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

 

Up-Cycled

 

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!

Kate



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