Saturday, April 6, 2013

Hideaway Book Shelf / Antique radio cabinet Finished!

 Well, I've completed my Hide Away bookshelf / Antique radio cabinet and the matching mirror. 
Just thought I would share it's placement and finished looks...

This wall is the start of my gallery wall. The scrapbook page is one I made for my dad that he requested, I received it after he passed away. It has pictures of him at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, he loved that place and would go as often as he could. I found the souvenir plate from the 1950's at a flea market and the guy in the artwork just reminded me of my dad so I had to get it. It goes really well with his scrapbook page.
Lots more pictures and arty things will be going up on this wall eventually.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Dated CD Organizer turned Chic Salvage...

 We've had this CD organizer tower furniture for many years now. It's black metal legs, rattan covered sides and drawer fronts, light colored wood and oh so lovely bamboo drawer knobs were really not cutting it. It was one of those pieces that never really fit into our decor but we needed a piece to hold our cd collection way back before digital tunes. I've almost thrown it out several times but now I'm glad I didn't.  Inspired by the now trendy furniture makeovers I thought there is still hope for this piece yet...
The first thing it got was a paint job. I pulled all the drawers out and painted all the wood parts.
I then did a quick brush on with brown and then clear wax and let it dry.
Next I cut burlap to size for each side, top, and all the drawer fronts then stapled it over the rattan areas. 
(Yes I do realize the sad state of my front porch, there are numerous projects going on out there at the moment because of all the wonderful warm weather! The front porch is the next big project!)

 For the next step I printed out some vintage numbers in reverse and photocopied them.
I used Citrasolve to transfer the images to the burlap and then hand painted them with black chalkboard paint, I would have used regular craft acrylic but I couldn't find my bottle. The chalkboard paint was handy and worked great.
For the finishing touches I hot glued some hemp twine around the edges of the burlap to cover the staples.
Then I drilled new holes for the new handles and screwed them into each drawer.

 I just love how this turned out! It's the perfect size and style for the area right next to the front door.

Today I'm linking up with Common Ground...
Go check out all the amazing projects!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Antique Magazine Rack Part 2

 I finished painting the old magazine rack I found and shared a few posts back. 
I found a wonderful image via The Graphics Fiary that went perfectly with the shape of this piece, printed it out in reverse and photocopied it. I then brushed heavy gel medium over the front and stuck it onto the wood.  Next I used a rubber roller to make sure all bubbles were removed and the image was flat.
 Once the glue was dry I wiped the paper with a wet sponge and rubbed the paper off with my fingers until the image was crips and no more paper was attached.
 I love how it turned out but I wasn't finished...
 For the last step I brushed brown wax then clear wax over the entire thing to age it. 
I love how it turned out. :)