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Altered Mini Shelf

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) Here I am with an Altered project for you. This little shelf I had as a child to store my little characters on and it has been sitting in the loft for years! My mother got it out and asked if I had any ideas for updating it (It was a slightly dark wood with a plaque on the top with flowers on-very 1990's!) So I had a play and this is what I came up with.
I started by priming with Gesso, then painted Metallic Rust colour acrylic paint on top. I then coated it with crackle glaze and let it dry for a good while. Next I altered the plaque by finding a fabulous butterfly heavy sticker embellishment and moulding it to fit. I then painted on my coat of sand colour acrylic paint and waited for the cracks to appear and for my shelves to dry. Lastly I used Glossy accents on the plaque to make it really look like it was meant to be this way.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafty Calender Challenge: Things with Wings
Crafts4Eternity: Wonderful Wings
Fairy Tale Challenge: Things with Wings
Creative Craft Challenges: Distress it
Tando Creative Challenges: Alter it
Thank you for looking and for your lovely comments, I really do appreciate them :-)


  1. gorgeous Elaine, you definitely have a talent for altering!

    Sarah x

  2. Beautiful x Would love to see a before picture xXx

    1. Haha Sammylou I only thought I shouldve done after I had already altered it-will think to do so next time :-)

  3. Brilliant - just the treatment to give the shelves a new lease of life. It not only looks very decorative now but it's also perfect for storing ink pads on, or little bottles of stickles, etc. Elizabeth x

  4. Hi Elaine, This is amazing your talent really shines through! xx

  5. wow, this is stunning, love it xxx

  6. It looks great well worth the hard work you put in x

  7. Beautiful, well done. Chris xx

  8. That's fab!!! Love how you've given it a 2nd lease of life!
    Hugs Alison x x

  9. That looks really lovely - just need to find a new use for it now

  10. gorgeous! It has worked wonderfully, I really must try this technique.

  11. Elaine, just gorgeous, love the color xx

  12. I thought the same as Sammylou, It would have been nice to see a before pic... But never mind, i can imagine it... It was certainly worth all the effort.... I's stunning x

  13. LOve this! It's very impressive!
    Dawn xx

  14. Great altered piece Elaine. Carol x

  15. WOW Elaine you clever girl this is fab but must agree with Sammylou, does your mum know you robbed the garden too? haha. Saw you're Mum's draws (not litterally) when I was back tracking to see the previous work which is also fab, hope you're keeping well as I've not heard from you in a while. Hugs Janet x

  16. This is fabulous Elaine, lovely to have something from when you were young to update for today.

    Linda xxx

  17. Love this altered project. Beautiful.
    Thanks for joining Crafts 4 Eternity.
    Hugs Berit

  18. wow super little shelf !! ... lol ... dont think I have commented on a shelf before ... I am sure you will have fun filling it up ... well done ... hope you have a great week ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  19. Just gorjuss!
    I seen it on fb and knew right away it was you! I adore it, its simply stunning!

    Hope your well and feeling better? Have a happy week!
    Hugs melly xxx

  20. WOW this looks lovely..and would make a lovely little shelf for stickles and the like...
    CLaire x

  21. Loving the shelf and a butterfly too. my fav.

  22. What a perfect creation for our challenge! Thanks for joining us at Crafts4Eternity.

  23. Oooo I'd love one of these for my craft room :)

    Thank you so much for sharing your distressed look with us at Creative Craft Challenges.

    xoxoxo Carly

  24. Fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

  25. I've altered something similar not to long ago and it was fun. You may want to check it out in my blog. Your Crackle paint came out super nice :)

  26. It's beautiful. Thanks for linking it to Tando.


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