Thursday, July 22, 2010

Use what you have...Do we have a choice?

...Lately I don't.  I'm really okay with that.  I feel like I'm weeding out some supplies, and I'm finding that I'm less worried about trying something new.  If it doesn't work out, so what?
 No. Big. Deal.

So, this is what I started with.  I kid you not, I bought this so long ago, I don't recall where I got it!  I know that I hadn't done anything with it because the little wooden dowel that lets the mirror hinge open and closed was a little wonky (technical term). 

I re-discovered it recently, worked out the "wonk", dusted it (yes, it's been that long), and gave it a light sanding.  I mixed up a spring green acrylic paint with a little black, and painted it.

 I took an old nail file and distressed the edges, Mod Podged a piece of scrapbook paper on the top of the lid, and under it. I inked a tiled stamp with timber brown Staz On and randomly stamped over the whole box.

On the front of the drawer, I used the same stamp, and an embossing stamp pad and applied UTEE , and heat set it.  It gave it a cool raised affect.  I covered it all with my One Step Crackle.

I really like it, but I have no idea what to do with it.  What do you think?

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  1. I think it's AWESOME! I love paint / paper combos and this looks fantastic. I'm embarrassed to say I have too many things that I've picked up and can't remember where or why but they seemed like brilliant ideas at the time and I am trying to use all of them and not buy anything ( well OK except maybe embellisments and only if they're on sale and....OK I have a problem!)

  2. I like your attitude - I have all kinds of supplies and oddities and STUFF that I should use and not be so concerned about a perfect result. Your box/bench/mirror is wonderful.
    Even though I am not hearts and flowers, I would add some flower touches, around the frame or on the "arms." Can be a treasure or trinket box, furniture for a child's doll, even a tabletop spot to hide everyday tools.

  3. It turned out very cool. I'm thinking a jewerly box or make-up drawer (If you have a make-up table that you sit at.)

  4. I love that color green! I'd keep the box on my dresser to store makeup or jewelry.

  5. New Follower via TTT, love your blog.

    The box looks great :)

  6. I was thinking it could hold jewelry too.

    Thanks for following me over at Me, Him and the Cats (

    I am now following you back : )

  7. I think a jewelry box would be perfect! And wonky is a technical term!

  8. I'm your newest follower! Coming from Sassy Sites! I love your blog, so cute!!

  9. This is such a cute little box. I agree wonky is defiantly as technical as it gets :)

    ps. I found you at Fun to Craft!

  10. Oh, I know some little girls who would die to get their hands on this. What an adorable project and some fun embellishment ideas.

  11. This is really cute! It turned out great! I would definitely use this as a jewelry box or make-up drawer. Thanks for commenting on my blog!!

  12. Cute. I love use what you have projects. I think they force us to be more creative.

    I’m having a new link party “Cheap Thrills Thursday” starting the 29th. It’s for creative ideas that cost under $20. If you have a project you’d like to share, I’d love for you to stop by and join in!

  13. I love repurposing any item. This looks fabulous. Let's see...a jewelry box, a key holder {I always lose my keys}, doll furniture. Whatever your decide it looks awesome. Thanks for linking to tickled pink.

  14. It turned out very cool. I'm thinking a jewerly box or make-up drawer (If you have a make-up table that you sit at.)


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