Repurposing a Faded Rubber Mat

I have been seeing people painting these worn out rubber mats. I even have one of my own I’ve been planning on painting. But mine was always black with a geometric design so I hadn’t been that motivated yet. I’m sure it will stand out, though, once painted with beautiful colors.

But then, this week, I found two faded flower ones for $1 each at a yard sale and I snatched them up!

We also picked up a couple of grandkids for the weekend so mom and dad could celebrate their anniversary. While the grands were content watching TV and playing on their devices, I thought I would just start on one to see what it was like. I am very impressed! They paint up great and are easy to paint.

I used our brand of chalk-style paint, Missouri Limestone Paint Company, in a variety of colors. I know rubber usually does well outside curing without sealing, but because this will get walked on a lot, I will seal it. I am leaning toward using a matte spray lacquer.

I was working on it on the dining room floor and one of my grandsons came over to see what I was doing. He wanted to help me and so he did. He’s not even in Kindergarten yet and he works so carefully. He is really a good painter. He also wanted to make a how-to video like his cousins had done so he has videos here, too. Of course, I would lose my helper until I changed colors. Then he’d be back again.

When we finished, he wanted to show how painting tired him out. Lol

Not only is he a good painter, he’s a comedian, too. 😂🥰

Here is the 2nd one. I used jewel tone colors on it. Sure missed having my little helper here as I worked on it.

Saving an Awesome Coffee Table from the Dead

What a makeover! This awesome slate topped huge coffee table was a custom job. We brought it back from the dead as it was in pretty rough shape with a finish that was the old thick rough and nasty varnish. Prepping is definitely the key! Quite the project, right? But once we finish, it will be perfect in the young person’s apartment (once moving day occurs). For now, it will go in mom and dad’s basement family room and still be used by young people. 🙂

The first thing you need to do is spend some time contemplating how to remove the top. Oh, and to find a place to store the slate top until needed again. No problem, it resided under our living room couch until needed. 🙂

It looks like there are screws. I think we will remove the top to make it easier to paint and to see if any repairs are needed. After many minutes of contemplating, the screws were removed. The only repair needed actually was one section on the bottom needed some glue.

The top sanded easily to get it smooth enough to paint. A good cleaning and two coats of our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint “Coal Shovel” and two coats of Varathane Crystal clear water based polyurethane in satin finish later, it was ready for curing.

The top is looking great!

Sanding the bottom piece wasn’t working at all. Danny got a good amount off with stripper, then I did another round of stripping with mineral spirits mixed in. That helped a lot. Then another round of mineral spirits. Cleaned well them sanded again. Used a tack cloth to get rid of any sanding dust. Then cleaned really well again. That finally got it smooth enough for painting.

Whoever says you don’t need to prep if you use chalk-style paint doesn’t know what they are talking about. It was definitely a process on this bottom piece!

Painted with two coats of Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint “Coal Shovel” (https://sharsumpaint.com/missouri-limestone-paint-company-colors/) and sealed with two coats of Varathane water based polyurethane in satin finish. This table is now ready to be put back together!

What an amazing difference!

Now came the task of lining the top and bottom holes for screwing it back together.

Bamboo skewers to the rescue! All holes are now lined up perfectly!

The beautiful slate top was rescued from under the couch and got a good drink of Wise Owl Lemon Verbena Salve. What a difference that made! It smells good now, too!

So happy how it turned out. This table is eventually going in a young person’s apartment. I can just see a group of young people gathered around it. Sitting on colorful pillows that could easily be stored underneath.

There will be a lot of fun times gathered around this coffee table! This is one sturdy, beautiful table now!
Love the black rippled slate top!

A Round Pedestal Table Gets an Amazing Makeover

I found this small (20.75” tall and 24” wide) solid wood table at a flea market about a year ago.

https://sharsumpaint.com/2020/07/16/a-round-pedestal-table-gets-an-amazing-makeover/

It was in good shape, but dated. It needed a makeover. We had sanded the top almost all the way, but it still needed a bit more to get it down to bare wood.

However, life got in the way and so it sat in our basement waiting patiently for its makeover.

A few days ago, it happened. I took the heat gun and stripped away the rest of the residue on the top, then sanded it smooth and hand scuffed the base. I cleaned it well.

