Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Upcycling a set of drawers - Lemonade Fizz

Arrived in Ireland safe and sound but we've decided today that we will have a "chill" day and just mooch around doing a bit of this and maybe a bit of the that and who knows, some of the other ... Spoke to the lads and the house, from what I can gather, is still standing and the dog has been fed and walked. Things are definitely on the up and the stress-o-meter on calm mode. However I can image the stress-o-meter will be on MAX tomorrow as A' Level results day for Aaron .... but I know my boy will be "grand".

Whilst having a cathartic clear out recently, I discovered these drawers and whilst I know in my heart they really should be recycled (as in go in recycle bin), the crafter in me was shouting loudly "NO ....... !" They were buckled, creased, torn in places and made from card, so not the sturdiest of drawers ...


As you can imagine, the crafting side won and I began by measuring the drawer fronts and  cutting 3 pieces of card, slightly smaller than the drawer front. Next the card was covered in light blue Viva Decor chalky paint but slapped on in a hap hazard way.


Carefully placing the 3 pieces together, securing with low tack tape, gave me a larger area to "play with" ...


Using a black archival ink pad, I began layering up my floral images, using Lemonade Fizz Soup Stamps from Polka Doodles ...



... and once I was happy, I began painting the images with my Viva Decor chalky paints: chalk white, light & dark green. The hearts were coloured with fired brick distress marker.
 

Once dry, the decorated pieces were stuck to the front of each drawer. Brass handles were added as a finishing touch and also much needed as there was no other way to open the drawers ...!


All done but now I need to find a space to put them and prove to the family that saving the drawers was the right thing to do ...!

Lou
x x x

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Crafting by design - anything goes
Creative Moments - anything goes
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Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes
Crafty Boots - anything but a card

6 comments:

Ema M said...

Wow! This is great! Thank you so much for joining us at Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog for our weekly anything goes challenge. I look forward to seeing you again.
Best of luck in the draw!
Ema
IDCB Owner

Dee's Craft Room said...

Stunning save Lou. You have transformed that shabby set of drawers into something pretty and artistic - and something most of us would love to see in our craft room. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boot Challenges.

Dionne

Linda Simpson said...

WOW Lou what a transformation! I love the front of the drawers and the beautiful stamps. Enjoy your holiday.
Hugs
Linda xxx

Marjeta said...

Really it was worth it. The chest drawer is gorgeous. Love the stamp you used. Thank you for playing with us on Creative Moment challenge.

Marjeta

Lisette Baker said...

What a brilliant transformation. Love the stamping and the pop of red from the hearts. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Oh that is so fun! What a great idea and cool approach creating the scene over the 3 drawer fronts. A wonderful effect. Thanks so much for adding your gorgeous creation into the Fab 'n' Funky 'Anything Goes' challenge. I hope you're enjoying your Summer. Hugs, Wends xoxo Fab 'n' Funky DT