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August 8, 2016

Upcycle with Mitsyana Wright

Hello, Crafty Friends!!
I am back again with another altered/ upcycled project for the Cut'n'boss team! Today I'll be giving a dated thrift store find into a much need face-lift.





Supplies Used
Cut'n'boss (Craftwell)
Teresa Collins Pocket Dies- Girls Best Friend (Craftwell)
Wooden Spice Rack (Circa 1980's)
Happy Day Stack (DCWV Inc)
Creative Station Lite (Xyron)
Gesso (Liquitex)
Hole Punch
Brads
Paper Leaves
Emery Board
Ribbon
Pencil and Eraser
Scissors

I have a bit of a confession... I love thrift store shopping! I love thinking that most of the treasure I find  have a history. And in each piece there's a story. I'm just taking that story a little further.

Here's a a little wooden spice shelf I found on one of my treasure hunts. It was old, dark, and dated. Otherwise in pretty good shape and dying for a makeover.

 I started by just simply wiping it down with a soapy wash cloth and cleaning off any dust or dirt that collected onto the surface.

Once dried, I gave it a couple coats of white gesso and left it to dry again.

Once the gesso was dried, I traced the panels of the shelf onto patterned paper from the Happy Day Stack.

Then cut out the shapes, slightly inside my trace lines.


Then I ran my cut out paper panels through my Xyron Creative Station Lite.

I peeled  them of the protective film and applied onto the corresponding panels.

Using the two smallest flowers from the Teresa Collin's Girls Best Friend Pocket Die Set, I die-cut 5 medium and 6 small flowers from coordinating cardstock.

I made three complete flowers. The two smallest flowers consisted of three flower die-cuts each. And for the larger flower, I used five flowers.

I separated each into their own stacks. used a scissors to cut about a 1/4" slit between each petal.
Then punched a hole down the centers and secured together with a brad.
And pinched each petal in half and the folded up toward the center.
I repeated this until all the flowers petal were folded, forming a rose.


Then with a hot glue gun, I attached paper leaves and my roses across the arch on top of my shelf.

The hot glued a ribbon tail under the center rose.


Then added two matching bows, one onto each side.

As a final touch, I took an emery board/ nail file and distressed some of the gesso off the edges.


And the result...
A very bright and happy shelf with country cottage charm!!


The perfect storage solution for my art supplies!

I love when I make something pretty that is also functional! And I love how absolutely darling this project turned out!!

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial!!

Happy Crafting!

~Mitsy
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