I couldn’t wait to try out the DIY wood aging stain recipe I found and mixed up. It had been sitting waiting to be used for several weeks. I had tried it right after I mixed it up on a board. I think it reacts differently on different types of wood and it really hadn’t had a chance to darken the wood much. But, it turned out with a beautiful, natural wood look that I loved.

The stain is a mix of used coffee grounds, vinegar and steel wool. It doesn’t look very pretty in the jar, but wait until you see it on this oak table top!

Here’s the link to the DIY tutorial I found and used: https://www.familyhandyman.com/article/how-to-stain-unfinished-wood-with-used-coffee-grounds/?_cmp=stf

The interesting thing is you don’t see how it is working until it dries. At first it looks like it is just darkening the wood (and it darkens more as it dries) but when it dries, ahhhh….there is that beautiful grayish cast….just like old barn wood that has been left out in the weather for years. And this photo doesn’t even do it justice.

Hmmm…..At this point I happened to notice a strange formation in the grain going across the top. In my eye, I saw a llama head and neck. There are actually 4 of them, seeming to march in a line across the table, but this one stands out more than others. Still not seeing it? Let me help you. Lol

So now I had the stain on, but I wanted to really enhance the old wood look so I sealed it with a mix of liming wax and clear wax.

I wanted to open up the grain for the liming wax to get into it and stay so I used a wire brush and carefully ran it across the table top, going with the grain.

The liming wax I used is by Briwax. I mixed some of it with Howard’s Chalk-tique light wax. You can use any brand of clear wax, though. Mixing them together gives you a little more control over the liming wax and provides a nice finish. I think you can purchase both of these products from several places like Amazon online.

The next photo shows half the table top with the liming wax combo and half without. What a difference the liming wax makes!!

Can you see my 4 marching llamas? I know…. they are hard to see. Lol

Let me help. 🙂

Here is the top all waxed and buffed. Again, pics don’t really show just how beautiful this table top is. The sheen of the wax is gorgeous!

By the way, did you know wax helps repel dust? So using wax on furniture that isn’t going to get a lot of heavy use will save you dusting time, too!

The little metal feet needed a makeover, too, so I took them off and spray painted them a metallic gold. So pretty now!

Now it was time to paint the base. Sometimes I use primer, sometimes I don’t. I didn’t on this one. I had just cleaned and scuffed it up really well. In retrospect, I wish I had primed this and I wouldn’t have had to use as many coats of chalk-style paint, especially since I wasn’t going to distress this piece. I used 4 coats of Missouri Limestone Paint Company “January”, a pure white. You tend to need more coats when using white or very light colors.

But all is well as chalk-style paint dries so quickly. Once the paint coats had all dried well I sealed the base with several thin coats of Varathane Crystal Clear water based polyurethane. I never have had a problem with yellowing in the 6 years I’ve been using it.

The secret is thin coats and no drips or pooling. I use a round damp car wax sponge to put on a thin coat and follow it with a sponge brush if needed to clear up any drips or pooling. For long areas I go in one direction only and work quickly. You can’t go back and forth or overwork the sealer or you will have a mess as it dries so quickly.

And now…. drum roll ….. My finished “llama table!” 😉 What a difference, right?

A One of a Kind Floral Cow Skull Tray/Wall Hanging Decor

I’ve been on a kick creating stencils lately of farm animals on my Silhouette machine. My latest project has become my favorite! 🙂 I also tried a new staining technique on this one. I will definitely be using this technique again.

I started with a plain new pine board. Danny, my husband and partner in our world of painting and creating, had previously cut a long pine board into 9 x 11 1/2” boards, sanding and rounding the edges. Some we will make into cutting boards, but this one I wanted to make a tray that could also hang up and be used as a wall decoration.

My idea was to give the board a natural, white washed look. I created a coffee stain with used coffee grounds, vinegar, and a steel wool pad. Here’s the tutorial I used: https://www.familyhandyman.com/woodworking/staining-wood/how-to-stain-unfinished-wood-with-used-coffee-grounds/?_cmp=stf

This worked well to darken the wood and bring out the grain. I would have liked for the wood to have been a little darker. When this dried, and after 3 coats, I still thought it would be a little darker but it was fine. I let the solution sit for 24 hours after I mixed it. The next time, I think I would let it sit several days.

