Spring fever has hit the suburbs, despite the meteorologists predicting yet another snowstorm/nor’easter early next week. With that the spring cleaning begins which was apparent yesterday after receiving a knock at the door from one of my many fantastic neighbors. He was cleaning out his garage and wanted to know if I was interested in a really lovely unfinished celestial shelf.
and this absolutely lovely unfinished wooden bench with seat storage!
I thought it was a dream that these beautiful pieces would literally show up at my door but it was true! If I didn’t want them, my neighbors were taking them to Goodwill to donate them. I know Goodwill would have been happy to have these items especially during this unsuccesful trip when I snapped a photo of their depleted furniture room which is usually FILLED with items. It has been a tough winter indeed!
Now, the challenge begins… I have to come up with design ideas for these wonderful pieces that do them the justice they deserve. Meanwhile, all of this did make me think about my own much-needed spring cleaning and looking for items to reuse and repurpose that I already have instead of buying additional pieces. A project I did fairly recently incorporates that idea. As crafters we accumulate various supplies some of which we never use. I have a collection of scrapbook paper that fits this profile. The good news is there is nothing better than scrapbook paper when it comes to decoupage. It can be used for so many projects not just it’s obvious purpose. One of my very first projects involved a pair of upcycled bedroom tables. It has been almost a year since completing these tables and they have held up fantastically well. When I restyled them, I left the inside of the drawers undone and decided this would be a great way to use up some of that scrapbook paper.
The process is simple first I figured out how much scrapbook paper I would need. I added creases on areas I would cut. I set these pieces aside.
I applied Mod Podge to the drawer surface with a foam brush.
I carefully applied the paper smoothing it out with my hands. The Mod Podge Rubber Squeegee Tool also works well for this, especially in the corners. Once the Mod Podge was dry, I applied an additional coat over top.
A great way to reuse, restyle, repurpose. Do you have any green crafting ideas for spring? Am I the only one excited at what I might find while Spring cleaning?