Hello sweet Friends! Feels like I was just here! If you missed yesterday’s post, I shared some cute striped sweater pumpkins made from thrift store sweaters as part of the bHome What I Love about Fall Tour. That tour also included an awesome giveaway for a $250 Amazon gift card. Visit HERE to see how you can enter!
The title for today’s post says “Paris”, but it’s really all about animal inspiration. This month’s Get Your DIY On theme is “Animal Inspired DIY Projects”, and while I was thrifting for sweaters for yesterday’s pumpkins, I came across the perfect animal-inspired piece to create something fabulous with:
I’m pretty sure I could rock this faux leopard coat, don’t you think?
Seriously though, I just did not have the heart to cut into it, although it would look fabulous covering a bench. But I think I’m going to save it for Halloween!
I found this alternative while on the hunt for a bench or chair to use the leopard on:
Pretty fancy, eh? Anyone else out there have a snakeskin blouse?
When I found this, I knew just the project I could use it on…this jewelry box I picked up on clearance at the thrift store a couple of years ago for only $2.49!
Gotta love clearance at the thrift store! It was in rough shape and the insides were already half coming out. Luckily the rest was pretty easy to remove as well.
Here is how it looks now:
Ooh la la.
After removing all the insides and scraping the excess glue off the best I could, I painted it with three coats of DIY chalk paint in Ultra Pure White.
You can see in that photo that the stencil left breaks in the letters, a tell-tale sign that it’s a stencil. I like to fill those in using a liner or script brush so it looks more hand-painted:
I did it on the flourish above the letters as well. After letting the paint dry several hours, I very lightly sanded the letters with 320 grit sandpaper to smooth out any raised areas. Then I sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.
And where is that sexy snakeskin print?
On the inside of course…
The perfect compliment to the frenchy exterior.
I used matte Mod Podge to adhere the fabric to the sides all around the top layer and the lid. They looked pretty rough, so they really needed covered. Then I cut pieces of foam core to fit the bottoms of each level and the lid, and wrapped them in the snakeskin fabric, adhering with spray adhesive. Then I hot glued them in place.
The top knob was missing so I added this little glass one from Hobby Lobby…
One of the drawer pulls was missing also so I replaced two of them with simple round ones I removed from an antique piece. Both sets of pulls got a new paint job.
My Get Your DIY On girls are sharing animal-inspired projects today too:
Owl Lamp Makeover by April at House by Hoff
Halloween No Sew Flag & Sign by Nancy at Artsy Chicks Rule
Simple DIY Wooden Garland by Krista at The Happy Housie
If you liked this makeover, you’ll like this one too:
The party fun starts this Sunday at 7:00 pm EST. The party stays open for ten days, then we’ll share our favorites!
So bloggers come link up anything Animal-inspired, and dear readers…come by to get inspired by our blogger friends!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with a fun thrifting video and I’ll share what I did with this little rocker:
As always, I appreciate ya’ll stopping by! 🙂
UPDATE: See how I made over this rocker now HERE.
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