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What A Difference White Paint Makes To Refresh Candle Holders

Hello friends, it feels so good to be back after a two-week hiatus.  I was a vendor at my first outdoor market on May 23rd and was burning the candle at both ends leading up to the event.  Oh my goodness, despite the weather being cold and rainy, I had so much fun!

While I received loads of compliments about my larger furniture pieces and many patrons returned a few times to take a closer look, what sold were the smaller furniture pieces and almost all of my home décor.  One of the most popular items that flew out of my tent were candleholders and I learned that next time I need to bring triple the amount of those.

Today on Frugal Decor Tuesday I thought I would share some of them with you.

Refreshed Candle Holders With White Paint


Bronze candleholder lamp refreshed with Heirloom White spray paint

Especially this one!  I refreshed all the metal candleholders just a few days before the event and in my haste, completely forgot to take before pictures.  If you can imagine this one being a dark bronze color.  It immediately came alive with just a few coats of Rust-oleum Painter's Touch in the color Heirloom White and paired with a pretty 3-wick key lime candle, it's perfect for Summer nights alfresco.

I wish the next candleholder came in a set but that didn't stop someone from buying just the one.  It was also a bronze color but once spray painted in Heirloom White, the pretty details just popped.  I hit it with 180 grit sandpaper to distress the raised parts so the details were even more pronounced.

Bronze candlestick refreshed with Heirloom White spray paint and distressed

The next set was IKEA candlesticks picked up at our local thrift store.  They had a dark wooden stem with metal silver tops.  To unify the two, I sprayed them with Heirloom White and distressed the wooden stems only.  The pretty blue PartyLite tapered candles were also scored in a package of four for $2.00!

IKEA wooden candlesticks refreshed with Heirloom White spray paint

The next candleholder really didn't need much refreshing and could have been left alone.  I dry brushed Simplicity White chalk paint over the bamboo and cleaned up the top.  The bronze metal banded candle was also a thrift store find along with the framed origami samurai costume art and the sushi set.

Bamboo and metal candleholder refreshed with simplicity white chalk paint

I did manage to take a before picture of this candleholder...

Before photo of thrift store bamboo and metal candleholder

What a difference white paint makes to quickly refresh some candle holders. If you like these candle holder makeovers please share them with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.


Quick and easy way to refresh candleholders with white paint

Another thing I learned from my day at the market; leave plenty of time for set-up because you never know what unexpected surprises await. We didn't anticipate gale force winds picking up our tent and moving it to the next stall, a few times.  Another lesson - buy market tent weights!

Thank goodness we did a tent mock up at home the day before because once we battened down the hatches, we knew exactly where everything needed to go.  Sadly in our haste, we completely forgot to take pictures!

Market tent display table

Here are a few photos from the mock-up. Imagine there being tent walls surrounding the displays rather than purple painted ones from our daughter's childhood bedroom (which we still haven't painted). The photos were taken with my phone so I apologize for their quality.

Left side of market tent mock up prior to market day

Right side of market tent mock up prior to market day

It was great meeting so many locals who braved the cold and I so appreciated the show of support from family and friends. My hard work and efforts were paid off when I received numerous compliments about how pretty my tent was.

One of many highlights was meeting a talented blogging friend who drove over an hour to meet face-to-face and brought me this beautiful floral arrangement with peonies from her yard. Thank you so much, Terry from The Curator's Collection!


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Summer Blueberries: An Oval Pedestal Coffee Table Makeover

Hello Frugalistas, I've missed you and it feels so good to be back!  I've been MIA for the last two weeks while I burned the candle at both ends getting ready for the antique mall parking lot sale this past weekend.  I have so much to share over the next several weeks but today it's all about Summer Blueberries and an Oval Pedestal Coffee Table Makeover.

It's Themed Furniture Makeover Day, my favorite day of the month!  The theme is Red, White or Blue and you guessed it, I chose blue.

Oval pedestal coffee table makeover

Oval Pedestal Coffee Table Painted Summer Blueberries


As I hinted above, the color is called Summer Blueberries, how could I resist. It's from the Country Chic Paint Spring 2015 Limited Edition line and I fell in love with the first brush stroke. Sadly it's no longer available and regretfully I didn't buy a bigger can.

Doesn't the color pair beautifully with white wax?

Oval pedestal cocktail table chalk painted in color Summer Blueberries

When Mr. Frugalista showed me the online auction listing of this table I told him to bid and keep bidding until it landed in the back of the Frugalistamobile.  Yippee, he won!

