This past week I accomplished my first graphics transfer onto a piece of furniture! You gotta love "The First Times!" I always have a romantic idea in my head of how wonderful and simply amazing it will be, and then it turns out to take longer than I expected and the process is never quite how I imaged it would be. But in the end, I pull through and come out loving the final product! At least, that is usually how I feel, well, so far anyways!
With out further ado, I would like to introduce you to Queen Anne, My Queen Bee!!
I have never distressed a furniture piece before or completed a graphic transfer. I must say I really am pleased with the way she turned out! I have been reading some great blogs and have seen some amazing transformations that have been done with pieces of furniture using graphics from The Graphics Fairy! If you have never visited this site, I recommend checking it out immediately. She has some wonderful graphics and so many wonderful ideas on how to use them!!
For this particular piece, I started out with a Queen Anne side table that I found at the Salvation Army. I painted, sanded it and distressed it. I then turned to The Graphics Fairy to determine which graphic I wanted to use. I began by selecting this French themed wreath with a bee. I find it to be so sweet and simple, yet so elegant!
This particular graphic was not exactly the size or scale that I needed for my table. Not to worry, on The Graphics Fairy site, she has a list of transfer tutorial links on how to transfer your graphics. I uploaded the graphic to a site called Block Posters. From there I was able to scale the graphic to use on my table. When I was done sizing it, it looked like this!
Not sure why the top right page printed like it did, but it didn't matter. Next I cut out the negative space in the middle of the pages and taped them together on their edges. Be careful not to tape anywhere on the graphic itself. Next, I went back to The Graphics Fairy and found a wonderful Fleur-De-Lis crown to adorn my bee with. I also looked up the phrase "Queen Bee" in Google translate. I copied the French version in Microsoft Word, rounded the edges with word art and added Paris, France to it! Once I was done with that, I cut all my pieces out and attached them together and arranged them to my liking. I wanted to verify the placement and proportions before I transferred them on!
There are a million tutorials out there on how to transfer graphic images. I thought I picked one of the easiest ones. After completing this project, I wouldn't say it was necessarily the easiest, but it wasn't terribly difficult. You will see what I mean further down in the post. I found this simple Mod Podge tutorial from a blog called Distressed Decor. She made it looks so easy. Her project, however, was transferred onto canvas and not furniture, maybe that is where the problem lies? Never the less, it still worked and with minimal effort!
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