Monday, March 26, 2012

A Few More Altered Items...

This little bucket was in my Christmas stash and needed a make-over. I didn't get a before photo and was half way through spraying it when it occurred to me! Anyhow, my illustration on the front came from a really old book I grabbed while out junkin' and I modge podged it on the front.

I hate to tear books part, but this baby is old and tedious. It appears to be a series of short stories with a bit of a moral to them to educate young girls. Anyhow my daughter read most of them since she reads anything that isn't standing still and has now given me permission to reuse it. Great illustrations though. I did originally pick it up for the cover since it was leather like and interesting....

And, just a quick shot of the top, some handmade flowers out of repurposed tissue paper and some beautiful skeleton leaves all the way from South Africa! Thanks Helen!

And, here is another little project that I took a chance on. For a bit I wasn't sure if it was going to turn out. Turns out all the "paint" or whatnot it had on it originally came off with a bit of warm water. Yes, I sent it through the dish washer twice and it came out clear glass! The price was right even if it was OOBER UGLY. Technical term there.

So, I used some of that mirror paint I bought a while back on both the inside and out with some black spray paint over top on the inside. And, this is the part where it got interesting. Somehow the mirror paint gave it a metallic type finish and allowed alcohol ink to color the grapes and the leaves. I really like how it turned out and adding some shimmer modge podge to the top finished the metallic type look.

A bit of some cheese cloth that I used to apply the ink with and a few beads finished off the vase. I am pretty pleased on how it turned out!

And, just another close up shot of the dyed cheese cloth and beads. 

Both of these projects are being added to my stash for that Junk2Funk show in Saranac Lake!


  1. WOwwwwwwwwwwww!! These are both amazing!!! Love them!! Great upcycling!!

  2. These are great, Mitra. Really like the cheesecloth and beads.

  3. Cool! Love that vintage image you have used!! You are amassing quite a collection for sale - hope it goes well for you :)

  4. WOW! What a difference you made to that vase
    Alison xx

  5. Hard to believe that's the same vase - it's awesome, & I really, really LOVE the print you've modge podged to the front of the's sooo vintage:):):)

  6. Cute! I love how the grape vase turned out! :)

  7. You are the queen of altered items! Seriously Mitra! These projects are amazing!

  8. wow!! These are fantabulous!! amazing.. gorgeous.. and you can breathe new life into old things.. love them!


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