dry, you will need to seal it with varnish or some other protective coating. (I wouldn't recommend wax if your piece will be outside facing the sun.) And then stand back and enjoy your piece.

Once completed, I decided I needed to find the perfect place to photograph it. My friend's 100-year-old farmhouse was the perfect place for a photoshoot.

My friend's cat really liked the smell of the eucalyptus preserved leaves that I filled the planter with.

And here you can see the difference some paint and some graphics have made to beautify an otherwise dark and plain piece. I hope I have inspired you to give this technique a try.

Happy Fall Y'all!

Thank you so much, Lucy for so generously helping me out during my surgery recovery and sharing your talents with my readers today!

I hope Lucy's project has inspired you to look twice at these wooden planters during your next thrift store visit.  I think Lucy took this one from drab to fab!

I urge to you to pop over to Patina Paradise to give Lucy a warm welcome and see all the other fabulous furniture makeovers and home decor crafts she shares with her readers.

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Easy & Affordable DIY Wall Art {Guest Post}

Good Morning Friends,

I have another awesome blogger to introduce you to who so kindly offered to help during my surgery recovery.  Give a warm welcome to Debi who blogs over at Add Value To Your Home.  Debi is going to share her Easy and Affordable DIY Wall Art with you today.   Whether you are staging a house for resale, redecorating a room on a budget, or making inexpensive gifts - this is a great idea!

Without further ado, take it away Debi...

I'm Debi from Add Value To Your Home and I'm writing this Guest Post today for Marie who's recovering from surgery. Although I haven't met Marie in real life yet, we have lots in common. We're both DIYers, have both staged houses, and we're both Canadians. That's a lot eh?

I quite often get restless of my home décor and want to change things up a bit. (I'm not the only one that does this right?) I find one of the quickest and most affordable way to do this is through pictures. Pictures can really set the tone for a room, be it dramatic, mellow and relaxing, adventurous or seasonal.

DIY canvas, Ikat fall print, AddValueToYourHome.ca

So the way I do this is by creating my own wall art. It uses my old canvas prints that are either dated or too scratched to use, it gives my room a new look, and fits my budget (triple score!) If you don't have an old canvas, you can either purchase them at a craft store like Micheal's (be sure to grab a coupon online first) or I've bought some canvases on clearance at great prices at a home décor store that were all scratched. It doesn't matter if they're scratched because you're covering them up. You just need the structure of the frame to be intact unless you're handy and can fix them.

Choosing the Fabric
The next step is choosing the right fabric. You can use almost any texture and thickness of fabric, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind. If the fabric is too light, you may need to put white fabric underneath if you're using an old canvas so that the old print doesn't show through. When you're folding, you'll be folding two fabrics together. A little tricky at first but easy to get the hang of it. If the fabric is too thick, you might find it hard to make the corners flat.

When choosing your fabric at the store, roll the bolt open to the size of the canvas that you're working with. This way, you can picture (pardon the pun) what the final product will look like. For my fabric, I wanted a Fall type fabric that would suit our cooler temperatures but wouldn't "scream" Fall. I choose a contemporary Ikat pattern in fall colors. It will give my room the facelift I desperately need and get us into the mood for the Fall season.


Cutting the Fabric
Put your canvas on top of the table. Lay the fabric on top of it. Does your fabric have a pattern? Is there a picture that you want to show? Or is it abstract and it doesn't matter where you place it?

If your fabric has a pattern or picture, give some thought as to how you want it to show on the canvas. For my picture, I centred the dark brown shape as the centre. I then gently folded the fabric underneath so I could see what it would look like. Then I pinned the lines where the outside of the frame as my guide.

Before you start stapling your fabric to your frame, make sure you iron any creases or wrinkles out first. If your canvas has a bright picture and your fabric is on the thin side, you may need to have white fabric or an old white sheet underneath so that the pattern doesn't show through.


The white fabric will stop any of the pictures from the canvas from coming through.


Now that you have marked where the edge of your frame is going to go, the fabric is ironed and lined with white fabric if necessary, you are ready to cut.

Cut your fabric giving yourself a 3" margin around the entire frame. This will give you enough fabric to fold and staple into your canvas. Start stapling using a staple gun on one side of the longest length of the frame. Put in a few staples starting with the centre, but avoid the corners for now. I used staples that were 5/16" or 8 mm in length. If staples are too long, they may not completely go into the frame and could potentially scratch your walls. (How do I know this??)

Then very slightly stretch or smooth your fabric and staple the other side of the longest part of your frame starting in the middle and alternating staples on each side. Avoid the corners for now. If you need to remove any staples, a staple remover that you use for paper will do the trick! Your canvas should look like this:


Now you're ready to staple the ends again slightly stretch or smooth out the fabric first before you staple. Leave enough space around the corners. Depending on your fabric, you will most likely need to cut away some of the thickness before you fold your corner. I cut roughly a 1" square. If you're not sure, cut LESS first. You can always cut off more if you need too.


Fold the corners so that they fold flat and the end looks like a line. It takes practice at first but once you get the hang of it, you'll like the clean flat look.


Here's a close up of the final product. Pretty quick & easy?

Fall Ikat DIY canvas, AddValueToYourHome.ca

Here's how it looks in our family room.

DIY canvas, Ikat fall print, AddValueToYourHome.ca

Below is another contemporary Fall DIY Canvas that I had done previously. The fabric is originally from Ikea.

DIY canvas art, AddValueToYourHome.ca

You can have a lot of fun with this. Here's a picture that I did for staging condos. It was a hit among 20 something women and teenage girls. Again, fabric from Ikea.

Ikea canvas art, AddValueToYourHome.ca

If you want a more mellow and relaxing mood, you can have a subtle canvas and pop it against a colorful wall like this reading nook in a master bedroom.

DIY canvas art, floral print, AddValueToYourHome.ca

If you get restless with your décor from time to time like I do and want to mix things up a bit or change the mood to suit the season, you can always redo your canvas. It's pretty quick, easy to do, and fits the budget!!!

Thank you so much Debi, for sharing your Easy and Affordable DIY Wall Art with my readers today! I appreciate the thorough tutorial you provided as well.  As a fellow Home Stager, I know the value of this trick to add some instant Wow factor into a room.

I urge you to pop over and give Debi a warm hello on her awesome blog at Add Value To Your Home.  

Debi is a Designer who renovates “fixer-uppers” to flip or to rent. She staged houses for 10 years. She has seen houses at their best and their worst. Debi passes on her knowledge to help people Add Value to their Home while making their home a stunning retreat at the same time.

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