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DIY Bettie Page Table

How I Added More of The Queen of Pinups To My Bedroom!

DIY Bettie Page Table

This another perfect example of Trash to Treasure!  I got this table from a dumpster (technically sitting next to a dumpster, not inside it, but you get the point).  It originally had silver legs and a light colored wood laminate top, which was almost completely ripped off leaving  the ugly jagged particle board underneath exposed.  When I took it home, about 2 yrs ago, I spray painted the legs black and the top red.  I attempted to sand the top before I painted it but it was beyond saving, no amount of sanding would make it smooth, it just wasn’t the right type of material- which is why it was covered with laminate in the first place.  No amount of red paint covered the rugged rough texture so I knew I would have to completely cover the top with something, but at the time I wasn’t sure what I wanted to cover it with so it has been sitting in the garage for the past 2 yrs.  Recently I decided to paint my room and revamp it, bring a more exciting, more “me” feel to it.  I knew I wanted to bring more Bettie Page into my room than the one or two pictures I have and then the idea came to me to get the table out of the garage and cover it with collage of Bettie Page photos!   

The first thing I did was go to my “Pinups” board on Pinterest and save all of my favorite black and white (to keep with the black and white with red color them of my bedroom) images of Bettie Page to my computer.  Then I printed them in 3 x 5 and 4 x 6 sizes onto regular computer paper and cut them out.  NOTE* If I could do it again I would use thicker card stock paper or photo paper to cover the rough texture of the table even better.

Next I painted the top of the table with white primer and paint in one so that the black and white images of Bettie Page would be as clear and bright as possible.

bettie page table

I started in the center of the table, putting mod podge where I wanted my picture to go, then placed the picture on top of it.  I very carefully pushed down then out towards the edges of the picture to flatten it and remove any bubbles.  This part can be very tricky because if you get mod podge on your fingers then touch the dry top of the picture, it can stick and pull off part of the image.  This would also happen less with thicker paper or photo paper.  

mod podge

I mod podged the table where I wanted the next picture to go, one at a time so the mod podge wouldn’t dry before I put the picture down.  Once all of the Bettie Page pictures were in place I went over the top of them with the mod podge.  You can go over the pictures right after you put them down but I chose to wait to save the mess and make sure the thickness would be more even.  In the photo above and below I am trying to show how much mod podge I put on my sponge brush and how thick I spread it over the pictures.

bettie page pod modged

I tried to show where my brush strokes end so you can see how thick the mod podge is.  I don’t want it to be too thick and clumpy because I can always just add more coats of mod podge later.  The images will look white and cloudy but I assure you they dry clear!

mod podged table

I let the mod podge dry. You will know when it is dry because it will be clear and smooth, no longer tacky to the touch.  Then I went over it with another layer of mod podge to make sure the paper would be protected.  (To further protect the surface you can wait a day then put a few layers of polyurethane on top of it- I usually do this but didn’t this time because I only have the high gloss finish and if I cover this I want to use the matte or satin finish).

Bettie Page table

The mod podge was dry and I was totally in love with the result- BUT the sides of the table were a major issue, they were ugly and jagged and had to be covered with something.

Bettie Page table

 I LOVE velvet ribbon and went on Etsy to find black velvet vintage ribbon, which I found and ordered from 32 degrees North.

vintage black velvet ribbon

To attach the ribbon to the sides of the table I used my Xyron 2.5″ create-a-sticker machine, just fed it through until I had enough to go all the way around the table.  I added one tiny nail in the back where the ribbon ends met…. and done!

Xyron create-a-sticker

The final result!  It’s a great tribute to the Queen of Pinups and the perfect piece of furniture for my bedroom, I am very happy about it!!  

Bettie Page table

Bettie Page table

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The Beautifully Pregnant Pinup!

Happy to say this Pinup Beauty is Family!

This very pretty pinup is my cousin Chelsey Clagg. She’s always beautiful and has always been very photogenic, so it didn’t surprise to me see she could look so good pregnant! These photos were taken at her parents (amazingly beautiful and vintage) house in Templeton, CA (saving that for a future blog of its own!).  This is her first baby and the happiness shows. These photos are a beautiful way of preserving the memories!

