alright so I found this old, beaten-up metal hi-chair in my favorite hole-in-the-wall thrift store at the beginning of the summer. I had always wanted to take on more ambitious projects and this was my first stab at furniture. Since I picked this up, I've rehabbed 2 vintage kitchen tables and I'm hooked. And I think my right arm is twice as big as my left from all that sanding and polishing.
the BEFORE pics:
(not pictured: me taking it apart and exclaiming "Ugh! WHY is this STICKY!??! EWW!")
painting in progress:
and the AFTER pics:
I sealed all the painted metal to bajeezus & it's alot lighter than it looks. let me know what you think! -L
first of all I would like to give mad, mad, mad props to all the entries in this month's craft challenge, there is some completely amazing work on this thread. If my heart and soul weren't in my own home-made costume I assure you I wouldn't touch the hem of these ghouly, kooky garments. and PLEASE oh PLEASE excuse the party pics, my camera broke on wednesday so I've had to rely on the kindness of my friend's flickr accounts
things I made: - the v-neck shirt - the leopard leggings
things I pimped: - the wig (it looked NOTHING like Peggy Bundy when I started), my VERY FIRST EVER attempt at wig cutting and styling - my face with that sweet, sweet blue eyeshadow & pink lipstick - my boobs (2 bras & chicken cutlet inserts, yowza!)
I would like to note that I didn't look at one reference picture NOR DID I google 'peg' or 'bundy' through this whole process, I just watched and loved that show so effing much that I knew what she looked like by heart. SO HERE SHE IS!!!
and here I am with one of my roller derby teammates, Suri O'Killer, and a very freaked-out-looking saw puppet
and here at the Way Out Club with my boyfriend pulling a weird face in the background
alright, I wasn't sure where to put this but I guess since I had to use Pebeo Ceramic Paint and the item was originally ceramic, it goes here? p.s. omg that paint is a serious pain in my butt.
my idea: I had a customer who wanted a "Mom" tattooed heart mug. Rather than buying new, I always try to repurpose things. So how many of us have seen a ga-zillion perfectly happy and functional ceramics in thrift stores with something stupid on them that makes people get rid of an otherwise perfectly good liquid receptacle? I figured I would apply my tattoo skills to the mug and treat it like a tattoo cover-up, by tracing the original design and drawing a design over that one (yep, that's how we do it. Not rocket science) here is the finished product:
and here's the tracing w/original mug (from World Market, apparently. I bought it for like $0.30 USD)
frankly, if my mug was instructing me to drink only tea, I might have gotten rid of it too. Demanding ceramics are a drag.
Once I got the design worked out, I drew straight on the mug, making sure that the black parts of the banner lined up with the biggest letter parts. here's some close-ups, can you spot the tea? it's the same mug!
thanks for looking! if you have any success stories for re-using ceramic mugs, let me know! I'd like to find paint that is more opaque, then I'll start painting mugs like this all the time
Well I've ventured into housewares again, I LOVE this stuff.
the inside (SO cool)
my boyfriend approves whole heartedly of this pun:
and my first upside-down glass painting venture, I'll have to do this more often, it was really fun. the picture has a weird line on it from the divider in the middle of the dish, I promise the artwork is clean
so I'm really not a seamstress, my skills start and stop with... well... measuring. I finally decided to make something look really nice when my friend Brett scrounged up a new phone that I could lose or break very easily. I'm pretty happy with the finished product & now that I've made a presentable sewing project, the sky's the limit!
I used the scraps from some reconstructed leopard tights & some houndstooth fabric I thrifted last Christmas. I lucked out by having the carabiner laying around that matched, target dollar bin!
(SIDENOTE) I had been using it for about 2 weeks when I took these pics so my sewing stood up to wear & tear quite nicely
thanks for looking! let me know what you think I've got more vintage fabric, I might make a camera case next