So, what's up for today?
The "art" of repurposing.
What do I mean?
When you take something that is maybe a bit weary or dated looking
and give it new life or maybe an entirely different function.
It is creating something that is one-of-a-kind.
It is making that something that gets noticed - a conversation piece.
A client brought me this silverware chest and said I could paint it up any way I wanted. Gotta love that. :)
I'm not sure if she is keeping this for herself or if she plans to resell it in her shop.
When it first arrived here it looked a bit beyond well loved
but she saw that it had potential and I'm so glad that she did.
I really wasn't sure where I was going with this piece
other than I wanted to repeat this burgundy color in the painted design.
I started by sanding it down, priming it and then painting the entire chest that burgundy hue.
My original thought was burgundy and a soft green but somehow I reached for the copper instead.
To paint the diamond pattern I first painted out the border and then, with a ruler, drew a straight line from corner to corner.
Then measuring one inch out from my original line, I drew each subsequent line.
Next I repeated the same process but going in the opposite direction to create the harlequin design.
Green did eventually make its way in and this is how it looked as I finished it up.
I thought the knob dressed it up a bit and pulled the look together.
Originally it was meant to be used to store silver to prevent it from tarnishing so quickly. It could, of course, still be used that way but that is where the idea of repurposing comes into play.
What else could it be used for?
I thought it might be a fun way to store some favored brushes and art supplies.
I can see it on a vanity as a way to neatly store and conceal cosmetics...
tweezers, brow pencils, brushes, eyeliner and lipgloss.
It could work as a manicure station with nail polishes, cuticle sticks and files.
Perhaps it could help bring some order to all that jewelry overflow.
Earrings could hang on the knife loops and necklaces could be draped through the silverware slots.
Crazy? Maybe, but I think it is fun to see these things used in unexpected ways.
Any other ideas for this bejeweled beauty?
I'd love to pass them along to my client.
As always, I'm so glad you stopped by.
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