Sunday, January 20, 2013

A winged steam chest to hold your heart's desire

This mini wood chest was first colored with black distress stain that was dry to the touch before bright red acrylic paint was applied.
However the red paint rewetted the black distress stain, mixed and melted, and became a gorgeous finish that mimics mahogany or, when observing from a few inches away, dark oiled leather.

Neat, huh?

Another cool thing that is fun to point out: The key is embedded in a hole I custom cut. So, the key is the drawer pull.

And believe it or not, cutting that perfectly-shaped and sized hole took less time than getting the embossed aluminum wings to stay attached.

As always, tell me what you think of this piece and thank you for dropping by for a visit!

Friday, January 18, 2013

A pretty little Fran├žais chest

Ouu! Do you like my vintage French inspired chest? Me too!

Especially the extra neat pink pom pom embellishment on the lid! You can find this wonderful pom pom fringe at Alpha Stamps.

This chest is roughly three inches square, painted white, wrapped with sewing pattern tissue, coated in Mod Podge and adorned with an ornate plate, three paper flowers (unknown maker), a cast stainless knob and an idea-ology adornment crown.

Thanks for dropping by, and for offering your input my friends ... I'm off to build and adorn another wood cabinet!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A cabinet of favorites ready for the caravan

Throughout my life I've loved in nearly equal measure the toys of creativity, crayons, construction paper, paint and scissors, and the things that house them, crates, bins, boxes, chests and cabinets.

My art reveal for the day is a combination of these interests: A lovely Gypsy Sideshow Performer Treasure Cabinet!

The cabinet and drawer are made from ten wood ATCs, one wood drawer pull, four wood hole plugs (feet) and a handful of copper weatherstripping nails.

Add a few layers of paint, crackly stuff, ink and distressing along with about a foot of chain, twelve charms and one drawer pull and we're finished!

Best of all is that we have a piece of art that also serves a practical purpose -- my favorite form of art!

Let me know what you think!

Before paining, crackling, distressing, embellishing ...