Thursday, 23 May 2013

Make new from old

Hi you all! Greetings from freezing cold Rhineland, I never expected it to be like this at the end of May, so I have been crafting to keep myself warm - better than going out at the moment!
It's time for Paint Party Friday again, hosted as always by Eva and Kristin.

I have been busy painting a little spice-rack, which I found some months back in the paper recycling bin - where it shouldn't have been, as it's made of wood!  But anyway, thanks to whoever threw it in there! I painted it black, then gave it a coat of crackle varnish before painting again with white with a touch of green in it, and it developed lovely, big cracks! It wasn't quite green enough, so I distressed it with various shades of green DI.
Then the fun work began. I stamped some paper with flower motives from Crafty Individuals, using a little less ink than usual to give a faded look. I painted the flowers with a water brush and DIs in shabby shutters and crushed olive. I wanted it to look like old-fashioned wallpaper. I used various stamps to decorate the edges and the sides, using Archival Olive. Then I looked for scraps, bits and bobs and small creations to fill the shelves and decorate them. The rack is 9x7".




A view of the side panel showing the stamped script


The front edge stamped with a tiny flower motive


Crackle varnish on the watering can


One of my mini books and a tin


A heart from crafty emblies, painted, distressed and crackled for another project, and then not used, fitted here perfectly. The flower was on a present I got.


A little jar which held a free-sample of jam was pressed into action. The lid has been painted and then stamped, and the jar filled with little beads etc.
(The green thumb is not part of the decoration!)


A ribbon flower fitted perfectly on the top of the lid


A little die cut bird keeping an eye on things, and a vintage lace trim


The cameo has been mounted onto a bottle cap, which I painted black and distressed with distress EP






I really had fun altering this piece, and it will look good on my kitchen shelf (when I have tidied up a bit!)

I am linking to Fashionable Stamping Challenges (alter it)
Sugar Creek - use scraps and what you have (rack, background paper, glass jar,  mini-books etc)
Simon Says Stamp and show - use your favourite ink (Archival and green)
Pan Pastels - new beginning (for an old spice rack)

Have a great weekend, and thanks a lot for coming by!

56 comments:

  1. adorable remake of the spice rack! love it! sorry it's so cold, unbelievable.

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  2. What a fantastic remake! It is totally and absolutely gorgeous. Love everything about it! Hugs, Sarah

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  3. Very pretty Valerie. Love the greens and the flowers. x

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  4. Very lovely spice rack remake. I so love the little watering cans, the flowers in the background and the little bird. It's like being out in the garden =).

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  5. WOW, if they could see it now, whoever owned it would be snatching it back. It's absolutely gorgeous, Valerie! Every little detail ... simply perfect. It will indeed look lovely in your kitchen. hugs, Donna

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  6. Love how you've recycled this little cabinet. Awesome job. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Valerie, this is a masterpiece! What a gorgeous and detail transformation! The crackle and all the stamped images are spectacular! Love every little detail and there are many! How long did this take you? Love it and thank you for joining us at FSC! Sorry it is cold, but look at the amazing crafting you do! Hugs!

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  8. Hi Valerie, WOW how darling is your redesign. It looks like it could be a stage with two floors. Love all the elements you added and the color with the crackle makes it perfect.
    Hope it warms up for you soon.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  9. This is stunning, poor soul who thought it was trash, if they could only see it now! This looks amazing, I love the background stamps that look like vintage wallpaper, the watering cans are priceless and so is the bottle cap cameo. Fabulous piece my friend! ~diane

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  10. Its horribly cold here as well brrrr.
    Loving your altered spice rack, fab techniques and colours. Love it.
    Happy PPF, Annette x

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  11. Wow absolutely beautiful, love all the embellishments, especially the watering can and bird.

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  12. Boah Valerie, du hast das Gewürzregal wunderbar aufgearbeitet. Mir gefallen besonders die Farben und dezenten Blumenstempel, die das Board wirklich alt aussehen lassen. Eine tolle Arbeit, auf die du stolz sein kannst!

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  13. This is beautiful Valerie, I love the crackling and all your little bits and bobs fit in perfectly under the watchful birdy eye. I've turned the heating up again today, it's flippin' freezing :-(. Have a fun weekend xx

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  14. Your workmanship is astounding... the work and time you have put into creating this is amazing... and the result is glorious... and with something that had been thrown out... wonderful... hope some sun and warm weather heads your way soon...xx

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  15. Amen, sister - I NEED warmth!

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  16. What an amazing project using your stash, wonderful! Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow!

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  17. Hi from a freezing London town too! Love what you do- and especially that watering can. Happy PPF.

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  18. Wonderful work of art, this bookcase is gorgeous!