After drying, the board was ready for the white wash, I mixed our brand of chalk-style paint Missouri Limestone Paint Company (MLPC) “January” with a little water, painted it on, then used a damp rag to rub it in and wipe it off. I let that dry well and it was ready to stencil.

I really liked the look of the end result – I will be using this technique on a small table top next.

It was now time to stencil. I found an SVG image I loved on Etsy from HeyLena Arts and purchased it. https://www.etsy.com/listing/744390593/cow-skull-svg-floral-wreath-svg-boho-svg?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=floral+cow+skull+svg&ref=sr_gallery-1-3&organic_search_click=1&pro=1

I uploaded the SVG file to my Silhouette machine, traced it and cut it out, using Contact paper. I find this is a cheap and easy way to cut stencils. The Contact paper adheres nicely and is easy to remove. I also use clear Contact paper to transfer the stencil to my project. Press n Seal will also work as a transfer.

Then I did all the “weeding” (picking out the areas of vinyl) for the dark area of the skull. I stenciled those areas with MLPC “French Roast”, a dark brown.

For the flower area, I decided the best way to finish that would be to hand paint it, so that’s what I did. I am no artist, but I did learn to pretty much stay in the lines when coloring in elementary school. ☺️

The MLPC colors used: Crepe Myrtle, Farmhouse Green, Cornflower, Radio Flyer, Sour Green Apples, English Bluebells, and MO Buttercup.

Once all the flower area was dry I sealed front, back, and sides with Varathane water-based Crystal Clear Polyurethane in Satin Finish. I used 5 thin coats for durability. This piece may be used as a tray so I wanted it to stand up to hard use. (It was so pretty out I did the sealing on my deck. I had my book and coffee handy and read while my sealer dries. It only took about 10 minutes for each on this day.)

Now it was time for the handles. I remembered seeing a DIY on Pinterest for creating handles out of strips of leather. I happened to have the perfect belt made of genuine cowhide that I thought would be perfect! I had purchased it at Goodwill some time ago to create handles for a suitcase dresser, so used it for this project instead. I cut two strip of 8” each and we attached them to the edges of the top and bottom of the board using vintage wood screws.

This beautiful, floral cow skull tray/ wall hanging decoration is now complete! I absolutely love how it turned out!

Here are the other projects I have recently completed.

This is a charcuterie/cheese board
Wall decoration

A Fairy Garden Makeover

We started a fairy garden for our granddaughter about eight years ago. We’ve enjoyed adding items to it through the years. When we added grandsons it seemed only fitting the fairy garden had a carport and cars. It was time for a major makeover!

And did I mention our fairy garden is right under a trellis of honeysuckle vines I trained to grow there. It is blooming right now and smelled heavenly as I toiled in my garden. ☺️

My before photo does not clearly show how bad of shape our fairy garden was in, but will give you an idea.

Here’s a video I made and below I will add individual photos and some hints on how I made my pond this year so you can get a better look and maybe some ideas to create a fairy garden of your own. Whether you have kids, grandkids, or none of the above, if you have never had a fairy garden, you should. They are a lot of fun to create.

I have painted two rocks to look like gnomes and will paint two more for each grand and have them add to the garden. I painted them with Our Missouri Limestone Paint Company colors and then sealed them with spray lacquer.

I also plan on adding a miniature toy train as a couple of the boys love trains.

Through the years, some things broke beyond repair and some were just getting old. Last year seemed to be the roughest winter on the garden yet, so in 2020 with plenty of time on our hands, we made over the fairy garden.

It was kind of a treasure hunt digging down into the dirt to retrieve buried fairy items. And then the scrubbing of those items had to take place. But some, even with their rusty and worn look, are still treasures to keep.

We did find a few new ones for $1.00 each at our local Dollar Tree. They had little gnomes so we added gnomes to our garden this year. But forget the llama… I already gave it to my granddaughter who loves llamas. I crocheted a few, painted a couple and even made some coffee cup quotes this winter using llamas, so I will have to find another to add to my fairy garden.

