BEFORE:Here is what I started with. A largish piece of ... well, I really didn't know what it was when I picked it up from the Recycle Market. All I knew was that it was made of wood and had been sitting in The Shed for a long time. I had passed on this piece a time or two before, probably because I had no idea what I could do with it. At first I thought it had been turned upside down and that it might be some kind of ice bucket. But it was solid underneath and had felt "feet" on the underside also.
Here I gave it a coat of chalk paint (I make my own because I don't live near Annie Sloan).
It is such a great medium to use as there's no need for undercoat or sanding; it sticks to anything and it sands back really well for shabby finishes.
Then sanded back the top and sides, especially on the edges, for a shabby finish.
Found a graphic from The Graphics Fairy. If you follow my blogs, it might seem I use this graphic a lot. (eek!) I actually use many others, but this one is so good for round shaped surfaces. Note: always print out in reverse image if you are using text.
Next: Did the Mod Podge transfer. To learn how to do this step by step, see my other blog called, "A Mod Podge & Graphics Fairy Kind of Day". I'll also be doing up a video tutorial on this method very soon.
Finish off with a coat of clear furniture wax ...
Then added new "furry feet" to underneath. The old ones (which were dirty anyway) were placed too far to the centre making it a bit unsteady, so I placed these closer to the edge.
AFTER:And there you have it. A lovely looking stand for any number of purposes. I do think it looks good enough to EAT!
So here are my thoughts for its use: a cake stand, a lamp stand, a little foot stool, a toddler stool, a stand to display a few old books, a table centre piece for a high tea or other special occasion, Christmas centre piece with tinsel all around... the list is endless.
What would you use it for?? Would love to hear your thoughts - comment below.
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PS: I have just made a video tutorial to go along with this piece on how to transfer graphics to wood.