Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Wk 140 …WOYWW ? …I have something crying ..no… screaming for a Makeover.

Firstly I want to say …where is all the snow? All we have here is thick frost that lingers all day …Brrrrrrr ... or is it Grrrrrr. We even had sun to day (Tues) …and the frost clung to the pavements all day.

This photo is a little bit of a cheat … in fact this was taken a few days ago. This IS what’s on my desk at the moment BUT it is gradually changing.

It is a very old Ikea set of drawers circa 2001 …back then the transformation started fine and then it went wrong when I used the stencils and I was not a happy bunny …so annoyed with myself was I, that it was then relegated to ‘bottom of a cupboard’ storage for the next 10 years. …but its out in the light again …demanding a make over.

I first cleaned and lightly sanded it …and it looked a lot better …in fact I was wondering whether to leave my old paint effect exterior and just attack the drawer fronts. So would I use vintage colours, which tone with the paint ???…OR … would I go completely all grey, black and creamy tones, covering all the old paint and having it match the room?? … I mused over this …even asked DD and took her thoughts on board …and went away for a large cup of coffee.

I then returned and attacked it with paint…here is a sneak peek …

Having felt this was a success, I started on a drawer with one of my ideas for the fronts…decoupage using snips of script card stock …however … a success this was NOT…. here is a peek of the mess I made …

And so I have now removed it all and will start again in a couple of days…this time I will not let an error put me off and this is NOT going to be thrown in the bottom of a cupboard again for another 10 years…watch this space …lol

To chill out after the disaster, I have started one of Jo’s at JoZarts knitted triangular scarves …it’s a practice run … wrong yarn but when I feel the urge to start something I have to improvise lol …but it gives me the idea …if its too small I’m sure the little girl next door will love it …once I have finished it

I had an amazing number of visitors last week and I am sure I visited you all eventually plus a few more from the list...sorry I didn't get to you all …the list is so long now. Again many thanks for taking the time to leave a comment …I love reading them all.

I am not looking forwards to next week, as it’s my Cardio appointment at the hospital. My back keeps tightening so that its hard to walk/stand for more than ten or so minutes without needing to sit down ...not sure why ... so I hope its easy to find the right place. I am however really looking forward to Saturday so much, as Steve, Emma and the boys are coming over …weather and colds permitting.

Take Care xx

75 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Hi Angie, another night owl. Sorry to read you are in so much pain ... hope something can be done to improve it and that the hospital visit isn't as bad as you are imagining. I like you set of drawers and I look forward to seeing the finished job. Right, I'm off to make myself that cuppa I promised myself and then hopefully get some sleep. Hope your week is a good one. Elizabeth x #2

May said...

Hi Angie,
love your little set of drawers can't wait to see the makeover, sorry to hear you are in some pain I do hope that can be sorted soon.
Have a super time with your family, and a good week, good luck with the scraf would love to see it when it's finished, Hugs May x x x x

jude said...

Hiya Angie ,Sorry your in pain join the club im hving terrible trouble with back pain and rtside of pelvis i dislodged some years ago and last wed must twisted back without knowing woke up in agony so i do sympathise.As for the draws you have just reminded me of a set of draws i altered some years ago and sat here behind me on craft top looking drab so may just give them a make over thats when my mojo returns.Think it's got lost under the snow!
Have fab wednesday and creative week hugs judex 4

L00py's Craft Creations said...

Ouch, it seems to me that its gravity pulling the top of my body down onto my hips and lower spine, AND IT HURTS, yet funny enough sitting doesnt.............. bit confused over that one........ hope you get the drawers sorted, I had a complete disaster today, and got made to re-do it straight away, and I really like it now!!
As to the drawers too much, too little, to big, or too small or wrong colour? some times it helps to look at it like that.....

Happy WOYWW and hope you dont have to walk too far, or wait too long, xx

Danielle said...

Those are a great set of drawers. Hope to see the finished version when you are done. dani 14

Brenda B said...

Ach, sorry to hear your back is still bad, hope the hospital visit helps things. Those drawers are definitely ripe for altering, go for it girl. Oh, by the way, I think you visited me at least three times last week, lol!!

Hugs
Brenda 18

voodoo vixen said...

I love the paint effect you have managed to achieve on the drawers... sometimes you just have to keep going and it all works out in the end... maybe not what you had in your head but beautiful anyways!!
Hope you get your back sorted, I know what it is like... I can manage about 3 hours sleep before it gets so bad I get up for an hour and then try again!! Stay warm!! Annette #13

sandysewin said...