I made the door with jumbo craft sticks from Dollar Tree (another Pinterest idea). I used a bit of hot glue (to hold in place) along with E6000 for durability outside to glue the sticks to the braces which were 4 glue sticks cut to size (2 for the front and 2 for the back). The window is a glob of hot glue with a clear half gem from Dollar Tree presses into it.

The roof was what was left from the bird feeder we had sitting on top of the stump the last several years. Danny reworked it and we were amazed the door fit perfectly inside the part it did. He attached the door and then screwed the whole unit to the stump. I gave it just a little paint so it still looked weathered.

The mushroom top on the stump was a resin base of some kind we had sitting around for years I painted it and added white polka dots with a foam stencil dauber. It is very heavy so it is just sitting on top of the stump.

I also dug out all the gems from Dollar Tree we had used earlier for a pond so I wanted something to contain them.

Now for the pond I created this year:

I saw an idea on Pinterest and thought it would work, and it did. I used a plastic sheet like a report cover and then drew out an outline and then just made a thick border of hot glue and then just created a grid like inside so my gems wouldn’t fall out and get buried again. I painted it with some colors of water with our MLPC paint and even added a little glitter paint I had. You were supposed to be able to peel the glue formation off the plastic when dry and you can, but I chose to cut around my form and keep it so I would have another layer for my gems.

We will continue to add more items, I’m sure. And the grands will rearrange what we have many different times. 🥰

But what fun memories we will continue to make in our magical fairy garden.

My favorite No Sew Face Mask I Have Tried

This is the best face mask tutorial I have found so far. No sewing involved. It takes just minutes to make. All you really need is a t-shirt (or t-shirt fabric) with some stretch in it, such as spandex or polyester, a piece of paper, and a pair of scissors.

The only things I tweeked about this pattern:

* I twist the ear pieces to make it tighter on me (Which actually makes it look more like the pleated ones.)

* I use stamps and an ink pad to embellish them (Why not? And I have small alphabet stamps. Oh, the messages I could write on them!)

* I like that you can easily add a nose piece and filter, but if you don’t use a filter (this is two pieces of cotton blend) I show how you can just take a pipe cleaner to it for a nose piece.

I truly think we will be using masks for awhile and I hope everyone does. Yes, they are hot (this one is actually very comfortable even though it is hot) but hopefully, with wearing masks, staying 6 feet apart, and continuing the hand washing and sanitizing, we can get back to being out and about until we have this virus contained.

Here’s the tutorial: https://youtu.be/A43g4KBAEa4

Self-Distancing Crafting with SharSum Paint – Day 3

March 19, 2020

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How About Some Wine Cork Projects?

You may have been saving wine corks but had no idea what to do with them. If you don’t have any corks and want to make some of these projects, save this post and when you are able to order from Amazon again, you can buy them in bulk there.

I’ve collected several sites for some great ideas. Hope you find some you’d like to try.

One project, a wine cork planter (tutorial linked below) was one I thought would be fun to try. I cheated, though, and didn’t use dirt and real plants. I used what I had on hand so used dried Spanish Moss from Dollar Tree and parts of a faux plant. Local viewers….check out the winery cork I used. 🙂

* DIY Wine Cork Planters – This idea is shared by none other than Bob Villa from This Old House.

* Wine Cork Phone Stand – A You Tube video shows step by step directions for making this neat little phone stand.

* Wine Cork Coasters – A quick and easy project designed to protect your furniture.

And last, but not least….

* 12 Life Hacks with Wine Corks – Who better to know what to do with wine corks than The Missouri Wine Board! They sure live up to our state’s “Show Me” slogan. 🙂 There is a lot of other good info there, too.

A Vintage Portable Coffee Bar. Why not?

This all started with a Chalk Couture transfers. I have fallen in love with these! To describe Chalk Couture it’s kind of like screen printing with a washable chalk paste or permanent ink. With proper care, you can use them over and over. And… I have!

I have especially had fun with the “Wicked Chicken” transfer. I have used both the paste and ink.

I used the chalk paste on this one

This one was ink on glass. See my post on baking picture frame glass. I put this glass in a cold oven set for 170 degrees. I timed it for 45 ovens once tempwas reached, then left in oven until completely cooled.

