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861  Desk - Fugly to Flutterbies! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by sweets4ever on: February 03, 2005 05:06:05 AM
Hey guys... I have one of those awful particle board creations.  Its a very simple design... just a plain old flat desk with one little drawer underneath on the right hand side, and a shelf below that.  It's old...but it's in good condition, I just don't have anywhere to put it & it's so boring compared to the rest of our house.  Being the pack rat that I am...I don't want to discard it!  Right now it's in an enormous spare room we have...but I am remodelling that room into a home gym.  I would like to keep it in there...but how can I revamp it, or totally change it's purpose even...?  (other than painting, upholstering, decoupage...)  I don't care if we flip it up side down & hang it from the ceiling, LOL, if we can think of something funky or creative for it...

I found an answer to this question...and finished it Wink  Check it out...!!

Well!  I ended up transforming it for a co-worker's daughter... and it turned out pretty good!  She was ecstatic.  I decoupaged the top with all sorts of tissue paper, butterflies, and stationery (her room is pastel purple...and she adores butterflies).  I painted the outside white, and the underside a very deep purple.  The drawer is painted with her name "Winter"...composed of little birds, butterflies, flowers, etc.  As a final touch... I attached a strand of iredescent purple bead trim... underneath the shelf... just for a little sparkle!   Here's the before (yick!!) and after (yay!!) 

Here's how! Smiley
That desk is so beautiful, you're so creative! I'd love to do that to my crappy particle board desk. I have some questions! What type of paint did you use? Did you have to prime it? How many coats? Is that enough questions for you?  Cheesy

Or if you found the answer on Craftster can you please direct me to the post?


LOL... you ARE full of questions, but it's okies!

I wish I was more motivated when I owned the desk for myself... it was so ugly, lol.  You could decoupage it with just about anything..layers & layers.  You can use paper, fabric, tissue, magazine cut outs, (I used printouts from the computer mostly). 

I used a variety of left over paints I had around the house...
~I used a basic interior wall primer (1 coat), for the entire thing.
~The sides and some of the trim were an interior wall paint, in white (2 coats)
~The underside was an interior kids wall paint, in dark funky purple (2 coats)
~The top was decoupaged...with "Mod Podge" (waterbased sealer, glue and finish for all surfaces...found in your craft section...it's a basic decoupage glue)  I put a layer of it down, then a layer of tissue, then another layer of glue, then a layer of the butterflies...then about 6 watered down layers as a sealer.  This creates a VERY durable and HARD layer on top... pretty darned smooth, too!
~The drawer with her name on it...was originally painted white, then I used water color pencils to drawer her name, went back with a itsy bitsy artists brush with some water...to blend it all & make it look painted.  Then I sprayed the drawer with a basic art sealant.
~The beads were hot glued along the bottom edge.

I hope that helps! Wink
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862  Re: murals in kids rooms in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by sweets4ever on: January 27, 2005 09:36:14 PM
Oh they are awesome!!!  I reallly like the flowers!  How old are the kids?  I can totally understand what you mean about wall vs. paper Wink  I started doing some last year...it becomes addictive though.  Do you plan on doing more??  How long did they take you to complete?

Here's some of mine...
Some I did for a nursery...the theme is quite obvious, LOL.

And here is what I did on our bedroom ceiling...(it's *almost* complete..soooo close..ugh! My back hurts!!)

One of my current projects! MC Escher...
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863  Re: Cosmetics hanger in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sweets4ever on: January 25, 2005 05:59:44 AM
Ah!  Great Idea!!  I have a shoe hanger...like christinanne Smiley  I bought it new, but at a consignment shop a year ago...and it was only $1!  I couldn't say no...now could I?  It has a little mirror in the middle (we don't actually use...because our bathroom has a mirror anyway, but it's good to have...ya never know).  The tray in the center folds up...and the two little pockets underneath it, have velcro incase you are "on the go."  I share my bathroom with my boyfriend, so this was a great idea to keep his deodorant & all that fun stuff off of the sink counter!  :-)  It took some coaxing *giggle* but he actually utilizes it now  Grin 

I definitely like all the tiny pockets you created, iolite88!  Very nice for all the "little things."  Kudos....good job! Smiley

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864  Hanging Photos & Sports Medals in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by sweets4ever on: January 24, 2005 08:07:26 AM
My boyfriend and I run races for fun & fitness each year... last year we ran 2 half marathons, a 5k, a 5 person relay marathon & our first ever full marathon (26.2 miles, woohoo!!)  Anywho...now we have all of these medals & nothing to do with them.  After they hung on our bedroom door handle for a few months & their clinking sound thoroughly annoyed him... I decided to do something with them!  Smiley  I used two old pie plate racks to hold the frames...and the medals hang from the bottoms.  The photos themselves, I just matted on some scrapbooking paper with some colorful scrapbooking photo corners.  I printed on the same time of paper...in a few different colors, captions of each race...that have the name of the race & the date we ran.  They turned out pretty nifty and it doubled as a Christmas present for him Wink

Sorry about the glare on these shots... but atleast it gives you an idea Wink

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865  Bedroom Ceiling Painting in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by sweets4ever on: January 24, 2005 07:43:36 AM
Thought I would share my most recent project... the bedroom ceiling!

The paint is black and metallic gold acrylic. We have a ceiling fan there as well, but it's usually on, so it doesn't get in the way much Smiley  
It's not quite completed yet, as you can see.  But it's so close!!  My back has been somewhat sore this last week, so it's been delayed a little bit...but will be done, soon enough.  When completed...the entire knot will look like the section on the left of the picture...outlined, clean & crisp Cheesy  Sorry if the photo isn't the best...I had to lay on the floor with my head half into the closet to get the whole ceiling, LOL.

It's not my original design, so I would like to give credit to where I got it from...this website...http://www.aon-celtic.com/ She says..."This little knot was derived partially from a pattern in the Book of Kells. Only half of it appears on the bottom of folio 32v, but I doubled it up to make a complete circle from it."

I am considering bringing the wall color up into the ceiling a little bit as well.  I don't really like how wall & ceiling colors create such a distinct line in every room.  I would like to create a wave of knots on the ceiling along the perimeter...with the dark grey wall color.  Just enough to pull the walls upward... It's hard to explain..but I can see it in my head Wink and hopefully will post it, if it ever comes to life.
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866  Painted Mirror in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by sweets4ever on: January 24, 2005 07:29:22 AM
I painted this mirror for my little sister in law's birthday this year...she just turned 16 and had seen the design online a year or two ago and fell in love with it.  So to be crafty...I decided to put in on a mirror hanging for her...instead of a drawing or mural concept.  I bought the mirror at Target for just a few dollars & the paint was just some acrylic I have.  I totally cannot take credit for the design itself though, I used a design from an artist online... please check her out if you get a chance. http://www.aon-celtic.com/ I don't personally know her or anything, but I wanted to give credit where it's due.  Anywho...here's the mirror... I never realized how hard it was to take a photograph of a mirror & give it any justice! 
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867  Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by sweets4ever on: January 21, 2005 10:32:41 PM
Here are mine... Cheesy

On my back... this one is about 6 years old now, I had all of the black recolored 2 years ago, and added jade green to her eyes...and deep reds & yellows throughout the wings.

Modified from my drawing...

And on my neck...
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