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Topic: Reconned Advent Calendar - From Dull & Broken To Sparkly & Whole!  (Read 4621 times)
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« on: November 25, 2011 07:26:02 AM »




I love advent calendars, the reusable kind.  Six or seven years ago I pulled this "beauty" out of the Goodwill bins (had to hunt to find all the drawers, doors and top) thinking I'd fix it up.  And I finally did as a gift for a dear friend!



Detail of the faux bois paper "veneer" on the door and sides and the bead knobs:



What's inside?  Sparkles!



Close up of the drawers with their glittery paper in 3 colors on the drawer fronts, "crystal" glitter snow ball knobs and pearl-painted polymer clay numbers (1-24).  Each drawer has an item with which to decorate the tree and a chocolate.



Drawer 1 contains this pearlized snowflake garland:



Drawers 2 - 22 have little ornaments, no 2 exactly alike.



Drawer 23 has this little tree skirt made from layers of blue and white glitter tulle and silver rick rack:



Installed on the tree; you can see the glitter felt "snow" on the top and the little snow ball fringe:



Drawer 24 had the star for the top!



And finally the back, covered with scrapbook paper:



Close up of the paper:

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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2011 07:42:46 AM »

This rocks!
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2011 07:50:48 AM »

That is just gorgeous!
You did an amazing job.
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2011 08:41:38 AM »

This is wonderful!  I love how you changed it from country to elegant with the cunning use of paper.  Hope you have fun using it this holiday season.
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2011 09:11:38 AM »

So adorable, what a transformation!
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2011 09:19:11 AM »

oooh pretty and glittery!!
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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2011 09:33:15 AM »

This is so cool!  Just beautiful and very clever makeover!  I wish this was coming to me!  I'm going to pin it!!!  Nice job, and I hit THIS ROCKS!!   Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2011 09:35:20 AM »

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« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2011 09:41:14 AM »

wow, what a great transformation!   Shocked  it looks beautiful. 
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« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2011 10:59:25 AM »

Wow!  Thanks everyone!  I had lots of fun repairing, refinishing and re-imagining this.  AND it felt great to finally do it after having it in a box, that's been moved to 3 different houses.

This is wonderful!  I love how you changed it from country to elegant with the cunning use of paper.  Hope you have fun using it this holiday season.

I made it for a dear friend, so I hope SHE enjoys it.  I took it to a party at her place on Thanksgiving Eve and am not certain she's unwrapped it yet.  Better check on that.

This is so cool!  Just beautiful and very clever makeover!  I wish this was coming to me!  I'm going to pin it!!!  Nice job, and I hit THIS ROCKS!!   Smiley

Really?  Now I'm going to desperately search pinterest for it, blush and then gloat!  Wink
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« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2011 11:48:30 AM »

You did a super fabulous job on that! Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2011 05:30:43 PM »

you are one heck of a GREAT FRIEND!
this is SO beautiful, it is cheering my heart right now.
tis your season to ROCK!
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« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2011 05:55:03 PM »

You did a super fabulous job on that! Smiley

Thanks so much!  I'm proud of it even though certain portions took longer than expected - like making a hinge pin for one of the hinges.

you are one heck of a GREAT FRIEND!
this is SO beautiful, it is cheering my heart right now.
tis your season to ROCK!

Thanks so much!  This friend is also super-crafty and in similar ways that I am, so I find it hard and intimidating to craft for her.  Last I heard, she had not unwrapped the box.  I'm on pins and needles!  Well, at least as much as can be expected when having a new puppy in the house.  Wink
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« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2011 07:04:42 PM »

Beautiful transformation! I love it!
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« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2011 04:08:32 PM »

Beautiful transformation! I love it!

Thank ya', ma'am!
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« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2011 06:55:05 PM »

This is just beautiful!!!!!  You'd never know what it looked like before  Cheesy  Your friend is very lucky - I want one, too!

Totally rocks!  Grin

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Gorgeous!!! Grin
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« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2011 01:29:25 PM »

This is just beautiful!!!!!  You'd never know what it looked like before  Cheesy  Your friend is very lucky - I want one, too!

Totally rocks!  Grin



You know, I should probably show her the before pics; she'll appreciate the change.

Gorgeous!!! Grin

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« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2011 01:41:45 PM »

I agree!  This is great!  I love the way it has a decoration a day... not just chocolate.  Now what I want to know is what your friend thought of it... now that it is into December... she MUST have opened it! Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2011 09:28:18 PM »

Thanks!  My favorite advents are those that aren't chocolate - especially for reuse every year.  I only added chocolate, because the drawers looked too empty... and well, she enjoys some chocolate.  Wink  And she says she loves it!
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