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1  kitchen cabinet to CD hutch in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MotherHoodlum on: August 19, 2005 12:06:59 PM
Well, i do some part time work for a friend who does home renovations.  They had just finished ripping out a kitchen and the scrapped cabinets were just calling to me!

this is what I started with...
I stripped the icky laminate off of it, then painted the cabinet red and the door black.  Added some flames on the side, and decoupaged a cool roman cross on the front (cut from old book pages).  I decided it looked too plain, so I added some detail with silver paint.  Et voila!  I know it's highly cliche, but it's cute and funky, and perfectly suited for my needs.



closeup of the silver paint.
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2  Asian painting inspired chair recon in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MotherHoodlum on: August 16, 2005 12:04:01 PM
I found this desperately ugly old chair sitting by the side of the road, and rescued it from the dump.

I had seen a delightful asian painting a while back that I always wanted to do something with, so here was my chance!  I won't bore ya with the details, but lets just say it was a lot of decoupage + handpainting + stencil.  All the fun things a craftster can enjoy!  It took eons to finish, especially cutting out the individual fern leaves (since it was a whole asian theme, I was able to snag a Korean printed newspaper for the leaves and the flower thingies).  The silver stencil is the chinese character for 'spirit'.
It doesn't show up too well in these pictures, but the base of it is actually red paint underneith black, so it peaks through in a crackle texture.  Totally unintentional, but turned out to be a delightful mistake.

full chair

closer shot of the seat

A more complete description of the project, plus a shot of the original painting that inspired it is on my artsy fartsy blog, www.hoodlumart.blogspot.com
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3  Dragon Dresser- revamp! (img heavy) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MotherHoodlum on: July 20, 2005 01:50:24 PM
I saw this worn out old dresser at a garage sale, and it was calling to me to revamp.  I mean, except for the crusty paint job and missing hardware, the dresser itself was beautiful.
Here's what she started as...

I stripped her down (which took for friggin EVER), and painted everything a high gloss black, except for the top which I did in a matte.  I did that so I could decoupage a cool tribal-esque dragon motif on it.

After sealing the top with a few coats of polyurethane, I then created a few stencils for the drawers, and did a painfully detailed job tracing those out and painting them in a gorgeous china red gloss.  Finished off with some cheapo yet tres cool hammered black metal hardware, and VOILA!  I think it looks absolutely fabu in the living room, although my pictures are sucky.
Oh, and just to show what a cheapskate I am?
Dresser - $5
delivery - $2
Stripper - $8
Paint - $18
Hardware - $8
How friggin cool is that?!

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4  Bed sheet shower curtain - lotsa fabric marker! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MotherHoodlum on: May 16, 2005 12:36:25 PM
Okay, this took me longer than i thought it would to complete, but only because my design was really complex.  You can't tell in the picture, but there's lots of light detail to it.
Basically, I took an old twin bed sheet, sketched a design based off of a wrought iron fence I saw, and carefully drew it out in fabric marker (I killed four of the poor things doing this!).  Once I was done drawing, I simply measured my plastic inner shower curtain for how to space the ties.  I put small grommets where the holes should go, then attached to each shower ring with some pretty satin ribbon bows.  Voila!  My own custom shower curtain.  Yes, you have to keep your plastic one as an inner lining, though.

Oh yeah, there's a more detailed tut on my website, motherhoodlum.com, just in the crafting section.
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5  tied, pinned, and beaded, oh my! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MotherHoodlum on: April 23, 2005 01:08:14 AM
I actually got a before pic on this one, just to show off how plain this top started life out...

Sitting in my closet, begging to be tormented with my newfound clothing reconstruction know-how...mwaahahahaha
Snipped it into a tank top, and because I can't do just a snip n sew recon, I had to get all beady with my bad self.  Yes, still handsewing. Yes, handsewing on that many little friggin' seed beads sucked.  Yes, it was worth it.
I kept the neckline all jaggedy, I kinda like it that way.  Wanted to do somethin' funky with the shoulders, so I snipped down a bit and tied these together with seven little knots.  Then since that would've been awkward for the sideds, I went old school and safety pinned the heck out of it.  Whatcha think?

et voila

a close up of my beady swirls

my shoulder knots

sorry, I think I sneezed when I took this.
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6  1st recon- purple laced-up top in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MotherHoodlum on: April 21, 2005 01:36:05 PM
Well, ya'll gave me waaaaaaaaaaaaay too many ideas when I clicked over to this part of the forums.  Damn you all!!!  I've been happily destroying my clothes, and this is the first product of my snipping/stitching glory.

(sorry about the gigantoid picture of my chest)
I don't own a sewing machine, so all of this is hand-sewn, but I kida like the look, personally.
This was one of those slightly fitted shell type tops, uber plain.  I snipped a V into the neck, then cut straight down to the bottom.  I carefully folded out the fabric into a V shape, and sewed in a panel of leftover pinstripe fabric.  Then I threaded black satin ribbon through the stitching to give it a quasi-corset look.  Et, voila! summer top for meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
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7  Bathroom re-do in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by MotherHoodlum on: March 20, 2005 12:38:45 PM
Well, aside from a few finishing touches, I have pretty much completed the revamp of my uglybutt bathroom.  Since it's a half-bath, I guess the landlords never really thought to do much with it, because DANG was it nasty lookin'!
Here's what I started with...

Yup, plain with ugly fixtures and NO storage.  Oh, yeah, the window there looks out into my garage!
So here's what I've got there now...

I had these two really cool bedsheets I bought ages ago at Urban Outfitters, but never put them on the bed.  I just cut them to fit, then used my staple gun to affix them to the wall.  Cutting them around the fixtures was a bit tricky.  The sink skirt was a yard and a half of cheapo black cotton that I just fabric painted a little detail around.  Hot glue is holding it on, as I know I can peel it off if we move outta here.  The little black curtain was made from the leftover fabric, although I am considering taking it down to add the detail to it as well. 
Only thing left to do is buy a new toilet lid that I can paint some coolness on, and maybe pick up a tank lid to do the same.  Oh, and I desperately need a floor covering, any ideas would be appreciated!
I really like what the sheets add to the walls, though, a very handpainted effect without any effort!
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8  craftster virgin posting her wares! be kind... in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MotherHoodlum on: March 16, 2005 09:42:38 PM
A couple friends on another board tipped me off to this place, and I swear, everyone's posts are makin' me drooooool!  I love this stuff!
Anyhoo, thought I should contribute, although none of this stuff is brandspankin' new, adn a lot is on my art blog already.


Here's a once hideous chair that was literally falling apart that got itself a fancy new coat of carefully decoupaged pages from a kewl german-printed book from the 1800's, and a cozy new black velvet seat

My obsession with religious iconic stuff made it's way onto a decoupaged table that I saved from a thrift store, the pics were swiped from a biblical painting calendar!
Oh, the fancy-schmancy edging is actually pieces cut from the afore-mentioned german book.

And, since I still had more pages (it was a long book), I recovered a cigar box so I could have a pretty spot to keep my jewelry.  The queen image on the top is just something I snipped from a magazine.  Oh, why does this picture look dirty?  Will, I rubbed a bunch of silver paint over the decoupaged pages, which in reality actually gives it a really neato shimmery look.
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