If you were as frustrated as I was with Part 1 of this epic DIY fail, you will be pleased to know that this project ended up turning out beautifully! Stay with me and you will find out how I saved this one from complete disaster!
Who wants their coffee table littered with this?
I just don’t have the words to revisit this disaster, so let’s move on…
Step 1: Sand ~ again
Step 2: Paint ~ again
This time with the Studio Clay. Actually, I found another tutorial about a supposedly easy way of transferring an image using chalk paint so I thought I might give that a try. I went ahead and used the Behr Studio Clay and made my own chalk paint.
After painting the table a lighter color, I decided to follow this tutorial I found here. According to these directions, I should be able to print out my own large picture by using several pieces of regular printer paper and taping them together. So I thought, why not give that a whirl? Saves a trip to the printer and the whole $3, right? 🙂
Step 3: No cutting this time, just piecing together your print
I have to admit that by this time in the process, I was DONE with taking pictures. I figured that this was a total failure and I wasn’t going to be able to blog about it and therefore, why photograph anything? Thus there are not pictures of the process, but this is what I did:
- Lay graphic face down onto piece
- Spritz with water
- Use something to gently apply pressure to the paper to transfer the graphic. In the tutorial, she uses a roller, but I didn’t have one. I just used a straight edge.
- Gently remove the paper, leaving the image transferred to the paint.
As you can see, this process did work either! Seriously? However, in my case, you can see where each of the pieces of paper ended and began, and that really ruins the entire project. Also, I’m not quite sure what the grain lines are all about. I even tried distressing this one again.
Whatever…. DIY epic fail #2!
And so I painted it over yet again sticking with the Studio Clay and put the table top into DIY time out in my craft room to sit and think about its future. I mean, was this table top destined to be in the living room or not?
Until finally I thought, why not just use a method I know works. Duh!
Remember the awesome Great Lakes Dresser that I did for Favorite Third Son?
The truth is, I didn’t want to use this method because I thought it would be too difficult and never turn out properly. Afterall a peony has about 150 petals on its bloom, plus the lettering I had chosen. It just seemed too difficult a task to handle.
I found out that, once again, I was wrong!
Let’s revisit this method of graphic transfer.
Step 1: Sand ~ again
Step 2: Paint ~ again
Step 3: Make a transparency of the image
Remember this step is easy. Buy some transparency paper and you can just print the image right onto it with your home printer.
Once again, no pictures of this process, but you can refer to the Great Lakes Dresser for pics.
Step 4: Cast the image onto your piece using an overhead projector.
Step 5: Pencil the design
I use a pencil while transferring the design. That way if I make a mistake it can be fixed. Plus sometimes the shadows from getting in front of the light of the overhead cause a few problems.
Step 6: Paint
I used a small brush and some acrylic black paint. I really really really wish I had a picture of this process. I am NOT an artist! I followed the lines as best I could with a small brush. My painting had lumps and bumps, I went out of the lines, sometimes I had to just wing it because the graphic was just too detailed for me to paint. And still, it turned out!
When I had finished painting the graphic, approximately a week later, this one was not for the faint of heart, it was not pretty. I would not have put it in the living room like that. Trust me.
Step 7: Sand with the finest of sand paper
This is where the magic happens! Buy the finest sand paper you can find. I used a super fine 320 grit paper. Sanding with the grain, gently sand the piece.
Honestly, it is like magic. The image comes alive. It looks like it was meant to be on your piece and it has been there forever!
Shocking, right? Not bad for not an artist!
I honestly couldn’t believe it. It is gorgeous! It looks just like a peony and has so much texture. It adds a simple bit of surprise to the living room. I love it.
So there you have it! Another successful DIY adventure. I bet you thought we would never get here, but yeah me! And thanks to all those who post great tutorials on the web. Without you, I might have given up and been lost!