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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Something colourful for my classroom on: June 03, 2009 10:51:51 AM

before: streetfind, ugly knobs already removed

after: with some wrappingpaper, matching colours and new knobs it now looks a bit different

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / froggies for my classroom on: April 22, 2009 11:15:30 AM
Another street find, which had to be saved by me. As I really run out of free space in my flat, I again turned my attention to my classroom (primary/elementary school) and so I now have a quite green piece of furniture in there. I brought it today  and one child just  said "Coooool!", so I guess, it's okay and it matches the taste of first graders.
As for the How-to: you sand your piece of furniture, then comes a layer of primer, then the colour/s of your choice with acrylic based paint. Then you have the tricky part with cutting out your motifs (I used a paper from "Finmark") and arranging  and rearranging them on your piece of furniture. Then you glue them onto it and use a bit of matching paint here and there. Finally you add lots of layers of  varnish. This  technique is called Decoupage.



3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / native singing birds for my classroom on: April 16, 2009 09:56:49 AM
streetfind + poster+ paint+ varnish = educational piece of furniture for my class

After I had saved the Ikea darling from the street I sanded it, added new rolls (?), painted it light blue and used all the pictures from a poster for children: "Our singing birds". Somehow I couldn't resist to add a bit of glitter also. Finally I made cards with the names of the birds and very short texts, so that you have to read and try to find the matching picture. Solution/ control sheet at my desk! Grin


4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / butterflies for my classroom on: March 24, 2009 12:36:12 PM
I saved this small table from the street and I thought because of its size it would be perfect for my first grade class. I had to remove the badly applied paint and then painted it black and added some butterflies, and so it become perfect to introduce this weeks featured sound/phonem: "sch" as in the german word for butterflies. My class like the table a lot and so do I, although I would have prefered smaller butterflies for this table size.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My invention: "event furniture" on: February 03, 2009 01:06:33 AM
The event in this case being a wedding.
So I found a week before the wedding this night stand in the trash and saved it.
I painted it and decoupaged the initial letters of the couple and b/w floral and zoological motifs (because they had met at university studying Biology), which I had goldwashed a bit beforehand to make them look antique. On top I used an enlarged motif from a Dover book, which I also used for a matching tray. To the motif I added with Corel Draw their names and family name and on the tray the date of wedding ( blurred here). The tray also got some gold flakes and I had copied the motif onto overhead foil and gilded it underneath.
Inside the little cabinet I used the wrapping paper which I also used for wrapping  the actual present. Luckily the present fitted perfectly.
All in all a bit heavy on the kitsch side, but then it was a wedding Grin
The wedding furniture was quite a success and got a lot of laughs. Mission accomplished.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Black & White Decoupage on: October 21, 2007 02:59:50 AM
the "Laurel & Hardy"- motif I got from a calendar and it was one my first attempts, so  there are some mistakes like using polyurethane varnish and too thick glue, which caused some irregularities - but I still like it.
For the second I used an Ikea hanging kitchen cabinet, which was the only thing matching in size that I could find. The "Big Ben"- motif is from Sparkling wine "Mumm". For some time they put their bottles in cardboard boxes showing diverse landmarks and this was the European edition, which I coincidentally found as a poster (even has silver print on it, which can't be seen on the photo).
Hope you like it.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "Carribbean style" (sort of) - decoupaged night stand on: September 02, 2007 09:52:46 AM
Somehow inspired by "Pirates of the Carribbean" I wanted something with bright colours and I ended up with this small cabinet. Base coat was a very pale pink and then PINK! came next, applied not too careful, so that you still could see some brush strokes. After the flowers and some layers of acrylic varnish I added new furniture knobs (translation?) and a former fridge magnet (butterfly) to fill an otherwise empty space which I thought was too small for a flower but too large to be left as it was.
Probably this is not even in the outskirts of  "Carribbean", but, when asked, I always refer to it as "my little carribbean piece of furniture".
But it is colourful. Grin
Hope you like it anyway!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fun Decoupage: MOO(n) - Walk on: July 08, 2007 11:53:58 PM
This is my second attempt to upload this topic. Angry Can anybody tell me why "Start new topic" always disappears or gets blank when you switch to Flickr to copy the URL of the pictures you want to add? This is quite annoying, especially when you already have written some text to explain it all. As this has happened nearly every time when I tried to start a topic, I this time will  post pictures only and then will modify it with text.

I made this plate to show students, aged 9-13 years, during project week a principle of collage: nearly everything is possible.
I found at www.artrenewal.org (questionable philosophy, but lots of pictures!) the picture of A cow on a path by Michael Therkildsen. It says nothing on the topic of copyright on this site, at least I couldnt find it, but then I made this for educational purposes only, so I guess I am on the safe side here.
I showed my students the picture of the cow first and we were wondering where else she might trot along.
Next I showed them the cut-out cow and then the picture of the Earthrise (by NASA, copyright free) and finally the combined picture on the plate.

It was no need to print out the black background, because of the rounded form of the plate you couldnt use it anyway, so I removed the background with Corel Paint and then cut out Moon and Earth.
First the cow was glued under the plate, then the Moon and finally the Earth (placed a bit higher than the original, otherwise it would have sit on the cows back.) Then I added some glitter as the stars (a bit fat perhaps) and some layers of black acrylic paint were dabbed on - there, a perfect MOO(N)-Walk (well, not too perfect actually; look at the cow, the head is quite badly cut out, looks more like a goat, but it was quite dark and I was late and excuses, excuses. But the children liked it and especially the younger ones laughed a lot.


9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Another decoupaged doll wardrobe (image heavy) on: July 02, 2007 07:38:06 AM
the motifs were not exactly my taste, but I got the paper as a present, so I was more or less forced to do something with it Grin.
The cutting was quite a challenge and took me weeks. The wardrobe will end as a present for a little girl, but I will keep it until she is old enough (to value it) and not murder it with crayons or with whatever.

detail- the background was painted and sponged with pearlescent paint


left side

right side

inside: I removed the rail and added a board. I wanted to use all motifs from the paper and managed so by glueing the last motif inside the wardrobe.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Quite Victorian Decoupage on: June 16, 2007 10:54:04 PM
This was made as a present  and I did know beforehand that she loves these little Victorian images and thus could (under)stand this overdose of kitsch otherwise I wouldnt have dared to do it or to give it away.
This plate features the Victorian style of placing pictures in all directions and almost on top of the other. I used reproductions of Victorian scraps or die cuts (some with glitter diffcult to glue but a must when going the kitschy way) and also printed images from Dover books.
I wanted to quote Victorian Decoupage, but also wanted a break to give it a modern touch and luckily I had a photo, where she did not exactly behave like a Victorian lady. I made a photomontage using a clip from Dover and her photo (the background I gave a swirl to make it blurry).
The technique I used is Reverse Decoupage starting with the heart frame. Heavy swearing was involved to complete this, but it was quite a success. Grin

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