I love thrift stores and frequent them often. And surprise of surprises I never have trouble finding something I need.
Always something and it’s not always furniture to be painted.
As you may, or may not know, I have decorated a large portion of my home with these kinds of finds…and very inexpensively too. It’s truly amazing the things I am able to find and use.
Awhile back I came across this cute little cigar box. I think it’s a cigar box anyway.
Whatever it is, it was just begging for some words to be splashed across the top of it.
In my house it does.
I think anyone who reads my blog regularly knows how much I love graphics.
I can’t get enough.
What’s the saying? –> Any excuse will do…for graphics. Well, that’s my spin on it anyway. ;)
I usually use my projector I picked up from Craigslist or one of my other methods of transfer for graphics. But I thought this small box would be the perfect thing to try out the “new” (ok, new to me) Water Slide Decal paper. –>*Water Slide Decal
As you can see from the picture below, I had originally planned to use this other graphic. I had also originally planned to use the transparency and transfer with the projector like I did on this Estate Sideboard. (or possibly just print it out on my computer and transfer the way I did with the Pantry sign I made)
*Both graphics pictured here are from Karen at The Graphic’s Fairy. Not only is she the sweetest person ever (I have met her ‘in real life’ so I can say that! ) but she has the most fabulous FREE graphics & prints. She has a ton to choose from (seriously)….so be sure to stop by and take a look.
I came across the Waterslide paper in my office the other day….that I bought months ago and decided this would be a great little project to try it out on.
I painted it first with a blend of Old White Chalk Paint & Pure White Chalk Paint…both Annie Sloan colors. Love her paint.
Then did a little distressing with some very fine grit sandpaper……
(did you happen to notice, in the above photo, that my dining table is missing chairs? Yes, I am in the process of doing 6 new chairs…and making new curtain panels for that room…. and did you also notice the back of a cabinet showing in the opening to the other room? Yes, another project going on in there too. Creating an entire bookcase/cabinet on the back wall in the Study. Not to mention an electrical company is here right now wiring us up, as I type this, so we can move the TV over top of our fireplace. “Project central” around here.…as usual.
If you’re interested in catching sneak peeks of things we’re working on, as we go, be sure to follow me on Instagram .
Things get posted there long before they get to the blog. Plus a bit of ‘random’ fun too. )
Chalk Paint® is well….chalky and dry once applied (before being sealed). I wasn’t sure how well that would work with this Waterslide decal (clear, thin & film-like). So since it will be somewhat wet when applied to the box and the underneath paper backing would then be slid out from under (hence, the “slide”) I decided to spray the box with Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane to seal it beforehand. (several coats to seal the paint)
I followed the directions that came with the Waterslide decal paper and printed out this graphic directly from my computer. I then proceeded to spray about 3 coats (waiting to dry well in between) of Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane over the full sheet to seal it. After that was completely dry I cut around the lettering closely.
I soaked it in warm water for about 30-45 seconds (per the directions). I could see it start to separate from the backing a bit so placed it on top of the box.
Then I slid the white paper backing from underneath. Perfect!! Almost…..
I had a bit of trouble with a few areas of the edge wanting to roll under. I tried repeatedly to get it to straighten with no luck. I used a little squeegee to rub any air bubbles from underneath. As you can see in the photo I went over this area a few too many times trying to smooth it out..I lost some of the black print.
Other than those two areas…it was perfect.
Not sure if I did something wrong, highly possible. But I did follow the directions that were sent with the paper.
Maybe I just need more practice with it.
Do I like it?
Well, as visible in the above photo….you can see the edge of the film, and the difference in material, in the lighting. That drives me a little crazy to be honest. It’s those little things that my eye jumps to and ruins it for me.
Maybe if I spray the entire thing with a super glossy sealer it may help to conceal that.
Was it super easy to add graphics to a piece?
A huge YES to that. These graphics would have taken forever to hand paint in.
Instant gratification. Gotta love that!
Unless you look closely you don’t really notice the edge between the decal and the box……….(well, I do)
And yes, I am missing an “e” on the end of “Confiserie”. My lovely printer decided to leave that letter off.
Shhh, don’t tell. If you aren’t French you shouldn’t know the difference anyway, right? I had thought I may go in and hand paint it in.
But nope, probably won’t bother.
I do love this graphic quite a lot, by the way……
I actually used a part of it on this “Coffee Server” I painted/created last year.
And here it is sitting on my $35 Craiglist find….the 70’s dated hutch turned “Baker’s Hutch” …. post coming soon on that one!
Overall I suppose I am semi happy with the Waterslide decals. They sure make the job easier, no question, but are probably not something I would use on furniture.
It’s great and fine for small things like this…and signs, etc.
As a matter of fact, I have 3 signs “in the works”. (which actually means “in the brain” because none of them are even close to being started yet)
One for my “reading nook” in the Family Room, one for above the sink in the Kitchen and one for above the Baker’s Hutch.
I love signs…the older and more “vintage” looking, the better.
Stay tuned to see what I have planned for them. ;)
Have you used these Waterslide decals? What did/do you think about them?
Edited to add: Diana from the blog Dreams Factory has been wonderful enough to help me out with these decals. She mentioned to me that she does not spray to seal the printed film (as I was told to do in my directions) and does not have a problem. I suppose the waterslide paper could vary so just be aware if you try it this way. Also, she doesn’t seal the paint beforehand. She uses a matte spray to seal the entire piece after the item has dried fully for 2-3 hours. This helps to conceal the decal (glossy does not work as well with concealing). If you want to check out her DIY on this (and some of the lovely things she has made take a look —> here.) Thank you Diana!
I will be trying another project this way in the near future…and will post about how it goes here! Keep an eye out for it. :)