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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hello Fresh Chest Of Drawers! on: September 11, 2010 12:51:17 PM
Hi there!

So, I have moved back home post university and seem to have gathered a large amount of stuff during my studies and my dilemma is that I don't have enough space to put all of it..  

The solution?  My brothers 'well loved' (and abandoned!) chest of drawers.  Below is a before picture; including a close up of where he had stabbed the top with a compass!





I love the off white furniture which seems to be over priced and everywhere at the moment so let's get started..

Two coats of primer and two coats of fancy paint (Farrow & Ball!) later and we have something looking a wee bit better!  Ideally I would like it to look a bit more distressed but we have time for that  Wink  I collated the different knobs from various trips to nice places.  



Although nobody will really see the inside of my drawers, I thought it would be a nice finishing touch to line them with some pretty wallpaper.  I was in luck as Laura Ashley had some odds'n'sods for less than 2.  After measuring up and attempting to match up the pattern I attached the wallpaper with spray adhesive.





The End.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Upcycled Vintage Coffee Table on: July 11, 2010 09:56:55 AM
Hello Fellow 'Craftsters',

It's been a while since I have uploaded anything, or to be honest done anything creative.  My excuse is university and now I have graduated I have more spare time.

Anyway, what we have here is a coffee table that I salvaged; it originally belonged to my Great-Grandmother, I'm guessing from around the 1950s.   My parents wanted to chuck it out, however I could see that it had potential.  As you can see from the before pictures it is quite badly water damaged and the varnish was peeling, etc..   



The little box on the right hand side was a source of inspiration as was a shop which was featured on a make-over TV show; I thought I can do what they are doing without the grand price tag! (Some of their reconstructions/upcycled pieces were being sold for 500+)
http://www.37oldlondonroad.co.uk/gallery

Today, a sunny Sunday seemed the perfect time opportunity to get started so I borrowed my Pa's sander and got going..



Once I was happy with the sanding (rather couldn't be bothered to do anymore!) I got cracking with the painting, I like a matt look which isn't perfect.  I mixed white emulsion with two dollops of cream and after several coats was left with this..



The End.  Smiley

 
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / I Stenciled Myself.. As a Scientist! on: April 21, 2006 07:01:14 AM
So the name explains it all, I am really excited about this- it's Me!  Grin

 So one day I dressed up as a scientist ..



And I got a lot of remarks from my friends, and this morning instead of doing my overdue homework I made this..





 These are just test sprays, but one day in the near future my face will be on my chest! Yay!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Reading Festival Flag and Soldier Table. on: December 20, 2005 02:49:38 PM
First of all, this table wasn't my idea I copied directly from Swalsh who won a craft challenge
[see for the original; https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=37927.30 ]
And my version, I love it, the only annoying part being the top layer of glass moves quite easily if it gets knocked.



And a flag I made in the summer '04 for Reading festival [complete with mud], the image was 'borrowed' from a tshirt I bought from www.smellyourmom.com. The flag itself didn't fly that well but certainly helped when trying to get back to my tent!

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / T-rex and Paint Splatters. on: December 20, 2005 02:26:32 PM
Pretty self explanatory; outline of a T-rex and yellow shimmery paint splatters- except the shimmeryness decided to go bye-byes after a few washes and the outline could probably do with going over again.



Sorry about the creases!
 
I've just realised, it looks like the T-rex is foaming at the mouth!  Undecided
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 3 Reconstructed tshirts; Blythe, Biffy Clyro & Dropkick Murphys. on: December 20, 2005 02:20:40 PM
These t-shirts were all done ages ago, which I've only just got around to posting.

All Three together:


And the back of the Biffy Clyro Tee: this tee is pretty darn old now, the pink used to be thicker and less scruffy than in the photos, the logos were cut from a dodgily reconned shirt and then sewn on to a strappy top.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage Tie Bag on: December 20, 2005 01:57:23 PM
I was inspired by the bags which used to be on www.morningcraft.com
The bag isn't finished in the picture; the strap is detachable with buttons on the side and I still need to get a pretty button to go in the middle. The ties are dark green, purple and bluey/greeney- the picture doesn't do the colours justice!

Let me know what you think, albeit positive or negative  Undecided
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Guns and Bells and Shoes.. Image Heavy on: June 02, 2005 02:41:27 PM
A toy gun I attached to a badge back


A safety pin and beaded bracelet [it's really annoying, 'cause the pins un-hook, so the beads go everywere.. it was really time consuming too.. meh.]


An old pendant that I put with some co-ordinating beads.


Ribbon and 'Pearl' neckace


A messy beaded necklace, I got the idea from a necklace I liked in a shop but it cost 20.


Barbie Shoe earrings [inspired by excousia]
 


Star Wars Earring, a Tazo from '96


A 'pearl' Button I made into an earring


A bell Earring


A Green Plectrum with a bead Earring


Sorry for the blurry pictures.
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Tie-Dye Madness on: June 02, 2005 01:40:42 PM
Stuff from my first ever tie dye efforts, it was a whole summer ago now, but I treasure them so, so I thought I'd share.

Pink Tie Dye Top.. [Nice Clean lense]
  

Socks


These may just look like horrible big knickers.. but I love them.. The pictures don't really show them or the colour v well.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Advice on a Vintage Skirt.. on: June 02, 2005 01:06:16 PM
The story: today when I was shopping I found this gorgeous vintage skirt.. but I have a dilemma (this probably shouldn't be posted here- but I couldn't think of anywhere else to shove this.) 
To cut or not to cut? I put a green arrow where I was thinking of cutting it.. but I'm really worried that I'd screw it up.. Any advice that anyone has would be great, whether it's leave it long, cut it longer than you think BLAH BLAH BLAH.. help.. please.



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