Friday, October 25, 2013

~ Altered Stationary Caddy ~

Hello Blog Friends on this Friday evening....

This is / was, one of my Caddies that I hold my stationary and essential Tools and Mc-afters in. But it was somewhat outdated in its appearance and was in need of a serious make over! I have had an idea of how I wanted it to look for a while and had even started with the priming with Gesso and texture work with a Prima Brick Stencil and Texture Paste...and then I hit a brick wall, for although I had the idea in my head, practically I was at a loss of how to proceed. 

Then the uber talented Heather Jacob posted her Altered Rustic Clock and the wheels in  my head started spinning! After begging some tips from Heather, which she so graciously shared with me, I was of to a flying start! Well, not that flying, for I had to work on it in drips and drags...but finally it is finished and I am SOOO happy with it!

It is now a Grungy, heavily distressed work of Art...and I am going to love working with it daily...Yes...I am going to use it, meaning there will certainly be scrapes and peeling, but fortunately my bottles of Distress Paints are at hand to patch them up. Out of respect for Heather, I will not go into details of the steps I took to get the overall look, but just know that a lot of Gesso, Crackle Paint, Distress Stains and Paints were used to get the colouring right.

I unfortunately don't have any step-by-step photos, but what I basicly did was to sand the caddy somewhat, then I applied a layer of Gesso to the entire caddy. I did the stencilling with the Prima Brick mask and Texture Paste. Then all the painting and misting happened. I just kept going over and over with different colours until I was satisfied with the look. I also used crackle paint at various places, and just went over that with some brown ink once it was dried.

Out with the old....



...In with the new!!!


Hubby was so kind too adhere these Tim Holtz wheels for me...Love the Industrial Look it gives. On the front of the lid I placed a Keyhole from The Locket Keys set.





I glued some gauze on the drawers with Modge Podge. I painted the metal corner pieces with Distress Paints: Broken China, Forest Moss and Black Soot, and a little Stampendous Aged black Embossing Enamel. All my metal pieces were treated in this manner. Everything was adhered with Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents and my hot glue gun.



Label Pulls are now handles for my drawers.

The Lid


On the lid I have an Ornate Bookplate, some Pen nibs, Sproket Gears and Foliage pieces. Please click to zoom in if you want a closer look at all the grungyness...






 

Of course I had to go and forget to gesso the lid as well...Hehehe, so once I applied the crackle paint, my paintwork started to crack and lift! Glossy Accents came to the rescue and I now have some 'lovely' big cracks on my lid...! All those small patches are glued and saved separately...



I was very generous with the crackle medium on this piece...resulting in a lovely aged look.

The 'Forest' side...



This side is my favourite...it came out exactly as I envisioned it to look! Here one can see that I also stencilled the brick pattern on the sides of the drawers as well. I was very generous with the texture paste, resulting in my having to sand away in order for the drawers to open and close in the end... I had a few face slap moments whilst doing this caddy...who knows, if I ever do another one, I will hopefully remember all the mistakes...I used two Prima Vine flowes on both sides of the Caddy.





Another Ornate Bookplate painted with the Distress Paints and Aged Black Enamel. What I was most impressed with the Paints is that once it is dry, it is permanent, meaning it did not bleed and held it's colour once I added the crackle Paint!










Now Umbrella Man had quite some work on him...I die cut several layers at once with my Die...the beauty of the steel Dies is that one can do several layers at once. I did a layer of grunge paper, black and cream card stock and a patterned paper from Tim's paper stash. Then I went ahead and did some paper piecing...not a favourite pastime of mine, but it had to be done for Mr Umbrella Man!

I salvaged the fence from my scraps box, being left over from a previous project. It is also a foil covered piece of grunge paper that was Die cut with the "On the Fence" edge Die from Tim Holtz and coloured with various colours of Alcohol Inks.



