Primitive mache boxes updated to shabby chic

This set of three distressed brown mache boxes have been around for years!  Originally in our shop when we were still predominately primitive.  Then blended in with shabby chic pink stuff for a while.  Just never sold!  After being packed away for some time, I finally decided on HOW to make them over.

Each box was a different shade of brown, which I liked; so I left the lids as they were and just repainted the bases my signature beachy blue.

Then I sanded to distress and allow some of the brown to show through that matches the lid.  And YES, I do use my electric orbital sander on paper mache!  Makes VERY quick work of sanding! 

The lids had been ‘stained’ and then varnished, but I didn’t want to ‘subdue’ the blue with any stain; so I just varnished the boxes.

I just LOVE this look. 

These are just in my ‘back up stash’ for now.  Probably awaiting the fall show; but might go to Stars if there’s room.  Just depends on how much ‘holiday’ stuff I get done to take in.  Some booths are ALREADY stocking their Halloween stuff!

Shabby Paris Apartment blog

I’ve decided to start a separate blog for our Shabby Paris Apartment style in our booth at Stars Antique Mall. You can visit it at:
http://shabbyparis.wordpress.com/

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August 18, 2008 ~ Here’s what’s new in our space at Stars Antique Mall

 

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Our booth needs a NAME!!!

We’ve had a spaceat the Stars Antique mall in the Sellwood area since last December.  Moved into a bigger space after just a couple of months.  For ‘most’ of this time I have had a ‘mixed bag’ of items . . . some primitive, some shabby cottage, some handmade that goes with vintage

 . . . nothing ‘difinitive’ though. 

I was hoping to detect a PATTERN as to what was selling the best, and then focus on that particular style.  Alas, a little bit of everything always sold.  But I really wanted to have a THEMED space.  Those are the kinds of spaces I am always drawn to visit the most. 

I finally decided that I was just going to have to ‘pick a theme’ and go for it.  I decided upon SHABBY PARIS APARTMENT, and then I can mix in some ‘French Country’ too.  I’ve wanted to hang a sign in our space too, and was thinking that when I made new signs for the store that I could ‘cut down’ the old signs and use the ‘Sophie’s Cottage’ part only to hang in our booth.  Well, two years out in the Oregon weather took it’s toll on the signs and they were not salvageable.

I was in NO MOOD to hand paint another Sophie’s Cottage sign!  If I was going to MAKE something, I wanted something that would really catch their eye.  I spotted some pretty aqua gift bags.  I have lots of aqua tissue paper at the store.  I’d make a sign out of those!

Here’s what I came up with.  First I put some empty  boxes in the bottom of the bags so they’d stand up nice.  I printed up the word ‘Paris’ using different fonts on my computer.  Cut those out and mounted them on various patterns of a very light aqua scrapbook paper which I mounted to a piece of cardstock.  Cut each one into a ‘tag shape’ with two holes at the top so I could just slip it onto the bag via the handle (which came out and went back in very easily)  Fluffed and stuffed some tissue paper into each bag and Voila!

They sit perfectly on the shelf we put up in our space.  And if I ever change my mind I can easily just change out the wording; or just do something totally different and take the gift bags home to use as gift bags!

 OUR WEBSITE: www.cscrafts.com/aj.html

VISIT OUR ETSY STORE: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5876981

~ primitives ~ trash to treasure ~ shabby chic ~ cottage ~ Paris apartment ~ repurposed home goods ~ repaired ~ restyled home decor ~ reused ~ recycled art ~ handcrafted gifts ~ one of a kind ~ artist originals ~ second hand style ~ junk market style ~ flea market style ~ beautiful junk ~ beach cottage décor ~ unique home décor ~ vintage home décor ~ unique gifts ~ custom made gifts ~ custom made home décor ~ personalized signs ~ Sophie’s Cottage ~ grubby candles ~ how to craft books ~ Shabby Paris apartment ~ baby gifts ~ personalized gifts ~