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Here we are for another amazing Create and Share challenge. I’m fortunate to be a part of a really great group of ladies where we take one item and then each of us create something of our own out of that item. It’s so much fun to see what everyone comes up with and to see all of the creativity that these women have! Here are a few of the challenges I have participated in so far!
This month’s challenge we are teaming up with GraphicStock and creating DIY projects with their amazing collection of stock photography and images. I had about a million ideas of what I wanted to do but as I was browsing their endless lists of images I came across this little Library Book Return picture. I loved how it was rustic looking and I had a perfect idea for a project. My daughter LOVES books and as much as I love having a million books in our house it’s a little overwhelming on places to store them. I did transform some IKEA spice racks into books shelves and it has a lot of great storage but her book collection continues to grow, which then overflows the book shelves. I even have books on a small book shelf in her closet! Needless to say we needed a little more storage.
I started with a crate I purchased at Michael’s for $10 and I decided to stain it one of my very favorite colors, Rust-oleum – Weathered Gray. I sanded the crate and then applied the stain with a disposable foam brush and then wiped the stain after a couple minutes with a paper towel. It’s pretty messy so I recommend wearing gloves or you’ll be grey for a couple days! 🙂 I would let the stain dry over night as the crate really soaks up the stain.
Once the stain was dry then it was time to apply my image. You can get this image at Graphic Stock and you get a free 7 day trial so you can explore the millions of amazing images. When applying a graphic with wording to an item you need to flip the writing so it will be shown correctly after applying. I did this in photoshop. Start with uploading your image to photoshop.
Then click on Image –> Image Rotation –> Flip Canvas Horizontal and it will flip the image.
It’s now time to transfer this onto your crate. I started by cutting out the image so that just the return box would show on my crate.
I love using Liquitex (gel medium) to transfer photos. Apply it to the top of the actual photo or onto the crate and you want to apply a liberal amount of Liquitex to the photo. This will ensure it adheres nicely and sticks. You will then want to let it dry for several hours; I tend to let it dry over night. Do not rush the drying period.
Then place it onto the crate and let it dry! You can see the writing is showing correctly on the create since it has been flipped.
Next you will use a spray bottle to get that area pretty wet. Once you’ve saturated the area then start rubbing off the top layer of paper with your fingers. Do this until the entire image is showing through.
I find it hard sometimes to get all of material off so sometimes you are left with a small white film. You may not notice it when it’s wet but you can sometimes see it when it drys. The best thing to “shine” it up and keep the film away is to apply a small amount of furniture oil to a paper towel and rub it onto the print. Poof –> it’s gone! You may need to do this about once a month or so.
Now head on over to some of these amazing ladies projects! I am always excited to see what everyone ends up creating when we do these challenges!
I hope everyone has an amazing rest of your week and if you haven’t had enough head on over to PinkWhen, where I’m sharing a headboard makeover I did for my guest room. I’m knee deep in painting my cabinets so my life has been hectic lately. Stay tuned for the final results! I will be sharing the progress of our kitchen makeover on Friday! Happy hump day!