I am sorry but I can no longer send out any templates, poems etc. that I may have offered in the past, the files were lost when my last computer crashed and I have have not remade them.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Upcycled Charity Shop Find ….

I am rubbish at going on about my charity shop finds and then not doing anything with them …. this box has been “done” for ages, but as I wasn’t sure about it I have left it unwritten about, until now. It originally started off battered and covered in ducks …..
Upcycled Charity Shop Find Decorated Box…… so originally I painted it with a cream coloured emulsion paint, which was a complete disaster and so I hid the box away for another month or so.
Upcycled Charity Shop Find Decorated Box 1
Then,  I decided to cover it with my favourite My Mind’s Eye Stella and Rose papers and then it all got a bit complicated …..
Upcycled Charity Shop Find Decorated Box 2Upcycled Charity Shop Find Decorated Box 3
…… because I just couldn’t stop messing with it, first, I decided to add faux stitching, then I tried to distress it using Promarkers and that’s when it got a bit too “ginger” for me rather than looking faded, and Promarker over paint (?) it doesn’t work and just goes patchy and then looks amateur and quite frankly tatty….. aghhhhhhh
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…… and as a result, after a couple of coats of clear varnish that’s how I have left it.
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It’s still on my desk though and it’s contining to haunt me, …..  I think that all I need to do is to keep adding a layer of Promarker, followed by a coat of clear, gloss varnish to build up a finish which might help to make it look a bit more professional.  I might then also try gently sanding the “paintwork/varnish”,  but I need the paper to be sealed under a couple of layers of varnish before I attempt that …….
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……but there again, I also fancy stamping on it (with a rubber stamp ….. not my fee!), so chances are you might be seeing it yet again!!!


Cheryl W said...

I like the idea of sanding it a bit to give it that shabby chic look. Anxious to see what you decide to do next.

Mrs B said...

Hi Helen. The box doesn't look so bad in the pics. You haven't got a lot to lose except a bit of varnish etc and time, I'm sure you will end up happy with it. If not strip it all off and start again, or take it to a charity shop, as someone else will love it, it and find another bargain to try again : ) Take care.

marc said...

i would go with sanding and stamping it will look fab when you do it big love marc

Lauren said...

I've never had a go at this but your blog is making me want to - love your ideas and creations <3