Making over an old piece of decor or furniture and giving it new life is simply the best. Especially when you first contemplated just throwing it away. Once you give something old a little love and a little elbow grease, it can turn into one of the cutest projects ever! That’s totally what happened with my lazy susan. I inherited this simple plain wood lazy susan from my dad and for a long time it just sat in the garage, dangerously close to the Goodwill pile. I’d never used a lazy susan before and didn’t think I had a need for one so there it sat, unused and unloved, for months and months.
But when Christmas came around and I got a Silhouette Cameo, inspiration struck! Over the past couple weeks I’ve been playing around with my Silhouette and came up with a few cool projects, like my geometric fox art. Since I’m now hooked/obsessed/addicted to doing tons of projects with my Silhouette, I knew that the Cameo could help give this lazy susan a new life, too!
Lazy Susan Makeover:
I started out by opening my Silhouette software and finding these cute Swiss crosses that I had downloaded sometime ago as part of my free monthly designs. Then I sized the page settings to what I wanted and made sure most of the crosses fit within the red cut line like so:
I then sent my project to the Silhouette using gold foil sticker paper (if you use this type of paper, set your blade to 6 and make sure to use a cutting mat!) and let it do it’s thing.
When the Cameo was finished cutting I was left with beautiful shiny gold crosses like so:
Lurve!!! I have a feeling that I’m going to use this gold foil sticker paper for EVERYTHING. So be prepared 😉 This sticker paper is nice and thick, too, thicker than vinyl, so it gives a nice professional finish to any project that you’re doing. I peeled the Swiss crosses off and then stuck them onto my lazy susan, after I had wiped it down with a damp rag to get the dust off.
These stickers actually adhered really well to the wood and are basically permanent. I say basically, because if you wanted you could pry them up with an edge of a knife or something, but for everyday use they’ll be nice and secure! I thought that my lazy susan looked super great like this and could totally have stopped there if I wanted to, but I decided to kick it up a notch and go even further by adding a phrase with some black vinyl!
Back in my Silhouette software I opened a blank document and spelled out the phrase ‘Let’s Eat’ using the Great Vibes font for the ‘Let’s’ and the Market Deco font for the ‘Eat’. I believe these were fonts that I had personally downloaded to my computer (the software automatically pulls up any fonts you have installed on your computer!) so if you don’t have these and want to use them, I believe I got one or both from a site like fontspace.com. Once I set my page size and let the Silhouette know it was now using vinyl instead of sticker paper (switch your blade to 2 and click ‘vinyl’ in the media type tab!) I once again hit ‘send to Silhouette’ and let it work it’s awesome magic. You don’t have to use a cutting mat with vinyl – you can load it while it’s still on the roll!
Oh, Silhouette, how I love thee! I could probably write a sonnet about how much I love this thing. Seriously. I don’t care if it’s weird to love a machine – I’m in love, I’m in LOVE and I DON’T CARE who knows it! After it finished printing, I carefully transferred my phrase over to my lazy susan. And here, friends, is the end result!
Eek! It’s SO much better than before! What I once considered throwing away is now something I’m proud to display on my table! Funny how a little time and effort can do that. Doesn’t it look adorable with my little owl salt and pepper shakers from my bloggy friend, Breighanne??
I will definitely be bringing this bad boy out for all my future cocktail and dinner parties as a fun (and functional!) piece of decor. Black and gold just look so glassy when paired with natural wood and I’ll be looking for more ways to use this combo in the future!
Do you guys ever use lazy susans? What Silhouette projects should I try next?