Old drawer gets new upcycled look

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I’m having a drawer-full of fun with Dreamweaver Stencils and Beacon products this month. We’re hopping every Thursday this month so be sure to visit these other designers to see some amazing projects!

Dream It Up!
Linda Neff (Guest Designer – that’s me!)
Lea Kimmel
Louise Healy
Terrece Siddoway
Wendy Jordan
Pam Hornschu
Cherylynn Moser

I’ve been experimenting with Dreamweaver Stencils and Beacon Adhesives while upcycling some pieces for our shop – Green Door Studio. I found this old drawer at an estate sale for just a few dollars. I thought it would make a cute display holder or a shelf.

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After I gave it a good scrub-down and removed the handle I painted with a coat of cream paint just to give me a clean base to work with. I filled the old handle hole with wood filler and left it all to dry for an hour or so.

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I pulled some old music song sheets out along with some dictionary pages to decoupage onto the front. I cut the pages to the size of the drawer front, inked the edges and adhered them with Beacon’s Fast Finish Decoupage Glue.
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Once the entire front was covered in papers and dry, I was able to use my Dreamweaver Stencil LX 7022 Vintage Decor. I love this stencil! It turned out so nice. The stencil was taped in place and then Dreamweaver Embossing Paste was spread across it.
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The tape is carefully lifted off all sides but one (that one is left in place to act as a hinge). The stencil is then carefully lifted to reveal a beautiful design underneath.
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While the paste is drying (it takes about an hour or so) I had time to go work on another project. The other project didn’t take as long as I thought so I grabbed my heat tool and helped the paste along so I could continue with the painting. I covered the front – including the stencil – with another coat of cream paint and wiped it off with a damp cloth to expose some of the papers.
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I wanted to add depth to the box so added a copper metallic glaze by Martha Stewart, really squishing it in and around the stenciled area. Using my same damp cloth, wiped most of it off until I got the look I just loved!
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 I  sealed the entire box with a coat of wax and buffed it out. I never imagined this funky little drawer could look this good. I added a copper distressed knob to the front.
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It’s a great little storage and display piece.
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You can bet I’ll be on the lookout for more drawers to transform.
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Remember to visit the other designers on this hop for more great projects!

The makeover of an old barn window

Just had to show you a project I’ve been working on lately. It’s another altered window but instead of messy embossing paste and a stencil I’m experimenting with Globecraft & Piccolo Accent pieces as adornments.

I asked for a specific flourish and some fleur-de-lies and they made them for me! I was so excited to play with them, to see how I could use them. After I punched out all my pieces I gathered my G&P Embossing Powders and adhesive and started to play.

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First I laid them out around the window frame to establish some sort of pattern or idea of how I might place them. Of course, all that went right out the window (no pun intended) once I began coloring the window frame and embossing the G&P Accents!

Vintage Copper and Gilded Rose Gold were used here in several alternating layers. I start by completely melting my first layer then alternately use the heat flash technique to achieve the aged, vintage look you see above. Because I wanted the pieces to look aged and worn I also applied Mars Black and Burnt Umber 3D Enamel Gels with my finger to tone down the shine. They worked great! The dark brown and black gels settle in the little nooks and crannies when rubbed on with the finger-application method.

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I also used the G&P Embossing Powders on an old key I had. It just wasn’t quite right so I applied Cobalt Turquoise, Burnt Umber and Mars Black 3D Enamels Gels with the fingers to achieve the look you see below. I think it turned out really great. Love all the little doses of turquoise I see in there.

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I also wanted to see how the Gilded Rose Gold embossing powder would look on the edges of the window frame to I dabbed on the Embossing Powder Adhesive and lightly sprinkled with the powder and heat set. Wow! It looked just like an old rusty edge. I liked it so well I added it sparingly around the entire window frame.

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Once the frame color was where I wanted it I began to add the G&P Accents pieces I had embossed and distressed earlier. Once the pieces were glued in place I added a thick coat of Glastique Gloss to seal and protect them. The Glastique speeds up the patina-look of the metallic embossing powders and really adds a special punch to the pieces.

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The window is not quite finished. I just haven’t been able to ‘see’ where it wants to go. But as soon as I do, you all will be the first to see!

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It’s been a busy week and I have several project posts out there today in addition to the window, so hop on over to the Globecraft & Piccolo Blog to take a look at another ornament I worked on recently then swing by Art Glitter to see how I used those cute little heart-shaped ornaments as gift tags on gift bags that I decorated with Art Glitter!

Xyron delivers loads of goodies …

I was super-duper excited when the call came from Beth Kingston that I had made the Xyron Design Team. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to make that team but am so happy to be a part of it. When the box of supplies arrived from Xyron I couldn’t believe how big it was – and just how heavy it was. I couldn’t wait to get it open and see what kind of goodies I would have to work with. The company’s generosity was way beyond my expectations. In the box was a ton of products – from Xyron and partner companies. In addition to lots of Xyron’s wonderful adhesives there were paper pads, embellishments, paper collections, washi tapes and more!

To my surprise I then received a second box a few days later with even more Xyron adhesives! I’ve always loved Xyron. I purchased a Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker my very first night of scrapbooking and now own one in nearly every size. I’m looking forward to experimenting with Xyron products I haven’t used before like the Xyron Mega Runner. I’ve been using this runner on some projects this week and am impressed. For a dot runner it holds very well and I like that it is 1/2 inch. I’ve already created one project for an ‘old-to-new’ theme that will post in June and have been using my Xyron 2/5″ Create-a-Sticker and Xyron 5″ Creative Station like crazy this week. But I’ll post more on those later. I’ve got to get back to work!