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STEAMER TRUNK COCKTAIL BAR

Chin-chin...

Chin-chin…

This is the first ‘making’ post in a while, but as you can see it was a slightly bigger job than I normally take on.

I absolutely love it though! It was totally worth all the effort (and some minor frustrations) along the way.

Before...

Before…

A while ago Mr Colonial Cravings came home from work and announced that he had a present for me but that it was just too big to hide until Christmas, and also could I help him lug it out of the car. He’d casually mentioned to one of his colleagues that I have a small obsession with vintage luggage and a week later he’d turned up at work with this trunk that he’d found at an auction.

It was a bit tired and grey with a slightly musty smell that I couldn’t get rid of even with a good wash. For a while I umm-ed and ahh-ed about keeping it in its original state (I was especially taken with the wooden hangers) but in the end I decided that it would bring me far more joy if I re-purposed it into something useful.

Steamer trunk cocktail bar

I’ve covered it in maps to be in-keeping with its travel heritage (and also because I can’t stop glueing maps to things), just using Modge Podge and then applying a couple of coats of wipe-on poly varnish. Because the original covering was linen the texture shows through quite nicely making it look less like paper. I also painted all of the trim with an eggshell emulsion which gives the same effect. We’ve had to apply a few temporary measures, simply due to our limited resources at the moment but I think we’ll try to address these once we’ve returned to the UK.

Steamer trunk cocktail bar

Bottoms up!

A friend of ours cut some scrap wood, which we found free at a salvage yard, into a couple of shelves for us and we added racks for wine bottles and glasses. We dismantled one of the drawers and put hinges on it so that it would open up and provide a book shelf for Mr Colonial Cravings increasing collection of cocktail books.

It's always 5 o'clock somewhere...

It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere…

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November 16, 2015 · 5:29 am

NEW YORK DECOUPAGE PICTURE FRAME

A city so great they framed it twice...

A city so great they framed it twice…

I made this picture frame as a wedding present for two of my favourite people.

A couple of years ago they came out to visit me in America-land we all went on a pretty awesome trip to NYC so I thought it would be nice for the happy couple to have a memento of that.

Decoupage picture frame

I made the frame using the same method that use when I make my decoupage chairs, using Mod-podge to stick on the paper and then applying a couple of coats of wipe-on poly varnish to seal the whole lot and make it a bit more durable.

Decoupage picture frame

I really like the look of this…I might have to make something similar for myself to remind me of some my own adventures!

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DIY MINI MARQUEE LIGHTS

DIY marquee lights

I’ve got a tiny obsession with marquee lights. I’ve also got a tiny house to move back to in the U.K at some stage so buying proper ones would seem foolish. And expensive. Have you seen the price of them?!?

These cost me about $15 to make, using some cardboard letters from my local craft shop. Obviously they don’t look 100% like the real thing (they’re a bit Blue Peter) but once they’re lit up I think they make for a pretty good substitute.

DIY marquee lights

All I did was cut the fronts off the letters, poke holes in them for the lights and paint them, bronze on the inside and red gloss on the outside. Easy peasy! I can even (just about) make them into a homage to the wonderful city of Philadelphia…

DIY marquee lights

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VINTAGE SCHOOL DESK

Vintage school desk

This is a really cute little vintage school desk that we picked up at our local thrift store. I thought that it would be the perfect size for my niece.

Vintage school desk

I gave it a bit of a sand and a careful re-spray and think that it looks pretty good. I sanded down the wood, which had suffered a bit over the years and even painted her name on the seat (although my hand is far from steady!) before giving it a few coats with a wipe-on poly.

Vintage school desk

Getting straight down to some serious work...

Getting straight down to some serious work…

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VINTAGE CINEMA SEATS

Followers of my facebook page will have already seen a sneak peek of these in their former incarnation.

Refurbished cinema seats

This is a pair of old cinema seats that I managed to pick up from Second Chance reclamation centre in Baltimore.  I saw them whilst I was searching for something to use for my New York decoupage chair  https://colonialcravings.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/vintage-new-york-decoupage-chair/

Refurbished cinema seats

I managed to resist buying them at the time but spent the following week persuading Mr Colonial Cravings that they would be a great addition to our little house in Gloucestershire. It’s the biggest up-cycling project that I’ve undertaken but I think it was worth all the effort (and occasional cursing.) The plush green velvet gives them quite a vintage look, definitely an improvement on their original grey and pink 1980’s style!

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Refurbished cinema seats

 

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September 15, 2014 · 1:34 pm

VINTAGE NEW YORK DECOUPAGE CHAIR

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This is my second decoupage project. I’m still quite in love with the idea of gluing maps to everything I own, I’ve started to stare absent-mindedly around the room, looking for my next victim.
I got this chair from an amazing salvage yard in Baltimore called Second Chance. I love it there but I’m not allowed to go too often because I always come away with something that will undoubtedly be too big for my tiny terrace house back home. I’m currently obsessed with some 12ft high illuminated letters.

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The chair was labelled as mid-century and had been originally priced at $150 but the seat had come astray at some point and it had been marked down to $10! Much more my price bracket.

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Anyway, some considerable sanding, gluing and varnishing later and I have another unique chair, hurrah!

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VINTAGE MAP CHAIR

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The perfect place to sit and plan my next trip….

 

I haven’t added a ‘making’ post in while. That’s partly because the cold weather has just made me want to stay inside and bake and partly because this chair took a little longer than my usual crafty bits and pieces.

I saw something similar posted on pinterest and fell in love with it. After dragging Mr Colonial Cravings around virtually every charity shop in the area I eventually found this old school chair at a reclamation yard in Baltimore.

After a fair bit of sanding I resprayed the frame and simply used PVA glue to stick on my map (wrapping paper) before applying a couple of top coats of PVA. I finished it off with a wipe on Polyurethane varnish – I love it so I want it to be as durable as possible.

I have some of the paper left over so I fear a may become a little obsessed with covering things with it, I love maps. To me they aren’t a document – they’re an invitation!

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February 17, 2014 · 3:16 pm