Creating a Marvel Shelf thanks to Barbie

This is my accidental shelf!  What I mean by that is I had no intentions of buy the Barbie shelf when I saw it at the car boot sale.  I did stand in front of it contemplating whether to purchase it or not but decided I had WAY too many part projects at home so went to walk away only to have the stall owner say - it's only £1.............I stopped in my tracks turned around and bought it!!  I know right!
Turning Barbie's shelf into a Marvel Shelf
This is my accidental shelf!  What I mean by that is I had no intentions of buy the Barbie shelf when I saw it at the car boot sale.  I did stand in front of it contemplating whether to purchase it or not but decided I had WAY too many part projects at home so went to walk away only to have the stall owner say - it's only £1.............I stopped in my tracks turned around and bought it....... I know right!

Batman and Spider-man checking out Barbie's space.....
After looking the shelf over it became apparent it came apart rather nicely, and the Barbie logo sanded down well too, not that it mattered in the end as I covered it with spider paper!

After look the shelf over it became apparent the shelving came apart rather nicely, and the Barbie log sanded down well too, not that it mattered in the end as I covered it with spider paper!
Prepping the shelving unit to be re-covered
Hmm not a fan of wavey lines I found out!
Hmm not a fan of wavey lines I found out!
The sides were easy to paint and I decided to continue to use my Dulux - Made by me paint.  I love this paint, it goes on so well but I need to start buying other colours though - well, maybe more shades of blue at least!

The sides were easy to paint and I decided to continue to use my Dulux - Made by me paint.  I love this paint, it goes on so well I need to start buying other colours though - well, maybe more shades of blue at least!
Painting all shelving sides before I decided not to use 2 of them.
After a lot of deliberation, I finally decided on comic book pages for the background.  I used whole pages so the story could be read and actually make sense.  Armed with my Spider-man comics and my faithful Mod Podge, this didn't take too long to do at all, and I have to admit I do feel the effect is rather good!
After a lot of deliberation, I finally decided on comic book pages for the background.  I used whole pages so the story could be read and actually make sense.  Armed with my Spider-man comics and my faithful Mod Podge, this didn't take too long to do at all, and I have to admit I do feel the effect is rather good!
Leaving the background stage to dry
Starting to piece back together the shelf
Once the background was dry, the shelves were recovered and the sides painted it was just a matter of screwing the pieces back together.  You may notice that I left out the middle sections as the men are just more stocky than Barbie - I'm mainly talking about Thor and Hulk of course!

I have one very happy Marvel fan - oh and Max likes it too!

The materials I used were:
* Shelf bargain from the car boot
* Sand paper
* Spider-man comic books
* Mod Podge
* Scrapping paper
* Dulux - Made Be Me


Finishing touches to the Marvel Shelf
Finishing touches to the Marvel Shelf
Thor and the gang in their new shelf
Thor and the gang in their new shelf
My £1 car boot bargain - what do you think?  Have you got a great bargain piece from the car boot recently?




12 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic! What a great job - yay for car boot sale bargains! x

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  2. This turned out great!

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    1. Thank you, I do love it, but then I'm bias ;)

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  3. what a bargain and what great inspiration to be able to see it's potential! Well done you! x

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    1. Thank you Rebecca, she suckered me in with the £1 comment :)

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  4. That looks ace, you have such a good eye for things that you can make to look fab!

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    1. Thank you Cate, I guess it comes from being a bit of a dreamer :)

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  5. What a clever idea. Great carboot bargain. You might like a blogger challenge I've been sent today https://twitter.com/ContiBoard/status/643708834415005696

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  6. You're welcome. I love reading your project posts. Trying to think whether there is something simple I could make with ContiBoard. I've a feeling it might be slightly too ambitious for me

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    1. Letters with a wallpaper covering?
      Or add holes and put fairy lights through it?
      Will look out for your blog post x

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