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Topic: Salvaged Bookshelf turned Seuss  (Read 11867 times)
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« on: July 22, 2010 02:27:30 PM »

Man, I wish I had taken a before pic.
I found a really sturdy bookshelf (made from actual wood!!) in my neighbors trash. It was covered with stickers and, sadly, a few patches of bird poop. My plan was to re-stain it once I stripped all the yuck off, but the wood was too splotchy.
So a couple of coats of paint later, I decided to Dr. Seuss it up for my little man.

(I think my neighbors made the holes in the back to use it as a media unit at one time)






I used a projector to trace the images on the side and then painted them with acrylic. I used a Marks-A-lot for the black. I tried using a Sharpie, but it WOULD NOT draw on the paint (I thought Sharpies were supposed to write on anything).

I know nothing ground breaking, but I love the way it came out, and so does my Bean!
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2010 03:06:06 PM »

This is amazing! The paintings on the sides are so clean and look like they popped right off the page ^_^ Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2010 03:08:40 PM »

This is gorgeous! I love how bright it is and with the black and white illustrations it's not overwhelming.
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2010 03:40:15 PM »

Thank you! I had a lot of fun painting it. Some friends gave me a bunch of wall paint- that's what I used for the orange and green. Once it was painted it reminded me of the cover of Green Eggs and Ham- which inspired me to do the Seuss paintings on the sides.
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2010 04:54:23 PM »

The graphics look great on this piece. Great job!
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2010 06:30:59 PM »

woah, this looks awesome! i would have loved to have this in my room as a kid. heck, maybe even as an adult.....
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2010 07:24:47 PM »

ah that's so awesome!!
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2010 08:19:04 PM »

That's fantastic!  I thought the graphics were vinyl wall art until I read the description.  (*looks at photographs again in awe*)
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2010 09:24:07 PM »

This is so great! When I was 2, my mother refurbished a small bureau for my room and painted it white with a large image of Jiminy Cricket. It was all done freehand and I still have it today because I don't want to paint over her awesome work(I'm 32 now). I hope your little guy will have the same fond memories of this bookshelf when he's 32 Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2010 09:48:14 AM »

This is so great! When I was 2, my mother refurbished a small bureau for my room and painted it white with a large image of Jiminy Cricket. It was all done freehand and I still have it today because I don't want to paint over her awesome work(I'm 32 now). I hope your little guy will have the same fond memories of this bookshelf when he's 32 Smiley

Thanks! Funny you should say this, for some reason when I was painting this I envisioned it in his dorm room years from now!

Thanks everyone for your kind words!
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« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2010 09:59:40 AM »

Cute! You did a nice job.
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« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2010 10:29:01 AM »

This is so cool! I love that you used Suess images, such a well known author to people of all ages.
I find the best stuff to revamp in my neighbor's trash too! Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2010 12:05:16 PM »

Wow that is the coolest bookshelf I have ever seen.
Great job.
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« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2010 12:30:56 AM »

I love this! And you did an awesome job!
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« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2010 06:27:20 AM »

Oh, wow!  You did a fantastic job!
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« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2010 08:47:11 AM »

Just in case you didn't know, this is amazing Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2010 10:21:32 AM »

Awesome job!  Suess was the only commercial art I would put in any of my kid's rooms when they were small. You totally took it to next level. Hope your little man enjoys it for years!
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« Reply #17 on: July 24, 2010 10:25:55 AM »

This is amazing! I love your color choices and the lines are so crisp. It looks fabulous!
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« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2010 10:38:17 AM »

Thank you all so much for your nice comments! You've all brightened my day  Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2010 01:08:06 PM »

Cute! So glad you saved it from a landfill!
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« Reply #20 on: July 25, 2010 04:46:58 PM »

"Whoa," she said in her best Keanu voice...
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« Reply #21 on: July 25, 2010 05:52:10 PM »

That is completely awesome! I would have loved to have had this when I was a little kid... in fact, I'd love to have it now!  Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: July 28, 2010 08:01:03 PM »

LOVE IT!  It's so whimsical and fun.  And how smart of you to use a projector - the characters look professional.
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« Reply #23 on: August 01, 2010 05:02:40 PM »

That is aaaaaawesome. I would totally put that in our guest room. I adore Dr. Seuss - and this is just beautifully executed. I don't think you could have done better. Great work!
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« Reply #24 on: August 02, 2010 10:38:57 AM »

That's just totally GREAT!  Who knows what you'd have to pay for something anywhere near that nice in a store! Hmmm, second calling as a custom furniture painter?  With work this good, I'm sure you'd get offers from half the mothers in town to make something special for the kids' room - or theirs. Wow!  I want it!
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« Reply #25 on: August 02, 2010 02:05:32 PM »

That's just totally GREAT!  Who knows what you'd have to pay for something anywhere near that nice in a store! Hmmm, second calling as a custom furniture painter?  With work this good, I'm sure you'd get offers from half the mothers in town to make something special for the kids' room - or theirs. Wow!  I want it!

