Boy was this a shabby chic design project and a half!
I’ve had this one in my mind for about 6 months but I kept forgetting to go to Staples and get my prints done. Finally, with my first show of the season approaching, I decided to tackle it and make it a focal point of my booth.
Firstly I have to thank my lovely hubby for buying me a compressor for Christmas, because I don’t think I would have ever got around to this otherwise (I mean look at all those slats!!!). I don’t think spraying is cheating when it comes to prepping my projects, I see it as giving me more time to concentrate on the artistic stuff (like transfers)
I gave it two coats of a White chalk paint. After it dried I lightly sanded it alternating between 220 grit and 320 grit sandpaper depending on how much distressing I wanted to go for. (thankfully it was a nice day so I made the mess outside and ended up looking like a ghost)
The tricky bit was next and a two person job…applying the images. If you’ve never done an image transfer to a project, I’ll be doing a post later in the week that you may like to check out. The key to it…PATIENCE! Seriously, don’t rush it. It takes forever but the results are worth it.
The images are from The Graphics Fairy (check out their site….tons of beautiful images) and one from a lovely lady in one of my Facebook groups. I was missing the perfect image for the final panel and she graciously shared hers. I added the background script and sized everything to fit with my trusty Silhouette software before reversing the images and trudging of to Staples with memory stick in hand.
Next was the hardest bit! It took two of us to do each panel, working as quickly as possible to prep the surface and the image, get it perfectly aligned and smoothed down into place. (I think I already mentioned that my Hubbie is lovely!). Click here for the post showing the full details on the exact process.
I waxed and aged the panels clear wax and some dark glaze that I had left over but used Spray on Varathane for the fiddly slats
I’m really happy with how it turned out and now I need a nap!!!