Monday, 6 December 2010

An Altered Drawer




Well, some time ago I started altering this little drawer made for sorting slides, and wanted to enter it into a challenge. It took soooooo long, that the challenge is long done and dusted, but I have managed to finish it, don't like leaving unfinished things in the dark corners of my flat - they are probably all full up, anyway! I started by removing all the *shelves* and supports in the drawer, sanded it off, and started painting - that's where the trouble started, as it just sucked up every coat of paint I put on it, and I was determined to use just things I had, otherwise it wouldn't have been recycling. Anyway, after a lot of work I got a coat of bronze structure paint to stick, which I roughed up a bit using an old washing up sponge. The inside has been painted with a remnant of sage green acrylic paint, which I then sprayed with some walnut sparkle spray to cover up the thin bits. Gave a powdering of perfect pearls in green and gold to round it off, and then hammered and sawed till I had got the dividers more or less back in where I wanted them, Then I filled it with different bits of mini - glass vases and other bits and bobs, and added a clock, which cost 1€ at the Euro shop. That was it. My neighbour saw it, looked at it rather critically, and said *It looked better before!* Never mind, he's a man, and I had fun making it, that's the main thing. Thanks for looking!!!

17 comments:

  1. Ignore him Val! I think it's lovely.
    Hugs,
    Sue xx

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  2. Oh wow Val its totally fabby. I agree with SusieJ...ignore him......lol Annette x

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  3. So this is the drawer you've been promising to show us....it's A-MAZING! That man must be blind, no way did it look better before. I'd be proud as anything if I made something like this, you clever thing. CoB

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  4. Thanks Ladies, feel better hearing some nice comments that the one from old grumpy next door!!!

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  5. Nice work again, love this little object, looks really good! Hugs, T

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  6. What? He must be regretting that comment! Or he's a purist, thinking things should remain in their original state. I, on the other hand, love the altered version. Sounds like quite a painting project but the end result is beautiful. I also love your collection of bottles. Totally fabby piece! And thanks for visiting my blog today!

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  7. Thanks for the nice comments, ladies!

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  8. it's fab val, well done and like the others said, 'what does he know, he's just a man'...

    maria x

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  9. It looks brilliant Val, I'm very impressed with your recycling skills and perseverance with awkward paint!

    Well done!

    Hugs - Carole xxx

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  10. Thanks Carole, it was a good feeling that I didn't chuck it in between!!

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  11. Wow Val its just wonderful, ignor him hes only a man,he clearly knows nothing about art I love the colour and the objects hugs alma xx

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  12. Thanks Alma, I knew you would like the colour!

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  13. Amazing work! I love how you altered this drawer! Gorgeous!

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  14. Thanks Shar, it was - as always - a lot of fun!!

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  15. This is truly wonderful Valerie! Well worth all the effort and a beautiful thing to adorn your wall. What does a man know anyway - the plonker!
    Hugs, Sue x

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  16. Right u r - what does he know???? Glad you like my drawer, I just need to find some space on one of my walls....

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