Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Graphic 45 Old Curiosity Shoppe by Charlie LaBonte

Graphic 45
 Old Curiosity Shoppe
Alter projcet by Charlie LaBonte

I found myself a few days ago at our local antique shop, Pole Barn Primitives and once again found a project that inspired me.    I was there again today and found my next project, but that will have to wait until later.

There, sitting on top of a lot of other goodies, was this old "'first aid" cabinet.  Ugly, paint peeling and rusted hinges and clasp all had to go.  

Oh, and that hole down the side.  I had to fix that as well.    First thing was to sand the entire cabinet and remove all the loose paint.  I did not want to sand to much because I wanted to leave all the imperfections on the wood alone.  I wanted all the dents and holes to remain.  They are part of the age of the cabinet.  After sanding the entire thing and removing all the hardware, it was time to fix the whole in the side of the of the cabinet.  Using thick chipboard, I made a template and cut 3 layers and glued them together and then nailed them in place.  Band aid in place. Now it was time to paint and I chose black.  It provides a dramatic look with any color combination.   Next step, applying the paper and embellishments.  I love Graphic 45 paper, it fits so many altered items.  The finished project............

Lots of Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection

Petaloo flowers and Tim Holtz goodies

Graphic 45 Metal Door Plate and Petaloo flowers

Petaloo flowers, Tim Holtz, Seven Gypsies, Teresa Collins Fabrication Linen Buttons and Brads

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Glass Vial

Graphic 45 Metal Butterfly with Ranger Inc Embossing Powders

 Prima Bling and Teresa Collins Brad from Fabrications Linen Collection

Petaloo flowers and Graphic 45 Ribbon
I used many methods of putting this together.  I used hot glue, double sided tape, Glossy Accents and Claudine Hellmuth Studio Extra Time.  
Products used:
Cabinet from Pole Barn Primitives

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Happy Birthday To You!!!

June 13th 2012 is my birthday and I love gifts.   So.... My gift to you is 20% off your entire purchase at The Hens' Den between 6/13/2012 and 6/17/2012.   That's right, 20% off your entire order.  That is my birthday gift to you.   Have fun shopping!!!!  (exclusions - Sale items)

Graphic 45 - Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Carousel

Graphic 45's
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection
Pig's do fly Carousel
Created by: Charlie LaBonte

A friend of mine gave me this "thing" and asked me if I could make a merry-go-round. Her husband was shocked that she would put something like this in the garbage, of all things.  LOL.  When I saw it, I new what I wanted to do, sorta.  I just did not know how to get it from my brain to the actual end results.  It was a challenge, I have to admit that.  It is not perfect, I learned alot during this process and that is the main thing.   I have the before, during and after pictures.  I hope you enjoy.


I had no idea how I was going to "cover" that ugly thing on the top

I was not able to take this think apart, so everything was a struggle to make. Lots and lots of templates using copy paper. I mean LOTS!

These are wooden dowels that I bought and cut to the length needed.  Once I got the all assembled, I realized that they scrapped along the base to I had to do lots of sanding. LOTS of sanding on the ends to make them just skim the surface of the base. 

I had all the dowels in and realized that I forgot to paper the center and had to take them all out again.  Learn as you go.

There were so MANY steps to makeing this, but I just could not take that many pictures.  There were a few hours spent makeing the template for the top and lots of frustration.  But in the end, I think it turned out ok.  Like I said, I learned a lot making this project


There are so many things I would do differently if I were to do this again, but for my first real challenging project, I think I did ok.

Products Used:
Ranger Stickles - Midnight Blue
Ranger Adirondack Dabber - Pool

I hope you ejoyed and please be sure to shop at The Hens' Den

June News Letter For The Hens Den

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Mission Small Business - We need your help

We are applying for a grant for The Hens' Den.  This $250,000 grant will allow us to open a store front and with so many small business needing help, we need yours.  Please follow the link above and vote for The Hens' Den  Rochester WA