Been there, done that!

Toad & MagicI have seen Big Ben, but I haven’t seen the Queen in person (I did see Prince William, Princess Kate, and Prince Harry through binoculars at the Olympics whilst their cousin Princess Zara rode), nor have I ridden in a London cabbie (yet!).

This little wall cabinet was bought for the princely sum of £5 in a charity shop.  It was rather plain; painted in a plain sage colour with no distressing or other interesting additions. I painted it with DecoArts chalk paint called relic (grey) and then a second coat of everlasting (white).  I used a tip from Andy Skinner and put some hair wax on the places I wanted to sand back and expose the grey.  This is the best tip ever!  Or very close! lol

Toad & MagicI decopaged a vintage looking paper napkin onto the back of each cubby hole, using the most interesting parts of the image.  Can you spot any differences in the images from the left and right sides? 😉

Toad & MagicLastly, I traced the London with bowler hats from one of Lisa’s London stencils and filled it in with relic chalk paint.  Afterwards, whilst walking Scooter, I realised that I should have cut the stencil so that I could get it to lie flat on the cabinet and stencilled the paint – that would have given a crisper edge and the hats would look more like hats!  Lisa’s stencil is not at fault here! lol

Toad & Magic

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21 thoughts on “Been there, done that!

  1. What a great find, loving your design and loving the tip too about hair wax.
    Linda xxx

  2. Fantastic project Erin love it and have to say I have not seen any royalty in person how can that be!! maybe I haven t been looking hard enough. You are an inspiration and getting into more mixed media now too crafty hugs Judith xxx

  3. Hi Erin, this is absolutely AMAZING!! I so wish I could find such a fab item in a charity shop and yes I keep looking lol. You have done such a lovely makeover and it would look perfect sat in my living room with my London Pictures 🙂
    Big Hugs Amanda xx

  4. Seems to me like your hats look wonderful Erin. This is such a lovely project and an adorable cabinet. Thanks bunches for joining the June Challenge at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. j

  5. What a fabulous find and a great make over.Love the London theme and your stencilling looks good to me.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week.
    Lisa x

  6. Beautiful project, – it has such a wonderful shabby chic feel to it! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at Countryview Crafts!

  7. Fabulous redo on this cabinet! Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit this month! ~Nanette, DT~

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