Tuesday, October 20, 2009

From Drabulous to Fabulous! The Princess-Box Saga

This is what I call trash. Or drab. I'm sure that once-upon-a-time it was a dream come true for some 5 year old princess. Or "Kalli," as it seems to say on the puppy sticker. Sadly, after enduring the torture of being forced to hold hair binders, sparkly stickers, knick-nacks and nail clippings for several years it was cruelly discarded by it's once-loving former owner. She probably grew up and realized that it was hideous.

So there I was in Goodwill, absentmindedly meandering through the shelves upon shelves of household items, when the forlorn Princess-Box caught my eye. And it was there that I had the vision for what it could be.

Several weeks (some projects take a while!), a few coatings of paint, some pretty Amy Butler papers, and dainty wooden knobs later...

The Princess-Box was lovingly transformed into a Craftista's-Dream Box! I love how it turned out. Each drawer has something different: buttons, ribbons, vintage millinery leaves. It's perfect for holding all those little things that were just floating around in various boxes before.

I love taking something from Drabulous to Fabulous! I can't take all the credit for this: the idea came from somewhere other than my head (I really can't remember exactly where, but I know I saw someone else do something like this once!), and my Handsome Husband helped me with painting the box and putting the knobs on.

The process was really quite simple. I used tacky-glue to fix the paper on the front of each drawer and then used a razor blade to cut around the edges. The only thing I would suggest for using paper is putting some type of "glaze" or protective coating over it. You never know when a sneeze is coming and paper can be quite permeable! I used a clear spray-paint lacquer and it worked perfectly.

The knobs were made from small wooden balls that I purchased from Michaels. I wish I could have found actual knobs, because it was more labor-intensive to drill a hole into each of them and paint them.

I hope you are inspired to find something to transform from Drabulous to Fabulous!

1 comment:

  1. This is fantastic! I need to make a storage thingy like this just because it's such a great idea. Maybe for my craft room. Love it!!



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