With 3 floors—there’s a lot to do and I’m still tryin’ to find my MOJO!
All those Christmas cards need to come down off the framed vintage crib springs too.
Now -to me- except for the photo cards, the rest would be tossed. But my mother keeps them all. ALL. -???-
So~shortly after Christmas, while I was out running errands, I happened on these holiday boxes being clearanced for $4. I thought the IDEA was interesting and her cards could be stored in it. The EXECUTION however—Uuuuhg!
But it could be improved on!
I taped off the book page edges and “erased” their decorative finish with Kilz.
I gave it a couple of days to dry thoroughly, and this morning, brought it down to the LL dining table to cut and apply some linen.
I collect old linen from any source I can find it. I even collect the hideous-ugly embroidered dresser scarves-table runners-table cloths -BECAUSE- there’s usually still a good amount of plain material left to be used in lots of projects! And OLD linen is often such a better quality!
I wash it in hot water and over dry it in the dryer so it’s shrunken, has a tighter weave, and the fibers end up “fluffier!” Same with matte lasse! I LUV using these fabrics for projects!
I used wall paper paste to apply the fabric. I love spray adhesives and Mod Podge, but they don’t let you manipulate & adjust things while you’re working. A really good wall paper paste will. And even if it “bleeds through” your fabric, it will [usually] dry without leaving any marks.
Once the linen was applied and dry, I switched to Mod Podge to get a really good bond turning and gluing those edges. I also used the antiquing matte finish so the edges would have a little darker edging.
~Have you tried this one yet? It gives your work an aged look!
I pulled some slight blue ribbon to trim out the edges of the lid—just for a cleaner finish. (mom favors blues and I had no green left)