Sunday, January 8, 2012

Paris Tool Caddy

Paging the lost and found!  While we were packing away our Christmas lights yesterday, I found this little tool caddy that I bought a while ago and totally forgot about.  It was in pretty bad shape and needed a white spray paint makeover stat.  Thanks to yesterday's warm weather, I was able to give it a few coats of paint in just a few hours.
Once it was dry, I broke out this graphite transfer paper that I bought last year.  It sat and sat on one of our craft shelves so I was happy to actually use it.  Basically you lay a sheet of it on your project and then add the image you want to transfer ontop.  I used this great image from The Graphics Fairy.  Tape both to your project.  You can use either a pencil or pen to transfer.  At first I used pencil but it came out very lightly.  So I switched to a pen which gave me this:
I made a couple of oopsies - particularly on the 'S' in Paris but overall I found the paper easy to use.  I was afraid it might smudge so I gave it a couple of coats of poly to seal it in once I was done stenciling it on.  Once that was dry, I painted the wood fleur de lis and glued that to the front of the handle.
Here's a close up.
Once everything was dry and ready to roll, I added some faux Dollar Store moss to both bottoms.  I was in a pink mood so I added some vintage pink thread, a bottle of pastel buttons and the cute butterfly (from Michael's).  Adding to the French theme is the French book paper page tucked in the corner.
I would definitely use the graphite paper again as I have a few sheets left.  Maybe next time I'll try a more intricate image/design.

Linking to The Graphics Fairy: Brag Monday.

Jeanine