Before photo of oval pedestal coffee table

I have a thing for pedestal tables but what really hooked me was the gorgeous wood top.  I carefully sanded the veneer down to the natural wood and stained it Dark Walnut.  Can you tell from the state of the can that I use this color often?

Minwax Dark Walnut Wood Finish on oval pedestal coffee table makeover

It took the color beautifully.

Dark Walnut stained oval pedestal coffee table

After the stain dried overnight, Mr. Frugalista sprayed two coats of Tough Coat protective finish.

Tip 1:  To achieve a factory finish appearance when applying a clear protective top coat, use a paint sprayer rather than a foam brush.


The following morning I got to work painting the skirt and pedestal base.  I decided not to distress this piece because I wanted the color and the white wax to take center stage.

White wax over the color Summer Blueberries chalk paint on a cocktail table makeover

Tip 2: To get colored wax deep into the crevices of a piece, cut the bristles of an inexpensive chip brush down to 1-inch.  It works like a charm!


Oval pedestal cocktail table makeover

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Summer Blueberries Oval Pedestal Coffee Table Makeover

I call it a Coffee Table but it was listed as a Cocktail Table.

What would you call it?

I can't wait to see what the other DIY Furniture Girls created for their Red, White or Blue pieces.


Please pin directly from their blog post rather than the links below.



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A Basement Workshop Tour (she ain't pretty but she's functional)

Hello frugalistas, with almost every DIY project that I have shared, I received questions and comments about my workshop.  So today I thought I would take you on a tour of our Basement Workshop.  When you don't have a garage, the garage, minus the cars, (who uses them for actual vehicles anyway) becomes the basement.

I'm also going to share the workhorse tools and products most used in the shop and hope you find them helpful.  *affiliate links are included - see my disclosure policy.

An Organized Basement Workshop

A Basement Workshop Tour When You Don't Have A Garage


In late December, while Mr. Frugalista was home on Christmas break, I decided to take advantage of the extra set of hands and have him help me get our basement workshop organized.  I couldn't take rummaging through plastic bins to find things like screwdrivers and pliers any longer.  So off to Home Depot we went to get a few sheets of pegboard.  The pegboard hooks and hangers we already had, no surprise, in a large plastic bin!

Organized Basement Workshop with Tool Pegboard and DIY Workbench

Using leftover paint from our son's bedroom (he has now grown and a homeowner himself) we spray painted the pegboard for a punch of color and to add some energy to the workspace.

Organized Basement Workshop with Paint Brush Pegboard and DIY Workbench

I can't tell you how nice it is to have all the hand tools hanging where I can see them!

Organized Basement Workshop with pegboard storage for Levels and Squares

I hang my larger stencils on pegboard hooks.  Since taking this picture several months ago I've gotten smarter and have them hung from metal binder clips, that way I just have to unclip the stencil I want rather than pulling them all off the hook to get the one I want.

Basement workshop stencil storage

At the end of my wall-to-wall work bench, I set up a packaging station to wrap small items that I sell and/or ship.

Basement Workshop packaging and shipping zone

You can see my work table is well used by the layers and layers of paint.  It's a six-foot folding banquet table from my Dad's former classroom (he taught automotive electronics).

The adjustable hydraulic mechanic seat on wheels underneath is a must have, I'd be lost without that thing!

Basement Workshop folding work table with hydraulic adjustable mechanic seat

I love these plastic wall mount storage bins we found at Home Depot to house my furniture hardware. I could use a few more of these.

On top of the white plastic, storage cart is something I could not live without in the workshop.  When I'm working in here that Bluetooth speaker is blasting 70's rock (and I'm dating myself).  Chances are if you try phoning or ringing my doorbell, I won't hear you because I'm singing at the top of my lungs and doing the hustle with a paint brush in my hand.

Basement Workshop wall mounted hardware storage bins

As you probably noticed, I love to line drawers with paper but the problem was I had them stacked on a shelf and they were collecting dust.  Mr. Frugalista came up with the clever idea of taping two garbage cans together, cutting the bottom off the top one to make a swing door using nylon zip ties for the hinges.  It may not look very professional but it works like a charm!

Basement Workshop with DIY Garbage Can Wallpaper Storage Bin

Before my chalk paint was stacked three deep and one on top of the other.  A real pain when you wanted the back bottom can.  My neighbor, a.k.a. the furniture fairy gave me a small bookcase that worked perfectly for storing cans of paint and supplies.

The metal file cabinet beside it holds small stencils, printed graphics, and decals that I use on furniture pieces.

