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French Image Transfer on Vintage Buffet
- IOD Image Transfer
- Electric sander
- Flexible sandpaper
- Antique Clear Glass Knobs
- Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint:
Staging / Home Decor
I’ve wanted to do an image transfer for some time now. I haven’t done one in ages. I’ve also had a break from custom work, making this the perfect opportunity to be creative. When I purchased this flat vintage buffet I knew the surface was perfect for adding an image. Adding an image transfer gives a whole new personality to a piece, and this project is no exception.
The buffet itself was in pretty nice shape when I got it. With no major damage, clean, straight lines and clean drawers. But, inside the cabinet doors were shelves that had been lined with contact paper. Who ever thought that sticky stuff was a good idea? The shelves had not only one, but two layers!
On the positive side, once removed the wood underneath the contact paper is actually very pretty! The shelves were wiped down with rubbing alcohol to remove any leftover sticky residue.
The top of the buffet was sanded down to bare wood, leaving a gorgeous wood grain. The top was stained with Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint teak protective wood stain. Teak is a very rich dark espresso stain, so for a second coat, I use chestnut protective wood stain. Combining the two gave the rich dark stain that isn’t quite black and isn’t quite brown, but somewhere in between.
In between coats of stain, the top was lightly sanded. The top was also lightly distressed along the edges creating a slightly worn look.
Even though the protective wood stain does not need an additional sealer I wanted a super soft finish. I decided to sand the top with my flexible sandpaper and seal again with our clear satin finish. Sanding the top leaves a finish that is soft like a baby’s bum.
The body of the vintage buffet was painted in layers. The first coat was Alabaster, which is a pure white. The second layer is tahoe, a very light gray and then storm a cloudy light gray. Each layer is only a very subtle difference from the previous layer. Doing this allows a bit of depth once distressed.
The buffet was lightly sanded in between each coat and then distressed using flexible sandpaper.
Distressing of the layers give a bit of a subtle depth to the piece, giving it a slightly cloudy appearance.
The original hardware was too dark, too bold and too wrong for the piece. The buffet needs a softer style pull to not distract from the image. Besides the fact that I don’t think they were the original pulls to the piece anyway. New clear vintage glass pulls from D. Lawless Hardware were a perfect choice.
The clear knobs compliment the piece while not taking away from the image transfer.
The Image Transfer
I chose a French image that would fit perfectly across the center of the buffet. The image was measured and taped in place with painters tape before being carefully transferred to the piece. This was my first time using this particular type of image transfer and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. On a later piece with an image transfer, I did a video of the process to better help explain how the transfer is accomplished, you can find that video in this post HERE. The dark espresso chocolate of the top pairs beautifully with the cloudy gray painted finish and vintage style french image transfer print. To seal for protection, both the image, as well as the painted surface, were sealed with our matte clear sealer.
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