Last year I wrote my first book, which, if you listen to Joy, a reviewer on Amazon, isn’t worth the money because apparently you can get ideas for crafts on Pinterest <– Ha! :) I just saw that and it gave me such a giggle because that book has some super creative alcohol ink projects that I worked really, really hard to try and dream up (even using them on mediums that I couldn’t find a single instance of use on). But whatever, I ain’t mad at Joy, she just doesn’t know what she’s talking about :)
But in getting the link for that darn book, Crafting with Alcohol Inks by Yours Truly (Allison Murray) so you could see it (and maybe buy it ’cause I’m really proud of it and I swear it is worth it :) I got distracted but I did have a point in bringing it up.
You see I had very, very little time to write that book. Every project was planned, items for it purchased, work done, photos taken, edited and the tutorial written up in less than a month. Boom! And now you know that I can freaking scramble, people.
One of the items I dolled up in the book was a buffet type of console table thingamabob. Rob and I spent an entire, totally precious day of book writing time trying to find a piece of furniture to fit within the idea I had in my head and it was impossible. But then, on the way home Rob pointed to a Kirkland’s with a sale sign in the window and we not only got the perfect piece for the book, which is still hanging out in my bedroom, y’all, but we also got this cabinet that was red and perfect and I HAD to have it. Luckily we had my dad’s truck because we jammed that sucker FULL of stuff.
For a long time I had kept it really neat inside of it. It’s outside of my office and I keep things I use as props for work (plates and bowls I don’t want broken, fabric I use as napkins, that sort of thing) as well as some of the projects I made for that book, too. Over time it’s gotten embarrasingly cluttered and so when it got super dark out and it started storming to where my internet didn’t want to be my friend anymore, I decided to do something about it. And in truth, I wish I had gotten around to doing this sooner!
For this project you will need:
First you’ll need some scrapbooking paper that works well together and works with the colors of your furniture or windows. A good way to get things that match well is to pick up a book of paper from the craft store. I tried to grab a book that had fabrics that reminded me of a quilt, because that’s what I was hoping to achieve, a quilted window pane. To be honest, I thought my papers were more bold and less pastel but they worked well enough. I might change it in the future if I can find the perfect paper because it’s super easy to do…
Place your paper on the backside of your window and mar where you can make cuts that will be hidden by the panes of the window. You might need to shine a light through the front of the door to be able to see where to mark.
Trim the paper up to the appropriate size and then try that piece around randomly behind the glass. Does it work for all of the panes? Good! Use this guy as your template and cut out as many pieces as you have panes.
Tape your papers inside, taking care that your patterns are “right side up” and not totally wonky when you see them through the glass. To start you can just tack the pieces down to ensure you’re happy with placement, but once you are you’ll need to apply tape to every edge of the paper so you don’t have to worry about it curling with age or humidity.
Now doesn’t that look infinitely better? Yes, yes, it does! And see that white, difficult to notice stack on the right side of it? That’s about a half a dozen copies of my book that I hope if you buy you enjoy more than Joy did :)
And, yes, that’s also my microwave in the living room by my office because our power went out in the kitchen and it took some time getting it worked out and, as it just so happens, a microwave in the living room is really, really convenient. Perhaps you should try it!
Now I’m not a dog psychic but I’m pretty sure that absolutely everybody LOVES this makeover. Look at Ollie. He’s feeling it all over town and back again :)
But seriously, I was able to take some paper and about 30 minutes and turn that into a way to hide my mess from visitor’s eyes. I was able to keep busy during a storm that, in truth frightened me a bit because I worry about being struck by lightning, which is ridiculous but it’ my life. If you make a patchwork quilt inspired facade to hide your junk from prying eyes, I’d love to see it! Hit me up in the comments or email me, ’cause I’m still looking for that perfect paper!