Messing around with my toys to make them mine
No, I haven’t chewed them or done anything similar
In the midst of taking inventory of all the items I’ve bought and hoarded over the last 18 months so that I could pick out bits for the Great Hall. After a day or so fiddling around with minute beakers, apples etc I needed a break so I broke out.
Amongst the treasures squirreled away are far too many items (7 or 8+) that I need to ‘do something with’ – ie make me like them more. Why did I acquire them? Well, the answer to that falls into the category of ‘you know what thought did, don’t you’; because at the time of purchase, I thought they were what I needed.
Two in particular are matching chests for clothes and general storage to go in bedrooms but they need a spruce up or, as is more likely once in my hands, vandalising.
A family tree of two chests – images of their offspring
Both items were bought second hand, in need of a good sanding down, where the wood will take it and generally cleaning where possible. The wood is very fragile and a little soft and makes dust rather than a good surface. The panels won’t clean up too well, even with a gentle version of wood varnish remover, and the surface so I decided to thoroughly do them over.
|Chest one: I tried faux carving
|Chest two:went for a bit of a Medieval look and got over fiddly. This has the more gummy panelled surfaces of the two chests and I decided to cover them over completely.|
As ever, a little mixed. Glad I had a go at them, as probably wouldn’t have used them in their original state and will probably make more use of them now.
Back to the gluing down of small objects
Well not glue: I tried the tacky wax and we didn’t get on so am now using a white tac look-a-like which can be pulled out into threads and used in very small amounts. It’s a bit like chewing gum but stickier and seems to clean off fairly easily. We’ll see what happens after it has a chance to dry out and harden off. I don’t think it can possibly end up as disobliging as the tacky wax. One can only hope.