Monday, April 18, 2011

Book Page Wreath

This is my version of a book wreath I had seen in a decorating magazine.  Even if I could not read it, I really wanted the writing to be in french, so I ordered a book entitled 'Seven French Novels' from ebay.  I will admit, nowhere in the description did it say what language the book was written in, so I assumed it would be in French.  Needless to say, when I received the book, it was in English!  Although a little disappointed in the book, I was very pleased with the finished results.  Next one will be made from an old hymnal.  Eventually I will find a French book.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

What's cooking?

This is the play kitchen I made for my oldest granddaughter for Christmas this year.  A good friend had this entertainment center sitting in her garage and when I mentioned I was looking for one to make over into a play kitchen, she offered me this one. SCORE!

After removing the glass from the doors, I replaced the large door (refrigerator) opening with wood and the smaller (oven) door with Plexiglas.  The smaller door had hinges on the side, so I moved them to to bottom for it to open like an oven.  The 'sink' is an aluminum dog bowl.  Primed and painted, it really is starting to look like something other than an entertainment center. 

Painting the refrigerator and oven silver gave it every girls dream of 'stainless'.  Stove top burners are discs of wood painted black with little wire 'stars' picked up at a dime store glued on top.  Oven and stove top knobs are wooden drawer pulls also painted black.  A free online photo of zebras and a rainbow seemed like the perfect view.  Printing in 4 sections and laminating it made the window panes with wooden strips surrounding them.

Curtains and a chandelier completed the look for the front, but one more addition was needed - chalkboard paint on the side.  A little shelf with pegs held an apron, bucket of chalk and a frilly little tassel!  Can't get much more 'girlie' than that.

VoilĂ  - Ready for someone special to play!