Hmmmm.... I'm very intrigued by the sneak peek. It will be a great place to stash crafting stuff when you finish it!

Happy woyww,

Sandy #23

RosA said...

I think the drawers will be good. Sometimes you just have to start all over again, don't you. Hope the hospital isn't too awful. Take you knitting, maybe? RosA # 24

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Once again I was caught off guard posting. Congrats on being early (or late as the case may be). You know they say the third time is a charm. So, I'm sure it will be charming by next week! I'm # 25 this week.

Stephanie said...

Uggh...back pain is the worst, isn't it? I had a horrible bout of sciatica a couple of years ago and I live in mortal fear of that returning. I hope you're soon feeling better!

Jeremy and Samantha said...

Oh I sure hope that cardio appointment goes well but those teaser photos I just am dying to see what the finished product looks like happy WOYWW.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

What would the nice people at Ikea make of it all, I wonder. Hope you make a swift recovery; back pain is no fun at all.

Neil said...

Hi there, Can't believe it's Wednesday again already! Thanks for letting me in to peek and I hope the rest of the week is a blessed and creative one for you!Hope your back gets sorted quickly and that all is well. Don't give up on the drawers, I'm keen to see (I need inspiration for mine!)
Neil #45 (ish)

inkypinkycraft said...

Good luck with the hospital...hope it helps and have fun finishing yours drawers! Hugs trace x no44

okienurse said...

Great looking PIW! I love altering things and have a tendency to relegate to the closet those that aren't looking out the way I want! Looking forward to seeing the finished piece. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week, Vickie #52

Sue said...

Hi Angie
great WIP there can't wait to see it when all the work has been done on it, hope you back is feeling better soon, Thanks for the mooch, happy WOYWW, sue,x (56)

Helen said...

Love what you're doing to your drawers - when I bought them I intended to do something to them as well, but here they all are, plain!! Hope the hospital appointment is OK and your back eases up soon.

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

Ikea drawers are the best! looks ike it is going to e a goodone when you have finished
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scrappymo! said...

Hope your back improves...
That sounds like a great idea for the drawers. If the decoupage doesn't work...could you stamp them to get a similar look?

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Fantastic to see you attacking a couple of projects!! And that you're enjoying them too. Looking forward to seeing the supboards and shawl :)
Hope the hospital visit goes ok.
Hugs, LLJ #58 xx

...the yorkshire fox... said...

Morning Angie...you've been lucky to escape with just frost...I'm looking forward to seeing your finished draws...hope all goes well at your Cardiology Appt you'll be well looked after so don't worry, i worked in the Unit here in Eastbourne for 3 years before going into the community...have a lovely week...Mel :)

Annie said...

Hope the hospital appt goes well. I'm sure you will be fine.
Hugs,
A x

Ann B said...

I have loads of Ikea drawers. all in the same, undecorated state they were when I got them. 'When' I have time (next 5 years would be good)I will get round to doing them. Love the paint effect you got and admire your determination to get them finished - I would have shoved them to the back of the cupboard again.
Good luck with the scarf, and, more importantly, the hospital appt.
Ann B#51

sandra de said...

Ikea drawers are such a great size, I am sure you will find just the right way to decorate. Hope you health improves must be awful in that cold weather.

CraftygasheadZo said...

Fab project you got on the go. Sorry to hear you're in pain, because of my conditions I live with pain and know how horrible it can be. Thanks for sharing & enjoy this WOYWW, I'm off to nose some more! Zo x

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Love these set of drawers from Ikea. I used, almost the same version, to store all my inkpads, but it looks the same as when I bought it. Maybe you give me an idea for painting or something else. Hope you don't have much pain any longer after visiting the hospital. Thanks for sharing.
Bye, Franka

Karen said...

Morning Angie, I am sorry to hear you are in so much pain ATM. I hope all goes well next week for your hospital appointment, lots of [[[hugs]]] coming your way.

I love your set of drawers that you are working on, they are looking great! As for snow I will send some over to you if you really want some as we had lots on Sunday and it does not seem to be going anywhere!!

Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Karen #92

Julia Dunnit said...

Ah good for you Angie, the drawers will be a triumph..I love the collaged idea..how about ripping the edges of the pieces rather than having them all clean cut? That back tightening is awful..always comes out of the blue too, I hope you don't have far to go too...you could always present at reception and ask for wheelchair help...it's not as if you dont need it.

Jackie said...

Good old IKEA, I think I would be lost without them lol Good luck with the drawers.
I hope you get your back sorted too.

Pam said...

