This is the antique tool caddy that almost wasn’t:
This is how it looked when I found it sitting all by it’s lonesome self at one of my favorite thrift stores a while back:
I knew I wanted to paint it, but didn’t really have a plan.
Enter the very talented Kristen, of Sophia’s. I was reading her latest email where she shared a link to her favorite image transfer product. She demonstrated it on tea towels and it was amazing how well it worked. She also said that it works on most surfaces, including wood. Wood, huh?
It was late, I mean really late. During the hours of which I can be sold on pretty much anything. (Like an ironing board that allows you to iron both sides of your garment at once. Doesn’t that sound amazing?) I had to order some of this miracle paper immediately.
So I read the directions, but there weren’t any instructions relating to wood specifically, so I did what any other Serial Do-it-Yourselfer would do, I winged it!
I cut the graphic that I had printed on the special paper, close to the edges all the way around.
I laid it face down on my surface and pressed a really hot iron right onto the surface. This is what I got:
This is a cell phone pic I snapped to show my mom the devastation I created. (Ok maybe it wasn’t that dramatic.)
The paint started to bubble up where I had applied too much heat. Oh no!!
I decided I would have to sand it and start fresh, but this is the effect the bubbling left after I started sanding it:
I love it!!!
Do you think you could just use your iron and randomly apply heat where you want your “chippiness” to be to create that effect? That would be awesome, right? Maybe I discovered something new?! Don’t y’all be trying this on Grandma’s good hutch now!
It should have been common sense to use a towel or something between the iron and my wood, but I’m glad I’m such a ditz at times, cause I love it!
I promised one caddy, two ways, so here is the other side:
Ooh la la…
I taped off a rectangle and sprayed it with chalkboard paint. It looked naked and I have a very difficult time leaving well enough alone, so I went digging in the garage and found this trim. I cut it to fit and attached it with tiny nails. I think it’s cute!
My little caddy has multiple personalities now… which one do you like best? Have you ever experienced a big flop that turned out to be better than planned? I’d love to hear about it! 🙂
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