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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Wood and paper ornaments on: November 20, 2010 07:32:52 PM

The stickers do not seem like they'll last (I'd be surprised if they're still on there), but doing it with just the wood piece and decoupaging the paper onto it would be much sturdier.  Smiley
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Paper ornaments on: November 20, 2010 07:31:13 PM

I did try doing one with a photograph...I do not recommend it!  Tongue  Our faces got all round and fat looking.   Cheesy
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Boring entertainment center to PERFECT wardrobe on: November 20, 2010 07:13:17 PM
At my last apartment, I had a huuuge closet to store my clothes.  Lots and lots of shelves inside.  But when I moved...this apartment's closet was amazingly small and in an inconvenient location.  I had previously been using my dresser to store craft supplies and was a bit annoyed with having to actually use it for clothes again.

So, after shopping around some (mostly on craigslist Tongue ), I decided the best bet would be to make my own (ie, my boyfriend Kenny  would make it and I wold give ideas and paint it).  I knew I mostly wanted shelf space, as I don't like using drawers.  

This is what we ended up with:

Some pictures and history of the work in progress.....

I don't have a true "before" picture, since the stupid thing fell apart as we tried to get it into the apartment.  I would not recommend redoing a piece of furniture that is particle board.  Ick.

Here is a picture I found of it on the web:  It's an entertainment unit by Sauder.

It was extremely heavy.  Really super-duper heavy.  The guy who sold it to me on craigslist had to help us get it into the truck, which was not a good sign.  Before attempting to get it off the truck, we took it apart as much as we thought was possible.  It was still too heavy.   Sad  We took it apart more.  It broke in a bunch of places trying to get it up the stairs and into the apartment.   Angry

The rest of the work took a long time.  The tenants downstairs complained that we were sawing upstairs (this was last winter, so, yes, we did use the chopsaw inside.  Sheesh what a mess).  I was "fired" from painting (the primer and base coat) because I am too messy...both with the application and the potential to get paint on the carpet.  Tongue  Numerous trips back and forth to Home Depot trying to find the right materials.  It took about three months total to complete.

Kenny made doors to cover the shelving inside:  We were originally going to keep the glass door on the far right, but when it was shut it didn't line up with the new doors and just didn't match closely enough.  So we took it off and made a new one ("we" = Kenny Tongue ).  Finding good hinges was a pain, too.  None at Home Depot were able to screw onto such a thin piece of wood.  We also decided to make the shelf that would hold the tv up a bit higher, so we redid that as well.  I changed my mind and decided I wanted a few drawers, so we put some in on the top shelf.  

We gave the whole thing a good coat of primer.

Here's a shot of the inside drawer:

Everything was painted brown:
(Same brown I've used on almost all of my furniture.  Tongue  I originally purchased it for this shelf and have since used it on most of my projects: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=274263.msg3100134#msg3100134 )

The back was painted green:

It took me ages to decide how to decorate it.  I changed my mind about a million times, before settling on Kenny's original idea of birch trees:
(sorry for some of the pictures' quality, they were taken with a cell phone camera).

An action shot:

It's unfortunately less sturdy than we would like.  Mostly due to the stupid particle board.  It got all out of whack when we moved it into the bedroom.  One of the doors still doesn't always shut right.  Tongue  The stupid thing is so heavy!  We had a hard time moving it at all.  

And now for some more pictures:


24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Kitty litter cabinet on: November 20, 2010 06:38:43 PM
Inspired by various other hacks that I've seen on the internet, my very own kitty litter cabinet.

Here is the before:

And inside:

Now there's just her litter box and scoop inside:

We no longer have all the stuff on top, so I think it looks a little nicer.  Smiley

This cupboard was once part of a set that I had worked on earlier.  I redid the bookshelf and posted about it here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=274263.msg3100134#msg3100134
25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / More paper ornaments on: November 20, 2010 06:20:26 PM
Some more ornaments that I made last Christmas.  Smiley


These were made with strips of old sheet music or a destroyed book.  Just cut to different lengths, add ribbon, and staple.  I also made some with thicker paper, but I thought these turned out the best.

I made a ton of cut out snowflakes last year, too, so I used the smallest ones on the tree as well.  I added a glitter sheen paint to make it sturdier and give it some shine:
26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Paper ornaments on: November 20, 2010 06:16:50 PM
For these ornaments, I just cut up strips of paper.  I tried photographs, card stock, scrapbook paper, old Christmas cards, etc.

They tended to be tricky to make.  The thinner strips lined up more easily, but were harder to keep in place.

27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Wood and paper ornaments on: November 20, 2010 06:12:17 PM
Here are some more ornaments that I made last Christmas.

They're just the wood shapes from a craft store (I bought these at Michaels) with a hook screwed in to the top.

I just glued paper on, accented with paint, glitter, stickers, ribbon, etc.

28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Painted glass ornaments on: November 20, 2010 06:09:30 PM
Here are some glass ornaments that I made last Christmas.  Smiley

They're just the empty glass balls sold at craft stores (I bought these at Michaels).

(Wooden ornament is in this thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=365190.0)

My biggest difficulty with these was waiting for the paint to dry!  I was so impatient and would add in new colors/way too much paint too early in the process.  So then I had all this paint that needed to dry.  I ended up having to drain them of the paint and wait for them to dry that way, which is why most of them are rather streaky.  But anyway, on to more pictures!

Using acrylic paints:



For this one I tried using a squeeze tube of watercolor paints:
It worked ok, but there are big globs of paint in some places.

This one is spray paint:

It did dry much faster.  I only currently have the silver spray paint, so I didn't try mixing or adding other colors.

I also tried putting in strips of paper from a destroyed book:

It was much faster to make Wink  but I don't think I like it quite as much/
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Carson's Mario World Nursery **pic heavy** on: October 17, 2010 07:41:57 AM
I love it!  Smiley

I saw this bookshelf today and it made me think of your nursery:

(more pictures and descriptions here: http://www.neatorama.com/spotlight/2010/03/08/mario-furniture/ )

30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Clue, Trivial Pursuit, and Monopoly themed gift ideas needed on: October 03, 2010 03:39:48 PM
Oh wow, such great ideas!   Grin  I was trying to get help with ideas from my boyfriend and he wasn't helpful and also wasn't on board with preparing for Christmas so early.   Tongue

Just for some more information: they're all still living at home...but I'm appreciating all ideas!  I'm going to edit my list above to incorporate the ideas that would work best for them.  Smiley
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