Look forward to seeing the finished product! Good luck wit your Cardio appointment back probs are no fun, I'm stil struggling 10 weeks on from my discectomy but also can see a huge imporovement in what it was like before my op. Hugs Pam x

Bridget Larsen said...

That box looks great and if you dont tell we wont know when you took the photo lol
Bridget #53

Sarah said...

all very mysterious but very inviting...hope to see more soon. Get well soon - thinking of you...thanks for letting us look in... Sarah at 7

SueH said...

How come you managed to avoid the snow Angie…..if you really want some to can come a visit me if you like, we had plenty.

Loving the storage box and couldn’t see anything wrong with your first attempt 10 years ago but hopefully you’ll be happier with it this time around.

Happy Crafting!
Sue
x

Minxy said...

I'm intrigued now as to the outcome of the draws..guess i'll have to wait till next week!
Happy Wednesday
hugz Minxy #106

Arkansas Patti said...

So sorry to hear you are in pain. Pain becomes a grumpy companion as the years pile on.
My back has been giving me fits too and know someday soon, I will need to get something done. For now I just grin and bear it.
Do take care and I hope your appointment goes well.

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Angie,

I hope your appointment goes well and your back pain subsides.

I'm interested to see what your drawers end up looking like! I have a wooden box and I want to tackle, just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Happy WOYWW
#131
Hugs,
Kay

Katie said...

I can't wait to see how your drawer make over comes out! I'm sorry to hear that you are in pain, but I hope that you are feeling better soon.

Happy WOYWW! Katie #18

Mutley said...

What an exciting project. I look forward to seeing how it turns out. x

Anne-marie said...

Hi Angie the drawers look fab can't wait to see them finished. Hope you feel better soon

Anne-marie x no 141

Aeryn Kelly-Reitmeyer said...

I've always wanted to redo a bit of furniture like that. Sounds fun!
Happy WOYWW!
Aeryn (#37)

Lisa said...

Sorry to hear of the pain hopefully soon it will all be fixed. Your project looks neat can't wait to see it finished.

Emily said...

Hi Angie,
I can definitely empathise - I've started many a project and part way through realised it's not going to turn out as I'd planned. And also, like your scarf project, if I want to do something I just have to start it, regardless of whether I have the materials or not!
As I go along though, I'm getting the hang of what you can't do without and what you can substitute. I guess it's all part of being creative isn't it!
Hope you're feeling better soon,
emily x

Ali said...

Ooh that paint effect you did looks scrummy! Well done on not givng up on it this time - I can't wait to see how it turns out in the end. :)

Thanks for sharing.

Ali #101

The Crafty Chick said...

love a challenge....sanding back those drawers must have been very therapeutic! Good luck with the hospital appt. will be good if they can help you feel better!
Leandra

Twiglet said...

Yes I am addicted - there I have admitted it!! lol. Hope your hosp app. goes Ok. Your drawers are perfect for a little makeover job!

fairy thoughts said...

good luck with the make over, my advise would be .... keep it simple! works for me also don't over think it.
sorry to hear about your back, my daughter has a similar problem a good physio should sort it out... good luck with that too
janet #167

Spyder said...

yes, my box was bought YEARS ago from the old MFI and I painted it and then left it, started it again last year...not finished it yet but am determined I will this...umm year! Hope you are feeling a little better, and your visit sorts you out! I've not been myself for ages, (well, I don't 'feel' like myself! It's those aliens again!) couldn't see my doc so saw a different one, and after an hospital xray found a 'shadow' probably an infection, which is why I've been 'coffin' and splattering for months! The receptionist are the worse, couldn't you just string them up by their toes!?!! (Only kidding if your best friend is one!) Have a great crafty week, and feel better soon!
Happy WOYWW!
(Lyn))

VonnyK said...

Can't wait to see how the drawers come out. Thanks for your help with the cutter, I will put in a picture next week.
Hope all goes well with your appointment.
Have a great week.
Von #26 :)

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

The script card sctock looks interesting, sorry you had to start over! But I'm sure you'll get something you like in the end! Patsy

peggy aplSEEDS said...

hope you finally figure out what to do with the drawer fronts. happy WOYWW, and thanks for sharing!
hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

Laura said...

Hi, sorry to hear you are in such pain. I have the very same drawers but have to admit after all these years mine are still bare wood at least you are having a go at a make over. Enjoy your visit, Laura

Sue said...

Hi Angie, sorry to hear your in so much pain, it is so easy to twist or pull something in bed! hope you feel better soon, look forward to seeing those drawers upcycled, butterflies would be nice :0) Happy WOYWW, Sue xx

Sue said...