A SharSum Paint Tutorial: Experiment on Baking a Sign Created with Chalk Couture Ink on Picture Frame Glass

This was ink on painters canvas. I heat set this with parchment paper and ironed on medium heat for 3 minutes.

So then, I was ready to try coffee mugs. I tried just one first. After allowing it to air dry for 24 hours (an important step) I put it in a cold over and preheat to 275 degrees. I then timed it, baking for 45 min. I turned off the oven and left it in there until it cooled completely. The next day, I put it through the dishwasher. It came out perfect! Yay!

I used ink on this mug

I was now ready to make some mugs to sell in one of my booths. I purchased dishwasher and oven proof mugs and got to work. First, I thoroughly washed them with soap and water and then cleaned with alcohol. Note: if you mess up, you have time to wash it off and start over. 😉

So cute!!!

But, they seemed kind of lonely so I decided they needed a coffee bar to go with them, but not just any coffee bar. I decided they needed a portable coffee bar that could be used anywhere!

I love repurposing and I just happened to have purchased a vintage metal bread box some time ago. It was the perfect thing! All it needed was some cleaning up and it was ready to be transformed.

The top was the perfect size to hold the four mugs. I also just happened to have four round wooden coasters. I painted them (including the cork) with one coat of the chalk-style paint we sell. Missouri Limestone Paint Company I then distressed them with some sandpaper. I did not seal them. They ended up with a great farmhouse look. I forgot to take a picture, though. You can see them under the mugs in the photos.

I then decided the inside needed a liner. Dollar Tree to the rescue! I happened to see a very cool vinyl placemat that would be perfect! I cut it to size and voila!

But, what’s a coffee bar without the fixings? I included an apothecary jar of ground coffee and a 46 year old vintage sugar and creamer set. How do I know it is 46 years old, you ask? I know because it is what is left from my wedding china and today, October 28, is our 46th anniversary! I sold the rest several years ago. Some people register for their china. In my family, I shopped at Kroger for weeks for my mother so I could collect this china during one of their promotions. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Then, imagine waking up early in the morning, making coffee ☕️ at your new coffee bar and then waiting for that first cup in the early dawn light and looking over and seeing the inside your coffee bar glowing in light that you turned on when making coffee. Yep! I found a small round light at Dollar Tree. The kind with an adhesive back and you press the center to turn it on and off.

The final perfect touch was adding the word “coffee” to the roll top. The Rae Dunn look has become very popular in creating farmhouse decor so I found a font called The Skinny and typed “coffee” in landscape font using Microsoft Word. I enlarged it to fit most of the paper. I printed it with a laser printer on water slide decal paper and cut around the word as close as possible, but leave a small bit of margin. If you’ve never used this as a transfer medium you have to try it. Wow! The transfer comes out perfectly and adheres well. It is amazing! You can clean when needed by wiping with a damp cloth. Here’s a YouTube video I watched when trying this for the first time.

https://youtu.be/ua1-_tKdnhg

Here is my finished vintage portable coffee bar! It is available for purchase at: Midwest Trading Post in Hermann, Missouri.

Creating a Color Portfolio of Work on Pinterest

Note:  To make it easy for you to follow the directions below in print, I created an eBook for you.  Just click on this link to download.  Be sure to follow my blog if this is something you  can use.  I would appreciate it.

Free eBook: Pinterest Colors Board Tutorial

I found Pinterest to be an excellent way to showcase my painted projects.  If you enjoy this tutorial or just enjoy looking at painted furniture and home decor, please consider following me on Pinterest.  https://pinterest.com/sharsumpaint  And if you like seeing tutorials like this, please follow this blog.  I have many tutorials listed here.  Just click on the category Tutorials to see them all.  I add new ones periodically.  Thank you.

I’ve been working on creating portfolios of my work through various platforms:  Pinterest, Facebook, and eventually here on my blog.  This is something I’ve attempted in the past and it is a lot of work. I realize now I have created quite a few projects and have the images saved in several different places and finding them all, saving in one place, adding descriptions, etc is all going to take time.

