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{type case project}

I finished my type case project and I love it!
It looks great against our grass green kitchen accent wall. Now I just need to gather a few little things to put on the little shelves.

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I started the project last Saturday and was certain I would get it done by the end of the weekend. Well, as with probably every project, things happen to prevent you from meeting your "goal".
For me this time it was paint drying time, having to paint about 5 coats, and then running out of paint. And that on a Sunday. Which in Germany means, no stores are open but gas stations and the flower shop in the nearby hospital. Well, neither one sells paint. So I had to wait till Monday to get more of my "titanium white".

This is what it looked like, running out of paint.

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And this is the finished project. I used white acrylic paint and then glued wrapping paper cutouts in the back of the little shelves. A very decorative, but thrifty project.

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47 Kommentare

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    Jen
    Sonntag, der 30. Januar 2011 at 00:28

    This is a so sweet. I love it. What a great way to make something old into something new. :)
    I am a new follower.
    I hope you come by to say hi.
    Cheers!
    Jen
    http://www.cariboobutterfly.com

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    Alisha @ SnugasaBugBaby
    Sonntag, der 30. Januar 2011 at 02:28

    VERY cute! Would love to see what you decide to fill it with.

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    Tanya
    Sonntag, der 30. Januar 2011 at 03:58

    Love the combination of colours you used!

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    Katie @ EyeSpyDIY
    Sonntag, der 30. Januar 2011 at 05:34

    Wow, this looks great, I did something similar, I should've painted mine first! http://eyespydiy.blogspot.com/2010/12/shelf-with-fabric-background-thrift.html

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Sonntag, der 30. Januar 2011 at 11:10

    Well, thank you all for your lovely comments!

    @ Alisha: I will post an update, once I figure out what I want to fill it with. It's not an easy task. Some of those little shelves are only 2x2in..

    @ Katie: I love yours!! I love the idea with the fabric in the back of the little shelves, too!

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    Leslie
    Sonntag, der 30. Januar 2011 at 12:29

    Incredible! I wish I had seen this about two months ago as I sold one of these in my barn sale! :(

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    Mom in High Heels
    Sonntag, der 30. Januar 2011 at 13:45

    That's cute!!! I have a type case tray that I'm going to make over. I love the colors you chose.
    We live in Germany too and I know what you mean about not being able to get stuff you need on Sunday. Grrr!

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    Gillian Layne
    Sonntag, der 30. Januar 2011 at 13:46

    Utterly darling. You did a wonderful job!

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Sonntag, der 30. Januar 2011 at 13:48

    Aww, Leslie, I'm sorry to hear you gave that type case up for sale. Looking at the creativity flowing in your blog, I'm sure you would have ended up with a beauty! ;)

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Sonntag, der 30. Januar 2011 at 14:45

    @ Mom in High Heels: Where in Germany are you at? How long have you been here and how do you like it?

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    Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home
    Sonntag, der 30. Januar 2011 at 14:55

    So pretty! I love the colors in the paper you used. How long did it take you to cut them all out?! Will you share at my linky party today?

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Sonntag, der 30. Januar 2011 at 15:08

    @ Rachel: Cutting out the paper didn't take too terribly long. Fortunately a lot of the little shelves were the same size, so I could cut one out in the right size and then use that as a "cookie cutter".
    I'm partying at your link party now. Thank you for sharing! Great little space on the internet you got there!

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    Ladybird Ln
    Sonntag, der 30. Januar 2011 at 15:35

    WOw, I love it, I have one of those too, I might have to try this!!

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    Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims
    Montag, der 31. Januar 2011 at 17:24

    pretty! I love the end result! :)

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    Nicole
    Montag, der 31. Januar 2011 at 17:31

    visiting from craft o maniac…

    you really prettied it up! great job!

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    Kelsey
    Montag, der 31. Januar 2011 at 23:57

    i love it!

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    Seven Sisters
    Dienstag, der 1. Februar 2011 at 01:48

    loooove this!!! and i just sold my type box in a garage sale last year…aug! J.
    7sisters

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    Krafty Kat
    Dienstag, der 1. Februar 2011 at 20:30

    Oh, soo cute! I love the papers you chose with the white paint! Thanks so much for linking up to Gettin' Krafty With It!

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    Robin
    Mittwoch, der 2. Februar 2011 at 16:19

    I love it and would love if you entered my linky party at http://tinyurl.com/upcycled31 if you have any more recycled/upcycled projects please link them up and let your friends know. I am trying to reach 100 upcycled projects this week and I would really appreciate you help!

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Mittwoch, der 2. Februar 2011 at 19:39

    @Robin: I just joined your party. #48 and 49. Almost halfway there! :) Thanks for the invite!

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    Sarah
    Donnerstag, der 3. Februar 2011 at 02:24

    I just LOVE this project!!! You did a beautiful job! I wish I could find a cool drawer like that so I could make something similar. You did an amazing job! I love your blog and crafty ideas so I am your newest follower so I can check back :) Thanks for sharing this beautiful project!

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    CraftyMummy
    Donnerstag, der 3. Februar 2011 at 07:51

    It's beautiful! What are going to put in it? Would love to see what you find!

