Practicing Creativity

Beeswax thrift shop cabinet makeover

This is a makeover I did a while back and have been meaning to share with you. I took a small thrift store cabinet that was structurally sound, but not very pretty. I painted it in cream acrylic paint and then used beeswax to adhere my original vintage images. These are from a 1920's French fashion magazine. When you use beeswax with paper this old it just seems to all melt together; the paper acquires a translucent quality that I really like (for more on working with beeswax see my tutorial here). I cut off the backs of upholstery tacks and glued those to the front.

Here is the before.

Supply List
Paper—vintage images from my collection
Embellishments—upholstery tacks
Miscellaneous—acrylic paint, beeswax


  1. Such a cool makeover! I've never worked with beeswax but I've seen some amazing paintings done with it.


  2. Amazing transformation Shani.

  3. Whaou!! Quelle transformation!!! Beau travail Shani, j'adore!!!!!

  4. Wow--what a transformation!

  5. This is fabulous!! It's absolutely gorgeous!! Where did you end up putting it? What are you going to use it for? Do tell!!


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