However, I am highly motivated right now to get this done.  Why?  I am doing more custom work with my business and I want an easy way to share examples of my work along with colors and techniques to hopefully, future clients.  So, I am creating color albums.  I started with Facebook and have quite a few ready to go with it, but last night I got distracted (lol happens often) with checking out how to go about it in Pinterest and Wow!  I love what I discovered.  The only drawback is that the client will need to have a Pinterest account, but these days, most people do.

Note:  These directions are for the Pinterest app.  But if working on a computer, they are basically the same.

Steps for Creating a Color Portfolio in Pinterest:

1.  I logged into my business account in Pinterest.  Click on the Plus Sign at the top of the page.pinterestlogin2.  Type in Colors for the Board name and click Create. After it is created, you can click Edit and add a description of your Colors Board.  Here’s mine:  “Portfolio of SharSum Paint’s Work”

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3.  I then clicked on Add Section, gave it a Color name and clicked Next.
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4.  You may or may not get this message.  If you do, just click Skip at the top right.  I think I got it as I already had boards on my account.

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5.  You are now ready to add pins to your Brown Section.  Click on the left arrow until you get back to your main page and click on the + sign there.

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6.  You will now add a pin.  This can be from a photo on your phone, a copied link, or a website.  I think it is best to use a photo from your phone.  You will see the photos from your phone.  Click on the brown photo you want to add.  (note:  my brown is not in this screenshot as there was a selfie of me beside it and I didn’t want it on here, but you get the idea.  LOL)Photos from Phone

7.  Your brown photo will show up.  You will want to add a description of your photo at this point.  You will then Click on Choose Board.  You will Choose the Colors and then it will ask you to choose a Section.  You will choose Brown Board.  Then click Done.  Or you may be at the point where you have a photo pin to add that doesn’t have a color section.  At this point, you can choose that photo and choose Create a new Section and add your pin to it.  Bonus:  When you click on a Pin to view it, if you scroll to the bottom, Pinterest adds additional pins that relate to the pin you added.  Pretty cool!

 

8.  You can add a link now.  But to do that you have to edit your pin.  The spot for a link doesn’t show up when you are creating the pin.  So click edit and add the link you’d like visitors to go to.  Be sure to click Save.

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I have found a very cool link that I use with Instagram and other places that only allows you one link.  It is called linktr.ee  It is free and you can sign up through Instagram.  I add all my business links to it.  I found you can even copy a link of the Colors Board in Pinterest, so I added that, too.  Kind of a one stop shop of all my business links and a way to contact me.  It is perfect for Instagram.  Here’s mine:  https://linktr.ee/sharsumpaint 

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9.  You are now ready to add a new pin or see your color board.  Just go back to the main screen again and click on Colors to see all your Color Boards or click on the + sign to add a new pin.

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10.  Click on Colors and you will see all your Color Boards

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That’s it!  I hope you enjoy creating a Color Portfolio in Pinterest to showcase your work as much as I did.  If you create one, please share below!  I love looking at other artists’ painted projects.

 

 

 

 

Transfer an Image with Varathane Water-based Polyurethane

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Using a water-based poly to transfer an image???  I am in love with this method for transferring an image.  I have tried many different ways with several degrees of success.  This is by far the easiest and quickest and the best results I’ve found.

I’m not sure why I haven’t run across it before, but when I saw how this video tutorial by The Craftsman transferred the images using water-based poly I knew I had to try this.  The video is linked from The Graphics Fairy site, which has an amazing selection of files free to use.  I found a French Handwriting Script  that worked perfectly.  I chose the reverse image as I would be transferring text.

The Craftsman is entertaining and a very good tutorial.  I linked it above as it is buried on The Graphics Fairy site under Transfer Methods.

Note on changes I made from what is suggested in the video:

  1. In the video, The Craftsman used a product called Poly-Finish (which is a poly acrylic).  In another tutorial I read,  Minwax Polycrylic was used.  I used Varathane water-based crystal clear polyurethane in satin finish as that is what I use on all my furniture. It worked perfectly.  So, your favorite water-based poly should work also.
  2. The video transfers onto raw wood. I had already painted a chair with chalk-based paint and had put one coat of poly on before I ran across this technique.  The results were amazing, so this works not only over a painted surface, but one that has had a poly coating already added.
  3. I wet the edges and tore them (a trick I learned on another site).  This helps hide a straight edge that might be more noticeable. Even with removing the paper, there will still be a thin layer of paper that remains.

