Monday, June 13, 2011

Before, during and after. With paint.

As hard as I tried not to, I ended up with a few projects on my to-do list for the upcoming vintage sale on July 30th, A Vintage Gathering, where I’ll be a NEWBIE vendor.

What can I say? I like to paint things.

And I’d like to point out that I have recently completed 3.5 items on my crafty to-do list from 2009.


(Item 9 on the list regarding the de-stash of vintage fabrics may have taken just a tiny step backward this past weekend...)

This current project is also a test for a larger project I have planned for an old bookcase my newlywed parents purchased back in the 1940’s, b.c.*

somewhere deep in the bowels of the Garage Where Cars Can't Park

Yes, it’s currently painted post-it note lavender and no, I don’t want to talk about it. :-)

This rough-around-the-edges-with-stylish-metallic-gold-spray-painted-background-shadow-box came from a local thrift shop.

Primer + paint + mod podge + vintage wallpaper. And a little sanding to bring out the details.

A bit more painting and then it's put back together.

So far, so good.

Add a few vintage doodads and we’re done!

Earlier this year when I took my vintage roadtrip, I purchased a roll of that vintage wallpaper with the idea that I would line the inside of the bookcase with it.  Once the bookcase is no longer lavender, that is.

Good thing I like to paint things.

*before children


  1. Just darling! Love it. Bet you'll keep it.


  2. Fabulous! Nice morph. Me likes cubbies.......I thought I caught a glimpse of some aqua-looking cabinet, or maybe I'm seeing things. Whatever it is, it looks cool.

    Great minds think alike. I, too, have been painting up a storm, and sooo not done yet. Good luck with your many projects!

  3. Wow distract us with this story...and not tell us that you bought some more

    Love what you did with it...hello lavender was the new white years

    Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  4. I love this shelf painted white and that wallpaper background is perfect. OK, I won't ask about the lavender; looking forward to see what you do with it. I couldn't help but notice that thingie with all the little drawers under the lavender cabinet. What treasure are you hiding?

  5. Love how it turned out! Great use with vintage wall paper and I LOVE Lavender!!!
    Deb :)

  6. Genius...I have walked past those a million times. I love how you don't overload it and you let the wallpaper do the talking. Seems I am always learning loads here. Best of luck at your sale. I am sure you will do fab...smiles...Renee

  7. nicely done, amy!!!

    isn't it so fun to admire before and after pics side-by-side? love that!?

    don't worry about the lavender. it's not like it's mauve or anything! (lol!)


  8. I just love it when people can look at something and see what it CAN be and not what it is at the moment. This was a great "vision" and it turned out beautiful!

  9. I would have never thought to take the back off and paint it and then add that wallpaper...need to be scoping out one of that style shelves for myself. That project rocks!

  10. I think the prototype is a great success ... on to the lavender bookcase, no?

  11. Great makeover- love how you tied the colors of the wallpaper to the pretties on the shelves.

  12. Love how you revamped the shadow box!! That won't last long at the sale.

  13. So (or should I say SEW) lovin' that shelf!

  14. That shadow box is gorgeous!! I am one envious girl right now! Love. It.
    PS: Love the flag pillow I ordered from you (and all the extra goodies too!!) Thank you soooo much!! xox (I'm going to post about it near the 4th of July-- just realized it's too late to post it for flag day... bummer.)

  15. Oh super, what a way to improve a book shelf! I must try this myself. You could theme them too: recipe prints for kitchenalia, flowers for a garden-house shelving unit- endless versions!

  16. I'd say you're already acting like you've done lots of shows (I think we all SAY we won't add any last minute items but we DO)! I'm excited for you:)

    Love what you did with the vintage wallpaper. Stay tuned for one of my July blog posts where I'll be interviewing a woman who's business is all about repurposing vintage wallpaper!


  17. Hello Amy,
    Love your make over of the shadow box it looks so lovely with your vintage doodads. Have a creative day!
    Smiles, Paula

  18. This is gorgeous! Glad you stumbled on me so I could stumble back. Fabulous blog! I shall never miss another post!


  19. Wow, that looks gorgeous! Great work.

  20. Oops, I keep neglecting to get caught up here! This turned out LOVELY. I have some letterbox shelves just like this I've been needing to paint for, oh, a year or so. I'm painting my three bright yellow, neon orange, and teal :) It will be filled with dinosaurs!

  21. Fun Fact: In the early days of my married life, (the 80's....need I say more), my entire kitchen was Post-it-Note Lavender. True story. I painted my cupboards lavender, stenciled lavender flowers on the wall, had a lavender radio on top of my fridge and ate off lavender dishes.
    Did I mention that it was the 80's?

  22. Wow - your shadow box transformation is absolutely gorgeous!!

  23. The shadowbox is now perfection. I'm sure the bookcase will come around soon.


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