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:: How To Make A Liberty House

January 28, 2015

This post is sponsored by Annie Sloan Unfolded, the nice people who distribute Chalk Paint™ in Australia : Follow them on Facebook here for more bright ideas!

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Make A Liberty House!

You will need:
+ A knick-knack shelf (also called shadow box) like this. Mine was a house shaped one and there are quite a few on eBay. Check there, Etsy or your local op-shop/thrift store for similar.
+ Paint and paintbrush – I used Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan Unfolded in the Old White colour  – it’s high quality and non-stinky!
+ Fabric – I used some off-cuts of five Liberty of London fat quarters that I had left over from another project – I bought them here.
+ Paper to make templates with
+ Scissors, pen, ruler
+ Optional : rotary cutter and mat (and metal ruler!), pins
+ PVA glue, small bowl and paintbrush


What to do:
1. First up, I painted the wood-y house with one coat of Old White Chalk Paint™ (One coat is enough because this paint is thick and lovely!) I let that dry thoroughly and then came back later for the next bit of the project.


wood to white

cut templatespretty liberty fabrics

2. Use the paper to cut templates for each of the shadow box compartments. This will make it quick and easy to cut the fabric to the right size.

3. Cut out all your fabric pieces (to fill the compartments). I used a rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler. You could also use scissors and pin the template to the fabric.

get ready to cutlets cutliberty cuts


4. Once you’ve got all your fabric pieces cut out (mine were three different sizes), you are ready to glue!

5. Squirt some PVA glue into the bowl and add some water to thin it down a bit. It can be quite runny, that’s fine.

6. Paint the compartment with the runny glue and then carefully pop the fabric piece in. Smooth it out with your hands or the end of the paintbrush. (I found a foam brush in the cupboard which was helpful and smoothing!)

7. Glue all the pieces in, using plenty of glue and smoothing down neatly as you go. No puckering please!

water down the glue lets glue

liberty house glue


8. Let it dry overnight and then hang it on the wall… and put a deer on it. Or even two deer!

9. Marvel at your cleverness!


liberty house close deer liberty houselibert house final


Do you want to paint your own Liberty House too? Super-cute, right?

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Other cute projects using Chalk PaintTM

+ Paint An Advent Calendar (How To Paint Jars)
+ Paint A Herringbone Floor Mat
+ Paint a Cute Table (With Pointy Bits!)
+ Painted Beads, Bangles (and Leaves!)
+ Paint A Shaker Bench

1 Comment

  • Reply Deb Baker January 29, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    I really love this idea. And the Liberty fabric – oh my! I did a similar thing with a really large bookcase in my shop. I used really pretty scrapbook paper and stuck it all over the back – patchwork style. I love it so much! I still haven’t got my hands on Annie Sloan paints yet but I’m determined to track it down.

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