I created a Tail-coat for him by Die cutting another foil covered grunge paper, embossed it and the umbrella with my clock embossing folder from Sizzix. Then inked it with the Distress Paints and rubbed some black paint on the raised areas...also added a Spinner for added detail!



My little forest consists of two rows of grunge paper "Tree Line" Die cut pieces. I first gave them a generous dabbing of Coarse Texture gel, applying it with my fingers to form some peaks. After drying I coloured them with Distress Stains, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint. On the edges I used some Black Soot and Walnut Stain Distress Paint and on the back row I dabbed some Picket Fence paint to lighten them...




Some Sprocket Gears and spinners painted and crackled with a final coating of Vintage Photo Distress Stain.

The Back...






Do not have to much going on in the back. I have a Word Band highlighting the words with Picket Fence Stains and some crinkle ribbon coloured with Stains.




The Potting Shed...


Whilst Mr Umbrella Man was wandering though the woods, Lady Victoria was patting away in her garden ...She was dressed for the occasion in an appliquéd dress from Tresors de Luxe using the lovely White Venice Bridal Guipure Lace, decorated with pink half Pearls and a Bodice created with a Heart Appliqué in Ivory and Pink...



 An ornament created by gluing a bird cage onto a metal medallion and a Foliage Flower all once again painted and crackled...







Some wooden pots were turned into clay pots with coloured texture paste, I simply added a drop or two of Vintage Photo re-inker to the paste, and textured it with a scrap piece of fruit bag...Some Prima flowers, Aaron Lilies and a broom do sweep away the dust.



I even tried my hand at the "Faux Cracked Glass" technique taught by Tim in his Creative Chemistry 102 class...

Thank you for visiting my blog, hope you enjoyed the transformation of my little Caddy...I got the most amazing responds on my Facebook wall and at Paper People and really appreciate all the lovely comments left for me...

Wishing you all a creative weekend!


There is no doubt that 
creativity is the most important 
human resource of all.
 Without creativity,
 there would be no progress,
 and we would be forever
 repeating the same patterns.

85 comments:

  1. Simply gorgeous Patricia. A lot or work buts its worth it. Looks stunning.

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  2. Simply gorgeous Patricia. A lot or work buts its worth it. Looks stunning.

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  3. Wow..... I am left speechless. It is......... just WOW!!

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  4. Simply unbelievable. You are one talented diva!!!!!!!

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  5. Wow!!! Speechless!!! So Very CREATIVE!!! Baie INDRUKWEKKEND!!!

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  6. Absolutely amazing Patricia, you have definitely inspired me to transform my boring caddies. Well done on all the hard work you put into it, it was definitely worth it. Jen x

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  7. Oh ... My .... Gosh !!!! This is the most glorious piece of art work I have seen in a long time!!! Stupendous Patricia!! What a lot of work you put into this and you must have had so much fun, what with all the paints and textures. This caddy is totally AWESOME!!!!! To say I love it is an understatement ... I am gobsmacked!!! You are an amazingly talented lady!! I take my hat off to you!! oxox

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  8. Stunning work of Art,I am happy that I took the time to visit,well worth it!!!

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  9. WOWEEE! this looks amazing, I love the transformation.. well done.. so much detail.. could look at this for ages.. it must look so wonderful in real life!

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  10. Stunning Patricia...this turned out amazingly! You really did make this so exceptionally beautiful! You certainly also had lots of time and patience for this one...and it is definitely worth it! ;-) There is no doubt in my mind that you must be inspired when you see it and start other projects! xx BTW...just wondering if you are okay...you have been very scarce lately...will try and catch up with you on FB in the evenings! xx

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  11. An amazing amazing piece of art. I agree with Denise... this required oodles of time and patience and the end result is well worth the effort. A beautiful piece of art to sit in your craft room and inspire you time and again. Gorgeous work Patricia... and I agree with D again you have been quiet :D

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  12. Woooooow!!!! I´m really blown away! This is an outstanding piece of art! I can imagine, that you have spent hours and hours. Stunning!
    Evelyn

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  13. What an awesome job you did…. that's some transformation!!