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  19. What a feast for the eyes Valerie :) just what you have made here :)
    Von ♥

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  20. You made something really special out of that old spice rack! I love stuff that's recycled and made into new again...

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  21. Love the crackling paint color and the stamped script! You did a beautiful job rescuing and restoring. Stay warm. HPPF!

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  22. from trash to a gorgeous treasure!! LOVE how your project turned out-you've captured the vintage wallpaper look beautifully! Hope the weather warms up soon. Happy PPF and thanks for visiting me too.

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  23. You did a wonderful job distressing and decorating this. It makes a gorgeous display piece!

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  24. How fantastic is this!!! Love your memory world with it wonderful embellishments. Ah the recycling bin can yield wonders and it certainly did for you....Happy PPF

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  25. Romantic their work. saludos

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  26. Valerie, what a transformation! Your newly decorated spice rack is just fantastic. I think I'd have it in my art room to store some of my many bottles, but using it as you are is delightful and arty.

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  27. Oh my gosh.. BEAUTIFULLY done! Love how you recycled this old wooden spice rack!!!.. Have a great day, and an even better weekend! ~tina

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  28. I love what you did with this! Isn't it fun to make something lovely from someone else's trash?!?

    Happy Paint Party Friday

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  29. That is breathtaking! What a fabulous masterpiece!
    Hugs Anja

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  30. Bravo!! *Standing to applaud* that is completely gorgeous and so very beautiful Valerie. Superb work!
    Hope your weather starts to warm up soon :0) Mo x

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  31. Wow - it´s so fantastic Artwork!!!!!

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  32. I love that you are crafting to keep warm!
    I agree...this piece is a masterpiece!!
    I'd like it in my kitchen. :)
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  33. That spice rack is beautiful! You are so clever! Hope we get some warm weather soon! Only three more months till Autumn! :) happy PPF

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  34. So bright and fun! Loving the bird on top and watering cans out front.

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  35. Wow what a cool remake of something that you found! I love how you recycled!

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  36. Amazing...very whimsical and beautiful piece...always fun popping in to see what you've been up to! Have a great weekend

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  37. This is fantastic - well done!

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  38. Beautiful transformation! I have always loved reforming furniture ...this is such a fun piece!! Something out of nothing feels sooooo good!! Great job!

    Hugs Giggles

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  39. So beautiful, I love the colours and texture of the crackle is gorgeous. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel Challenge Blog
    Lindsay xx

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  40. Boah WOW,Valerie,das sieht ja großartig aus mit den ganzen tollen details,total schnuckelig,das board sieht aus wie ein kleiner schaugarten,auch tolle zarte farben die das ganze noch edel und chic macht,gefällt mir gaaanz außerordentlich gut,bravo!!!
    Aber auch deine ganzen andren arbeiten sind alle ganz grandios,dickes lob!!!


    Hab ein schönes we :-)
    Ganz liebe grüße Jeannette

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  41. LOVE your entry!

    Thanks for playing at FSC..

    xxx Ellie xxx

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  42. Hey Valerie - your make is delightful - so whimsical and full of goodies. So sad for us you could not include your green thumb!! What are my favorites? I think the bird, the jar, the lace, the watering can, the cameo and the flowers and the gorgeous background stamps that you used. Wonderful!!
    Sandy

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  43. all around fabulous--so many details!

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  44. you have created beauty -- it is true that one person's trash is another's treasure, and you are the magician that made the transformation.

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  45. This is so magical! A really beautiful piece:)

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  46. das ist wohl SAGENHAFT!!!!!

    ein Traum ohne Ende das kleine Regal!

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  47. What a great find and you transformed it beautifully! Love the stamps you used and the crackled effect is perfect. Gorgeous embellishments too. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

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  48. Hi Valerie

    What a great project I love the crackle effect.

    Hope you have some sunshine by now.... today we have a blue sky and sunshine. Unbelievable!

    Karen x

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  49. I LOVE this gorgeous creation. Such a wonderful way to recycle old items. Thanks for playing along with us at Sugar Creek Hollow this week.
    Amelia (DT Sugar Creek Hollow)

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  50. Hi Valerie, What a fabulous find! Love how you've brought it back to life - and so many little details.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avril xx
    p.s. Hope you've had a warmer weekend!

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  51. Wow, da fehlen mir glatt die Worte, das ist ein fantastisches Werk.
    Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme bei FSC.

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  52. Oh Valerie I am so in love with this little shelf. You did a great job!!

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  53. A real work of art Val, you really have a creative lady. x hugs from freezing UK.

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  54. What a fabulous altered spice rack Valerie, you have made it look so different, a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing your project at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Hugs Brenda xox

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  55. Such an impressive project, beautifully executed and incredible attention to detail!
    Thank you for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow this week.
    Hugz
    Moz

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