Laminate Cupboards Restyled
I picked up these cupboards at a local auction a few weeks ago for a couple of bucks. By the looks of them you probably think I paid too much.
I mean, they are laminate! You can’t paint laminate! Wrong.
First of all I need to explain the difference between laminate and veneer. Many people use the terms interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. Veneer is a thin layer of wood covering a cheaper product. It can be sanded, painted and stained just like any other wood, but older pieces are often chipped or peeling. Those usually require a bit of gluing and wood putty. Laminate is like veneer in that it is a thin covering over a cheaper product, but it is not wood. It is man-made, often plastic. You CAN sand and paint it, but a primer is essential. It cannot be stained.
My cupboards were laminate. The insides were in great shape, but the outsides…not so much…well, at least the longer cupboard with the sliding front doors. I started by cleaning them up and giving them a light sanding, then they each got two good coats of primer. After these coats dried I gave the cupboards another thorough going over. Flaws that aren’t visible before often show more clearly after being primed. Glue and caulk are wonderful for correcting flaws on laminate furniture, but the base on the long cupboard was beyond fixable. Everything I did just seemed to make it crumble more. I finally gave up and removed it and built a new wood base.
They each got a couple coats of a pale butter color and were dry brushed with white.
Then I gave them about a week to cure before I stacked them. My new cupboard unit now looks like they were meant to go together.
I paint and sell a lot of furniture, but these are mine. Storage for pennies! Yay! You can’t beat that!
Old Stencil Ornaments
There’s always something that needs a transformation and when I went through my stencil suitcase I realized I just didn’t use these old brown stencil templates anymore. I still like the vintage look of them, but I have newer stencils that work for actual stenciling. Not one to get rid of anything, I decided to try a little restyle.
It took me a few tries to get the look I was going for, but I think I nailed it.
The fronts were dry brushed with white paint. While the paint was still wet, they got a dusting of crystal glitter.
I “painted” the backs with glue and pressed them onto burlap scraps. When the glue dried I cut the burlap around the edges of the stencils.
A line of craft glue was added around the edges, then the glue was sprinkled with silver glitter. I left them alone for a bit to dry. Well, that’s what I told myself, but really it was because I didn’t know where to go from there.
And then it hit me by accident. A happy accident. I was working on another project and bits and pieces happened to fall on the stencils. I liked the way they looked, so I kinda went with it.
A punched hole with a ribbon hanger…
…and a bow completed the look.
Restyled Ice Skates
I have quite a collection of ice skates that I have been saving for just the right project. This is one basket. I’m pretty sure I have another in my storage unit.
The skates in this basket were all black, but they were not going to stay that way. First things first, they all got a thorough cleaning and were laced up tight. Some had broken laces and some didn’t have any laces at all. I removed broken ones and then pulled out my stash of laces to replace any that were missing. It didn’t matter what color the laces were, they were not going to stay that way. Instead of a bow, I knotted the tops and cut off the excess. Finally I masked off the soles and used a cream wall paint to sponge paint the boot part of the skates. I sponged right over the laces.
After the paint was dry I covered everything with Mod Podge. By everything, I also mean the bottom of the boots and the blades. While the MP was still wet, I sprinkled them with crystal glitter.
When I was young, the roller skating rink was a favorite place to hang out. If you were really cool you had your own skates and didn’t need to rent them. Of course if you had your own skates you also had the big pom poms hanging from the laces. Those big pom poms inspired the huge bell on the front of my ice skates. I gave the bell a coat of MP and sprinkled with glitter before I wired it to the top of the skate laces.
I used strips of ripped fabric for the hanger and the tie around the ankle. To attach the hanger I drilled a hole through the top-back of the boot.The floral arrangement was achieved by first stuffing the shoe part of the skate with newspaper and then inserting green floral foam into the ankle section. A few floral picks and greenery were all it took to create a small winter arrangement.
Lastly, a little tag with “Let It Snow” printed on it was pinned to the tie around the ankle.
I haven’t done it in quite a bit, but what better time to party than during the holidays! This is where I am partying this week. Come check out all the great ideas!
Restyled Doll Furniture
I’m still here! I know it has been forever since I last posted and I am truly sorry about that. Recently my best friend passed away following heart surgery. Sitting down to write anything has been extremely difficult, but here goes.
My husband and I went to an auction last month and we hit the jackpot. I had a customer asking for doll furniture so these little gems had to come home with me.
Surprise, surprise. I seemed to be the only one interested in them and I got them for a song.
Everything needed repairs, but nothing major. After cleaning and sanding they got a base coat of white paint.
I distress-sanded everything, but the highchairs needed a little something, something to make them more special. I decided to dry brush with pink paint and I made a stencil of a rattle for the chair backs.
The little bags on the chairs are little totes I made that I filled with a toy baby bottle, plate and spoon.
The baby bed received more than a paint makeover. I recovered the base board with blue ticking, then made a mattress using a white chenille bedspread. Lastly, I made a pillow and doll blanket using an old vintage cutter quilt.
Check out this doll baby buggy. I haven’t done anything with it and I don’t know if I will. I’m kinda thinking I’ll keep it and use it to display crafts at shows. I think it’s adorable.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Christmas Wine Bottle Decorations
Don’t throw your empties away!
Check out my new tutorial article for five wine bottle projects. Decorate your home or make several to give as gifts.
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