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How To Clean Outdoor Furniture

How to Clean Outdoor Furniture by FrugElegance

How to Clean Outdoor Furniture by FrugElegance

How to Clean Outdoor Furniture by FrugElegance

How to Clean Outdoor Furniture by FrugElegance

How to Clean Outdoor Furniture by FrugElegance

I was going NUTS! For the past 2 years I have been trying to get rid of these white oxidized “stains” that made these chairs look old & weathered. I was ready to give up & paint them. I tried so many products to clean them. This time, I decided to try give one more product a try- OXICLEAN!

First, I measured to the level 1 (on the scoop that comes in the container) & mixed with about 2 cups of water. I started cleaning the chair and rinsed it, as it dries I usually see the white film appear again… but not this time…WOW! This time they stayed clear & clean, the chairs look great again.

Easy Updating with Spray Paint- Kitchen Stools

Easy Stool Update by FrugElegance

Easy Stool Update by FrugElegance

Easy Stool Update by FrugElegance

Easy Stool Update by FrugElegance

Easy Stool Update by FrugElegance

It doesn’t really get any easier than this. Spray paints that have paint & primer in one. Love the selection of colors & finishes! Prices vary per store but I usually buy them for approx $3.99-$4.99 per can.

Painted in under 1 hour & used less that 2 full cans, these stools look beautiful.

For another easy DIY spray paint update, check out our Easy Flower Pot Update posts

Kitchen Remodel & Makeover

Kitchen Makeover by FrugElegance.com

Kitchen Makeover by FrugElegance.com

The wallpaper & white wash cabinets needed to be updated. No contractor needed because I knew what I wanted & my husband & I could handle the project. We did not need to replace the granite countertops because they were replaced about 8 years ago. Here’s the changes we made:

  • New tile floor
  • New cabinet doors (ordered from a cabinet company)
  • Decorative Hardware (got a special discounted rate negotiating with a store that only sells handles- they gave us a contractors price)
  • New canned lights replaced the old fluorescents.

Kitchen Makeover by FrugElegance.com

  • A custom looking range hood
  • A larger crown molding installed around the top edge of cabinets gives an elegant custom look.
  • Seeded Glass cut to fit in 2 of the cabinet doors (we ordered & had cut from a glass company)
  • Puck lights added to light up the shelves

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  • A spice pull out cabinet (next to cooktop)
  • Lots of pull out drawers

Kitchen Makeover by FrugElegance.com

  • A small pantry closet is now a cabinet with a built in wine refrigerator below.

Kitchen Makeover by FrugElegance.com

Kitchen Makeover by FrugElegance.com

Kitchen Makeover by FrugElegance.com

Beautiful decor adds to any & all rooms. Much the same way fashion accessories can make an outfit complete- The decor used here were all found on sale or at favorite discount stores. Hard to tell which items came from Ballard Designs & which came from HomeGoods or even the local craft store. Either way the finishing touch is fabulous—

Kitchen Makeover by FrugElegance.com

I LOVE MY NEW KITCHEN!

**This post has been recreated & updated from a previous post.

Easy DIY Shabby Chic Pin Board & Crystal Push Pins

Great for Dorm Rooms, Teen Rooms, Bedrooms, Home Offices. Pin Boards can be elegant & stylish!

DIY Pin Board by FrugElegance

DIY Pin Board by FrugElegance

DIY Pin Board by FrugElegance

DIY Pin Board by FrugElegance

So easy to make- So many different options

Wanting to match the bedding, the material used is from a linen case the sheets came in!! You can use pillow cases, sheets- basically, you don’t have to go out to buy material unless you want to.

Starting with a foam board (from the dollar store), cover entire board with material. Using duct tape, secure areas on the back of the board. Taking ribbon or thin cord, wrap around board (make them go on an angle) & also secure on back with duct tape. This pin board was planned to fit into this shabby chic frame & hang on wall. Another option- you can make the board thicker using a layer of batting in between the material & board, wrap tight with a ribbon & hang without frame.

Use the material to make a matching pillow for the bed, or use a pillow case from a bedding set- perfect custom made room decor.

DIY Pin Board by FrugElegance

DIY Pin Board by FrugElegance

Easy DIY Decorative Push Pins:

  • Package of Crystal Acrylic Stones
  • Packet of Clear Push Pins from the Dollar Store
  • Quick Drying Glass & Bead Glue

So easy! Just put a small dab of clue on the end of the push pin, place a crystal & press firmly, let dry.

Come see our post on the room makeover this pin board & push pins were created for.

