Have you ever wondered how all those DIYers are able to transfer printed images onto painted furniture? Well now we have an easy way to show you, thanks to one of our amazing paint retailers in Missouri.
Tristan Taggart is an artist and furniture painter who sells her wares at Blue Moon Boutique Market in Joplin, Missouri. She’s super creative and is a lover of our paint products carried through the Junk Gypsy™ Paint and Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic® Paint brands! Recently she painted this little end table featuring a few transferred images, and we couldn’t wait to show you how it’s done!
Here’s a close-up of the top, with the bee image.
Tristan tells us, “This little table made me fearless. It had so many issues, but so much potential. I painted it with Shabby Chic® Paint in Dream Linen. The grain sack stripes are Beige Beauty. I saw a product by another company used to transfer printed graphics to furniture, so I tried it with the Bungalow 47™ Clear Coat. It was a great result and so easy!” Our Clear Coat finish product is sold under three labels/brands. It dries with a matte finish and is a water and chemical resistant finish, so it’s perfect to protect your painted surface!
We wanted to share Tristan’s step by step for this process. Hopefully this will spark a bit of creativity for your next project to try something fun and new! In Tristan’s own words:
“Step one: Choose your image and print it using an ink jet printer. Laser print will not work. I find great free images at Graphics Fairy.”
“Cut around your image to remove most of the white paper. If your image has more than one component, cut those apart. You can customize placement or leave an element out entirely.”
“Apply Clear Coat to PRINTED side.”
“Place printed side down and allow to dry well.”
“Put a little water on your fingertips and gently rub away paper. I’ve tried other tools for this step but fingers work best,” says Tristan. We trust a girl who is willing to get messy for her art!
“Apply Clear Coat over image and Voila!”
Clear Coat can also be easily used to decoupage images, patterned paper, tissue paper, old letters, sheet music, etc. right onto your painted piece as well! It’s a great way to add a little surprise inside a drawer!