Thursday, November 4, 2010

My DIY is finally done!!

Whew! Finally....its finished. Seemed like it would never end. I'm not very good (read - impatient) with long drawn out projects. Give me something I can complete in 1 day, I'm happy. But anything that takes me more than 24 hrs tires me out. I know, I know....but I'm like that! But I started this DIY fully aware of the time it would take me, and sort if took it on as a challenge, determined to stay motivated till the very end. And I think I learned a bit of patience this last 2 weeks!

So anyway, its done, just in time for Diwali! Not that I plan to use it for any Diwali decoration, but its an auspicious time to finish something - I think!

This is what I started with......
And this is what I have now. I painted all 4 sides a little differently. I stayed with the same motif/theme but just messed around with the colors a bit. Like I had mentioned, the idea was to make it look colorful, folksy and tribal...not refined and sophisticated. Well, its definitely ummmm, what's the word.... colorful!


The Madhubani painting decoupaged on top
 Left side - green background
 Front of the box - Orange/yellow background

 Backside of the box - black background

 Right side - red background
I think I'm done with DIY's for a while now. I need to get back to some painting...oil painting that is. I have 2 canvases ready to go, picture drawn and all. Will post them when I am done. 

16 comments:

MindfulMeanderer said...

The transformation is amazing :)

GB said...

Wow That is a lot of work--I hear you on long drawn out projects. I need to finish what I start, or else I may never return to it again....can never seem to drum up the same enthusiasm for it later! :)

It looks phenomenal!And A+ for staying on task (I need to learn so much from you!) :)

GB said...

oh and Happy, Happy diwali........

Sudha said...

this is super cool :)...new look to an old trunk ...wow!
Happy Diwali to you and everyone in the family

Sound Horn Please said...

This was a huge project and it looks lovely. Colourful and folksy! Happy Diwali :)

Komali Nunna said...

That is definitely folksy! I love that candle stick too. Did you paint that too? Happy Deepawali!

Kamini said...

Thank you all and a very Happy Diwali to you too.
GB - I was this close (holding up thumb and forefinger one millimeter apart) to giving up.
Komali - that is an old candlestick I had. I was looking for something as a prop for taking pics and then I realized it had the exact same colors, so now this is its new home!

The Print Lover said...

Lovely! The madhubani top is a nice touch.

And may I add that the box is so beautiful on its own that you dont need the candle stick on top vying for attention!

vineeta said...

Kamini, this is brilliant!!! I have great respect for all DIY and hand done things. And this transformation is beautiful! :) Love the colour combination.

Eterna said...

Very Beautiful and creative..

Sayantani said...

amazing work Kamini. love the black and red background work...beautiful.
Happy Diwali to you and your family too.

Patricia Torres said...

Oh my gosh... what can I say.. that is truly magical.. looks like a magical chest now.. I'm amazed.. Wow!! I have so so much to learn from you.. specially with these DIYs.. to conceptualize.. and then finally get it done.. You rock!!

Happy Diwali.. to you and all your loved ones..

Shanthi said...

Kamini!!!! now I see why u were so invisible the last week. 10 on 10 to the four sides. Two great chests in a weeks time WOW!!!!. Happy Diwali

Lakshmi -Celebrations said...

lovely chest,kamini.great work

purplehomes said...

what a wonderful chest! i love how you have treated all the sides differently!

Priyanka Sethi said...

hey kamini mam
im priyanka
i have 3 such metal trunks and a terrible painter..
can u suggest someone who can make dese fr me in delhi?
u hav edone a beautiful job mam !!

priyanka
priyanka.sethi29@gmail.com