A BIG thank you to all the awesome Link Parties! These are some of our favorites where we shared this post:

Italian Style, Caprese Quinoa ~Yum!

Italian Style Caprese Quinoa by FrugElegance

Last night I wasn’t sure what to make for dinner. No time to get to the grocery store so my choices were slim. I decided to make up my own recipe & here is my version of - Italian Style Quinoa!

First, before I rinse the quinoa, I line my colander with a coffee filter. This helps keep the quinoa from falling through the holes.

Italian Style Caprese Quinoa by FrugElegance

Italian Style Caprese Quinoa by FrugElegance

Italian Style Caprese Quinoa by FrugElegance

Italian Style Caprese Quinoa by FrugElegance

Italian Style Caprese Quinoa by FrugElegance

Italian Style Caprese Quinoa by FrugElegance

Italian Style Caprese Quinoa by FrugElegance

Italian Style Caprese Quinoa by FrugElegance

Plain or with Sliced BBQ chicken! I had some leftover & added it to my husbands dinner. Other good options: Ground Turkey, Grilled Italian Sausage or Brown Italian Hot Turkey Sausage. Slice & add on top or mix it in. This is one of those recipes that anything goes. And I love that because I can change it around & it feels like I make a completely different dish each time.

Ingredients & Directions:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup chicken broth (*vegetable broth for vegetarian)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes~I used the basil, garlic & oregano flavored tomatoes.
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved or quartered depending on size
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil ~Roll up leaves stacked & slice thinly
  • 8 oz. of fresh mozzarella, diced
  •  salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan, I added 1/4 cup in the dish & sprinkle remaining on top of each serving 
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic & quinoa, saute until fragrant, approx. 1 minute.
  • Stir in broth & tomatoes & season w salt & pepper
  • Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat & simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  • Stir in cherry tomatos, cheeses & fresh basil
  • Mix in optional cooked ground turkey or top with chicken breast
  • Garnish with parmesan cheese
  • Serve immediately & ENJOY!
Love Quinoa? Check out another favorite Quinoa Recipe: Mexican Style Quinoa!

DIY Bridal Shower Decor

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

and a gift from the bride-to-be to each of her sisters…

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Personal Touches can add so much love to your bridal shower. Lots of love went into this one & though it looks difficult, these DIY ideas are easy, affordable & fun to do. Definitely made it more special!

Cupake Flower Tower: Our good friend Marcie, we call her the cupcake artist!, made these beautiful cupcakes. Filled with raspberry & strawberry jams that and topped with homemade frosting. Check out our post with the frosting recipe. The 4 tier cupcake tower is from Wilton.

Mr & Mrs Banner: This burlap banner was a great find at Kirkland’s

Menu & Tags: The menu & tags for the party favor bags are from an online free printable. We spray painted the babies breath, clothes pins for photos, and sticks used for date night ideas in gold.

Teacup Flower Centerpieces: Using pinks and golds, we used a collection of tea cups, sugar bowl & teapot. Come see the DIY Teacup Flower Centerpiece Post!

Framed Pictures: Painted an old frame & chicken wire (stapled to the back). A Collection of photos of the happy couple are attached using gold painted clothes pins.  On the top we draped a piece of crocheted lace made by the brides great grandmother.

Extra Special: Each guest was asked to bring a favorite recipe & the brides twin sister will put them all into a cook book for the bride to have. Another great momento for the bride is a Date Night Jar- full of fun ideas for the happy couple.

From the Bride to her sisters, who hosted the bridal shower, as well as to both her mothers- a beautiful card & a special gift - Always remember to DREAM. So special!

Each of these special touches made the day one to be remembered always!

EASY DIY: Teacup Table Centerpieces

Teacup Flower Centerpieces by FrugElegance

Teacup Flower Centerpieces by FrugElegance

Teacup Flower Centerpieces by FrugElegance

Teacup Flower Centerpieces by FrugElegance

Teacup Flower Centerpieces by FrugElegance

Using vintage fine china that was purchased special for the bride to be, it only seemed more special to use the teacups for the bridal shower table centerpieces. They were a frug-elegant find for sure at the Alameda Antique Faire!

  • Step 1: Spray paint baby’s breath gold & let dry.
  • Step 2: Cut a piece of green floral foam for each teacup
  • Step 3: Poke a hole into the foam where you want to place your stem. 
  • Step 4: Trim flowers at an angle to the height as you insert them into floral foam.
  • Add a little water to each, I found a used small water bottle worked well

Come see our full post: DIY Bridal Shower Decor!

