Friday, January 25, 2013

Distress Ink Storage Tower

While on my way to an appointment a week or so ago, I was passing by my local Salvation Army resale shop. I visit this stores a few times a year looking for things I can alter, but it had been a long time since I had been there. For some reason while traveling down Euclid Ave. something told me I had to stop in quick, I had 5 minutes before my appointment and of course had to run in. This is what I found: An old shelf on a lazy susan type base! I instantly knew what I was going to do with it, and with the price being 95cents my day was made.
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It took me forever to figure out how to divide it off into sections. First I did it out of heavy chipboard but wasn't happy with it. Finally I found some scraps of OSB board that my husband had laying around and divided it off. It didn't look the greatest but it was
sturdy and I knew I could cover it up with something. Next I cut shelves out of heavy weight chipboard and small 1inch structure strips to hold the shelves up. My hand was killing me cutting all that chipboard with a knife. Next I took Vintage Photo stain and stained all the pieces and glued them all in.
I then took some TH grunge board and cut strips and inked them with vintage photo distress ink. I used them to cover up the yucky finish of the OSB. Next I used a combination of Graphic 45 paper and Tim Holtz paper and covered up the wood. I wanted a knob on the top to turn the unit, what I had in mind was an old glass door knob, but couldn't bring myself to pay the price. Then I found this glass ornament holder at my local antique store and thought it might look kind of neat. I got it home and it was too bright, so I took some alcohal inks and grunged it up.
I then took Modge Podge, matte finish and went over all the paper to give it a protective coating. I added a TH clock and spinner, a metal closure, a couple of metal pieces I had in my stash, some scrabble tiles to spell ink, a decorative key and a Graphic 45 clothes pin and called it done.
Next I printed out all the colors of inks I had on the computer, added a color sample of each to make a label.  I love how this turned out, it holds 40 ink pads and I have 30, so I have room to grow my collection. I think I will enter this into: http://simonsaysstampandshow.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/challenge-what-are-you-known-for.html I'm also entering this into the http://frillyandfunkie.blogspot.com/2013/01/spruce-it-up.html the challenge is to Spruce It Up, I think I took this old worn out item and gave it a new life.
I'm not really know for anything but I do like my distress inks on everything and like organizing my supplies.
  What do you think? I love your comments. Shari
Can you tell I can't figure out how to put the photos side by side?

52 comments:

  1. What a great idea. I love how it turned out. It's a work of art in and of itself!
    Marie
    http://craftelicious.blogspot.com/

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  2. Wow Shari! It's awesome! I want it! LOL! Such a fine job! Love every inch of it! Amazing my friend!

    Hugs to ya!

    Jimbo

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    1. Thanks so much Jim and that was so sweet of you to share it on your facebook!

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  3. How fun, what a great job you did!

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  4. What a great transformation!!! I love it. It looks amazing.

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  5. Shari...this is simply amazing! I can't believe you turned a $.95 piece into such a beautifully finished and functional piece! Kudos to you for your originality and your perseverance to cut all of that chipboard with a knife! It was so worth the sore hands! :) I love how you've finished out your new Distress Inks holder. It's perfect for Tim's vintage inks! I also love the papers you chose to use on the exterior and the metal embellishments are perfect! Thanks for sharing this wonderful project with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  6. Shari, this is so clever and creative. I applaud your patience for figuring out how to put it all together. Great job!

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  7. So very clever...well done you.
    Anni

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  8. What a cleaver idea. Ans so beutifull.

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  9. An amazing project beautifully executed. I would love on of these! Tfs.
    Gill

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  10. What a visionary. This is so awesome

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  11. What a beautifully creative piece. Well done!

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  12. Wow! Amazing project, I love it!!

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  13. Tissue is great, I just love it. So unique and useful what a great project.

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  14. awesome!....you beautifully repurposed this piece. Congratulations!

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  15. Absolutely gorgeous! I love what you did with it. I have to ask, is the lighthouse on top of your blogin Ely, MN? My granddaughter and I are sure it is a spot we visited this past summer.

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    1. Kathy, Thanks! No the lighthouse is in East Tawas Michigan, we love it up there.

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  16. Thanks everyone for the nice comments,and stopping by to check it out!

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  17. Fantastic! I think I like this better than Anne's. My favorite part is your labels! Ingenious!

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  18. I think it turned out wonderfully! I wish I could find something like this t

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  19. Wow - such a creative girl you are! Very impressive!

    KarenK

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  20. WOW! complete transformation! Awesome!

    When you load your photo to your post... click on the photo... it comes up larger with options at the bottom... you can choose the size you want the photo to be on the post... I always choose full size (I resize the photo to match the size of my blog column) so people don't have to click to see them big... then you can also choose center, left, right or none!

    Easy! have fun!

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  21. Beautiful!!!

    Thanks for sharing -
    Christi

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  22. Awesome!! Have always looked in op shops for this kind of thing...but still no luck in finding something. LOVE what you have created. Thank you for sharing.

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  23. This is AWESOME!!!! Love the recycled find, and brill idea to put the strips in there to hold the shelves up. I want one!!! lol...

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  24. What a find! You did a beautiful job making this work for you! I would never have seen the potential of the piece. Nor would it have occurred to me that I could make my own shelves!Really a beautiful piece,thank you for sharing!

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  25. Wow! Love this and a great idea too. Wonder what it was originally? A spice rack? You finished it beautifully.

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  26. Wow what a fabulous transformation ! I'm sure this will have pride of place in your work room ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

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  27. WOW! What a lucky find. The finished project looks great. Great imagination to transform this old thing into something so gorgeous and to cleverly adapt it for your inks with little shelves.

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  28. Looks awesome!!! Great job up cycling

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  29. That has to be one of the most amazing storage towers for DI's ever!!! So envious of it - I could really do with one myself! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie this time with this gem of a project. Hugs, Jenny x

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  30. Shari, I'll join those who are envious!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower!

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  31. Fabulous revamp, What a great way to house those ink pads! and what a find at 95 cents!
    hugs Lynn

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  32. Wow, wow and wow again. Shari, this is totally sensational. I am so impressed with the work you did on this. It came out fantastic. I really love the way you created the slots for the pads. Such a beautiful vintage style piece and perfectly functional to - it totally ROCKS. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Frilly and Funkie!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  33. What a fabulous redo of a **NINETY FIVE CENT** find!!!! I love what you did to it and what a fantastic addition to your craft space!! Terrific Shari! Thanks so much for joining us at Frilly and Funky!

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  34. Wow Shari! This is sooo cool! What a great find and you did something fabulous with it! Now it has a new life! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Frilly and Funkie!

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  35. Great job on this thrift store find! I wish I had the imagination to see something useful out of what I see at thrift stores. Thank you for sharing this project with us.

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    1. Brenda, Thanks for the nice comment, I went to your site and I love your altered train case. Is that paper or material you were using?

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  36. This is absolutely gorgeous Shari! I'm so glad I was at Jim's stream today to chat to you and check out your blog and this awesome distress ink storage unit! Just wish I could find pieces like this to alter LOL. Thanks for sharing :)
    Smiles
    Jen

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    1. Thanks Jenny. I've been looking for something like it, but I'll probably never find another one. I can't believe you made yours from scratch, awesome!

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