Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Gotta Love A Freebie
The first step in my "creative process" is to clean. Believe it or not, this photo was taken after a good cleaning.
Next, I decide if a piece can be transformed or does it need to be dismantled. I do a sort of junk triage. Although rusty, the frame was in tact and all the wheels still turned. That's a good start!
After removing the buggy hood and all the fabric, a coat of clear paste wax maintains the metal frame's patina and gives it a finished look.
Because this was a bouncy baby buggy, the weight of the trunk lid lowered and bounced the buggy which is not a good idea for a tea cart. A couple of pieces of wood cut to the proper length provided support for the buggy frame and locked it at the perfect height for a tea cart.
I love the vintage paper liners in trunks; but since I'm usually in the possession of rather junky trunks, the paper is usually in poor condition. I use Mod Podge to reglue any loose bits and then go over the whole inside with a coat of the Mod Podge as a sealer.
This repurposed little buggy now resides in a good home with my dear friend Jeanne D....so I guess I didn't really adopt; I just fostered.