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  14. Wow!!! Amazing work!! It was gorgeous!!

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  15. Totally , totally amazing!! What an awesome and aweinspiring endeavour!!

    This was sooo worth all the time and effort!! :-)

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  16. So much detail! This is stunning! keeley

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  17. Thanks for the blog link Patricia! Glad to find you on the web and not just in class. Super to meet you and see this caddy in person. Amazing transformation!
    paula

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  18. Love love love this makeover. FABULOUS!!! Karen.x

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  19. Absolutely amazing. ... AMAZING! You have inspired me. Thanks for sharing this :)

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  20. This is absolutely beautiful. I had to go back and look twice at the original caddy and I thought to myself: No way is that the same piece!

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  21. You are so creative! Love it!! If you do a workshop on this technique, I'd love to take it.

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  22. ........... Simply STUNNING !! How many hr's did this take ?

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  23. WOW! Just saw this on Pinterest & had to take a minute to tell you how AWESOME this is! You have just inspired me to Mod Podge every plastic container I have! :-) Hali

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  24. I'm in awe! I never would have believed that was the same stationary caddy you began with. Fantastic job!!

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  25. Wow! Amazing! I have a few plastic caddies like this, now I want to transform them!

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  26. This is actually unbelievable. Almost can't believe that is the plastic drawers from the first photo. Amazing!

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  27. Absolutely a work of art. You made my day with this beautiful piece. I'd love to do one, but I doubt I could ever create anything so beautiful!! Full of admiration for you.

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  28. Saw this on Pinterest! Oh my word, what a fantastic piece! It's just absolutely incredible! Terrific job!

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  29. Incredible! The time, effort, and luv that is so evident in this art piece was well worth it.

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  30. This is totally magnificent!

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  31. Just totally awesome! Beautifully done!

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  32. I am just in awe!!! Totally speechless at the amazing transformation. Not only is your creativity magnificently demonstrated but the tutorial is well written and easy to follow. Thank you for sharing your talents and your words.

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  33. oh, wow. I absolutely love this. thank you for sharing. you are amazing and creative. I never did like those plastic roll bins, now I will look at them in a different way.

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  34. Just found this post on pinterest and looked at your blog !!
    This is just AMAZING . i just ..love ..love ..love it and became a follower on your blog ;-) thank you so much for this wonderfull piece of art ..

    Hug Rosita (from the netherlands )

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  35. wow! what an amazing work of art. Thank you for the inspiration, I have several sets of drawers like those that needed up dating and now I know how to do it I cant wait to get started but I am sure they won't turn out as beautiful as yours.

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  36. My first time visiting your blog, and WOW, am I gobsmacked!!!! This is by far the most AMAZING transformation I've ever seen. So much to see, the case is a veritable feast for the eyes. I love all the detail, coloring and unique textures. I'm following you and hoping that you will share this amazing piece at our link party, we'd love to feature you!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  37. Your project is just up my alley but didn't you spend a ton on the supplies?

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  38. this piece is so amazing-I would never guessed that is was plastic- truly a work of art

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  39. Found this on Pinterest and wanted to say I am in awe and completely jealous of your talent, vision and artistry! :)

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  40. I saw this on pinterest and I had to come by and tell your BRILLIANT this is. I loved every bit of it. Awesomeness.

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  41. AMAZING...who knew that this could be created from a plastic set of drawers...it fabulous....Thanks for sharing....

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  42. Brilliant! I saw this on Pinterest and came over to get the whole story. What an amazing transformation. I just love it. Pinning to my DIY board. Thank you for sharing this.

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  43. This is just so amazing! Well done and thanks for sharing all the details. Wonderful work.

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  44. I am absolutely lost for words at this really gorgeous piece of art. Thank you a million times thank you for sharing this.

