Sunday, October 25, 2009

ToyBox Redo and Finallyyyyyyyy I used my new Cricut!!!

Jen over at Sanctuary Arts is having a Before and After Party!!! Got a before and after project you would love to share? Or just pop over to see what everyone else is working on! Head on over here and check it out!!! 

I have had this toy box forever..I posted about it before when I found it at Goodwill for $4.99. I knew it was worth that. It had lots of markings, tape all over it that was seriously not fun getting off, lots of dings ( I like all the dings, more old looking ), but with all that it's nice and sturdy and I knew I could pretty it up. Well not such an easy task, but my fault. I was lazy with this and didn't take it apart for the painting, I didn't even sand it, I know, I know...I have seriously learned my lesson with this thing, if your going to spend the money whether it's $4 or $50 to buy a piece to redo, then redo it the right way, right? It took seriously like 6 coats of paint since I did not sand it.

I FINALLY used my Cricut and cut the letters out with that. Ok you professional DIY painters and distressers, when you are distressing a piece of furniture with sandpaper and sanding in random spots all over the piece how do you not get these? Can you see them? The little shiny white spots around the area you distressed? Does that make any sense? I totally hate it. What am I doing wrong?

Here is the before once more for you....Though I did not do a fabulous job on this it still looks much better! 

Ok enough with the toy box more about the Cricut. As I told you before husband surprised me with it back in August, well I didn't open it or use it til now as I was waiting for my craft room to be organized, I thought it would motivate me but obviously not. But Anyway Ohhhhhh My Gooooodnesss! If you ever have a chance to get one you must!! All the pretty little projects we all do with shapes and letters and pretty papers this thing is so amazing! I could kick myself for not breaking it out months ago! The cute little party invites you can make with it, soooooooo many possibilities with this thing! Husband got mine from the infomercial as I would never be able to spend all of that upfront, plus buying it from there you get the sought after Potpourri cartridge that is Exclusive to the infomercial, you cannot find it anywhere else. People are selling that cartridge alone on Ebay for $100 to $200. It has a little bit of everything on it.

I will share some more fun cricut creations tomorrow and the pumpkin topiary. I was supposed to share it today but as you see I got sidetracked :) It happens, well It happens a lot here.

Add Cricut to your Christmas wish list, beg for one if you have to, you won't regret it :) Geesh, you'd think I was getting paid to write an ad for provocraft cricut, haha! Have a Wonderful Sunday!!!


Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Hi NIcole, can't believe you payed $4.99 for that toy box...that would never happen at "our" Goodwill! It turned out great! Good job1

Jen R. said...

That's so clever!! And cute! When you distress, before you prime, either rub some candle wax on the area that you want to age or don't prime that area so the paint lifts easier. Thanks for joining in on the party!

Kammy said...

Girlfriend, I haven't visited have you been ??
I have a cricut too - they are so much fun. I probably don't use mine as much as I should....I just do so many things a hundred miles an hour, LOL !
Love your new toy box and I bet we see a whole bunch for creative craftiness from you !

Miss Mustard Seed said...

So cute! Don't you just love the cricut. Great machine and you put it to good use. Your toy box is so precious.

cindy@cottage instincts said...

That turned out fabulous! I'm not an expert on distressing, but I have done what Jen suggested with the candle wax. I also always use 80 grit sandpaper and when I distress, I do a lot! I also then go over the places I distress once more with 220 or even 320 grit (finishing sand paper or block) to smooth everything out. ANyway, great job!

kys said...

What a find! I never find anything like that at thrift stores. You did a great job with the makeover, too!

Wendy said...

That is so cute! I would love to have a Cricut.

~Kimberly said...

Cute toybox! I just got a cricut (off ebay) and have only played with it a little. I can't wait to get down and dirty and start making some REAL crafts with it! YAY! Congrats on the new toy!

jenjen said...

What a cute project! Great job - I love the lettering!