Flashback to the awesome days gone by…we have jams with high-top shoes, rolled cuffs on pants, and…geese. Yup. GEESE. Most often you see them wearing bonnets. Why? I have no idea. They’re cute and all, but I’d never put them on my wall. haha (I made a rhyme…did you catch that?). Time for an 80’s decor makeover!
For real though…nothing against geese as I love farm animals. Also, nothing against those that had geese in their home. In addition, my mom did and it suited our country living. However, like all things, times change as our decor tastes do too.
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First, it’s time to take this dated decor apart. As you can see, it’s just a panel stapled to the back. I just hit it with a hammer from the front side to gently remove it. However, it would be a blast to really beat it up, but…I have a plan.
If you look close at it, you can see how over time the fabrics have yellowed and faded. Aren’t they cute? tee hee.
Next, I’m ready to take this wall box to a whole new level. However, in order to save me a headache, I use paper to give me an idea if my measurements are correct. And, of course, they are…haha. Can you tell where I’m headed with this?
Also, I’m going for a vintage vibe with faux apothecary drawers. Also, you can see how I’ve created similar on these past pieces. First, I cut four pieces out of scrap luan and attached with wood glue and my brad nailer. Then, stained them to match.
Last, I cut another piece of luan to fit the opening on the back for this 80’s decor makeover.
After stain, I whitewashed and added some typography fun using my transfer method. With that in ind, before I show you the full reveal, here’s a peek at what I am doing to the geese.
Finally, after that enjoyable DIY adventure my two projects are complete.
Crazy cool, eh? This was super easy to do, especially when you have a great stash on hand. (applause for #trashure!) Plus, my hand-painting really gives me peace. Additionally, I talk to God while working and pray. He is faithful.
The art of the apothecary is one I wish would come back into fashion. Dump the doctors that push pills and go back to nature’s science. Not only did God give us the wisdom, but also what we need right in our own back yard.
Oh, and don’t forget the geese! Here they are dressed up proper and married to a vintage find.
How about that?! No need to pitch it, it just needed some basic latex paint and some twine. Also, that cool wooden bow makes a fun accent too.
Now, you need to tell me…did you see that coming? haha. Which is your favorite? Do tell!
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You are most welcome, Stephanie! 😀 Glad to have you.
great *restorations* and redos without removing stitching – so cute and clever.
Woot! Thank you, Dodie! 😀
Oh wow…I love what you did with the piece! I really thought those were real drawers Larissa, and had to go back and forth on the photos to see how in the world did she??? ? Very inventive and creative! Thank you for inspiring again and again…makes my heart happy! And thank you for the info about the alternative sites to connect…much appreciated!
woot! That just made my day…and it’s even a sunny day. Amazing! Thank you, Mary.
Hi Larissa, wow you saved another blast from the past! I love the apothecary shelf with your typography.
Thank you, Kaycee.
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You are so creative, Larissa! I love what you did with this 1980s “trashure”!
It’s just fun to take something nobody wanted and revive it. I know you love that too. Thank you, Paula.
Sandi Allen says
Wow! This is Amazing! I thought those were real drawers. I so Love this. Your lettering is perfect!
Great save on the 80’s geese! You are so creative
How fun to hear, Sandi. Thanks! These kinds of makeovers are always fun for me. Here’s to 80’s geese! 😀