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  45. This project looks amazing. Love the details and thought you put into every piece of it. How is holding up? I see some of these comments are from last year so you have had time to use your "cabinet." Plastic is so flexible, have you had any problems with the elements staying put?

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  46. Oh my! This is gorgeous!!! What a lot of work and love!

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  47. Way to much detail for me but YOU did an awesome job on this piece of plastic!!

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  48. Oh my!! This is absolutely stunning. So much work and details on every inch. I can't believe the transformation!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

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  49. I absolutely love this. It is so cool Thank you for sharing :)

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  50. wow!!! questo tuo progetto è semplicemente strepitoso e ti sei conquistata una nuova fans italiana
    se ti va vieni a trovarmi per scoprire anche il mio mondo
    ciao rosa di kreattiva

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  51. Wow, wow, wow! What an inventive, creative, inspirational piece of functional art!

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  52. What a transformation from utilitarian to stupendous. Brilliant and inspirational. TFS

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  53. Double OMG . I AM DROOLING. What wonderful transformations. Tfs

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  54. This is so cool! What an imagination!

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  55. I just came across this!! OMW!! What an Imagination You have! YOUR Talent indeed is a Gift! How do folks like you come up with these ideas? Never in my LIFE would I be so Creative! It's just Beautiful! Way beyond my ability to express in the limited field of words that I have!! This is PRICELESS for sure! Keep Transforming things so that people like me can, as the other Lady said, "DROOL" None Stop!! BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL!

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  56. Fantastic - I'm thrilled and very impressed!
    Best Wishes
    ZamJu

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  57. Absolutely AMAZING! Thanks for the details, you have inspired me!

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  58. What an idea, to refinish plastic drawers! I have several that I received free and had to leave them outside. The sun and weather has left the clear plastic cloudy - now I know what to do with them, but I won't try to be anywhere near as intricate. Thanks so much for posting. As has already been said, your artwork is amazing!

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  59. just ran across this..my heart stopped..it is so wonderful and you so talented..I want to do this..but only have the plastic drawers..oh my..where do I start??? with imagination of course..ok got to get some supplies..makes me drool..

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  60. Absolutely amazing. What a gift you have for creating stunning art. Thank you for the pleasure of viewing this.

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  61. Wow! This looks great! I love everything you did with this.

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  62. OMG I LOVE this !!! I have never seen a caddy like that before !!! I Just adore it !!! Beautiful Work !!! <3

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  63. I thought I was crazy! I bow to your insanity.

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  64. WOW! That is just amazing and beautiful; what a talent you have!

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  65. I stumbled on this as it 'SURE CAUGHT MY EYE'!. I think you need your own Tv show to share your talents.
    Work of art Patrica..

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  66. What can I say.
    I am blown away, with this project!!!! JUST WONDERFUL. :)

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  67. You, my dear, have some mad skills !!!!

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  68. This is undoubtably the most amazing makeover I have ever seen!! Bar none!

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  69. Wow, you must enter this in Art Prize, Grand Rapids MI. You will get MY Vote and many others I am sure. Great work

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    1. Hallo JL...
      Thank you so very much for your comment...I truly appreciate you taking the time. Could you please tell me more about this Art Prize please?

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  70. This possibly the most amazing craft I have had the privilege to vview.It is so creative, I bow to your talent. Thank you so much for posting.

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  71. Move Over Martha Stewart!!! There's a new girl in town! You ROCK! I'm in AWE! What a Beautiful Job! Thank you for sharing your work!

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  72. Wow! I would never have believed there was plastic under there! It is simply amazing.

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  73. I just stumbled upon this and Wow just wow... i have a few craft containers like this and now i am smiling ahhhhh to make em pretty weeeeeeeeee... thanks for inspiring ☺ ♥

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  74. would love to be in your head for just a minute!! Indeed, you are amazing!! Thank You for sharing!!

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  75. Hello, I was wondering if you thought this up the whole thing? Or it came to your mind in pieces? Wonderfull!!!

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