So for nearly 15 years we have been burdened with the ugliest fence you have ever seen (gross over exaggeration, but I have never liked it!)
And to top it off... a gate! I made this gate about 10 years ago and it has been gracing our chook house. You can see the bottom has rotted through so it was hanging here for arch fitting and then taken down again to be bogged up and repainted. You can see that I still have the other side of the fence to do..
Sorry to have been quiet for so long... I have been up to my eyeballs in projects. Today I finished one of them and I am dying to share it.
This was soooooooooooo much fun... I started with an old unloved drawer unit that had been sitting in an abandoned shed drowning in a sea of water. After scrubbing, drying inside for several weeks and then taking the top off and the back away
(although the back was actually so water damaged that it sort of crumbled in my hands) I rebuilt the unit.
Have a look at the photos.
Finally the Paint and Graphics...
This was the fun part and the best learning curve..
I used homemade chalk paint (plaster of Paris mixed with left over wall paint) on the entire unit. I think I will become addicted to this paint, it is a delight to use. The texture after sanding is just gorgeous. It is... well.... so smooth..
And then the graphics-
For anyone who is not yet acquainted with The Graphics fairy, go and have a look at this fabulous web site. Karen and her team have put together an endless resource of useable graphics to suit any occasion. I played around with transfer methods and ended up borrowing an overhead projector from the local school and tracing the letters on. I have to admit that I did the lettering twice. The first time I used paint pens and the lettering was wobbly and not fine enough... I sanded the whole lot off, repainted the background, re- traced the lettering and painted with a brush.. Much better!!!!
The only thing left to do is handles on the drawers... It is not done because I cannot decide on what to use. Feel free to give any suggestions and comments... All ideas greatly appreciated.
So there you have it.. my finished.. well, nearly finished... piece.