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Rockabilly Tattoos Part 4

Pinups, Cherries, Anchors, Sugar Skulls & More!

rockabilly tattoos

traditionaltattoos.tribe.net

love thy neighbor rockabilly tattoo

hallelovesphotostream.flickr

deannawardin.manlyoven.com

deannawardin.manlyoven.com

vintage pinup girl tattoos

vintagegal.tumblr.com

rockabilly cherry tattoo

tattoodonkey.com

rockabilly nautical tattoo

minutest.com

rockabilly cupcake tattoo

kristeloreto.com

til death rockabilly tattoo

rockabilly sparrow tattoo

articleslash.com

rockabilly dagger tattoo

sarapurr.wordpress.com

rockabilly anchor tattoo

Rockabilly Hairstyles!

Victory Rolls and Bright Colors

and everything in between!

When it comes to hair I believe “bigger is better”!  I love vintage and Rockabilly hairstyles, especially in bright colors. Unfortunately my naturally curly hair gets fried super easily, so the more I color it and use blow dryers and curling irons to style it- the more fried it gets… so I have come up with a “cheater” way of doing my victory rolls where I just twist my hair into a roll and pin it in place. Bobby pins are THE KEY- and I can’t leave out the importance of hairspray, especially since my hair is fried into multi-layers and half would stick out or fall out without it! When I want my victory rolls to look really good and big I use a large curling iron. Using curlers on wet hair, until it dries, is the best way to get the curl to stay in shape- your hair will NOT go limp with wet to dry curlers like it will with hot curlers or a curling iron!! But once again… because my hair is fried into multi-layers, it doesn’t all stay in the curlers and it takes so long to dry it is usually still wet the next morning (regardless of the type of curler).  All that said- I refuse to give up on fabulous styles like these, I just may have to put in extra time and effort to achieve the hairstyles these rockabilly beauties have! 

rockabilly hair

modelmayhem.com

blue victory rolls

scream.tumblr.com

red rockabilly hair

pinuppost.com

vintage rockabilly hairstyle

sadmanstonguerockabillybar.files.wordpress

rockabilly hairstyle with bandana

caitlin-vonkirsch.tumblr.com

pink rockabilly hair

elliannawedrat.buzznet.com

hot pink rockabilly hair

plastikhaar.com

aqua victory rolls

dyed-hair.tumblr.com

large victory rolls

25.media.tumblr

red and white pinup hairstyle    black and white rockabilly hair

modelmayhem.com                            unpubqualities.blogspot.com

Fabulous Rockabilly Jewelry for any Rockabelle!

Rosie Lee’s Jewellry

My favorite place to shop online is Etsy. Etsy has so many stores and products that sell wonderful vintage and retro all-kinds-of-things for the Rockabilly style I crave! One of the Rockabilly style jewelry stores I love so much is Rosie Lee’s Jewelry.  Here is a preview of the Rosie Lee’s Jewellry  I love!

Marilyn Monroe ring

Marilyn Monroe ring

Pinup girl necklace

Pinup girl necklace

card suit earrings

card suit earrings

sugar skull bracelet

sugar skull bracelet

Lonely skeleton necklace

lonely skeleton necklace

skull necklace

I’m Nobody… skull necklace

get tattooed ring

…GET TATTOOED ring

sailor necklace

sailor necklace

sailor bangle

sailor bangle

Beetles ring

Beetles ring

Retro Swimsuits, Rockabilly Designs!

Rockabilly Swimsuits by Lolita Girl Clothing

I absolutely adore the Rockabilly swimsuit styles and patterns in this summers 

 Lolita Girl  collection! Polka dots and cherries, retro style, what better way to show

 off Rockabilly Kulture at the pool, beach, or lake. Here are just a few of the swimsuits

 they offer.  These swimsuits are a must have for any Rockabilly belle!

rockabilly cherry swimsuit

polka dot rockabilly swimsuit

retro swimsuit

retro swimsuit

rockabilly bathingsuit

polka dot rockabilly bathingsuit

cherry rockabilly bathingsuit

rockabilly bathingsuit

Rockabilly Tattoos! Part 3

Tattoos for Rockabilly Kulture

rockabilly pin up tattoo

eviltattoo.com

rockabilly pinup and juke box tattoo

tattootheworld.tumblr.com

traditional style pinup tattoo

rockabillyhairstyle.com

rockabilly tattoo

tattoodonkey.com

nautical girl tattoos

slodive.com

rockabilly nautical tattoo

rockabilly pinup tattoo

truelovetattoos.co.uk

rockabilly greaser tattoo

rockabilly corset tattoo

ladyj-in-lotus-pose.blogspot.com

pinup tattoo

community.livejournal.com

rockabilly style tattoo

free-tattoo-designs.org

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