repeats.

How do you feel about repeats?  Personally, I’m not a huge fan.  I almost never watch the same movie twice (exceptions made for James Bond and Jason Bourne).  I don’t buy movies on DVD specifically for this reason.  I don’t watch too many television repeats either, nor will I read the same book twice.  In general I don’t even like to travel to the same places, but prefer exploring a new destination.  I try not to repeat my furniture makeovers either.

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But sometimes I repeat smaller projects because I loved them so much the first time around.  Such is the case with my painted hatboxes.

I painted my first one back in February of last year.  It was painted using chalk paint though, which made the transfer process a little tricky.

hat box on suitcase

I then improved on the idea back in March by using Fusion paint instead …

painted hat box

It worked much better because it held up well to getting wet when removing the paper after the transfer.

When I ran across a couple of cardboard hatboxes at a garage sale last summer for a dollar each, I grabbed them so that I could make more faux French hatboxes.

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I used the same basic process as before (check out those previous posts for more detail).  I painted them in a couple of layers of Fusion paint, then used a gel medium to transfer mirror images that had been printed on a laser printer.

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I used a few different graphics.  I used to always get my graphics from Graphics Fairy, but lately I’ve found some good ones on pinterest also.

I actually purchased this next graphic a couple of years ago on Etsy.  I think I paid a few dollars for it at the time.

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If perfection is your goal you might not like the results you get with a gel medium transfer, but I like the aged and worn look.

repeats close up

How about you?

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17 thoughts on “repeats.

  1. Love these and that vignette omg!!! I have to add this to my list of “things to try”. Where on earth do you find those great suitcases? Was this one originally black or did you paint it?

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    1. I purchased this particular suitcase at an occasional sale and it was already black (you can read about that here). I loved the combination of the camel colored leather handle and trim with the black sides. I try to pick up vintage suitcases whenever I see them at a good price ($20 or less). I use a lot of them in my furniture photos!

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  2. Your hatboxes are wonderful! I wanted to pick one up up at your sale, but missed it. I have a few with floral print, I would like to update and change out. If you ever want to have a party/class painting them, I am in!

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    1. I have thought about a class, but the process goes sort of like this; paint for 30 seconds, wait while it dries, paint for 30 seconds, wait while it dries, add gel medium and graphic, wait overnight while it sets, remove paper. So … not really conducive to a class setting. I could potentially send people home to remove the paper the following day, maybe? I’ll have to give that some more thought. Might be fun for a quick evening class.

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  3. Never get tired of seeing these. Love them all. I think I might be a repeat offender…..re-read my books and will watch certain movies over for the gazillionth time if I come across them while channel surfing. And I always repeat view your posts! 🙂

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