Skinny Side Table-Western Style

Skinny Side TableSkinny Side Table-Western Style

Since my friend passed away my husband has helped to fill the void by doing things with me that she would have done…like looking for bargains. I appreciate his thoughtfulness so much.

DSCF8700He went with me to some yard sales a few weeks ago and we came across this little gem. It had great bones and the price was right!

As we drove away I told him how much I loved the little drawer.

Hubby: Did she say that was where she kept her stash?
Me: (One eyebrow went up and I looked at him cross-eyed.) Uh, no. She said that is where she stashed the remote so the kids couldn’t find it.

Yep, me thinks my hubby needs his ears checked.

After a good cleaning and sanding I painted it white. White seems to be my go-to, but it’s a great base for several finishes and besides, I like it.

DSCF8704I then sanded it again to shabby it up some. Another good go-to, but it needed something more.

DSCF8740-002I got out my waxes and and gave the finish a cool vintage-western look.

But then there was that drawer. (There was no stash…I checked. 😉 )The whole project had been such a no-brainer that I wanted to do a little more. I had just finished a project that used the cover of a book and the pages inside were just sitting there waiting for me to notice them. The book was an old Emily Post etiquette book and the pages were pretty hilarious. I picked a couple and decoupaged them into the bottom of the drawer. I love that drawer even more now!

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!

Window Wall Art

6-DSCF3391Window Wall Art

I recently acquired some more windows and I just couldn’t wait to begin some transformations.

I had done this a few years ago and loved the way simple wallpaper border could make a plain window look like art.

1-DSCF3353Priming the entire window provides an important base for building the art on the window’s surface.

2-DSCF3360The next step is the color base, but before applying it I had to choose a wallpaper border. For this window I chose a fishing lure border with rustic colors. A tan base color was the perfect marriage.

3-DSCF3367I highlighted the frame with a red color that was also in the border. Over the top of the red I dry brushed the tan and over the window surface I dry brushed the red.

4-DSCF3371The wallpaper border was decoupaged along the bottom half of the window and I stenciled “LIVE LAUGH FISH” on the top half using the red paint.

5-DSCF3375When the painted stenciling was dry I applied decoupage medium over all of the window surface to seal the painting and paper.

6-DSCF3391I embellished the inside of the frame with rope and a chain attached to the top of the window completed the wall art.

8-DSCF3386Since I had everything out I also made this window. The border on this one is a picket fence. The sunflowers and the butterflies were cut from other wallpaper.

1-y12This is one of the windows I made a few years ago. I applied the words using a white paint pen.

Enjoy!

Molly the Mannequin Makeover

Molly the Mannequin (3)Molly the Mannequin Makeover

What inspires your project choices?

My recent move, the frigid change in the weather, an empty Etsy store and Molly the Mannequin hanging in my closet were my inspiration for this makeover. The recent move reminded me of all the goodies I have in my supplies, like my collection of beads and old jewelry. The frigid weather had me looking for nice cozy projects to do in the house. Restyling that old jewelry seemed perfect. Since I wanted to place the finished creations in my Etsy store, getting Molly the Mannequin more presentable for photos was a priority.

1-DSCF2396I’ve never been fond of Molly’s looks. She, uhm…, always seemed a bit nekked.

I decided decoupaging her with old book pages would give her a more modest appearance while creating an artful background for my style of crafting.

2-DSCF2402An old poetry book and Mod Podge were the basic supplies needed to transform Molly.

Molly the MannequinI molded the wet pages around Molly’s curves with my fingers, not minding the wrinkles at all. I just thought they added to the Old World-antique look.

Molly the Mannequin (2)I love the way she turned out. I have a hand and head that I plan on giving the same treatment.

Enjoy!

Cupboard Door Art

2-DSCF1424New decor for the master bedroom.

For my birthday in May, a friend gifted me with calenders that featured sheet music book covers. Even though I have authentic vintage sheet music books, I loved the vibrant colors and pristine graphics of the calender pages.

1-DSCF1404I had the perfect base for decoupaging a couple of these covers to. An old cupboard door.

After a bit of elbow grease and removal of some of the hardware, I was ready to rock and roll. I couldn’t get the hinges off, and I didn’t want to wait until a son or husband came home, so I decided to leave them attached as embellishment for the “art” piece.

A little paint gave the old surface a much cleaner appearance. I did the entire surface with off white and and then a dry brush of white over the outer frame.1-DSCF1414Two calender pages fit perfectly inside the frame. I applied several coats of Mod Podge to seal and build up the smooth surface.

2-DSCF1424A couple of sawtooth hangers were attached to the back for hanging.

Enjoy!