May 20, 2011

Houndstooth Shelf by Pocket Full of Pink

Hello Sugar Bee Craft readers! my name is Karen and I am over from the blog Pocket Full of Pink.  I am so happy to be guest posting here on Sugar Bee Crafts!  I have admired Mandy's blog FOREVER and I feel so honored to be here:) 

Like many of you, I have had an obsession with Houndstooth recently.  Don't you just adore how it looks?  There is something about it that makes me want to have it...NOW! 

Well, Here is a project I made last week with an old shelf I bought for about .50 cents at Salvation Army (my favorite store in the whole wide world!). 

Here is what you need:
an old wood shelf, frame...be creative!!
Mod Podge
brayer
sandpaper
Your favorite color of paint

First, I painted my shelf with my favorite spray, Rustoleum Heirloom White.  I let it dry for about 2 months.  You don't need to let it dry that long, it just took me that long to get to this project.  What can I say, I am a procrastinator. 

Don't you love the curves around this cutie?  I fell in love, when I first laid eyes on it.
Next, I found some houndstooth paper at Michael's craft store.  It goes on sale at least once a month.  I can't resist a SALE!

I took the paper, laid it on the shelf and pressed the paper on the shelf, so you can see all impressions of the paper.  Then I cut out the paper.  It worked really well to do it this way. 
Then, I brushed a layer of Mod Podge on the shelf, laid the paper on the shelf, matching all the corners.  If the paper goes over the edge, no big deal, because when it dries, we are going to sand the edges.  I used a brayer to smooth down the paper.  You don't have to use a brayer, but I love my mine!  It works great!
Next, I put another coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper to make sure it sticks down really well.  
After the Mod Podge is completely dry (about 1 hour), sand the edges, getting the excess paper that is hanging off.  Don't forget to sand DOWN!  If you sand upwards, the paper will lift and rip, ruining your lovely project.  

When I was finished, I had no idea what to do with it!  I had this cute little bird, so I painted him with Rustoleum Aqua.  This is one of my favorite colors!  Isn't he cute? 
I looked at it and that blank space above the bird needed something, so I looked to see if my cricut had anything cute I could cut out.  The one I used here is called Flrdelis from the Don Juan cartridge.  I love how it turned out!  It fits perfectly on a little corner in my kitchen!  

Thanks Mandy for letting me stop by!  
I would love you to stop by Pocket Full of Pink anytime.  I love to upcycle, recycle, redo and spend the least amount of money I can, using supplies I already have! 

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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

3 Fabulous Comments:

that is really adorable! I love the flrdelis symbol. Probably one of my favorites!

That looks so elegant and so simple to make! I'm definitely going to have to try that!

This came out really cute! Love it! I recently made some arts and crafts with fleur de lis. Check out my blog!

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