Basement Workshop Storage Bookcase and Metal Filing Cabinet

Basement Workshop using food tins for art brush storage

I had nowhere to hold small jars of paint and various supplies that I use on a regular basis.  We repurposed a wall mounted shelving unit that we made for our son's room to display his Maisto Diecast Car Collection and it gives me loads of storage.

Tip:
Many of you asked about the containers I use to store my twine, jute, and rope - you can see those on the top shelf on the far left.  Pringles containers with a hole in the center of the plastic lid, using a hole punch, are perfect for storing these.

Basement Workshop DIY Wall Mount Shelving Unit

The workbenches were made by our son when he was still living at home.  This used to be his mountain bike repair custom rebuild space.  Hence, the bike part related stickers you'll see scattered around the workshop.

Basement Workshop DIY Workbench

The shelves are repurposed bi-fold doors on metal shelf brackets that run the length of the room.  So handy for holding power tools, etc.  You'll have to forgive the clutter in the photo below as it was taken last week during the frenzy of preparing for the outdoor market on the 23rd.  Pretty much all the furniture and jewelry boxes in the picture below are finished and ready to take.

Our house is a bi-level so it's great having large basement windows that bring lots of much-needed light into the room.  We added more shelves above the windows for scrap lumber and trim storage.

Basement Workshop with wall to wall DIY shelving

One day I may get around to finally painting the concrete floor and replacing the ugly beat up ceiling tiles but like I said in the title of this post, she ain't pretty but she's functional!

Last but not least I have to introduce you to my Shop Assistant, Sexy Rexy.  He's cute, he's cheap, but he naps on the job a lot and spends far too much time at the catnip salad bar.

Basement Workshop Shop Assistant

Only a consummate DIYer would give up such valuable real estate for a workshop.  This would make an amazing family room but when you don't have a garage and don't have a spot to build one, then you do what you gotta do!

I have tools that I cannot do without in the workshop and so I thought I would share some of them with you today.  Not all are the same brand that I have but that is because some are only sold at specific Canadian retailers.  Every workshop should have at least one of these...


There are a lot of products that I use on a daily basis and can't do without. I'm sharing a few of my favorites here...


I hope you enjoyed the tour and found some of my storage solutions helpful. If you have any questions, don't be shy and either leave a comment below or email by pressing the Contact Me link at the top of my blog.

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Driftwood Inspired Rattan Mirror Makeover

Hello frugalistas, welcome to another edition of Frugal Decor Tuesday.  Today I'm sharing a thrift store find that received a makeover with the coast in mind.  As my thoughts wander to warm Summer days spent on the shores of Vancouver Island, I bring you my Driftwood Inspired Rattan Mirror.

Driftwood inspired oval rattan mirror makeover

Before I get into the nitty gritty of this makeover dear friends, you may find me M.I.A. for the next few weeks.  I am busy as a bee in the workshop with furniture and home decor makeovers to sell at my first outdoor market (event details below).  I promise when I return, I'll have loads of fun makeovers to share with you.  You can still catch me co-hosting the DIY Sunday Showcase Party every Saturday afternoon.

In the meantime, let's get back to this makeover, shall we.

How To Give A Rattan Mirror A Driftwood Patina With Paint


This is what the mirror looked like before...

Oval rattan thrift store mirror Before makeover

I brushed the entire frame with two coats of chalk paint in the color Hurricane from Country Chic Paint.

Rattan mirror chalk painted with the color Hurricane

To get the driftwood appearance, I dipped my brush into a bucket of water, wiped the excess off on a paper towel and dipped just the tips of my brush into the color Simplicity white, also by Country Chic Paint.

With very little pressure, I brushed the thinned paint in random strokes hitting the raised parts of the frame.  Before the paint was completely dry I took a slightly (almost dry) lint free rag and wet sanded (removed more of the white paint) in spots to reveal the gray underneath.

How to get a Driftwood appearance with Gray and white chalk paint

To protect the finish I applied clear wax.

Clear wax to protect chalk paint on DIY painted mirror

This look may not be for everyone but I'm quite pleased with the results.  I think it would look great at a lake cottage or room with a coastal theme.

Driftwood coastal inspired rattan mirror makeover

This oval mirror is just one of the many items that I'll be selling at the outdoor market in a couple of weeks. If you found my Driftwood paint technique helpful, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Driftwood inspired rattan mirror diy

Before I end this post, have you been following the Between The Lines series every Tuesday?  If not, Between The Lines is a new blog series that takes a peek into the lives of bloggers over the age of 50. Every Tuesday for the next eight weeks, a group of bloggers will be interviewed and featured by Katherine at Katherine's Corner.  The series began on April 19th and you can catch Episode One here.


