Frugal · Reduse, Reuse, Recycle

Frugal Friday – Dresser

Here is another project using the Allure boxes.  Check out my Shabby Chic Tea Box with an Allure box here.

I started by making a carcass for two box bottoms and one top.  The boxes will be my drawers.

 

Making a carcass face view.
Making the carcass, top down view.

Once I had the carcass all constructed I painted the inside and called that part done because the only time you’ll see the inside is if you take the drawers all the way out.

Painting the inside of the carcass.

I also made drawer fronts for the drawers then covered all edges of the dresser, drawers, and drawer fronts with black cardstock.  (The picture of the drawer front is after it’s complete.  I forgot to take a picture, oops.)

Drawer Front.
Adhering the cardstock to the edges.

The next step was to create a base for my dresser.  I fashioned this dresser after one that I have in my house.  The angle cut parts at the tops are what I will use to glue the base to the bottom of the dresser.   Then I painted the parts that would not be covered by patterned cardstock.  Next, I adhered the cardstock to the base and the base to the bottom of the dresser.

Making the base and painting it.
Adhering the cardstock to the base.

Here is a picture of the bottom of the dresser.

Underside of dresser.

I wanted to make a faux mirror for my dresser so I used one of my dies to create a frame for the mirror then free-handed the supports.  I also created a back for these pieces.  I cut a pattern first then used the pattern to trace it all onto chipboard and cut it out. so I have a mirror back with a side support for each side that is all one piece and a mirror frame and two supports.  Three separate pieces that will be glued to the back.

Then I sprayed Vintage Photo Distress Stain on the front pieces.

When they were all dry I ran them through my embosser with a woodgrain folder.

I painted the back with black paint.  Then sprayed adhesive on the mirror part only and attached a piece of aluminum foil (shiny sid up) to the mirror.  Next, I put the front pieces onto the back.  I also glued a large crystal bead to the top of each support.

I created a top for my dresser out of three pieces of chipboard cut slightly smaller in size.  I used a corner rounder on the two front corners.  I sprayed  Vintage Photo Distress Stain on the edges then glued the pieces on top of each other and glued that to the top of the dresser.

Next, it’s time to cut all the patterened cardstock for everywhere that you want to put pattern paper.  I put black cardstock inside my drawers.  I also sponged some Tea Dye Distress Ink on the edges of all patterned papers.  Then I adhered all cardstock to the dresser, put the drawer fronts on the drawers, attached the drawer pulls, and put the drawers in the carcass.  Then I glued the mirror to the top of the dresser.

I cut out a dresser runner from my patterned cardstock and made some tassels for it out of embroidery floss and put it on top of the dresser.

Here’s another look at the complete dresser.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.
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Happy Scrapping.
Let’s scrapbook together, it’s cheaper than therapy.

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Frugal · Reduse, Reuse, Recycle

Frugal Friday – Shabby Chic Tea Box

A few years ago I had a subscription to Allure.  The boxes that the product comes in are a nice stout box.  I hate throwing things away if I think I can use them.  So I shoved these in my stash for a while until I came up with an idea.

I did discover through trial and error that it’s a lot easier to get glue to stick to the box if it is sanded and roughed up a bit first.  The boxes are pretty glossy.

I also cut the corners on one of the long sides of the lid to make a hinge for the top.

I created some dividers for the box using chipboard and white cardstock.  Then covered all the edges of the box, inside and out with white cardstock.

I used Barn Door Distress Paint to lightly paint all the edges.

Then I cut all of my pattern papers and painted the edges with Peeled Paint Distress Paint.

I applied white paint to all my hardware and when the paint was dry I used a wire brush to remove some of the paint on the high points.

The next step is to put the box together.  That long side of the box lid that I cut at the beginning, now I will glue it with a strong adhesive to the bottom of the box.  So one out of four sides is glued to the bottom creating a hinged lid.  I Glued the feet and lid handle on to the box and then embellished the top.

Here’s another look at the box.

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Chalk Couture · Frugal

Chalk Couture – For Kids

Over the weekend my 10 year old son did some chalk couture on coffee cups that he bought at a thrift store.

He used the Geo Cat transfer with Regal and Black ink on the first cup.  The rooster from the Farm Sweet Farm transfer and Regal and Shimmer Copper ink, for the second cup.  He just dabbed the Shimmer Copper on top of the Regal before he removed the transfer.  On the third cup he used the Awareness transfer and the Couture Coral ink.

Then, after they dried we heat set them in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes.

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Altered Items · Frugal

Frugal Friday – Embroidery Hoop Brooch Holder

I don’t do much embroidery any more, so I needed to find something for my lonely hoops to do.

I crackle painted the hoop.  While it was drying I cut a doily into 1/3 and 2/3 pieces.  I also cut a circle of fabric slightly larger than the largest hoop (about 1/2″).  I adhered the doily pieces to the fabric.  You can do this either by stitching or fabric glue.  You can also play around with the hoop and fabric looking for just the perfect placement of the doily.

Once the hoop is dry and the doily/fabric is perfected I put a small amount of glue on the outside of the inside hoop.  Got that?  Outside of the inside!  Place the fabric on the inner hoop, then place the outer hoop on top of the fabric.  Push them together (I find it easier to leave the whole assembly on the table as I push so that the outer hoop doesn’t go paste where it should).

After I had it all together, I turned the hoop over and pulled the fabric taut.  Then I trimmed the extra fabric flush with the back of the hoop.  The tightening screw is where I put my decoration, but I left room to use it for a hanger to hang on the wall.

Then you just pin your brooches to the fabric.  You can use any size hoop, or glue several hoops together to make a geometric shape.  Your imagination is the limit as to what you can do.

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Altered Items · Frugal · Scrapbooking

Frugal Friday – Playing Card Mini Album

I don’t know about your house, but at my house it seems that no matter how hard I try to keep games together, they still end up scattered to the four winds.  So when this happens I take the orphaned pieces to my studio and turn them into works d’art.

This piece d’art is a deck of mismatched and worn out playing cards turned mini album.  I sewed onto a few cards using my sewing machine.  I adhered photo mats and journaling spots to some and just drew journaling lines on others.  I distressed the edges of the cards with ink and splattered white paint on some of the finished cards.

Then I used the back cover of paper stacks, cut to the size of the cards, as covers for my mini album.  (You can also use cereal boxes).  I painted, distressed and splattered them as well.  I punched holes for my binding, and used jute to bind my book.  Now I have a fun mini album made from “trash”.

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Happy Scrapping.

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Frugal · Scrapbooking · Tutorial

Small Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy Box and Mini Album

This is an upcycled candy box that I altered and then made a mini album to go inside the box.  I also put a window in the lid of the box.  I used Delta Ceramcoat Crackle to give it a distressed vintage look.

Small Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy Box and Mini Album

A look at the box and mini album.

Small Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy Box and Mini AlbumI used a piece of acetate sheet for the window.  I just traced the shape of the box and cut the acetate to fit.  I cut the pages of the album from 1/8 inch thick chipboard.

Small Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy Box and Mini AlbumI crackle painted the edges of the album and embellished the pages.

Small Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy Box and Mini Album Small Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy Box and Mini Album Small Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy Box and Mini AlbumFor more information and a tutorial on how I did this box check out my video.
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Small Upcycled Valentine Heart Candy Box and Mini Album Part 3 of 3

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Happy Scrapping.

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