P.S. forgot to mention Angie, we have all the snow :0) you really dont want it! xx

Alison said...

Good luck with the make over, I love your set of drawers!
Hope the Cardio appointment goes well next week.
Take care,
Alison x

ger76 said...

Wonderful drawers looking forward to seeing the finished result :D

luv Ger
WOYWW #146

Ohhh Snap said...

I've had projects like that. Looking forward to seeing the finished product! Hope you are feeling better soon. #80

Neet said...

Good luck at the hospital first of all. Hope you get things sorted out.
Secondly, love those drawers but can equate with you on the "didn't like them so put them away for years" front. Hope you get them finished this time.
Hugs, Neet (a very late 195 this week) xx

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

can't wait to see the finish drawer! sending prayers for your hospital visit. hope you find the answer you looking for.

Michele x153

Peggy Cain said...

Happy WOYWW! Enjoyed my visit. I'll say a prayer that you'll get better quick!!!! take card

Fuchsia said...

Hi Angie thanks for passing by !
I am trying to get round as many as I can but its hard as you say there are loads now !
I cannot wait to see what you do with the drawers
have a good week
Fuchsia x

MaggieC said...

Sorry to hear your back is so bad. I hope you can soon find some relief. I know how back pain gets you down mentally too. After we we shunted hard by another car a few years ago, we both need regular treament by our chiropractor, otherwise things get really bad. I am well overdue, and my neck is causing me severe headaches - I must make the appointment. On a more cheerful note, I love the tale of those drawers, and look forward to seeing the brilliant end result. My flourishes are now attached to a card, but still need something else simple to go with them - mojo needed. Thank you for your visit and good luck with your appointments. xx Maggie #89

Carmen said...

Hi Angie, trying again. Blogger is not liking me at the mo. Wanted to say I love your perseverance with your project and that close up of the paint effect is fabulous!

Hope you get some help towards your back, sounds awful :(

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Hi again! We've made spelt bread in our bread machine and it was gorgeous! I've just bought a gluten free cake baking book from Amazon. I'll have a look through and email you some recipes.
Hugs, Jan xx

famfa said...

Hope you sort your back it sounds painful. Your drawers look good, keep on with it till you are happy. Sue they will be great. My disaster bakes were edible ish x

BumbleVee said...

okay then....carry on carrying on....I wanna see it finished.... I'm all curious now....

Hardwick Creations said...

Hi Angie,
Hope the Cardio appt goes well and that your back gets better soon.

I had one of those IKEA drawers, I used to use it for keeping all our EFTPOS receipts...I left it in its "raw" form. Can't wait to see the finished product...I'm glad you didn't give up!

Cardarian said...

Hi Angie!
I think your small set of drawers will look lovely with the makeover! Don't let a bit of a miss put you off! I will be back to see the progress!
Thank you for coming by!
Lots of hugs,
Cardarian

StampDancer said...

You deserve a pat on the back for pulling out your drawers and giving them a new face lift. I like the effect you've achieved with the paint so far. I'm sorry about your back and hope it will get better soon.
Take care!
Deb M

Pam said...

Hoping everything goes well at the cardio appointment Angie!!

Linda said...

The paint finish looks great and I'm looking forward to seeing the drawers finished. Good luck at your doctor's appointment. Linda #152

Lou said...

I didn’t make it, to everyone’s crafty space on Wednesday so doing a last sweep of the desks i haven't managed to visit, tonight (wide awake with pain so might as well make use of the time)Sorry to hear you are in pain too hope all goes well at the hospital.
Hope you have a great week x Lou x @#103

Jinny Holt said...

I hope you get your back sorted out! Am just going round to those I did not get to go around last week,has been so busy.
I love those drawers and thinking my inks would go a treat in that!
Can't wait to see them finished

Take care

Jinny

Paula Gale said...

Hiya my friend

We are in need of a catch up me thinks...

Anyway, that set of drawers is exactly the same one that is on my desk that I covered with the pink paper. So useful for putting things in but keeping tidy round the area.
I thought the colour scheme you started on was looking great. what was wrong with the decoupage... if I could give you a tip (if you don't mind), i'd rip the edges as this not only makes the paper thinner on the edges and less bulky, but it also looks more random instead of having the straight lines overlapping... the thinner the paper the better really.

Great news about the kids coming over - would love to have a catch up so you can let me know about the progress there.

Take care and wishing you all the best with the appointment at cardio - hope you get the answers you want and none that you don't.

with love and hugs

Paula x x x

Stephanie said...

Can't wait to see how the little chest turns out--it's already looking good.