Hello amazing friends, and welcome back! I’ve got another oldie to share today that is the perfect piece to share how to add graphics to projects another way besides stencils or fancy cutting machines. We’re going old school here!
My project piece is this real ugly duckling I scored for $10 at the thrift store:
I rarely pass up a good storage piece, even when it looks like this!
I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Clean and Prep
The first thing I did on this piece was remove that fancy lattice.
Then I gave it a good cleaning. These days I use White Lightning for that since it is a degreaser and deglosser, so it gives your surface the best possible prep for painting.
New door panels
Next, I cut new door panels out of hardboard that has a dry erase surface on the other side. I can usually find just hardboard like I use for my chalkboards, but the Home Depot was out.
I used my table saw for that…
Then I painted everything a nice, bright white.
How to Add Graphics to Projects
I wanted to add something to the new door panels to dress them up, so I found an image I had used many times before from the Graphics Fairy HERE. She has tons of ready-to-use graphics for free!
And here’s how to add that graphic to a project:
- Save the reversed version to your computer (She provides the reversed version for you.)
- Upload it to Blockposters.com to make a larger print out of it. (It’s free also)
You just type in how many pages wide you want your final image to be…that’s my kind of math!
This one printed out in four pieces:
That worked out perfectly since I had four “window panes” to fill!
- Next, lay the graphic face down on your surface.
- Use the old school transfer method (See even more details on that HERE.) to transfer the graphics to the new door panels by running a pencil across the surface:
The print outs are in the reverse so that when you rub a pencil across the back to transfer them, the words come out right side up.
- Voila! Your graphic is transferred!
Paint in the graphics
Now you just need to paint in the graphics.
I grabbed my go-to tools for painting graphics:
I used a script liner brush for painting in those small details, Delta Ceramcoat acrylic craft paint which I love for this because I’ve never had it smear when sanding like others I have tried in the past, and paper plates a la Walmart.
The right brush is essential for filling in these small details…
sand & seal
Once the paint was completely dry, I sanded lightly across the entire surface with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth everything out as well as the rest of the cabinet.
Everything was sealed with Satin Clear Coat.
And here is how it looks put together!
Paint sure can work some magic!
Do you miss the lattice?
I did keep those strips of wood though because you just never know, you know? And I did end up using them…look for a link to that project at the bottom!
I replaced the original knobs with these pretty glass ones from Hobby Lobby…
The insides just got one coat of paint and a good sanding…
The back of the doors are just dry-erase board.
It might be handy to have in a hidden area like this to jot things down!
This was such a fun project to work on. I hope you enjoyed this replay today!
Want to see how I repurposed the lattice??
Check that out HERE!
- Up first is the most anticipated restock of the year!!
If you missed the memo on my Facebook page, GATOR HIDE IS COMING BACK!! I was able to order it yesterday, so I’m hoping to have it in my hands by next week! Dixie Belle has been unable to get the raw materials for it, and started on reformulating it. But then, they were able to find a source for what they needed, and so this is the ORIGINAL FORMULA woo hoo!
I’ll announce when it’s listed back in the shop! If you want to be notified, just leave me a note in the comments!
- Next up is another exciting product on the way!
Dixie Belle’s brand new paint line, Terra Clay is on the way as well!! This paint helps to create depth and texture on your pieces! You can layer, wet and reactivate hours or days later to keep playing…it really has the furntiure artists in mind! I can’t wait to share the fun things this paint can do!
This is Lani’s Lagoon, and it’s my favorite!
There are 18 gorgeous colors in all:
- And finally, Redesign with Prima has released their newest transfers, and I have these in stock and ready to buy now!!
The first six are the smaller 6″x 12″ transfers and the next four are the larger transfers. Find them at these links:
GOLDEN DAMASK * HARMONIOUS FAN * CERAMIC TILES II * SILVER HARLEQUIN (ON THE WAY!)
- I’ve also added several more transfers to the shop:
The first six are mini transfers, plus a couple more larger transfers and some additional knob transfers as well:
Botanical Paradise * Papillion Collection * Mystic Hydrangia * White Magnolia * Holiday Spirit * Classic Christmas * Xmas Tag
As always, shipping is FREE on all orders over $50 in my shop!
I went thrifting yesterday and found a couple more things for my new haul, so I think I’m done shopping! I’m so excited to share all my new goodies!!
The heat index has us over 100º this week, but I’m going to attempt to get outside and photograph it all before Tuesday without melting!
UPDATE! I did it! Here’s my new haul…
Come see it up close HERE!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!
Don’t Miss a Thing!
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!
Get FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $50. No code needed at checkout! Orders under $50 always enjoy $8 flat rate shipping! Most orders ship same or next business day!