Thursday, 25 February 2016

The "Quilted " duo

Hello crafty friends..
Welcome to my page today. I am right now working on my house interiors after the painting and going about giving some crafty touches to them!
As always I decided to give some cosmetic touches to the existing furniture and this time around it was the faithful shoe rack’s turn! Having been with us for over 12 years now, it was dull and boring to see this fella greet people at the entrance.
So in he enters my studio! Here is the process of the makeover....
Step 1- I removed all the hardware and gave the surface a good sanding and cleaned it up with a wet cloth. I was waiting to use the new chalky finish paints from Deco Art that I received. This time it was the cheerful” delicate” that hit the skeleton of the rack. This it was not going to be just paints...since this is at the entrance, I wanted it to be catchy and decided to quilt on it!
Step2- I love the TH Wall flower paper pack and always think twice before tearing a page and believe me, I decided to quilt with his papers! Can you imagine the number of papers I would need to quilt on a big surface like this...well there is a solution? I took a good quality photocopy of the ATC pages and my quilting started. I needed about 80 ATC’s to patch up! not complaining...I inked all the edges with Archival leaf green and had them on the top of the table using the De c Art decoupage glue. Once they were dry and secure, i started sewing! Yup...used my Faber castel PIIT pens to draw the stitches on the panel and quilt was ready!
Step3- For the drawers, I cut them into stripes and for a change. I planned a 2 tone coloring this time and the wall flower paper pack was just perfect to take that! My second color here is the Deco Art”new life” chalky finish paint.
 Definitely gave a new life to my shoe rack, lol!
I mean look how vibrant it is now!
Step4-I gave a coat of Deco Art cream wax, light to the entire rack and as that was drying...worked on the handles. I gave them a coat of gesso and sponged in Deco art media acrylics, burn t umber to give it the lovely antique brown!
Now it was time to work with the dark wax. I always loved the weathered look it gives instantly to the furniture...have a look. The right side here has the dark wax and left doesn’t...too bright eh???
The handles were dry by now and found their places.
I gave a nice coat of Ultra matte varnish from Deco Art. For the quilted portion I gave at least 2 coats of varnish.
Here is one last look of it inside my studio...
And ZOOM into my house, where it sits pretty in the green corner!
Look it has a companion now...a little stool to match the rack. The same colors and same quilting from the left over pieces just made them with 2 inch squares this time!
That’s a lot of quilting for the past 2 days and no more louvered doors! 
I had a tough time painting them but seeing these cheerful fellas smile after 12 years....was worth the efforts, what say???
See you soon with another project.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy Crafting and recycling.
DecoArt Products used-
Chalky finish paints- Delicate and new life
Decoupage glue
Media line acrylics- burnt umber
Ultra matte varnish


  1. amazing work Rupa,love the quilt idea !! the faux stitching works wonderfully !!I wish to see some more pictures of the top, the green looks great with the 'delicate' short ...another wonderful work of yours, the stool is super cute too !!

  2. Wow...amazing one the faux stitching...

  3. Quilting is the amazing stuff here .. outcome is mind blowing Rupa.

  4. Quilting is the amazing stuff here .. outcome is mind blowing Rupa.

  5. Wow, a stunning transformation,I'm sure this will get many admiring glances.
    Yvonne xx

  6. YES The Efforts were Worth a lot !! Its has become entirely different ,fresh like a new one! I cannot imagine gluing 80 ATC prints,PATIENCE !! And then making stitches !! I go to know So many different products suited for furniture !Thanks Rupa !

  7. Wow!! A great & unique way to transform a furniture! It got a new life & a new look! Your efforts & patience of working with 80 ATCs & faux stitching on every one is truly admirable!!

  8. Wow, wow!! Such a great redo. I love it, all the quilted part, and the matching stool also.Well done, Tofa!