Saturday, February 16, 2013

Woo Hoo! My revived French inspired blanket box

Hello and welcome back!

Lightbulb moment! 

Just realised that so far this year I've been able to do a post at least once a week.....HIYA!!!! 

It does mean having to work a couple of hours every night...so I am holding up 2 jobs....not bad for a 52 year old, I reckon!
This blanket box sat in my garage for over a year. I found her in a neglected and abused state and she went through more pain and suffering during our move! I finally decided to give her some much needed LOVE!




Here is the before!
BLAH brown,amputated leg, rough around the edges, brassy handles, scratched up, water marked...this gal lived a hard life!
I did surgery on her leg with Gorilla wood glue and filled all her nicks and rough edges with Liberon neutral!

I gave her a few layers of creamy white color and a wash of 'Dusk of days'over the top! I applied some gesso over the hardware followed by the same color I used for the top!


Next I used the graphite method to transfer the French Typography to the top of the blanket box!I went over the words and scrolls with my paint pen. The image is from The Graphics Fairy.

To finish her off I gave her some distressing, and some clear and dark wax from CeCe Caldwell!
I love the way she looks now!

Notice my dressing table in the background? Its in the same imbuia ball and claw style!
I want to show you this pretty pin cushion....not made by Moi..I bought it at Still Life in Long Street!
And of course Miss G had to sneak into the pictures...LOL
That's it from me. Hope you have a wonderful week!

You can often find me at these parties:












29 comments:

  1. Just gorgeous Sumaya!!!
    Love the graphic ( I use that method as well )
    and the way you've distressed it - wonderfully vintage now!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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    1. Hi Suzan, It was very ambitious of me to choose such an intricate and wordy design. I really had my work cut out for me because the transfer onto the dark background presented a few challenges...LOL

      Thanks for coming over!

      hugs
      Sumaya

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  2. Hey chick! I'm selecting you as one of the recepients of the Leibster Award for up and coming bloggers. Check my site out for more information on passing this award on. This isn't a gimmick! LOL ----> I hope you'll join!

    Amber @ The Honeysuckle Bus Stop
    www.thehoneysucklebusstop.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Amber, thanks for selecting my 'little' blog...I am so over the moon happy right now. It will be my pleasure to join.....Absolutely!

      This is so much fun!

      x0x0!
      Sumaya

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  3. This looks so nice! You did a lovely job! There is no way you are 52! Thank you for sharing in this week's Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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    1. LOL...thanks for your sweet comment Tammy. I've gotten a few more grey hairs since my profile pic was taken about 5 years ago!

      hugs
      Sumaya

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  4. "She" is wonderful. I call most of my pieces she also. I have my parents old cedar chest hidden in a closet and am looking for some ideas. Something like this might just be it.

    Have a wonderful Sunday.

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  5. I am so happy to share some inspiration. I had a quick run around your blog and its lovely. Love your cottage by the sea and your garden is amazing!:)

    Happy week.

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  6. Hi Sumaya, so amazing result.
    I just curious, could you sharing with us how to transfer the graphic small or big to the wood easily.
    I would like to do it to my box, I have never done before.
    I wish I could it for next project;)
    have a nice week

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    1. Hi Ayu, Thanks for stopping by. I enjoy your visits.

      I use this method from the Graphics Fairy to blow up my images: http://www.graphicsfairy-diy.com/2011/11/how-to-transfer-typography-onto.html

      This is a great step-by-step tutorial on how to enlarge your image. Give it a try and give me a shout if you have any further questions. If your image prints over multiple pages, remember to trim the extra paper so that the different parts line up nicely!

      Good luck and have fun with it!:)

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  7. Wow, this is gorgeous! You did an awesome job. I found you at Moonshine Monday. Love your blog, too! I would love for you to share at my party. Have a wonderful week. :)

    Kathy
    www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com

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    1. Hi Kathy,

      Thank for coming over and leaving such a sweet comment. I am your new follower and I love that basket re-do. I will go over and share at your party...absolutely!

      Happy week to you too!:)

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  8. This turned out beautifully! Can't wait to see how your cabinet turns out!

    ~Trisha

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  9. Oh Sumaya you have loved her well, she is just beautiful! She has a lot of natural beauty and you certainly highlighted that. Never underestimate what we 52 year olds can do, our best is yet to come, I'm sure of it! Keep up the good work, I will be having a look around your blog to see your other work.

    Faye (MacGIRLver)

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  10. I do love your blanket box. You did an amazing job prettying her up. Love the graphics.

    I actually just did a post on my bedroom yesterday and showed an old blanket box that I found in my mom's garage. Such a thrill to find something like that.

    Blessings to you, Amy

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  11. This is a beautiful transformation - I really love it! Isn't The Graphics Fairy the best? Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi.
    xo,
    LIsa

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  12. Thank you Lisa. I love that you paid me a visit. I will come over and say hi and yes we are all so thankful to The Graphics Fairy!:)

    xo
    Sumaya

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  13. Sumaya, what a great makeover! The graphic image is fab and adds so much. Great job my friend. Your little one is a doll! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup. I will be featuring you this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  14. Sumaya, I just realized that this will be this weeks link and not last. your link took me here. So I will feature you not his week, but next. Let me tell you how to link a specific post and not your entire blog. Click on the title of your post. After that it will bring it up in the top left hand side of your computer. Then right click on that and copy. Then when you paste it to the link it will bring everyone to that specific post. Hope this makes snse my friend!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  15. Sumaya...You brought her back to life...How beautiful...Blessings, Becky

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    1. Yes, I love her new look. Thanks Becky!

      Hugs
      Sumaya

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  16. Be still my heart! Your blanket chest is just gorgeous!! I love everything about it from those curvy legs to the graphic on top. Thank you so much for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays! Have a great weekend!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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    1. Hi Deborah, lovely to have you stop by. Now I need to re-do my bedroom...LOL

      I will be partying stacks at What We Accomplished Wednesdays!:)

      Happy weekend too!

      hugs back
      Sumaya

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  17. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous chest with us at A Bouquet of Talent this week. I will be featuring it later tonight at Pick of the Bunch! Your newest GFC follower, too! I thought I joined earlier. LOL Have a wonderful weekend. :)
    Hugs
    Kathy

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    1. Kathy, you are a darling!:)

      Happy weekend too!

      hugs back
      Sumaya

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  18. Sumaya this is wonderful. You have given that blanket box a wonderful new finished.
    I am your new follower.
    Hugs and greetings from Harrismith
    De Oude Huize Yard
    Sandra

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  19. Beautifully done. The graphic is a great addition. Miss G is adorable, btw.

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  20. Very pretty- you did a great job!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

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