Bon Jour Mon Amis!
Today I thought I'd share with you one of my latest creations with a French Accent!
I began with a large wooden plaque that I discovered at a thrift shop. The plaque has seen better days, and I'll show you that in a second. But first, I wanted to show you the "after", below!
Ok, this is what it used to look like! Yikes! I thought for sure that the woman checking me out at the thrift shop would surely think that I had the most horrid tastes! But no, she actually loved this plaque! She kept raving about how beautiful it was, and I didn't have the heart to tell her that the violin print was going to be quickly going buh-bye!!
It took alot more elbow grease to remove this baby than I imagined it would! Lots of sanding and hard work later, I finally succeeded and began with a blank slate! After painting the plaque a creamy color, then distressing it and putting applying an antiquing glaze on, she was feeling better already!
I actually wasn't sure when I purchased the plaque what I would do with it, but I knew that it was calling out for a French makeover! I ended up using one of my very favorite French images from the Graphics Fairy. I had it enlarged, then applied it with Mod Podge. I love the scalloped edge of the plaque, and I think it's a nice compliment to the Graphic.
Well, as we all know, life isn't always perfect! I should back up a bit and say that I first spent a ton of time trying to print out the image into several different sections, as my plaque is over 19" across. I had to print it out in 4 different pages, then get everything to perfectly align. Not to mention the fact that I always forget how to print a mirror image! Anyway, let's just say that the process was not a success, more of a disaster actually! Too much of the image kept coming off rather than transferring to the plaque, and I was not a happy camper, to say the least!
So, I then spent several hours just trying to remove the remainder of the paper, and the image that did manage to transfer. I then made the executive decision to decoupage an enlarged copy of the graphic on instead! Oh, so much easier!
So, while this project ended up taking much longer than I had planned, at least I learned a thing or two along the way! And I must say that I am very pleased with the way it finally turned out!
I'm putting her in my Etsy shop (even after all of that work!). In the mean time, I had fun with her photo shoot, and thought my Eiffel towers that I've collected on trips to Paris would create a fitting vignette. A small glass cloche and a tiny nest (isn't it darling?), as well as a couple of vintage books sans their covers, and viola! One of my favorite drab to fab Frenchy makeovers!
I'm linking up with Kathleen over at Faded Charm for White Wednesday. Be sure to visit!