Saturday, 14 April 2012

Upcycled!

Actually, I am not keen on that word. It's not a 'proper' word. But still, it does describe today's 'artwork'. I got this little drawer thingie from a charity shop for the bargain price of £1.20. It has been sat in my craft room for about a year but this prompt on Lessology (found via Lisa Saunders blog) reminded me that they were lurking, waiting for some love.

Before...
I've also had these BoBunny Gabrielle papers forever - they were a birthday gift. At the time I really wanted them, but I really don't have any photos for which they are suited (they are SO girly) so instead I used them to decorate my drawers.

And after! Ta da!
I can't leave without singing the praises of a product which made this little project a breeze - Claudine Hellmuth's Matte Medium. If you don't have any you must go out immediately, like now, and buy some. It is fabulous stuff and I cannot be without it. I used it both as glue and varnish on this little project. It's so totally matt the paper doesn't even look sealed. Basically - it rocks.

Briefly (as by now you may have gone to sleep), here's how I made it:
-Matte medium old sewing tissue onto drawer unit thingie
-Add white paint, then cream paint (thinned) over it to create a two-tone effect
-Inka Gold all the edges (another awesome product)
-Ink all edges with Coffee Archival
-Seal background with Matt Medium
-Stick papers with matte medium and when dry, seal with matte medium
-Stick on decorative bits! (The drawer knobs are Bo Bunny decorative brads with the legs removed and replaced with a stack of two buttons. I stuck stuff on with super strong, poisonous vile smelling jewellery glue so there is no way anything is falling off!

I need to get some bottles to fit the shelf now - temporarily I have some old Prima bottles that shall suffice.

Well done if you got to here LOL!

Later,
K xxx

11 comments:

  1. flippin heck two post in a week.

    Love your little draw thing. Why dont I find anything like that when I go in charity shops.

    Think I will have to invest in this Inka gold stuff as youve mentioned it before.

    Loving having you back missy

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  2. Beautiful transformation Katy......and I agree with you about the matt medium its a total must have. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

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  3. Oh wow! This is beautiful! I love how you've transformed it with paper and gel medium!

    Thanks for playing along with us at LESSology!

    P/s: Upcycle is an actual word in the dictionary!

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  4. Katy, this little draw set is beautiful as always!!

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  6. What a wonderful creation, thanks for playing along with us at LESSology!

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  7. Very cool idea. You did a wonderful job on your project. Thanks for joining us at LESSology with your wonderful project this month.

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  8. Gorgeous transformation...sooo pretty! Thanks for joining us at LESSology!

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  9. WOW this is so gorgeous ... I love this... Thanks so much for joining US over @LESSology... Hugs...xoxo

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  10. Wow wow wowwwwwwwwwwwww! I loveeeeeee this!! LOVING the butterflies! Thanks so much for playing along with LESSology!!

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