Friday, July 8, 2011

Flash card decoupage desk

I bought this desk.....
well my husband bought it for me  under my guidance
 from target online for my birthday a few years back.

I use it for all my project needs painting, sewing, etc, etc... what you cant really see it all the paint and glue on it. Plus I am just bored of the plain black surface, and from previous blogs I kind of have a thing for flash cards. Can you guess what happened next!

Here is a little explanation of how

I had some spray adhesive laying around from another project,
and I bought a bunch of flash cards on eBay when I started my obsession. The word flash cards can be pretty pricey but for some reason the math ones are usually in my price range (  I think  people do not like math !?!? LOL )

I first layed out my cards to make sure they would fit and then took them off in that order and started spraying them down

I didn't want to use decoupage to glue them down because for me no matter how hard I try I always get bubbles, I thought this might help with that.. It did the trick

Then after the adhesive dried, I simply decoupaged over the flash cards. I still got bubbles, so I used my paint brush to flatten them out.

I would have like to have tried to epoxy the top, but that would have meant me going to the store and this was supplies on hand project! But I think I could still do that someday, just to give it a try?!?

After two coats and some drying time I put everything back on

Ok. just kidding!
This is what my desk would look like if I had endless space a perfect house and I sat around typing a romance novel

Here is the realness of my office..

Magazines I need to get to and projects in the works ...

everyone needs a bowl of sharpies ,
and a terrarium part deux ( i dont talk about what happened to the first one! It wasnt pretty!)

Now off to find what else I can flash card!!

~ Bianca

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Repourposed with Duct tape

Hello.. Its been awhile. How are you?
So far it has been one crazy summer. ( isn't that a name of a movie?)

I have a fun little tutorial for you today. If you feel like following along

I took this pink polka dot photo album that I wasnt using

and turned it into this  purple ducted taped " legit" album ( according to my 11 yr old !)

My son is in love with the colorful duct tape. He HAD to have some when he saw it at home depot, so after chores were done to pay back the $4, he started duct taping everything. He made me some flowers , himself a wallet and together we pimped out this photo album.

We started by taking the album apart

Then we started taping

Nice and even rows

Once we got done with the front we flipped it over

folded over the excess tape

so it looks like this

and then taped across length wise and cut the tape closed to the edges and smoothed out until it looked like this

repeat for other side, then  feel around for the where the holes are for the screws to re assemble, and poke holes for the screws

we screwed our album back together

and here you are

See nice and easy!
Chase filled it with his photos of school friends he has been collecting and has been showing it to everyone who will sit and look.

Hope you all are having a wonderful summer, and staying as cool as possible!

~ Bianca