Do you remember my free coffee table? I painted it earlier in the month using my Homeright Spray Shelter. Today, I’m going to show you how I did an easy image transfer on the coffee table using 1Gel from Heirloom Traditions Paint.
I used Moody from Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type paint. (Use the code MYREPURPOSEDLIFE at checkout to save 10% on your purchase. I make a small commission and you save a little money.) My HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer made this a quick and easy makeover.
This is how it looked when I finished painting it. I love the color!
The weather turned hot, so I decided to bring the table indoors to work on it. I used the 1Gel to do a topcoat all over the coffee table with a chip brush. After that coat dried, I did a second coat. Using the 1Gel is a lot easier than waxing and buffing!
I got this Strausburg Ready Made Clothing image from the Graphics Fairy. First, I printed it at home using the poster function on my printer, then took the four sheets of paper to Staples to get laser copies. Then, I cut them out and taped them together using only a few pieces of tape on the white side of the paper. Make sure you get your image flipped, or do the mirrored image.
This is the most important part, apply your 1Gel to the printed side of the paper, trying to be careful not to get any on the white side of the paper. The goal is to remove the paper, and if you “seal” it with the 1Gel, the paper won’t remove very easily.
I put a little too much 1Gel on mine, so you can see it seeped out around the edge. Allow your image to dry. I did this very late at night, and ended up working on it the next morning. On some of the bottles I have done I waited a few hours before removing the paper.
There are lots of ways to do image transfers. Many say to spritz water on the label, but I didn’t have a water bottle, so I used damp paper towels.
Would you believe this is my first image transfer on furniture? I used my palm to roll off the top couple of layers of paper.
This project is is not for the impatient DIY’er. It takes a lot of time and patience to repeatedly remove the tiny pieces of paper.
After you think you have all the paper removed, you will still find more pieces hiding. I did one last dampening and wiping of the image.
I actually chose this particular graphic because it is in English. I’m a huge fan of the French graphics, but it bugs me that I don’t know what they say.
After getting the last bits of paper removed, I did some light distressing, then I put on another coat of 1Gel to seal the image.
This isn’t the best coffee table ever, in fact it’s very cheap, but the Heirloom Traditions paint and the Graphics Fairy image make it look a lot better, don’t you think?