Wednesday, 12 September 2012

From box to fruit bowl

I have been busy trying to create something for the challenges at *Out of a Hat Creations* and *Recycle, Re-purpose and Re-invent*. At out of a hat creations the ladies wanted to see something made out of packaging, and it's anything goes at Recycle, re-Purpose and Re-Invent, so I decided to alter a small wooden box which was filled with yummy biscuits last Xmas. The tray is made out of untreated wood. I sanded it down a bit, as the edges were rough, and then gave it a first coat of gesso.




The second coat was acrylic paint 'Champagne'


Then I added the images, which I downloaded from 'The Graphics Fairy', fussy cut, and then clear varnished. I could have stopped here, but I prefer to give it a worn and battered look.


Then the messy part started - the part I like best. I aged and crackled it, using a 2-component varnish from LeFranc and Bourgeois, and polished over the cracks with some black ink and Inka Gold.


Then it got a coat of matte clear varnish.


And now it's a nice, 'antique' fruit bowl. I suppose I should have photographed it with pears, but the grapes were all I had.


It was fun doing the transformation, and the grapes tasted great. Have a good day you all, and thanks for visiting!


33 comments:

  1. Wow, that is a wonderful transformation! I liked it when you had got to the first varnished stage - I LOVED it when you distressed it!

    x

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  2. This looks great, and something that can be used everyday, too! Hugs, Sarah

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  3. This is just amazing and such a wonderful fruit bowl.

    Thank for mentioning Out of a Hat in your post as well-haven't looked in there yet today. Just love to see your 'makes'

    Best wishes from Chrissie xx

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  4. I loved this tray it all its stages but it is definitely best now... I just LOVE the distressing and crackle effect. Beautiful!!!!

    I don't think you should actually PUT THINGS IN IT and cover up your lovely work ;)

    Which crackle glaze do you use.... its going on my growing wish list???

    Karenxxx

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  5. Wow thats pretty and will be so useful - a really lovely looking tray and I like the images very much. I love crackle glaze! Cx

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  6. Love this! This technique was my favorite for a while. Couldn't get enough of it. :))

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  7. Oh Valerie this is fantastic! I LOVE the crackling and ageing, and the lovely warm champagne base colour x

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  8. Morning Valerie, Wow!.......I love everything about this. What a fantastic project. I bet the biscuits were yummy. You could have saved us one!he he. Thank you so much for sharing with the Hatters this week. Be back for a catch up later. Take care,
    Hugs, Florence x

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  9. Hi Valerie
    Fantastic fruit bowl,it looks so vintage.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Out of a Hat
    Janet x

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  10. That is great "recycling" Valerie!
    Love the distressed look and the images...it has a real vitange feel to it.
    Pretty and practical!
    Hugs xx

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  11. I just love the way this turned out. It looks like an old antique. Very cool my friend.

    Hugs~

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  12. Your fruit bowl is absolutely stunning.
    xx

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  13. Wow, what an awesome transformation, I love watching the steps! The end result is gorgeous!

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  14. Love this transformation! What a gorgeous box.

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  15. That crackle finish is the bees knees Valerie looks a wonderful :)
    Von ♥

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  16. Hi Valerie Love this fruit bowl. It looks so antique, that crackle is amazing. Thanks for joining us at Out of a hat. Hugs Sandra XXX

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  17. Wonderful Valerie, have you any idea how much they charge for things like this in John Lewis. Nice to see each step of the process too. Have a nice evening. xx

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  18. Hello Valerie! :]
    What fun... this is a wonderful art piece.
    Love the "sunshine" yellow you used to paint this project, makes for a happy day!!~xx

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  19. Hi Valerie. This is stunning!!! The grapes must have tasted especially good :-)xxx

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  20. Love the aged cracked look. Its a wonderful transformation.
    Yvonne x

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  21. Just a beautiful tray, love trays. Also love the idea of recycling and re purposing. It's like new!

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  22. Wow! A beautiful transformAtion..

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  23. LOVE it Valerie.... the aging and crackling is fabulous... and awesome to see the progress steps... a stunning fruit tray...

    Hugs
    Jenny x

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  24. Another triumpth! I love the distressing you did. It really helped the transformation. The grapes look yummy too! x

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  25. Wow, love this altered fruit box! Yellow is such a great color and crackling the box gives more interest! Beautiful! Hugs!

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  26. You turned plain to elegant! Great job!

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  27. Valerie - that is simply beautiful. You turned a plain jane into a fairy princess!!

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  28. Wonderful alteration! The images you chose are lovely and the crackle glaze is so cool! So glad you linked up at RRR!

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  29. Amazing transformation, I love the images you used and the gorgeous crackle effect. Brilliant !

    Marie

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  30. This tray is beautiful at every stage but I love the end result best. The distressed and crackled finish gives such age and patina to this piece. It looks fabulous. Thanks for joining us at Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent. I hope we see you again next month.

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  31. Beautiful tray you altered! =) The old look really pop out after all your work on it! =) You gave me some great ideas now! =)
    Thanks for joining us at Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent!
    Hugs, Elenor DT

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  32. This is a gorgeous tray you have created. It's great when you can alter something you can use and enjoy every day and sure it will bring you alot of pleasure. Thank you for sharing this on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

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