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Cheese Dome Makeover

April 25, 2012 in Gettin' Crafty

Okay guys – I need your help. Am I the only one that has trouble deciding when a project is DONE? I’m at that point. I just can’t make up my mind!

Should I add more?

Should I distress?

Should I wax with a darker wax?

Should I get creative with scrapbook paper?

Should I chuck it all together and forget about it?  (Kidding!)

I found this cheese dome at a local thrift shop a while back. Plain wooden base – nothing fancy. It was mine for a couple bucks. I made a trip to Michael’s and found a wooden candlestick to glue to the bottom. …and yes, a fancy-schmancy-super-gluing-not-coming-off type glue. After letting it dry overnight, I was ready to dive in!

I added a coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White. Yes, this is the same quart of chalk paint that I’ve used on a dresser, two chairs, a coffee table, a pedestal table, some oars, my wood plank sign, and my bathroom vanity. Man! One quart goes a LONG way. …and there’s still a bit left after this project!

After one coat, it looked like this:

…and by this morning the second coat was dry!

But here’s where you come in.  What next?  Wax it with clear wax and leave it just the way it is? White, simple and crisp….  Or jazz it up a bit. My last cheese cloche makeover involved some scrapbook paper. I gifted that one to my sister last year. I loved the look… maybe I should do something similar again?

Which brings us full circle in this post…. WHAT next!

Should I add more?

Should I distress?

Should I wax with a darker wax?

Should I get creative with scrapbook paper?

Should I chuck it all together and forget about it?  (Still kidding!)

Here’s a looksie at how she stands now. Take a gander and ponder on it a bit. Then leave a comment and weigh in. 

(Sporting the vintage pool balls I scored at an auction last summer)

….and here’s a peek at it surrounded by some of my other favorite things:

So after seeing it in it’s ‘natural habitat’, I pose the question again… What next!  Leave it? …or keep tinkering with it?

Can’t wait to hear what you think! Leave a comment below and weigh in. Pretty, pretty please!

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Following in their Footsteps

October 12, 2011 in Building and Repurposing, Kitchen, Living Room

“Better late than never”…. that’s the title of Young House Love’s blog post that inspired this project…. and I have to say – I’m COMPLETELY following in their footsteps. I whipped up this little number for Christy (oldest Sis) back in March as a surprise. At the time I wasn’t blogging though… so unfortunately I don’t have any “before” pics.  Do ya think it took me long enough to share this?!  Yeah… I think so!

Sherry at Young House Love transformed a cheese plate with a dated design into a great modern piece.  Only days before reading her post I had seen a cheese plate (and cloche?) at a thrift store for $2.  Figuring I had nothing to lose, I bought the cheese plate, mod podge, and some scrapbook paper. Here’s where my creation varies… Instead of opting for a standard piece of paper, I found this awesome cut-out sheet and thought it would look AWESOME with the wood showing through.

Back at home I carefully cut a circle out of the paper with a plastic bowl that conveniently was the PERFECT size. I brushed a thin layer of mod podge onto the back of the scrapbook paper and carefully lined it up on the cheese plate. Then I proceeded to add 5-6 THIN layers of mod podge over the scrapbook paper. Make sure to let it dry in between layers!

The finished product?  Viola!


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Not too shabby for a $2 thrift store cast-away cheese board!

Don’t forget to check out out the awesome link parties where I’ll post this project!

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