What Do You Do With Your Junk?:Mixed Media Panel




Have you seen all the gorgeous up-cycled pieces of furniture on Pinterest? I love that people are turning old pieces of junk into one of a kind pieces of art.  I have saved many pieces that are destined for the trash, much to my hubbies dismay, in the hopes of turning them into something worth displaying. I love dreaming up ideas and making plans to paint furniture but when it comes to the actual doing, I struggle with making certain things a priority. And that is how I ended up with just a few panels, because the rest eventually ended up in the dumpster. Maybe one day, I can create a Pinterest worthy piece of furniture if I every get around to practicing. Below are some of the beautiful up-cycled pieces that I have found on the internet for inspiration. These photos are not my own.






Creating the Mixed Media Panel



When deciding what to use for this project, we were in the middle of discarding an old hutch due to water damage. Several of the door panels were still in good shape so I decided to use one as the base for this mixed media wall panel.



Using Grunge paste and the Lacy Lotus Repeat Stencil and the Pilgrimage to India Stencil I created the border and background texture.



I used some gray paint to cover the background and then sanded it with sand paper to add a distressed look. Next I added some PaperArtsy Infusions and a spray bottle to create drips.



To emphasize the background stenciling, I rubbed embossing ink over the stenciled areas and used a few shades of embossing powder. Using an online tutorial, I created a dream catcher to add to the background, I also added a faux  peacock feather and some mulberry paper roses to embellish.



This panel hangs in one of our bathrooms over the toilet as wall decor. Such a great way to up-cycle an old piece of furniture.

Have you up-cycled any furniture?

Have a great weekend!


9 thoughts on “What Do You Do With Your Junk?:Mixed Media Panel”

  • Oh wow Kate this is STUNNING!!! Way to beautiful to hang in a bathroom imho….. What fantastic use of an old door panel! The pieces you show from Pinterest look very accomplished, but I actually much prefer yours, it’s so creative!!

  • A brilliant upcycling of this kitchen panel door – it looks just wonderful. What a shame you only managed to preserve a few of them… though I know exactly what you mean about the storage problem. I look at everything and wonder whether I mightn’t be able to use it for something!
    Alison x

  • What a fantastic upcycle project. What I like about it is you were able to salvage the parts that counted. This turned out great, but what impressed me the most was your handmade dream catcher. That was superb and ingenious, It was a fabulous project.

  • This is absolutely stunning Kate! What a brilliant way to upcycle an old cabniet door! It must looks absolutely fabulous in your bathroom! I do love the look of recycled old furniture but haven’t ever done any of it myself. hugs xx

  • Wow Kate! So brilliant and oh so clever! And I spy some of my favorites stencils to boot!
    What a great upcycle!
    Jackie xo

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