We had an 1980’s eyesore in need of some love. French Country is very much in vogue right now, and based on the shape and design of this piece, I thought it would be the perfect transformation. Chalk paint, distressing, graphics transfers… it’s time to break out of my comfort zone for another project.
I needed a small piece for my boudoir, and this yard sale find was it. For too long. After I found a replacement (which of course needs some love… at some point… item #572 on my to-do list), I was excited to start working on this piece.
First was a scrub down and several coats of Annie Sloan’s Old White Chalk Paint which I purchased at The Purple Painted Lady. I used several different sand papers to distress.
Once the stand was adequately distressed, I wanted to add some graphics to it. I researched several different methods and they all seemed beyond my capabilities. I found both this graphic and tutorial on The Graphics Fairy‘s site and thought I would give it a whirl.
1. Use a flipped graphic. I used a vintage French handwriting graphic.
2. Print the graphic onto transparency film (like what you would use on an old school overhead projector) on the smooth, shiny side.
3. Immediately press the graphic onto the surface with the back of a spoon. I didn’t have to tape it down, but you may have to on your project.
4. Gently lift up the paper to ensure it transferred to your liking.
I gave it a little more distressing, two coats of Annie Sloan Clear Wax, and one final small distress to complete.
Love, hugs, and turning the broken into beauty.