What's Old is New Again

One of my hobbies is finding old pieces of furniture at garage sales or thrift stores and giving them a new purpose and a new life.  Chalk paint is a wonderful way to make something pretty again.  But I decided to try my hand at decoupage.  I had an old white particle board bookcase sitting in my garage waiting for a make-over.  I found it sitting on a curb just waiting for the garbage truck to pick it up.  I picked it up instead and have been waiting for an idea to hit me as to what to do with it. 

One day while I was spring cleaning I found an old book of accordion sheet music my mother had given me.  She started learning to play back in 1949.  Then it hit me.  I was going to decoupage all that beautifully aged sheet music onto the bookcase.  I picked out the best song titles like Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Anchors Away and The Old Grey Mare.  It took an entire weekend but I had a lot of fun being creative and now I LOVE it.  I cut out birds from a very old bird book and decoupaged them in different spots for added effect.  Since this was my first attempt at decoupage it isn’t perfect.  There are a few wrinkles and bubbles in the paper but I think it adds to the vintage look I was going for.  Total cost for the project was the $20 I spent on the glue.  That’s it. 
 
Repurposing old furniture is fun and inexpensive way to be creative.  Don’t be afraid to give it a try.