Transferring an Image onto Furniture with Wax Paper

Have you tried transferring an image onto furniture? I have wanted to for so long but it was a little bit out of my comfort zone.

There actually aren’t many DIY projects that are out of my comfort zone but I was having a hard time freehand sketching this image onto a little-bity chair that I was refinishing.  Michele at Shelstring Blog inspired me to try transfers when she made THIS project. I didn’t have carbon paper but I did have wax paper.

I took that piece of paper and sprayed it with Elmer’s adhesive spray and pasted wax paper onto it. (oops! Looks like I even got a piece of my hair in between the two papers – awh well – we’re not eating it)
I cut the edges down with my paper cutter so it would feed through the printer.

Right from the printer I laid it on the dry white paint and pressed it down for a minute. Then carefully lifted the wax paper off – I actually could NOT believe it really transferred. I was so excited! The bunnies are softer looking like a pencil sketch but the saying is really the focus of this chair. (the words were done with THIS technique)

Once the ink dried (seemed to take a really long time) I carefully brushed clear satin polycrylic over top the whole seat. If you use polyurethane over white it will yellow.

That finished off my little chair that has been waiting to go up to our shop space for over a month.

HERE’S AN IMPORTANT NOTE: This project was my first time trying this technique and I really didn’t read any particular instructions but please see The Graphics Fairy for expert transferring advice and some beautiful graphics ready to print (even reversed!) She’s good!!!!

Well… these snow days are really bugging me, I feel like a sunny vacation but instead I’ll catch up on Downton Abby laundry.

Enjoy your weekend!