Saturday, June 30, 2012

My $2.00 Ugly Chair

Last week I was reading about transfer methods at thegraphicsfairy  
Karen has a wonderful blog and had written a post titled: "12 Easy Image Transfer Methods For DIY Projects".
The method that seemed the easiest to me was #7, The Mod Podge Method.
Then one night, by chance, I found a lovely blog: "With A Dash Of Color" and I fell in love with her  Decoupaged French Pots  . They were totally awesome. Poppy showed step by step how she made hers and she made it look so easy I thought I would give it a try.
My first project is the two terra cotta flower pots shown below. I used a French Printable Transfer from The Graphics Fairy. She offers so many wonderful transfers it was hard to choose one.
After I found out how easy it was, I looked for another project.

So I found this little child's chair. I normally wouldn't have bought it because it was a little bit ugly but the size and scale is pretty much what I wanted. And, it was just $2.00

Nobody had ever put a finish on it so there wasn't a lot of prep.

I started by applying two coats of white diy chalk paint.

I decided it was too white so I diluted some Robin's Egg Blue acrylic paint with water and whiteblue washed the little chair. Working quickly, before the paint had a chance to dry, I immediatly wiped off all the watered down paint. I normaly do this outdoors but it has been so hot lately I just set it in the sink.
This sink is in my workshop so I can make a bigger mess than I would at home.
The color now is still white with just a tinge of blue. At this point I distressed the chair to give it some character.
I printed out two transfers, again from The Graphics Fairy, and trimmed around them to make them easier to work with.
The smaller one will go on the back.
I marked the center so I would know where to place the transfer.
Using my finger I applied Mod Podge to the front side, the side with the graphics, then placed it where I wanted it.
I used my Kodak printer using regular black ink and regular copy paper.

After I let it dry overnight it was time to do the transfer.
First, I laid the chair flat, for easy access. Then I dabbed the transfer with a soppy rag and got it good and wet. Then, starting in the middle and using my finger, I gently started peeling away the paper, a little at a time.
It's kind of like peeling away an onion skin when you're peeling onions.
I kept adding water because it kept drying out.

Here you can see the transfer begin to appear as the layer of paper is removed.

Here you can see the paper that has been peeled away.

When I thought I was about done I went back around the edges adding a little more water and I added more pressure to soften the line of decarmation.
I believe the name of this transfer is Pretty Crown.
After everything was good and dry I added a coat of wipe on Poly.

Me, kitty and "the gang" are excited and we're looking forward to our next Mod Podge Transfer.

This is the view from the back.
I think I should have placed the transfer a little higher.

This is the finished project and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out.
Learning how to do a Mod Podge Transfer was a new experience for me and I can't believe how easy it was to do.
Thank you Poppy!

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  1. The chair is so sweet now. Great job!

    1. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment...Connie

  2. Great job on the pots and chair! So charming....

  3. Great chair, you really turned something very basic into a gorgeous piece, and thanks for the great step by step, I have recently been playing with image transfer but haven't tried this one yet will try it soon, it was nice to see the close ups.

    1. Hi Diane, It's fun isn't it? Good luck on your future projects...Connie

  4. Hi Connie, you are so sweet:)Thanks for the shout out! You have done a beautiful job and I love how you stacked the pots on the little chair. I like how you transformed the chair. I have never tried this transfer method on wood but you have inspired me today...the chair looks adorable and I adore the idea of using it as a riser for the pots. Looks like the "gang" are loving it too, perfect hang out spot for them:)Thanks for being so sweet and for your lovely note. Have a wonderful week!Your newest follower~Poppy

    1. Hi Poppy, Whenever learning something new it is always easier if someone sits down with you and shows you step by step what to do. When I read your post on how to do the transfer I felt like you were right there with me. Thanks again for making this so easy and I hope I inspire others as well...Connie

  5. I probably would have passed right by that ugly chair, but you turned it into a treasure! You did a great job distressing and I love the light blue overwash. (I heart your kitty!)

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  6. Great little project. Your chair turned out so cute.
    Thanks so much for stopping by, Mary Alice

  7. What an adorable chair. You picked the perfect graphic! Stop by and link up if you have time. Have a great 4th!

    1. Hi, Thanks for stopping by. I am over at your party having fun...Connie

  8. Those pots and chair turned out so sweet, Connie! GREAT job on the transfer method! I did some French inspired pots last summer. It's a fun, easy technique, isn't it? :)

    xoxo laurie

  9. Hi, Thanks for stopping by. Yes, they are fun and easy peasy, too...Connie

  10. perfect. and so cute with all your critters on there.

    barbara jean

  11. Love how you added the blue wash to the chair. I am a new follower of your blog. Would love for you to drop by my blog, shellsvintagecharm.blogspot, for a visit if you get the chance.

    1. Hi Shelley, Thank you for your interest. I will visit you for sure...Connie

  12. Thanks for linking up to STL Wednesday!

  13. Hi, You're welcome. This week raced by and I didn't get one project finished. I will link again soon...Connie

  14. thanks for sharing.


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