Saturday 14 April 2012


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.

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!

K xxx


  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

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

  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!

  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!

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

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

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

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