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    Brianna
    Donnerstag, der 3. Februar 2011 at 13:09

    oh my goodness
    Im in LOVES with this so SO much

    xoxo
    bB

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Donnerstag, der 3. Februar 2011 at 13:32

    @Sarah: Welcome to my blog! I'm glad to have found a new follower in you. Just have a look out at your local flea market or thrift store and I'm sure you'll find a beautiful type case to redo soon!

    @CraftyMummy: I'm still collecting things to put into the little shelves. I will post pictures once I'm satisfied with my finds. :)

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    Tanyia
    Donnerstag, der 3. Februar 2011 at 16:04

    This is beautiful! I bought a similar tray at GoodWill for a dollar and have yet to do something like this, because I am not sure what to do with it when its done! lol What are you going to do with yours?

    I am stopping by from Whatever Goes Wednesdays at Someday Crafts, I would love to have you stop by my blog and check out my project :)

    http://xsurvivingmotherhoodx.blogspot.com/2011/02/more-headbands.html

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    Kristi
    Donnerstag, der 3. Februar 2011 at 16:37

    Oooh, I love this!! I've got one of these trays out in the garage. I've been waiting for the perfect project for it and I think I may have just found it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Summer
    Donnerstag, der 3. Februar 2011 at 17:49

    Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday!

    http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com

    Sumo:)

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Donnerstag, der 3. Februar 2011 at 22:35

    @Tanyia: I'm still gathering little things (I can't wait to go to the flea market on Sunday!) to put into the shelves. Right now it's hanging on our grass green kitchen wall.

    @Kristi: I would love to see your type case when it's done! I'm gonna keep checking your blog for it! ;)

    @Summer: Thank you sooo much for featuring me!! I'm really excited about it! Yaaay!

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    Allison {A Glimpse Inside}
    Donnerstag, der 3. Februar 2011 at 23:13

    That is so pretty! Love the wrapping paper you used to back it! Thanks for linking this up as well.

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    Ann @ makethebestofthings
    Freitag, der 4. Februar 2011 at 00:20

    I have two of these cute shelves and you're inspiring me to tackle their redo! Love the combo of papers!

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    Melissa
    Freitag, der 4. Februar 2011 at 14:14

    We have a printer's drawer in our house too, and I have thought about doing something similar. I think yours looks gorgeous empty! It's like a piece of art! Good job.

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    mrs. fisher's findings
    Samstag, der 5. Februar 2011 at 18:52

    Great job! Very cute and thrifty. I also love the colors you used. How much did you get it for?

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Samstag, der 5. Februar 2011 at 19:49

    Thank you everyone for the awesome comments! They make the rainy day so, so much brighter! :)

    @ mrs. fisher's finding: I found the type case a couple weeks ago at the local flea market for 1.50€ (about $2.00). I haggled the price down from 3.00€. I love haggling. Haha

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    abeachcottage
    Sonntag, der 6. Februar 2011 at 01:27

    Was blog hopping and came across yours. Your project turned out really lovely. You did a great job and it will certainly look wonderful once you put your little things in it!

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    Nicole
    Sonntag, der 6. Februar 2011 at 04:52

    I love the paper you used, it looks great! Visiting from A Glimpse Inside

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    aimee
    Dienstag, der 8. Februar 2011 at 14:54

    that is super-cute! I have one of these shelves out in my garage gathering dust – I will have to give it a spring makeover too! thanks for sharing this – I'm your newest follower! Hope you will stop by & follow back!
    Aimee @
    justkiddingaroundatlanta.blogspot.com

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    Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com}
    Dienstag, der 8. Februar 2011 at 15:57

    very pretty!

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    Jen@GarageSaleDiaries
    Dienstag, der 8. Februar 2011 at 23:04

    I LOVE this! love the paper you selected! I have seen type cases where photos have been glued into each section. GREAT PROJECT!

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    Wendy Sue
    Donnerstag, der 10. Februar 2011 at 01:23

    Yours is so sweet! Love that yours is so light and feminine!

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    Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder
    Dienstag, der 1. Mrz 2011 at 15:53

    I LLLLLOOOVVVVEEEE it! The papers you used are amazing. And I think the paint made a huge difference.

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    Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder
    Dienstag, der 1. Mrz 2011 at 15:53

    I LLLLLOOOVVVVEEEE it! The papers you used are amazing. And I think the paint made a huge difference.

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    Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder
    Dienstag, der 1. Mrz 2011 at 15:53

    I LLLLLOOOVVVVEEEE it! The papers you used are amazing. And I think the paint made a huge difference.

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    Hani@Craftionary
    Mittwoch, der 9. Mrz 2011 at 22:04

    that is adorably cute..
    Love your project..
    Love
    Hani
    http://craftionary.blogspot.com

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    Alexis @ persia lou
    Samstag, der 7. Mai 2011 at 23:26

    It really does look great against the green wall!

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    Vivienne @ the V Spot
    Mittwoch, der 5. Oktober 2011 at 16:15

    Very cool!

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    Katie
    Mittwoch, der 5. Oktober 2011 at 17:58

    love this project!

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    Jennifer
    Dienstag, der 16. Juli 2013 at 20:51

    Aah I found a similar DIY project with such a tray… unfortunately I have been unable to find one yet ;) Will need to check out some flea markets!

    Looks great :)

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