You can catch today's features here on Week Four.  For those of us seasoned bloggers, it's a great way to meet others in the Nifty Fifty Club!

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How To Make A Turquoise Painted Drop Cloth Rosette Pillow

It's Frugal Decor Tuesday and while today's post is frugal, it is not a thrift store treasure makeover. I'm going to have loads of those to share over the next several weeks because at the moment, I'm in a frenzy getting littles ready to sell at an outdoor market on the 23rd.

When I posted our Bedroom Window Seat REmakeover in March, several readers asked about the Turquoise Rosette Pillow, so I thought I'd share how I made it with you today.

DIY Turquoise Rosette Pillow Tutorial

How To Make A Turquoise Painted Drop Cloth Rosette Pillow


It is made with an inexpensive canvas drop cloth.  The first step is sewing an envelope pillow cover and I shared a step-by-step tutorial on how to make one here Vintage Pearl Earring Pillow.

If sewing isn't your thing, you could purchase a neutral color pillow cover for this purpose.

* A portion of this project was sponsored and I was compensated or given a product to complete it.  I only share what I feel is useful to my readers and 100% of the commentary and opinions are that of my own.  I've also included affiliate links below so you can see the products or similar products that I used to complete this project.  

Turquoise Drop Cloth Rosette Pillow

Now onto the fun part, adding a pocket full of posies onto the front of the pillow cover with DIY Rosettes.  I'm not going to lie, this step is time-consuming so I suggest you make these while binge watching Netflix.

Step 1: Cutting the fabric

You will need a piece of fabric 18" high x 12-feet long. I used leftover pieces of the canvas drop cloth.

Step 2: Painting the canvas

Note: Skip this step if you are using colored and/or patterned fabric.

Using a foam roller I painted my canvas with Americana Multi-Surface Paint in the color Turquoise Waters.  The paint moved easier when I lightly sprayed the fabric with water first.

Painting a drop cloth for rosette pillow

You will notice in the picture above that I cut the strips of fabric first before painting them.  Don't do that - it's much easier if you paint the fabric first.  It may take more than one coat to get the coverage you like.  Once dry, the next step is cutting the fabric into strips.

Step 3: Cutting fabric into strips

Cut the fabric into 2-inch strips using a straight edge and a rotary cutter.

Step 4:  Making the rosettes

I strongly urge you to have a small bowl of water nearby for those nasty hot glue gun burns.

DIY painted drop cloth rosettes
  1. Fold the strips in half lengthwise and in half again.  Add a dab of hot glue every so often to hold them in place.
  2. Roll the strip tightly about 1/2-inch thick and dab hot glue to hold in place.
  3. Twist the strip a couple of times and add a dab of glue to hold in place.
  4. Continue twisting and wrapping the strip in a coil-like fashion, dabbing hot glue to hold in place.  This part takes a bit of practice.
  5. Attach a small strand at the end with hot glue on the bottom side of the rosette.
  6. Repeat Steps 1-5 until you have made enough roses to cover the front of your pillow.  Mine took 75 rosettes...yup, I said 75 to cover a 16-inch pillow form.  

Step 5: Attaching the rosettes to the pillow

  1. Find the center point of the front of your pillow cover and mark it with a pencil.  Attach a rosette with a few days of hot glue.
  2. Work your way up and down from the center rosette to create your first vertical row.  You may end up with a small gap at the top and bottom and that's just fine.
  3. Repeat this step to the left of the first row and then to the right until the entire pillow front has been covered with rosettes.  Again, you may end up with a small gap on the sides and that's just fine.
Insert your pillow form into the cover and you're done! If you found my rosette pillow tutorial helpful, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

DIY drop cloth rosette pillow

I hope those of you who wanted to know more about my pillow found this tutorial helpful.  Would you have the patience to make one of these pillows?

Notice I only have one on my window seat!


Before I end this post, have you been following the Between The Lines series every Tuesday?  It is a series that began on April 19th and I was one of the lucky bloggers to be featured in the first edition. If you missed it, you can catch that post HERE.




Between The Lines is a new blog series that takes a peek into the lives of bloggers over the age of 50. Every Tuesday for the next nine weeks, a group of bloggers will be interviewed and featured by Katherine at Katherine's Corner.

You can catch Week Three of the series HERE.  For those of us "seasoned" bloggers, it's a great way to meet other bloggers in the Nifty Fifty Club!

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