I had three items in my stash that needed to be upcycled.
I decided to go with a French theme, using some of my favorite techniques.
First was this oak card box. I removed the inner divider and covered the bottom with decorative paper. I changed the inside and outside with a distressed white chalk finish. On the top, I added this lovely French label transfer.
The larger box shown above started out as a beat up wooden cigar box. The hinges were past redemption so I simply glued the box shut and went to work, giving it a distressed white and vintage green chalk finish. A lovely French transfer finishes it off.
Finally there is this small mirror that started out as an unfinished piece from Ikea. I wanted to try out the lovely decor molds I've had for about a year. These are gorgeous vintage style molds from Prima Marketing. For my first try, I used Plaster of Paris. I had some issues with getting the right consistency but I found that even if the molded pieces broke, I could glue them together on the board and once painted, they looked perfectly fine. In fact the upper right embellishment lost a large chunk but looks awesomely ancient on the piece. After gluing on the plaster pieces, I gave everything a shabby vintage chalk paint finish. Then I stamped various images all over. A coat of wax protects the piece. I really love these molded embellishments and will be sure to buy more!