This was a project in process that I just couldn’t part with when I sold most of my worldly possessions. It didn’t take up much room and I knew I could make my vision come to life, so this one didn’t even go into the storage unit – I came with me to my parents’ house. I finally got the peps (as my grandmother would say) and finished it!
If you’ve seen any of the other photos on this blog, you know I LOVE bright colors (see what I did there?), and I knew that a stack of magazines ready for recycling would provide a treasure trove of supplies. I ran the most colorful pages through my Amish paper shredder, as my former boss called it (similar to this http://tinyurl.com/jlqlbxl), then painstakingly glued the best strips onto some chipboard letters from the craft store. Once they were covered, I coated each letter with Mod Podge and a couple coats of varnish.
I created the frame out of wood strips from the home improvement store and my dad’s miter box. I would have purchased a frame, but I was able to construct a custom frame for less than I would have spent on a pre-made frame, plus I wanted to customize it with my own color anyway. Once the frame was done, I stuck a piece of galvanized metal on the back with some heavy-duty double-sided tape, and stuck the letters on with the same tape.
This little briefcase called out to me at the thrift store a while ago. It reminded me of a vintage suitcase and I immediately knew what I was going to do with it. I had a moment’s couple month’s pause about altering it because it had a vintage shoe company brand name on it (Wikler Shoes) and I wondered if it was a old salesman’s case or something. Eventually, however, I just decided to dive in with my Mod Podge!
As I mentioned in my laundry room makeover post, I love anything travel-related, especially vintage designs of travel posters, advertisements, stickers, et cetera. Knowing this, my parents have gifted me with two different sets of travel stickers over the years that were laying dormant in Craft Purgatory.
Sidebar – it’s so funny about things like these stickers.
I loved them so much I didn’t want to use them on anything. So instead, they were languishing in a drawer, gathering dust. Strange way to show love, don’t you think? I do this with scrapbook paper, too. Arrggh.
At any rate, I stuck the travel stickers on in what I perceived to be an attractive fashion, Mod Podged over them and here is the result!
This is an oldie but a goodie. At one point in time a few years ago, I was in search of a new coffee table. It struck me at the time how boring most coffee tables are, and the ones that aren’t boring are usually hideous. Neither option appealed to me or my living room decor!
So I got to thinking about making a unique coffee table and I just couldn’t stop thinking “Periodic Table.” I considered creating a coffee table with the standard-issue chemistry class periodic table, but then I stumbled across this GENIUS project: http://azuregrackle.com/periodictable/table/, and I knew immediately what I would do. I tracked down a super-boring but high quality oak coffee table and used paint, paper, and Mod Podge to transform it into my own Periodic Coffee Table of the Elements. Behold!
And here are a few closeups of my favorite elements (well, not favorite ELEMENTS, because I love all the elements equally [doesn’t everybody?], but my favorite PRINTS of the elements):
In the interest of education, I’ll leave it to you to discover what the more cryptic of these elements are. Please visit the project website, too, for more information: http://azuregrackle.com/periodictable/table/. I believe they may even sell prints of certain of the elements.
I don’t know about you, but the last thing I need when I’m rushing out the door to work in the morning is a pointless obstacle in my way (you hear that, Bonnie and Clyde?). That’s why I didn’t really understand the added level of “security” on this jewelry box – aren’t the drawers enough? You need doors in front of drawers? Was someone afraid the jewelry would escape? The bottom drawer is reserved for the trustworthy jewelry, I guess.
I decided the doors were just for decoration, and I endeavored to add to the ambiance without upping the obstacle ante. You KNOW there was spray paint involved, and this time I busted out my scrapbook paper stash for a little Mod Podge action on the drawer fronts. Lastly, I added new wooden knobs where the janky old door pull (singular!) was.
This puppy got snapped up a couple days after I listed it on etsy. I hope the buyer is independently wealthy and never has to rush out the door to work…. AND I hope she buys more stuff from my etsy shop! 🙂