One of my favorite things to do is to re-purpose an item that someone cast off. It’s not the same as taking an old piece of furniture and fixing it up, making it prettier with paint so that someone can continue to use it as a dresser (although obviously I enjoy doing that too). I’m talking about true upcycling, where you give something a new purpose (like turning a door into a Market sign for example). There is just something really satisfying about it.
After purchasing this pair of old cupboard doors at the Tangletown garage sales, I decided to do just that.
I started by painting one of the doors with Fusion’s Algonquin.
I love this color. It’s a rich deep taupe. But I mainly chose it because I thought it would work well with one of the new transfers from Prima Marketing’s re.design line (thank you to Prima Marketing for providing me with the transfer).
One thing that is different about this transfer versus others that I’ve used so far is that it has a background color. That sort of parchment look behind the black words and flowers is part of the transfer.
I wasn’t sure how that was going to work when it came to actually applying the transfer. I thought it might make it more difficult, but in reality it made it much, much easier. I didn’t have to worry about little bitty tails on letters that might not be stuck down properly. I really just rubbed over the whole thing fairly quickly with the applicator stick that is provided with the transfer, and when I carefully pulled up the backing sheet … voila! Perfect!
Although there is a background to this transfer that has some color to it, it is also fairly sheer. So the color that you choose to put under it is going to make a difference in how the transfer looks. I went with the Algonquin because I wanted my transfer to blend a bit with the background. A white background would provide more contrast.
After the transfer was in place, I sanded the door to distress the paint. I did not sand over the transfer, just the painted areas of the door. Then I added some wax to get a consistent sheen over the entire piece.
Finally, I found some discarded wooden dresser knobs in my stash of rejected hardware and added them in a row at the bottom of the door.
The original wood stain on the knobs worked beautifully with the Algonquin and the colors in the transfer.
Thus the cupboard door becomes a kitchen towel holder. Or a place to hang your bathrobe. Or a pretty spot to hang some necklaces.
The people at Prima Marketing were kind enough to send a couple extra of this style transfer so that I could give some away today thus rounding out my week of of Prima Marketing transfer giveaways.
To be eligible to win one of these transfers all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post by tonight (Friday, June 29) at midnight (U.S. central). I’ll draw two names at random and each winner will get one transfer.
To spice up the comments today I thought I would ask you guys to tell me who your second favorite blogger is (ha, I’m being sarcastic, of course I’m not really assuming I am your favorite). But seriously, share another blog that you enjoy in your comment. Maybe a few of us (including me) will discover some new blogs to love today!
The fine print: no purchase necessary, you must be 18 years of age or older to win, void where prohibited by law, the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning, approximate retail value of prize is $25, if the prize is not claimed by Friday, July 6, 2018 another name will be drawn at random to win, blah, blah, blah.
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Hi I know I’m late but got the email on 6/30/18, I love Prima Marketing transfers and I would love to win one of the new ones, one of my favorite blogs is My Repurposed Life by Gail. Thanks
Check out my response to Shelley’s because you may have a ‘daily’ setting as well, rather than immediately.
My email came at 1:22 am June 30th
When you signed up to follow my blog via email you should have been given the option of getting posts immediately, daily or weekly. Perhaps you’ve got your notifications set to daily rather than immediately? You can check that by clicking on the word ‘manage’ in parentheses over on the right under “you are following this blog”. Next look for my blog listed under ‘followed sites’ and click on ‘settings’. You should be able to change that there. If that’s not the problem, then I am stumped!