Saturday, January 13, 2018

Makeover | Mini Chest of Drawers

white painted jewelry box
Here's a little chest of drawers that I redid this week. (I think it's supposed to be a jewelry box, but I've been keeping it on my desk to store office supplies in.)mini chest before
This is what it looked like when I first got it. I picked it up for a dollar at a garage sale a while back. I thought it was a cute little chest, but I wasn't wild about the orange-toned stain, which is why I decided to paint it.
mini chest makeover
Before painting, I wanted to distress the chest a bit to give it some character, so I added a few "wormholes" and scratches with a hammer and nails and then worked a little dark stain into them.
mini chest makeover with milk paint
I painted the chest with some white (technically, the color is called "Petticoat") Folk Art milk paint. Milk paint is supposed to flake off if you don't apply any bonding agent or primer, giving the piece a chippy/aged sort of look. Unfortunately, my milk paint didn't flake. At all.
applying milk paint
 After one coat of milk paint, the chest just looked streaky. And sad. In a non-chippy sort of way.
mini chest makeover by wisconsinmagpie.com
So I applied a few more coats. The extra paint made the chest look better, but it also filled in all the wormholes and scratches that I had made.
mini chest makeover by wisconsinmagpie.com
To make the holes and scratches stand out again, I traced over them with a pencil. I also sanded the corners of the chest (and a few other spots) and worked some stain into those areas. 
mini chest of drawers makeover
 Then I Mod Podged some newspaper onto the bottoms of the drawers.
mini chest makeover by wisconsinmagpie.com
I brushed some watered down white paint over the newspaper to give it a faded, washed out kind of look and then added another coat of Mod Podge over the top to seal it.
mini chest of drawers makeover by wisconsinmagpie.com
I liked how the bottoms looked so much that I decided to add newspaper to the sides of the drawers, too.
mini chest of drawers makeover by wisconsinmagpie.com
Next, I dug through my stash of craft supplies until I found some label holders for the fronts of the drawers. The ones I had were the right size, but the wrong color.
mini chest of drawers makeover by wisconsinmagpie.com
 So I painted them with some black chalk paint.
mini chest of drawers makeover by wisconsinmagpie.com
I nailed the label holders onto the fronts of the drawers and printed out some labels to go inside of them.
wooden organizer makeover by wisconsinmagpie.com
 Then I filled the drawers with office supplies and called the project done.
jewelry box makeover by wisconsinmagpie.com
I didn't get quite the chippy look I was hoping for, but I'm happy with how it turned out. I definitely prefer the white paint to the orange stain.
labels on drawers
And the labels are a great addition. No more blindly opening and closing each drawer when I'm looking for ink or tacks or a thumb drive.
wooden chest makeover
The newspaper sides are a sweet little detail, too.
milk painted jewelry box
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Monday, January 1, 2018

Crafting | Snowflake snow hoops

embroidery hoop with snowflakes inside
I have somehow managed to acquire a small collection of both snowflake ornaments and vintage embroidery hoops.
Embroidery hoop made into a snow globe by Wisconsin Magpie So as I was packing away my Christmas decorations, I decided I'd put the two together to make a few flattened snow globes (or "snow hoops") that could hang around my house for the rest of the winter.
Embroidery hoop made into a snow globe by Wisconsin Magpie
This is what I came up with. 
Embroidery hoop made into a snow globe by Wisconsin Magpie
Here's what I started with: my snowflake ornaments, my embroidery hoops, a bag of faux snow, some silver and white glitter, a piece of posterboard and half a yard of cheap white netting.
Embroidery hoop made into a snow globe by Wisconsin Magpie
The first thing I did was lay the embroidery hoops on the posterboard and trace around them, to create backs for the hoops. I decided I didn't want the backs to be just plain white, so I Mod Podged some newspaper onto each posterboard circle and gave them a wash of watered down white paint.
Making a snow globe embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
Then I decided some of my snowflakes were a little too bright and flashy ...
Embroidery hoop made into a snow globe by Wisconsin Magpie
... so I put a basecoat of black chalk paint (in lieu of primer) on them and covered the black with either white or silver craft paint.
Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
Then I went back to the backs, coating each one with matte Mod Podge ...
Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
... and sprinkling on a little glitter.
Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
I also added glitter to some of the ornaments.
Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
I glued the ornaments down to the backs and sprinkled faux snow on them. (No glue for the snow; I wanted it to be loose like it is in a snow globe.)
Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
Then I pulled the netting through the hoops, trimmed off the excess ...
Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
... and glued the hoops onto the backs. 
Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
I decided to use three snowflakes in this one.
Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
 Here it is with the hoop attached and the snow inside. (I think this one is my favorite.)
Making snow globes out of embroidery hoops by Wisconsin Magpie
 And here is the whole group of hoops ready to be hung ... except that I hadn't attached any hangers at that point.
Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
So I pried the exterior and interior hoops apart and fed some burlap ribbon in between them.
Making flat snow globes out of embroidery hoops by Wisconsin Magpie
 In hindsight, it would have been smarter to feed the ribbon through at the same time I sandwiched the netting between the two halves of the hoops.
Making flat snow globes out of embroidery hoops by Wisconsin Magpie
Hopefully I'll remember that the next time.

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