Awe thanks! I'd love that job! I'm a grad student right now, with not too much time to have a job (with the little man and all) something like that would actually be perfect and flexible. You've definitely given me food for thought!

And thanks everyone else for your nice complements! Keep crafting!
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« Reply #26 on: August 05, 2010 09:45:24 AM »

That's adorable!
Yes, sharpies do write on paint, but it has to be completely dry in order for them to work (I paint with acrylics and use sharpies to outline afterward)
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« Reply #27 on: August 06, 2010 06:44:52 AM »

this is fantastic!! it's so nice and bright and the paintings are perfect!!
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« Reply #28 on: August 08, 2010 03:46:16 AM »

wow! and i love that you used a projector! I never would have thought of that!!
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« Reply #29 on: August 08, 2010 09:24:14 AM »

it looks awesome, great job!
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« Reply #30 on: August 08, 2010 01:54:34 PM »

wow! you did an amazing job! gotta love dr. seuss!
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« Reply #31 on: August 08, 2010 06:10:15 PM »

That looks awesome!
Great thinking to use a projector!
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« Reply #32 on: August 12, 2010 12:59:39 AM »

This rocks! What kiddo wouldn't love one of these! ...and yeah sharpies write on nearly everything! Who knew they wouldn't write over paint like that?
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« Reply #33 on: August 12, 2010 06:09:21 AM »

This rocks! What kiddo wouldn't love one of these! ...and yeah sharpies write on nearly everything! Who knew they wouldn't write over paint like that?

Thanks! Somebody else said that they do draw over acrylic with sharpies just fine. Maybe if I waited longer for it to dry (I waited a couple of days, but it's been pretty humid here so I think the piece was still a little bit tacky). Thank goodness for the Marks-a-lot!
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« Reply #34 on: August 12, 2010 09:44:12 AM »

Wow, this is really amazing! Way to take an old bookshelf and give it new life. Not only are the colors gorgeous but the flow is perfect. Each figure is positioned perfectly. So impressive!!
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« Reply #35 on: August 16, 2010 02:29:07 AM »

That came out incredibly well! It looks so professional.

Did you borrow the projector from somewhere or...?
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« Reply #36 on: August 16, 2010 07:19:39 AM »

That came out incredibly well! It looks so professional.

Did you borrow the projector from somewhere or...?

My grandfather gave me the projector. It's a really small one, I believe you can find them in hobby and art supply stores (probably ebay too, I always check there first for a good deal on anything). I don't think they are too expensive either. The only problem is that it only projects images that are about 4'', so I had to play around in Photoshop for a bit resizing images.

And thanks again to everyone for your nice comments! I'm definitely inspired to try my hand at furniture painting again (as soon as I can find a good discarded piece!)
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« Reply #37 on: August 16, 2010 08:32:36 AM »

That is absolutely adorable!  Great work!!
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« Reply #38 on: August 17, 2010 11:44:55 PM »

Great job!  I love the colors and how everything comes together.  I would've thought the drawings would be too busy, but they blend right in the look!  Smiley
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That's amazing, especially for traced out images. Just a tip, paint pens work better on projects like this, whether they're sharpie or any other brand. Keep up the great work.
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« Reply #40 on: January 02, 2011 03:34:15 PM »

This is a keep'R .... your kid is going to move out with it and their spouse is going to be like.... do you really need that... how old are u... LOLO

awesome!!!!
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« Reply #41 on: January 02, 2011 05:28:35 PM »

And I'll be the mean old mother-in-law that says "Yes he does!"

Thanks for the nice complements everyone!
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« Reply #42 on: February 04, 2011 04:29:46 PM »

I love Dr. Seuss and i love this project! good skills and i love the colors. Your son is gonna love this!
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