Bonjour Mes Amis!
How is your week going so far?
Wow, it sure is hard to believe we are already into the second week of January, isn't it?!
Today I thought I'd share with you a few projects that I recently completed.
All are in my Etsy shop, if you care to take a look!
My sister has been busy cleaning out her attic, and found this cabinet door that she thought I could do something with. Of course, I forgot to take before shots of everything I'm showing you today, darn!
Anyway, it wasn't vintage or anything, otherwise I would probably have kept its original paint and patina.
It was boring golden oak, and so ready for a fresh look and new lease on life!
Immediately I thought of creating a coat hook out of it.
So, I painted it in my favorite shade of light blue chalk paint.
I then stenciled this gorgeous large skeleton key to the front. (I wish it would show up better in the photos!)
I used several different colors for my stencil, to give it a dimensional look.
One of the best things about this project was I had everything for it, except the hooks!
I found those at the hardware store and had my handy hubby mount them for me.
It was a fun project, and I am happy with the end result!
(so, my sister can pass along more "junk" from her attic to me any day!!)
Next up is this large vintage wooden cigar box that I found while out thrifting.
I see plenty of cigar boxes on my hunts, but I've never come across one this large before!
It was very well made, and had a neat brass latch and hinges, so I just knew that I could do something with it!
So, I painted it inside and out with a pretty creamy taupe chalk paint. I left the inside lid unpainted, to show off the original cigar ad (wow, only 5 cents each, this box must be old!!).
I also knew that I wanted to decoupage something to the lid. After some thought I decided on these beautiful roses, compliments of The Graphics Fairy.
If you ever decoupage, you know how tedious it can be to cut out details by hand, but the results are worth it, I think!
Just for fun, I added the address of a Parisian flower market to the sides.
I just love finding boxes that I can transform with paint and a little tlc.
The one below was also a thrifted find. It was a dark reddish brown when I found it, and I could hardly wait to paint it the same pretty light blue as my coat hook project.
The neat thing about this box is that it also holds a photo. I placed a scrap of pretty floral paper beneath the glass insert for the time being. The lid has a metal insert, and features a beautiful floral cut out design.
Of course, I distress nearly all of my projects, to give them what I like to call
"that aged over time look".
I almost forgot to show you my knife, fork and spoon trays.
A few weeks ago, hubby came home with a set of three vintage wood trays.
I just love it when he comes home with goodies for me from the thrift store!
(he knows just what to look for!)
Anyway, they were a dark wood finish, and on their backsides was imprinted
"Toastmaster Hospitality Tray".
They were made right here in Michigan (Grand Haven), back in the 1950's.
if I look at the object long enough, inspiration will eventually strike!
So, since there were three trays, I thought it would be fun to decoupage them with these gorgeous copies of a giant knife, fork and spoon. All were found on The Graphics Fairy.
First I painted the trays in the same creamy taupe that I used for the cigar box.
And I couldn't resist sharing a pic of Katie, perched on the wicker bench at the foot off our bed.
I had to laugh, as it looks like she's yawning from boredom over all my craft projects:)
Have a great week, can'w wait to see what you all have been up to!