Sunday, February 3, 2013

something OLD to NEW!

I want to apologize before you read this post because the lighting was not good and the metal was reflective so I know the pics are not good.

This is My Treasure for the week!
Want to see where it started?
Who Remembers these? Old Mail sorters....everyone's parents or grandparents had these hanging on the wall at some point or another. 
Yes it's ugly and VERY dated.  I've looked over these several times while thrifting and then one day it came to me exactly what I would do with it.
So I started with Paint. Who doesn't right?
I painted the entire mail sorter a bronze color. (sorry I didn't snap a pic of this step)
Then I started adding my silver foil tape. (This is non other than aircondition duct tape from your local hardware store)
You cut it into random pieces, over lap them onto your project, and use different things to texturize it. Like pens for rivets, pencils for lines, etc.
You will get this. See the difference in the one below and the one above? Now that diamond shape pattern was part of the wood, but hey, it helped my overall design so I went with it.
Next I added some alcohol inks...
Then used steel wool to burnish it off. What you are left with is a "metal look" where the ink stays in the creases and cracks. 
Can you see the light spot? That is "after" the steel wool.
Next I added some grunge board hardware and inked it my desired color using alcohol inks.
Then lastly, I added all my personal touches. 

So here it is all finished.

And here it is all finished and housing all
my tags at arms reach for when I'm ready to create!
Love when something I envisioned doesn't turn out like I imagined...... turns out even better!
Can't wait to hang in my studio!
I hope this inspires you to turn something OLD into something NEW!
ALSO...check out my other blog HERE and join. I will show you some cool thrifty finds and places to go treasure hunting for all your goodies!
Linking with these blogs this week:
Inspire Me Monday - Create with Joy
Knick of Time Tuesdays - Knick of Time
Terrific Tuesdays - Adventures of a DIY Mom


  1. Thanks for showing your techniques. I got some good ideas.

    It turned out great!

    1. Thanks. I hope you get to use those techniques and create something wonderful!

  2. LOVE it! So creative, I love all your little decorations! Thanks for sharing!

    Jenna @

    1. Thanks so much! I loved turning that ugle duckling into something pretty!

  3. You are so creative -- I love how you transformed this ugly piece into a useful thing of beauty. Sally

    1. Thank you so much. I almost passed it up because it was so ugly! I'm glad I didn't because now it will be used in my studio!

  4. What a creative mixed media art piece. I love to use aluminum duct tape - it's so versatile. Thanks for reminding me about the alcohol inks. I purchased some before Christmas and have stored them somewhere. I was very interested in the way you used them with the tape. I am following you back after reading your comment left on my post.

  5. great idea, looks like it was made to hold tags! I love all the embellishments you chose!

  6. This was such a beautiful project you featured!
    Congratulations - you've been featured at Inspire Me Monday this week!

    Create With Joy

  7. nice rework!! looks like a great vintage!!

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