Friday, September 3, 2010

Stashbusting September Project #1

It's three days in and I haven't set foot in a craft store! Yeah me! That may also be because I haven't left the house but.....pesky details. I went to the closet of magical mystery and pulled out some stuff that I picked up to be used "someday".
I decided on a project using a cabinet door I picked up at a salvage place. Everyone keeps cabinet doors on hand for no reason right?
I had some vinyl left over from my "Wish Upon A Tray" project and the lightbulb went on. So I painted it black. The cabinet door. Not the lightbulb.
added a second coat and then tried the white glue crackle technique. "Make The Best of Things"  has a great tutorial on this. I will NEVER buy crackle medium again! Love this. Best part was that during school supply shopping, I bought a half dozen or so bottles of white glue at Staples for maybe $2 total. Less than the cost of a small thing of crackle medium.
After it gets tacky but not dry, add another color of acrylic paint and wait for it to dry. Or not...I was not patient so used my craft dryer ( aka an old blow dryer) to speed things up and I can't be sure, but I think the heat made it crackle more:
I just did the edges so it would look like a frame if that makes sense. I added a couple of strips of scrapbook paper on the raised panel in the middle; used my "dream" vinyl leftover from my earlier project; added an embossed metal strip from the magical mystery closet (which means it was something I picked up on sale somewhere that I knew I'd use someday) along with some dimensional flowers (Jolee's Boutique I think) from another project which I dry brused w/ gold paint and silver Rub n Buff; and a butterfly from a bag of ephemera I'd bought at a stamp show. And: 

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Christine said...

It looks terrific. Not leaving the house is certainly an effective way keep from buying any new crafty things! I love the crackle effect with the glue...better yet I have that on hand-whew!

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Love it! I've been itching to try that crackle technique. You are a good woman to join this stashbusting party! I have no willpower. lol!

Beverly @ said...

Wow so cute! Love the crackle.
I wish I had cabinet doors on hand for no reason. haha.

LuLu Kellogg said...

I learned something new! I didn't know you could use the glue! Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone! I love your's beautiful!


Jill said...

Wow! What a transformation! And thanks for linking up!! I can't wait to see what other stashbusting projects you turn out!

Lorrie Everitt Studio said...

Oh I love this one. I really like the glue crackle technique ... thanks for the great tip.

So proud that you have taken on the stashbusting challenge. Wish I could do it too but I know that I wouldn't last a couple of days right now.

Happy (belated) anniversary! I think that August has to be one of the biggest months for weddings! and thanks for adding your name to my blog giveaway today! good luck!

Cecily said...

Nice! That looks fantastic! And, of course, we ALL keep old cabinet doors in our stash... totally normal. :)

Melissa said...

I don't have any doors right now but I do have table legs and windows, does that count?

It turned out fabulous!! Isn't this rather satisfying, I think so!!

BTW Dollar Tree has cheap white glue in two packs for a dollar. I bet the cheaper the glue is the better it works (I keep lots of white glue around for paper mache).

Terrell said...

Hey sweetie!! I am LOVING this project! It turned out amazing...great job! Thank you oh so very much for linking up to my Fabulous Friday Finds party and I hope you come back each week with goodies! Happy weekend to you sweets!
~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

Lori said...

Hey! I love it! And I too, have cabinet doors! lol! Why throw a completely good piece of wood away? This looks awesome, I've tried that crackle technique and it really does work well, and yes, heat will make it crackle faster. lol! Well done!

Catch A Falling Star said...

That turned out awesome!
I am impressed thoroughly about the whole school glue crackle. Oh how many, many times I needed crackle and had school glue the whole time.
Great job!

Coco loves vintage said...

Now I can honestly say that I don't keep a cabinet door on hand, but maybe I should :) great use of it & fab results :)

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, this is just gorgeous!! How clever and fabulous are so talented!

Michele said...

that's pretty cool! Love the message! okay, i've never heard of the white glue versus crackle medium before... i'm living in the dark ages as usual... thanks for bringing me up to date. and actually i may not have a old cabinet door in my stash but i do have a hubcap, and empty tubes of toothpaste (kinda disgusting, i know) because you just NEVER know when these things will come in handy... you understand, obviously... :)

Bettsi said...

This is so great! And yes, certain people DO have odd cabinet doors and whatnot laying around for no reason! Kindred crafting spirits do, that is! Really well done.

Michelle L. said...

So perfect. I esp. love the metal strip. I wish I had access to the mystery closet!

shopannies said...

love it I love the saying "care to dream it" because if you can dream it you can achieve it. You are very creative and it looks great

Clair said...

Tiny dint made. Oh I know that feeling well! Still, it's progress, right? Great project too!

Clair said...

Tiny dint made. Oh I know that feeling well! Still, it's progress, right? Great project too!

Maureen F. said...

So cool - that turned out great - and that is so funny because I have that same metal strip and have had it for years waiting to use it !!!

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Meg said...

This is so cute! I clicked on the tray and I'm lovin' that, too! Great job.

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Lori@ Paisley Passions said...

Super pretty and elegant!

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Holly said...

It is gorgeous! Love that crackle technique! I just used weathered wood for the first time (I have never used a real crackle) and LOVE it.

I have tons of old cabinet drawers to go with your door - they carted my doors away before I realized it, otherwise I would have a stash.

Nora said...

I've done tole painting on cabinet doors before, but I love the instant gratification of your project. I'm going to find some cast-offs at the local cabinet shop!