Today I'm sharing a project that I have wanted to do forever. I had seen a few little miniature theaters out in cyberspace and always thought it would be fun to make one. I guess I always figured I'd construct one with found hardware, spindles, etcetera, but when I found this jewelry box at my neighbor's yard sale late this summer, I knew that I had found my theater. All I had to do was give her a makeover and we'd be good to go. Sorry for the crummy "before" picture. I apparently was too excited to get started painting to bother making sure my camera settings were right! It was very pretty, but I had envisioned a white theater, so out came the Annie Sloan's chalk paint in Old White.
I gave her a good coat, leaving a little gold peeking through here and there. I then lightly sanded some areas, giving a little distressed look. A coat of clear wax was followed by some VERY judiciously placed dark wax in the areas I wanted to age a bit more. The detailing was so pretty, it wasn't too difficult to make it sing. I LOVE the way it turned out.
Some beautiful lace curtains seemed appropriate for a Theater of Dreams...I wanted to evoke a sense of ethereal beauty where the audience would get lost in the magic of the performance.
Mon petit théâtre des reves (theater of dreams)...
In MY dreams, a chandelier illuminating the stage was a must. I raided my stash of crystals and wire and came up with a design that I found pleasing. A little twist here, a little bend there and VOILA! A petite chandelier to go with my petite stage...
The addition of a couple of beautiful mademoiselles to dance on my stage was the finishing touch. Of course, they had to be dolled up a little more with some layering, artist chalks, and glitter. Much better...
Fairy wings or butterfly wings...what do you think? Or should I say, what would you see in YOUR dreams?
I hope you enjoyed seeing my little project. I look forward to peeking in on you and see what projects you've been up to. I just went out this evening and clipped all of my roses since we are supposed to have our first hard freeze tonight. BRRRR!!!
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