What’s Old is New Again
Written by Ginger Martin on June 1, 2015
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.