There was another tutorial I ran across that reiterated using poly to transfer images and she shows how to do it over chalk-based paint.  In this tutorial, she creates her own rulers. to make a great looking tray!  People are so creative!  Thanks for sharing, Cheltenham Road:  https://cheltenhamroad.wordpress.com/tag/polycrylic-image-transfer-method/

A client wanted her ladder back chair to have a French Handwriting Script across the ladder backs. See update at the bottom for info on the inspiration for the handwriting script on a ladder back chair. I thought of several different ways I could accomplish that, including using a stencil, but I really wanted to do a transfer.  Here are the steps I used.  I am extremely happy with the final result.  The whole process literally took less than an hour.

Practice make Perfect – I thought it would be a good thing to practice first.  Please do not mind my ugly practice board.  Just focus on the script, which literally just took minutes to do.

I printed out several reverse copies of the French Handwriting Script from The Graphics Fairy.  I decided how I wanted them to look on the ladder backs, then trimmed them.  I also wet down the edges and tore them so they wouldn’t be straight as mentioned above.  Notice in the photo I tore 3 sides on the first one  That was before I realized the top and bottom wouldn’t show anyway as I wanted it to go off the wood, but the sides would end, so I really only needed to wet and tear the sides of each.

I put the chair on its back to make it easier to work with.  Each ladder back will have a liberal coat of poly painted on.  I did one ladder back at a time, putting on the poly, then adding the image with the script facing down.

Each time I added the image, I made sure to smooth it down well, including around the edges.  I used a credit card to burnish it into the wood and make sure there were no wrinkles.  I literally let this dry only about 15 minutes (poly dries quickly).  I won’t lie….I’m impatient.  I even used a hair dryer to make sure it was really nice and dry.

It was then time to saturate the paper with water.  In the photo below, you can see I am painting water all over the paper.  I worked with just one ladder back at a time.  After it was thoroughly saturated, I let it sit a minute or two.

This next step was fascinating!  Unlike other transfer methods, starting at the corners, the paper almost completely peels away.  I peeled as much as possible this way first.

After the first peel, I  used a rough texture wet washrag and carefully rubbed away the rest of the paper.  I let dry just a bit (ok….maybe used a blast or two from the hair dryer) so I could see if there was any paper left.  There was, so I used the wet rag to rub some more.

It was now time to let it dry.  Yes, I might have used the hair dryer again.  LOL.  But anyway, once dry, I gave each ladder back several coats of poly, not only for durability, but the coats of poly make the thin layer of paper that remains seem to disappear.

And now, for the beautiful, final results!

How about this closeup?  I’m so in love with this!!!!

All three ladder backs:

Chair is now complete.  The only thing left to do is to seal the new paper rush seat for durability.And…..would you believe we wove new paper rush seat for this chair?  The client really wanted to save her heirloom chair and the original rush seat was in bad shape, so I found a great tutorial for that, too.  If you ever need to weave rush for a ladder back chair, you have to watch this youtube tutorial:

But that’s not all!  I wanted to put a fleur de lis on the knobs of the desk/vanity that will do with the chair.  Easy peasy with the poly transfer.  Hint:  If you rub away a bit too much, no problem.  That’s what black Sharpie permanent markers were made for.  LOL

Update:  My client saw a chair with French handwriting script and asked if I could do something like that with her chair.  I found the creator of this chair and requested permission to use her chair for inspiration. (I always ask permission of artists if I can find out who they are.)  She graciously allowed me to do that.  Gina Kellogg of Kellogg Frosted Furniture (isn’t that a great business name) I thank you.  You can see Gina’s beautiful chair here.

And now for the final reveal:

I first sealed the new rush seat with a 50/50 mix of shellac and denatured alcohol.  Then I stained it with another favorite Varathane product. (I just love the Varathane products but are not affiliated with them in any way)  I used Varathane water-based stain and polyurethane in Dark Walnut.

I am now thinking of all kinds of possibilities for using these transfers:  jewelry boxes, cutting boards, photos on wood, hmmmm….will it work on fabric?  I’m off to try that possibility.