Thanx to all the awesome Link Parties! So much creativity! Go check them out-

Top 3 Stores for Back To School Shopping on a Budget

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Thanx to Emily @ thebensonstreet.com for putting this Back to School Series together! So many amazing blogs participating & we are so glad to be a part of it too.

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Are you thinking about school yet? It’s time -the best deals go fast! We are all about getting top brands at discounted prices & these are our go-to places year after year.

Back to School Series FrugElegance shopping tips

Back to School Series FrugElegance shopping tips

Back to School Series FrugElegance shopping tips

#1- Marshalls: Great selection of backpacks! Now that my kids are teens, they prefer backpacks by Jansport & they can be quite expensive. Marshalls has a nice variety of Jansport patterns/colors & other great brands. Great selection for younger kids too. Marshalls puts racks full of backpacks out now (mid July) but they don’t last!

Marshalls also has a great selection of name brand clothes & shoes. With the constant restocking, its worth going back again & again.

Back to School Series FrugElegance shopping tips

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#2- Target: for school supplies & clothes-  Love the colors & styles & large selection available. The great tip is to buy early in the season while it’s in stock & when it goes on sale bring your receipt in for a price adjustment. **Do check with your local Target about the policy on price adjustments & how much time they allow *Price adjustments are only given on the week the special sale is running (advertised in the Target weekly circular. Extra Savings- use the Target Visa for a 5% discount off your purchase & free shipping on online purchases. Extra Extra Savings- for online shopping, go through ebates.com or fatwallet.com & get rebates back on your purchase. Those rebates really add up!

Back to School Series FrugElegance shopping tips

Back to School Series FrugElegance shopping tips

Back to School Series FrugElegance shopping tips

#3- The 99cents Only Store: for school supplies-  Lots of great school supplies! Snacks too - stock up & freeze them for lunch boxes.

**An extra tip for saving money on back to school clothes: There are better sales on clothes AFTER school starts.

Hope you found these tips useful! Come see us on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter & Hometalk for many more great FrugElegant money saving Ideas!

The Home Courtyard & Outdoor Living

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

This courtyard had so much potential but wasn’t coming together quite as it should be…until now!

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

First thing- Cleaning up, Upcycle some items, Rearrange furniture & add a few new items that are needed. Like the metal piece above the fireplace. It was half price at Hobby Lobby ONLY $22.50!

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

These deep orange/red pads weren’t really working.. something was missing. A good cleaning & added small back pillows from Target (on sale!). Love the pattern & solid together & with the contrast of the dark furniture too.

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

Warm & Cozy- a great spot to relax! The only furniture purchased now for this courtyard makeover was the patio coffee table- from HomeDepot.com It was a great price & looks fabulous.

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

Found this amazing metal/iron wheeled plant holder at a thrift store for $20. Thought it was so elegant- FrugElegant! So glad I bought it.

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

2 old gray flower pots were not working well with the warm brown tones… instead of buying new ones, a little spray paint did the trick. See our post: Easy Flower Pot Update

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

1- Mini Succulent plant $1.95, 1-glass candle holder dish $1.49, and a few white decorative rocks (full bag $5.99, plenty of extra rocks to decorate somewhere else). This outdoor decor is Easy to create, Easy to Maintain!

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

Micky’s favorite spot… Sunbathing in the morning sun!

Love these string lights from Target. Put them on a timer so every evening they come on at sundown for 2 (or 4) hours.

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

The courtyard is pretty much done except for a few small touches: some plants for the large ceramic pots, some more small potted plants & replace some plants along the side areas.

For more great outdoor decor ideas come see our post on Backyard Living

Thank you to all the great hosts & their incredible link parties which help us share our pride & joy! Make sure to go check out their amazing parties:

Easy Flower Pot Updating Using Spray Paint

Easy Flower Pot Updating by FrugElegance.com

Easy Flower Pot Updating by FrugElegance.com

Easy Flower Pot Updating by FrugElegance.com

Easy Flower Pot Updating by FrugElegance.com

Easy Flower Pot Updating by FrugElegance.com

Spray paint is a great way to update decor items. Inexpensive & so EASY to do. *There are no rules when painting - as you can see in the finished square flower pot, spraying lighter towards the top made a gradation look since the original color was light.

Local hardware stores Home Depot, Lowes & Ace have a great selection of spray paints to choose from. The Rustoleum paint being used here is $3.87-$4.99 a can & was purchased at Ace when they were having a July 4th special $2.50 a can!

This flower pot came out perfect for our upcoming post: Home Courtyard & Outdoor Decor

*Do follow directions on can. Only spray in a well ventilated area & use responsibly.

Thanx to all the wonder link party hosts! Go check out all the amazing ideas: