Magazine Box & A Move

Magazine Box & A Move

We have to move.  I spoke to our landlord today and she said that she and her husband were struggling financially and that they needed their house back because they couldn’t afford to rent as well.  I am so bummed.  Not because I don’t want to move – our house is old and in a bad neighbourhood and we’ve been here for four years and it’s probably time to go – but because I JUST FINISHED MOVING MY MUM OUT OF HER HOUSE!  I don’t think I can cope with packing and unpacking and shifting furniture and changing addresses on mail etc etc etc.  Especially before Christmas.  Hopefully we have until the end of January but, as our actual lease expired months ago (the landlords are pretty slack about that sort of thing), technically they could kick us out at any time.

So the search for a new abode begins.  I’ve already been on the ‘net this evening, looking at new places and cringing at the hefty rental prices.  We’ve been so lucky with our rent for the time we’ve been here.  Wish us luck!

A little bit of crafting helps soothe frazzled nerves (maybe) so today I finished off a project I have been working on this week.  I nabbed a grotty brown magazine holder from my Mum before she moved out (she was in a throw out/donate/give away frenzy) and decided I would give it a coat of paint and jazz it up a bit so it was worthy of being on display.

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I also rescued some nice vintage drawer knobs from Mum’s (before they got thrown out with an old sideboard) and thought they would look nice on the front of the box.  They don’t serve any purpose…I just like knobs on things!

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So, a couple of hastily added coats of white house paint later, the box was starting to look a little fancier.  I sanded the edges to give it a shabby chic look (actually, my crappy paint job was probably shabby enough – I’m a little bit impatient when it comes to painting…I might fix it up later) and drilled a couple of holes at the front for the knobs.  Then I added a french advertising label  – I used Lesley Riley’s TAP – Transfer Artist Paper.  The design is printed out and then just ironed it on – simple!  I’m sure with a bit more practice I could get better at the actual technique, but it was ok for a first go.  Oh, and the lovely french label is from the lovely Graphics Fairy.

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What do you think?

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3 thoughts on “Magazine Box & A Move

  1. Beautiful makeover! When I was reading I couldn’t really picture the knobs on the front but than I saw the photo and it looks great! Lovely label too.

    Good luck, btw, with your moving. I’d hate to be facing that, especially this time of year.

  2. Thank you – I am not looking forward to packing up my craft room. In fact, I’d like to just run away and not look back! 🙂

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