My Mother-in-Law has an old, battered bookcase which has been holding paint cans in her laundry room for some time now. It’s a funky-ugly thing which someone obviously tried to ‘art’ up at one point, made of particle board and dotted with black and white spray paint.
She is redecorating her guest room with a flower theme and, being a resourceful and creative woman she has decided to refinish this shelf. She gave me a chance to help, and the two of us just jumped in and started to do it, with more enthusiasm than forethought (neither one of us has done something like this for a while.
She found a Colorbok garden pattern pack (sorry, the company website is hard to navigate and I couldn’t find a good link there) and we were both so excited by the idea of decoupage that we just jumped in and started. I know it sounds foolish, but the colors are so fun!
So we jumped in and covered the top and sides with lovely floral images. We were both very pleased with the results.
Once the first layer of papering was done, we began to discuss what we would do with the inside. Our first thought was just to continue the decoupage, there was plenty of paper, after all. BUT… the bookcase has pegs on the insides to hold shelves. We’re going to need to paint at least a little bit (because that black and white just won’t work with the floral look she’s going for). I found some painters tape she had in the basement, and we covered the edges and started on the inside. So far we’ve got a layer of mad swirls in yellow over blueish. It’s somewhat translucent, so the black and white mottling comes through. I’m not sure what I think, it might be good, might be bad (the picture didn’t come out, so I can’t ask your opinion).
So here it sits. We’ve begun discussing what sort of trim to use (we’ve discussed rick rack and ribbon, but I’m beginning to speculate on found objects). I’d definitely be open to suggestions.
Blog Contests and Giveaways
I didn’t win the Knitbot Essentials giveaway from Quince and Co, the Hypocrite Sock Yarn giveaway from Lantium ex Machina, Sandra Singh’s Spring Maple Shawl Kit, the Knitting Project of the Day Submission Contest, or the Yarn Madness giveaway.
I’ve entered Mariknits Name This Shrug contest (1 May) – though honestly I think a better one was posted before mine, the April Giveaway from A Year at the Wheel (April 30)
Coming Soon – I’ve got something different planned for my 100th post!