A Queen in coffee sack burlap.

Have you ever wanted one of those AWESOME vintage dress forms…on the cool wheeled base…with the fabulous metal cage at the bottom??

One of these:

Well, me too!
So I was so excited when a relative said she had one for me
…I mean REALLY? FOR MOI?? Gosh….THANKS!!
“OH, one of these dress forms…sure, I guess I’ll still take her.
Yea, she’s a little wobbly…I’m sure I can do something with her
…. I hope you don’t mind if I change her up a bit.”
And that is where this Cinderella story begins.
First, the purple fabric HAD. TO. GO.

…and a wheeled base had to be found. This green one had been the base of a very old, very space-aged looking hairdryer.
For the “cage”…what else, but a birdcage! This one was tall and cylindrical, I cut the top and bottom off with wire cutters…just a little muscle to bend it into an oval and it fit right onto her hips!


I removed each piece of the thick cardboard… 


covered them individually in coffee sack burlap with hot glue… (Yes, I was reminded SEVERAL times why they call it HOT glue!! )


Then I re-attached each piece. It was very time consuming
but I felt there was a true beauty in there, just waiting to be discovered.
I painted that green wheeled base in oil rubbed bronze, slid on the birdcage and cinched it all together with a black ribbon.
Here is a view of her finished back.


To give her a little va-va-voom…I added a few quirky details like mini water faucet handles to accentuate the…um… positive :) …and an old drawer pull hung at her hips.

This gal was going to be beautiful and useful!
Scarves can be displayed around her neck…
necklaces dangling from her…um…water faucets
…belts at her waist
and sunglasses from the drawer pulls on her hips!

I topped her off with an old door knob.


and, just for fun, I gave her a crown.

This gal was becoming pretty saucy…so I added a canvas patch that said “Queen of Tarte”.
If only because it made me laugh.
I think she transformed herself quite regally, how about you??
This post lightly edited and proudly reposted by the JunkFest Girls.
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About Lynette Caylor

I am a JUNK ENTHUSIAST!…..and several years ago, I was lucky enough to find some friends who shared that passion! Like most Junkers, I LOVE the thrill of the hunt…and the road trips we take (to search for the good stuff) are always quite an adventure!! Three girls, bouncing creative ideas off of each other, packing a trailer tighter than anyone could imagine, pickin' junk from any off -the -beaten -path place that shows some promise...What's not to love?! I think we would all agree that, when working with junk, the possibilities truly are endless...heck, sometimes we even surprise ourselves! Come and join the fun at JunkFest and see what the junk phenomenon is all about!