Shabby Chic Crosses

March 10, 2013
I was inspired yet again with a salvaged cross project from Laurel at Chipping with Charm.

In her "Trash to Treasured" post from last Easter she re-purposed levels and door plates into crosses.

She used Amazing Goop to join the level and the door plates.  Don't you love the industrial feel of these crosses?

This is my level that I purchased at a consignment shop for $6.

I already had these curvy door plates that I had painted Heirloom White from Rustoleum.  

I had my husband cut the level into two pieces.  

I didn't remove the level bubble viewer or whatever that thing is called, I just painted over it.  

I dry brushed or shabby white washed the whole level.

I also distressed the door plate and the levels a bit.  The one on the right needs a little more distressing.

Repurposed Level & Knob Plate Shabby Chic Crosses for Easter & Memorial Day
I didn't use glue, my door knob plate was screwed into the level.

Repurposed Level & Knob Plate Shabby Chic Crosses for Easter & Memorial Day
A small hole was drilled in the bottom of the cross to add a metal 3/16" metal dowel about 18" long was pushed into the hole for staking the crosses outside on Easter or on Memorial Day at the cemetery.

I like the way my shabby chic crosses turned out!  Thanks Laurel for the idea!  (Again!)

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Really pretty Carlene... love the detail on the 'door thingies'!

  2. These look amazing. I love them. What a fantastic idea. Hugs, Marty

  3. Carlene, those are so pretty. I love that you painted them white. Great idea! You asked if I made my script orbs. I did not, but with your talent, it would be an easy craft for you. laurie

  4. If you aren't just simply amazing! You always seem to take an idea and make it even better....they're all gorgeous...I hate to keep using that word but what else can I say? I love them! You Go Girl!

  5. These are so pretty and organic! I'll have to give these a try. Thanks so much for sharing your very cool idea.

  6. Those crosses are really cute Carlene.
    Amazing what can be re-purposed and enjoyed. Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  7. Great use of the door plates! Are you going to use them in your gardens?

  8. Carlene, I think your shabby chic crosses are fantastic. I love them! Love the curvy switch plate you used! Great job!

  9. Thanks so much for sharing these sweet crosses at my party...LOVE them!


  10. They look great!! I forgot about those crosses!! Think I need to make some more too :)

  11. I think these crosses would look great at any time of the year.

  12. Hi Carlene,
    I love these crosses and painted white perfect. I have a cross collection in my entry and I do have these pieces too, so thank you for the inspiration. I may try one to add to my wall.

    Happy Creating, Celestina Marie

  13. What a clever use of a door plate and level. Love the cross!


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