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Saturday, 13 August 2011

Shabby Chic Box for Stash Storage



Last year, my wonderful friend Jo (who is a talented whiz at inky, creative, & beautiful crafting - just check out her blog here and see her lovely creations), handed over a surprise present for me. She'd already gessoed it, ready for me to put to good use. Well, as is not unusual (ooh is that a litotes? A grammatical style as favoured by our ex prime minister John Major?), it has sat on a shelf in my craft room since then, gathering dust, awaiting some attention. So finally this week, I've gotten around to decorating it.

You can see from the photo above, the holes in the roof where once there used to be string threaded through, before I took a pair of scissors to it. The roof is detachable and therefore makes an ideal box for storing stash.

Well, the first step, after removing the string,was to detach the bottom tray. I then papered over the whole box. I turned the tray upside down, papered over that too and then reattached it to the box. I threw a variety of embellishments at it, including wooden floral pieces (another gift from Jo) and handmade burlap spiral flowers. The result is this...





It's now sitting on my shelf, crammed full of the fabric flowers I've been messing around with making whilst sat in front of the TV in the evenings, catching up on films. One day, I'll have a big spring clean of my craft room, smarten it up and then perhaps I'll take a photo, complete with the box in situ. It feels more like a job to do over Winter though, when I hibernate and rarely leave the house lol. It often takes a back seat during the Summer months when I prefer to go gadding about outdoors as often as I can. In fact, when I've finished up here, I'm off for a short stroll by the river, for some fresh air and exercise. Hope everyone out there in blog world is also having a relaxing, creative weekend. Px

8 comments:

JoZart said...

Oh my! that's fantastic and I'm so pleased I gave it to you and it's a wonderful transformation.
Amazingly, sitting on my newly cleared window workspace, are two of these bird houses awaiting a makeover so you may well have inspired me. Like your's they were long forgotten and came to light due to my clear up, so maybe it's meant to be that we both give them fresh life.
Love Jo x

Michele said...

You've done a brilliant job transforming it - gorgeous! x

cockney blonde said...

Paul that's amazing, absolutely stunning, wowzer! Love it, x

kjjc said...

This is lovely Paul.Gorgeous colours.

Neet said...

What a fabulous transformation. It's a 'Jo' house for sure with all the bits and pieces she has in her stash.
Hugs, neet x

Sarina said...

Oooooh, I like it!.It's gorgeous

Karen said...

Wow love it. Gorgeous papers and decorated beautifully. xx

Andrea Ewen said...

What a transformation, Paul! Everything about it is gorgeous, from the papers to the die-cuts to the ribbons...simply fabulous! You've got quite a stylish 'stash storage' house there...hope you put it to good use!