Sunday, September 4, 2016

THE WARDROBE





Old wardrobes give me chills, they are old and dusty and smell of past lives. They are usually large and looming and certainly make their presence known in any room. They almost appear to be staring at you, and even so, there is something so mysterious and intriguing about them. It’s almost difficult to walk past one without that feeling of just wanting to open up the doors to see what’s inside.
  If you have a wardrobe, you don't need me to tell you this, when it’s very quiet you can hear whispers and voices coming from the inside. There are also little creature stirring about inside, 

I have seen them out of the corner of my eye. It's true. Sometimes, you even hear knocking and rustling around,... until you open it, then it is chillingly quiet again.

 I am sure there is a small door inside every old wardrobe that can only be seen by those curious enough to look for it and mad enough to go inside. Those who go in, rarely return . . . . the same. 
  Wardrobes, are they haunted, possessed? Do they just come alive on Hallows Eve?  Truth be told, it’s probably all just my over- sized imagination playing tricks on me….... Or is it? 



 I originally purchased this La Guardarropa Shrine Kit ( The Wardrobe) for a totally different purpose, but once I got it and starting thinking about Halloween, I knew I would have to place an order for another one.




I came across this antique door plate at the Vintage Market Days this Summer and I have been waiting for the perfect project to utilize it. I used the Finnabair Mechanical knobs over the holes at the top and bottom which just fit perfectly. When I started going through my stash, I found this dollar store ring that I wore with a past Halloween costume. That’s all it took to get the imagination ball rolling. The rest just all fell into place over at Retro Café Art Gallery, where the Halloween goodies are just “Spooky delightful.”

I started with the doors, adding a stencil and modeling paste. On one side, I added a pair of hands and a brass piece from my personal stash. Next I painted the door with a green acrylic paint. After both doors were dry, I used an antiquing medium to get inside the cracks and give it more of an aged appearance. That is easy to use, you just brush it on and wipe it off, maybe adding more or less until you get the look you are going after.





Some poor Soul's bone made a great wardrobe door pull.





 
 Once that was dry I added my coveted vintage door plate, but not before I glued in my eye ring and a little paper eye behind the key hole.



 Next, I assembled the entire wardrobe, adding spots of clear glue to all the slots as I was assembling them, everywhere except the doors. You want them to swing back and forth freely.

 Once the wardrobe was assembled and dry. I painted the outside and inside with black gesso. Then I added my selected papers to the outside and the inside doors and walls.



 











For the backside, I added words and a decorative scroll cut out that I painted orange with acrylic paint and then daubed it with Tim Holtz distress stain.



 











I  fell in love with the candelabras! I just painted them black, added some outlines with a Silver pen and painted the flames with acrylic paints. The top of the wardrobe was just perfect for the candelabras, a few more skulls and a roaming black cat!

The last steps were the most fun, adding all the spooky bits and bobs to the inside and on top of the wardrobe.To the Rose frame, I just added some guilders paste to bring out the rose design.  I had this little doll house door that I purchased to use on a journal cover and it was perfect for this project. I added one of the little skully creatures behind it and glued it to the inside lower wall. I mean people disappear, so there has to be a hidden door, right?
 Old Skelly was too tall to fit and his poor legs were brittle so I just cut them off. He'll probably use them as crutches to get around now! :)

 I just couldn’t pick a favorite of all these Halloween goodies, the bones, the cats, the bats, the furry spiders, the variety of skulls and skeletons, grumpy pumpkins, the candelabras and more. If you hurry on over, you can trick or treat and fill your bags at Retro Café Art Gallery and you even get Jelly Beans!













 















Acrylic paint
Modeling paste
Guilders Paste
Folk Art Antiquing Medium
Artist Papers – Teresa Collins World Traveler Pack
Doll house door
Vintage Door Plate
Finnabair Mechanicals – Mini Knobs
Dollar store ring

21 comments:

  1. What a wonderfully creepy and imagination stirring wardrobe! Love it! And yes. They are creepy!

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    1. Thanks Chrissy, this one was especially fun to make!

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  2. I have an antique wardrobe...armoire...and it's full of lovely old dishes of bygone days. It's "haunted" with the stories of prior owners who lived their lives, loved each other and took care of their belongings. BTW, I'm getting read to visit Narnia's wardrobe in Belfast...woohoo!

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    1. Yes, they do have their own stories don't they? If only they could tell us.. or maybe not!
      XO

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  3. these turned out fantastically Kim! I'm betting they'll sell instantly for Haloween! Gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! It sold right away and now I am on to the next! Hugs and waving to you!!
      xoxo

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  4. This is SO COOL Kim! Amazing details! Love those crazy skellies!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Kristin. Halloween projects are always a lot of fun to make, really gets the imagination going!! I love those skellies too!!
      xo

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  5. I love this Kim. So many details and it's just full of creepy awesomeness!!!

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    1. Thank you Monica, I always had memories of my grandmother's creepy wardrobe, so I just had to do it!!
      xoxo

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  6. OMGosh Kim!!!
    What a fabulous creepy and cool wardrobe!! All the little details you add to each of your projects are amazing and inspiring! So, now you have me in search of the perfect elements to go with a box I bought years ago!
    Thank you so much for always sharing your artwork and inspiration! xoxo

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  7. Thanks Jackie for the sweet comment!! I am always happy to share and so thrilled it inspired you to make a "creepy" box of your own. I am sure you will fill it with inspiring creepiness!!
    Happy hunting and creating!!
    xoxo

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  8. This is absolutely gorgeously fun!! I can just hear the doors go CREEEAK while revealing what is hidden within. Wonderful details and thanks for the steps. xo

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    1. Thank you so much Sheila!! It was a lot of fun to create!! Always a pleasure to share!!

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  9. This wardrobe is spectacular work Kim. Old wardrobes is mysterious even my mother' s was too. Fabulous the door and the doorknob (love the eye peeking through the keyhole). My heart’s beating when I opened the door!! It seems Mr. Skeleton is working hard and his boss is waiting his turn at the scare room. Amazing details and your imagination always. Love love this!! xx

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    1. Thank you Etsuko!! I love that you get it! Old wardrobes are quite fascinating of any kind and most could tell some interesting stories if they could talk. Thank you for taking the time to comment here! I appreciate you!!!
      XO

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  11. I love your wardrobe. Did you do the stenciling and modeling paste before you assembled the wardrobe?

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    1. Hit Tana, Yes, I applied the modeling paste prior to assembling only because I thought it would be easier, but I have since made another one and it is just as easy to add it after assembled as well. I actually think it is better because you know exactly where to wipe the excess off the sides of the doors so it doesn't prevent you from opening them when it is dry. Either way works well.
      You should make one, it was so much fun and loaded with possibilities!
      Thank you for your comment!
      Happy Creating!
      xo

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    1. My pleasure!! Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment!

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