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.
It always scares me when I’m watching “Hoarders” and the people have a piece of what looks like trash to everyone else and the steeped-in-denial hoarder calls out from under a pile of used takeout containers and plastic aquarium plants, “I’m saving that to make a craft with!” It’s frightening to me because I find myself thinking that on a regular basis and if I don’t monitor myself I could end up in that condemned house stuffed to the rafters with what looks like useless garbage to everyone else. I come by it honestly – my family crest reads, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth OVER doing!”
In an attempt to actually use some of the stuff I’d accumulated with crafting in mind, I learned on the galactic interwebz how to make those rolled magazine coils I’d seen used as trivets, vases, and bowls. I rolled and rolled without really knowing what I was going to use them for; I just liked the look of them. Then inspiration struck! I remembered this little cabinet I’d gotten at Savers.
I discovered that seven rows of five rolls would fit perfectly in the recessed part of the door, so I brazenly painted over the rose with bright green acrylic paint and glued those coils in place. I had already coated each coil with a glossy sealer, and once they were secured to the cabinet door, I drizzled epoxy resin in between for a bit more of a finished look and a high gloss. All that was left was to paint the little door knob the same bright green, and voila!
The end result was really neat if I do say so myself, and I listed the cabinet on etsy right away. I attracted some hearts, but before I could sell the it, my parents came to visit, my mom fell in love with it, and she bought it out from under all those etsy-ers! Etsyans? Etsyites? People who use etsy! I guess it’s true what all the signs in antique stores say – The time to buy it is when you see it!
I’m glad it found a good home – it’s hardly taken any time at all to tell you how I made it, but there are hours of work in this baby! There are probably ten hours just in rolling the coils while fending off curious cats. Luckily, this was one of those projects I could do in front of the boob tube. An episode of Hoarders, anyone? :0)