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« on: December 02, 2007 12:42:26 PM »

I've been wanting a cool place to hang my quilts for ages.  I had already seen the thread on the "Super Ugly" challenge when I found a funky old quilt hanger for $2.50 at my local thrift shop.  It was half painted and really wobbly.  The flowers aren't bad...but the yellow, ack!  It was really rough, too, like it had been cut but never sanded.

So, I took this:










And turned it into this:










I added glue & nails to make it more sturdy, then sanded (and sanded!) and then primed it.  I spray painted the entire thing burgundy.  With the weather being wet & icky here in Texas, that process took about a week to finish up.

After that, I tore pages out of a book I found at the thrift store that is in a non-English script.  I would take a guess at what it is, but I really have no idea Japanese (thanks Aiko!).  Anyway, I tore those into smaller pieces and decoupaged the heck out of the two outside surfaces.  That dried for a day and then I sponge painted bronze paint on top.  It still didn't look quite done, so I broke out the glue and florist's marbles and just went crazy.  I had so much fun gluing those all over the place!  The last touch was to add felt to the feet so it stands level and won't scratch my painted concrete floor.

The overall process took about two weeks and I spent less than $5 on all the supplies.  I had the book I used for the decoupage, the paint and glue on hand already and just picked up the florist's marbles from the dollar store!

It's hard to see in the photos, but the marbles magnify the text, which is such a cool effect.

I hope you like it!  It looks great in my living room and I finally have a great place to hang my quilts.

The quilt shown was from a block swap I did last year with my local quilt bee.  I can look up the pattern name if anyone is interested.

EDIT:  The pattern is called Lucky Stars.  I just happened to come across one made by SewHelpMe in the quilting forum!
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2007 12:58:21 PM »

THATS SOOOOOO COOOL!
I LOVE what you did with it  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2007 01:31:07 PM »

That really IS an improvement! Looks very nice.

And it probably wasn't intentional, but I love how the "before" pictures show a grey-and-white cat, and the "after" pictures show a multicolored cat - looks like you revamped the cat right along with the quilt rack!  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2007 01:54:33 PM »

That's wonderful! I really like the addition of the marbles. And, because I just can't help it, I want to steal your cats! Cuties.....
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2007 01:59:59 PM »

I love the marbles, they look like jelly beans! Grin The purple you used is really excellent as well Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2007 02:12:24 PM »

I love the hanger, the quilt, and your super cute kitties!
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2007 02:31:05 PM »

I love the hanger, the quilt, and your super cute kitties!

Thanks!  The cats wondered what the heck I was up to outside with a quilt that was clearly made for them to nap on!

I love the marbles, they look like jelly beans! Grin The purple you used is really excellent as well Smiley

Oh hey, they do look like jelly beans!  I hadn't noticed that.

That's wonderful! I really like the addition of the marbles. And, because I just can't help it, I want to steal your cats! Cuties.....

Thanks, I love the marbles, too.  Glad you like my fur-babies.  They're all sweeties.

That really IS an improvement! Looks very nice.

And it probably wasn't intentional, but I love how the "before" pictures show a grey-and-white cat, and the "after" pictures show a multicolored cat - looks like you revamped the cat right along with the quilt rack!  Cheesy

Lol, not intentional, but I love that you saw it that way.  Very funny!

THATS SOOOOOO COOOL!
I LOVE what you did with it  Grin

Thanks!
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2007 03:25:54 PM »

And it probably wasn't intentional, but I love how the "before" pictures show a grey-and-white cat, and the "after" pictures show a multicolored cat - looks like you revamped the cat right along with the quilt rack!  Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2007 03:55:29 PM »

Nice job!! The quilt looks fabulous on it!!
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2007 06:08:55 PM »

That is super awesome!!
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