Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Nursery Lamp

Here's one of my newest projects.  I started with this boring wooden lamp from a thrift store.  It was new and in good shape, but just lacked any character.

About a year ago, I had picked up a box of old greeting cards at a yard sale.  There were quite a few "Welcome New Baby" cards from the 50's and 60's.  They were still unused with the envelopes.  I decided that they would be perfect if decoupaged onto this lamp.

I had also found a glass lampshade at a junk shop.  It was in great shape, and ended up being the perfect topper for this lamp to complete the vintage feel.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Crown Royal Quilt

Just had to share this photo from The Bob and Tom show website. Now this is upcycling!

She created this quilt entirely from the little velveteen bags that Crown comes in! How creative!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Wednesday's Wooden Word Bowl Tutorial

I was looking at glass dishware and candlesticks to upcycle into cake plates, when I came across this ugly old wooden pillar candle stick.  I had also recently purchased (another!) wooden bowl.  I like to use them for parties to serve chips because they look nicer than plastic, but I don't have to worry about them being broken as I would with glass. 

However, this one had a few knicks and marks on it, so I decided to combine it with the candlestick to make something wonderful!  I started with these:

I decided to go with a very modern color scheme, but basic since I wanted to embellish the bowl with something.  At that point, I still wasn't sure what!  But I painted the candlestick white and the bowl black.

I used a super adhesive to attach the two parts together.  This particular adhesive was made for many surfaces, including glass.  Since these were wood, I probably could have used something less powerful.  However, I already had this one opened since I was also doing glass that day.  Following the directions on the adhesive, I put some on both pieces and let it set for a few minutes before putting them together.

I decided to spray paint a hint of white on the inside of the bowl so that it would soften the look and create a better canvas for whatever I decided to put on the bowl.  The newspaper there gave me an idea...

I began cutting random words out of article titles.  After cutting out all of the words I thought were interesting or useable, I started playing around with them and forming a sentence.  I came up with this:

I used Mod Podge to attach the letters to the inside of the bowl.  I then put a coat of Mod Podge all over the inside and outside of the black bowl to give it a smooth shiny appearance.

I let it dry completely and here's the final product:

Now it sits in my shop for sale with the other upcycled items. 

It's Open!

I spent last weekend getting everything finished and moving it into my new booth space at the Merchants Outlet Mall.  I'm really pleased at how great it looks!  No pictures yet.  I still have to hang my sign! 

Here are some pics of some of the items that have been upcycled and placed in the shop for sale.
Musical Jewelry box from the 70's.  Added artwork purchased from French artist through Etsy, and painted the box black with red accents.

I loved this blue glass plate.  I knew it needed a substantial pedestal, though.  When I found this heavy pewter candlestick, I knew it was a perfect match.  I love this!

 The storage ottoman above is a vintage piece that I covered with old felted sweaters.  A little silver paint to the wooden legs and it's a modern piece!

All of the display items in the shop are also upcycled.  I use the existing wall shelves and brackets left from the last renter, although I added a fresh coat of black paint to them.  I hang clothes from a rickety old ladder I painted, an old lamp and skis that I added hooks onto.

For shelf space, I tried to get creative as well.  I purchased this vintage vinyl upholstered headboard for $10.  I thought it could be great if repurposed into a shelf for the shop.  It definitely needs some sprucing, though! Franky still enjoyed hanging out under it.


So, I decided to use maps from an old atlas my dad gave me that was just laying around in his barn and Mod Podge it over the vinyl.  Here's the result!


What do you think?