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Old art work re-purposed

I found a couple of just bigger than A5 canvases that I’d painted on when I was studying Art for my A-levels. Now for the sake of being honest I was a very different person then and created very different art. I’d kept the paintings but wasn’t happy enough with them to let them go on display in my house.

In the process of thinking about what to do with them I was looking through some wallpaper rolls I’d brought discounted from Laura Ashley. Putting two and two together I decided to cover the paintings up using the wallpaper.

Here’s some photo’s showing the results:

Stapling the wallpaper to the back of the canvas.

Stapling the wallpaper to the back of the canvas.

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Junk Yard Cabinet: Re-Style

We brough an old wooden cabinet from our local tip for £10. It was quite weather beaten, in parts most of the varnish had flaked off, leaving the wood exposed. But we saw potential for a lovely cabinet.

Here’s how it looked before we got to work:

The Cabinet before Sanding

The Cabinet before Sanding

I began by using a sanding block on the top of the cabinet, this was probably the most weathered part this didn’t take too long…

The Top of the Cabinet after Sanding

The Top of the Cabinet after Sanding

We quickly realised that hand sanding the rest of the cabinet (which wasn’t as weathered) would be a much harder task so borrowed an electric sander and began working outside.

Dan working outside

Dan working outside

We had to give work on the Cabinet a break for a few weeks, as snow and rain set in, making it impossible to work outside. But next post I’ll show you how the Cabinet now looks (after priming!).