Here is one of my pieces that makes use of recycled paper bags! First the before, a thrift store find that was really hideous.
Thick brown latex over orange over who knows what.... no hardware, yuck....but I'm kinda a furniture visionary, I could sense its inner beauty. OK, just kidding... it was super cheap, but well built; ugly but quality bones, I can work with that.
If I was one of those awesome bloggers that documents everything with amazing pictures I would now show you the pictures of stripping all the gunk off, sanding, priming and repairing.
Then I would have some great pictures of a stack of brown paper shopping bags before they are torn up and soaked in acrylic medium and carefully applied to the dresser.
Next I would have pictures of the special paint that has iron grindings in it that I then oxidize to create the rusted trim.
Finally there would be pictures of my stockpile of vintage drawer pulls that I rummaged through to select the eclectic mix of mismatched pulls on the chest.
But, I'm not that cool yet so I'll just skip to the finished product
A recycled brown paper bag dresser, with rusted trim and eclectic pulls. Seriously, a buyer from Anthropology should discover me!
I love how the paper almost looks like leather, and the rust makes it look kinda industrial. I will have this piece at the Fremont Sunday market this week! Thanks for looking!