Shabby-Antiqued Cupboard

7-DSCF4396Shabby-Antiqued Cupboard

1-DSCF4040This cupboard was a find my youngest son brought home to me.

2-DSCF4042It had fabulous bones, but it was very blah. Just perfect for a restyle.

3-DSCF4230I started with a layer of light green paint, then continued with several coats of white.

4-DSCF4384I sanded it into yummy, shabby chic submission. I knew I would be sanded it after painting, but I had no idea if the green paint would be visible in the end. It was, but you have to look very, very close.

5-DSCF4385Not satisfied with the amount of green actually showing, I painted a green medallion on top and to the front of each door.

6-DSCF4391I completed the cupboard with an antiqued finish.

Enjoy!

Shabby Chic Train Cases

9-train caseShabby Chic Train Cases

1-train caseRestyle a vintage train case into a shabby chic case for organizing your vanity or corralling your photos and journals. This romantic container could also be used to display small vintage collectibles.

*This is a project I had originally published on FaveCrafts.

Things You Will Need:

Train case (overnight bag)
Craft knife
Rags
Light-colored, flat latex paint
Paintbrush
Sandpaper
Book pages
Ruler
Decoupage medium
Sponge brush
Measuring tape
3 1/2-inch wide lace
Scissors
Satin ribbon scrap
Key
Craft glue
Small flowers

2-train caseRemove the lining from the inside of your train case. The lining is glued in, so in most cases simply prying up an edge with a knife will allow you to grasp it and pull it out. If you encounter stubborn areas, cut it loose with a craft knife. Discard the lining.

Close the case. Use a wet rag on the outside of the case to remove dust and dirt.

3-train casePaint all sides of the case, including the hinges and latches, using a light-colored, flat latex paint. Allow the paint to dry and repeat with additional coats if necessary. Since old cases tend to soak up a lot of paint, I like to use wall paint left over from previous home improvement projects. It’s a great way to use up that little bit left in the can and it prevents the added cost of purchasing a large quantity of craft paint.

Undo the latches on the case and lightly paint over the areas that didn’t get painted when the latches were closed.

Lightly sand the surface and the edges of the case. Lightly sand over the metal of the latches and hinges. Wipe away the sanding dust using a dry rag.

Insert the blade of a craft knife in the gap between the lid and the case bottom. Allowing the gap to guide you, cut through the dry paint that is gluing the lid closed. After you have cut all the way around the case you will be able to pull open the lid.

Rip old book pages into 2 to 3-inch pieces. I used ripped book pages left over from other projects. They came from a variety of old books. Even though they didn’t match, the contrast of different book pages added interest to the project.

4-train caseWorking in one small area at a time, apply decoupage medium to the inside of the train case using a sponge brush. Place a book page piece over the medium. Smooth out the wrinkles and seal with a layer of medium over the paper. Repeat with additional book page pieces, overlapping their edges, until the inside of the case and lid has been completely covered. Allow the decoupage medium to dry.

5-train caseUsing a measuring tape, measure around the horizontal circumference of the case and add 24 inches. Using this measurement, cut a length of 3 1/2-inch wide lace. Wrap the lace around the case and tie the ends in a bow on the front.

7-train caseCut a 10-inch scrap of satin ribbon that coordinates with your paint color. Thread a key on the ribbon and tie the ribbon around the handle of the case. Using craft glue, attach a small flower to the key. Arrange and glue additional flowers to the lace bow.

8-train caseEnjoy!

Not Lucky…Blessed

6-DSCF4176Not Lucky…Blessed

I came across several different versions of this on Pinterest and just had to make my own.

I had a few horseshoes laying around and my brother just replaced his fence. He gifted me with the old wood. Score!

2-DSCF4162After making stencils with my Cricut I was ready to rock and roll.

3-DSCF4163Quick and simple! I love these kind of projects.

7-DSCF4180After a little stenciling, I attached the shoes with E6000. To secure them really well, I drilled holes through the nail holes in the shoes and used wire to hold them in place.

5-DSCF4174A couple of sawtooth hangers on the back and these gems were done.

Enjoy!

Patriotic Funky Chicken

10-DSCF4146Patriotic Funky Chicken

Sometimes you just gotta let your funk fly.

1-DSCF2218I haven’t done anything with albums since I made my snowmen signs last year, but my pile of vinyl has been calling.

01-DSCF4069A couple coats of tan paint created the background and then a line traced horizontally across the record, just above the center formed the top of the chicken’s body.

02-DSCF4074With the area above the line masked off, I stenciled white paint to fill in the body.

03-DSCF4076Masking off lines, I was able to stencil 5 red stripes. I also painted a triangle shaped beak using a yellow/gold paint.

07-DSCF4150The wing and the tail feathers were cut from aluminum beverage cans.

08-DSCF4152To give them a texture, I rolled them through my cuttlebug before painting them.

04-DSCF4080They were attached with wire after I painted a rough brown outline around the record, along the stripes and around the beak.

06-DSCF4086I drilled a couple holes at the top for attaching a fabric hanger…

05-DSCF4081…and a couple of holes on the bottom for attaching wire chicken legs. The legs were painted yellow/gold.

A white paint pen was used for writing “Liberty”.

09-DSCF4154Lastly, I spattered the entire surface with blue and white paint.

10-DSCF4146I kinda like the way he turned out.

Enjoy!

Footstool/Child’s Chair

3-DSCF4032Footstool/Child’s Chair

1-DSCF4012I’ve had this little stool for quite a while, but I haven’t really used it since our first move. This finish just didn’t seem to fit with my decor. In my house if it sticks around long enough it will probably be repainted.

I started out with a couple coats of white paint, thinking I would probably distress it with sanding. Since I have a couple of other projects planned with the same distressing technique and color, I decided to give this stool a crackle finish instead.

4-DSCF4034I no longer purchase expensive crackle mediums for this technique. Cheap white glue is my medium of choice. It is thickly applied over the base color and the top color is painted over the glue while it is still wet. A hair dryer is then used to quickly crackle and dry the layers. FYI, the thicker the glue the bigger the cracks.

5-DSCF4036When crackling, I do one surface at a time, always with that surface flat and facing up. This prevents the wet layers from sliding and sagging. Let’s face it, nobody likes saggy cracks.

2-DSCF4028Glue crackling takes a little bit more time, but the finished results and the cash in my pocket makes it worth while.

Enjoy!