My hubby barely lifted an eyebrow when I picked up this table at an estate sale. He did lift an eyebrow, but that was about it. Yeah, even I thought twice with all that mold... but the price was right!
At just $3! I wouldn't have paid a dollar more. But three dollars was in my budget. And it was sturdy. And had nice curves. And was a four tiered little side table and I JUST CAN'T TURN STUFF LIKE THAT DOWN!!!! I sprayed it down with a bleach cleaner and got all the crud off. Then I was lucky enough that the top layer of finish came off with a metal scraper. Woot!
I went to my favorite website for graphics - http://thegraphicsfairy.com/ - and picked out a french coffee design. Make SURE if you're printing anything with words, you print it backwards! The furniture transfer graphics have the reverse print option so thanks Graphics Fairy for making it easy for challenged folks like me! :) I cut a piece of freezer paper to the size of standard typing paper, and very carefully put it in my ink jet printer so the image prints on the waxy side. Yes, you really can do that!
BE CAREFUL WITH Y OUR NEWLY PRINTED PAGE! The ink is wet. I take great care in placing the design face down in the middle of my raw food surface and rubbing very firmly with a hard object (like the back of a spoon) until I think I have covered every bit of ink. And then I do it a few more times just to be sure! If you're careful, you can lift a corner and peek under to see if it's all coming off okay.
Then just add some polyurathane or whatever wood sealer you'd like and you're good to go! I use Minwax satin finish, and sand it lightly between coats.
I also painted the rest of the piece with an aqua blue color that I think might have been leftover from my little girl's bathroom makeover. (I say I think because I have about a dozen different greens and blues and everything in between and I forget to label what I did where....) Any yoo hoo, I dissolved plaster of paris in hot water and added it to my paint since I always like to work with chalk paint, but am too cheap to buy my own. No priming needed when going that route! I used my sander to quick touch all the edges and go around curves for a distressed shabby chic look.
Who knew that ugly "before" piece could be so stinkin' cute?!
A side by side look of it's sad state to it's happy state:
Here is a quick photo tutorial of the image transfer to pin for later:
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