Welcome back to another fabulous Monday! I use to always dread Mondays, the long work week ahead, but now I love Mondays! Its a ...


Welcome back to another fabulous Monday! I use to always dread Mondays, the long work week ahead, but now I love Mondays! Its a day when I get to showcase my latest creations with you and see what others have been up to as well. 

This past week I accomplished my first graphics transfer onto a piece of furniture! You gotta love "The First Times!" I always have a romantic idea in my head of how wonderful and simply amazing it will be, and then it turns out to take longer than I expected and the process is never quite how I imaged it would be. But in the end, I pull through and come out loving the final product! At least, that is usually how I feel, well, so far anyways!

With out further ado, I would like to introduce you to Queen Anne, My Queen Bee!!

I have never distressed a furniture piece before or completed a graphic transfer. I must say I really am pleased with the way she turned out! I have been reading some great blogs and have seen some amazing transformations that have been done with pieces of furniture using graphics from The Graphics Fairy! If you have never visited this site, I recommend checking it out immediately. She has some wonderful graphics and so many wonderful ideas on how to use them!!

For this particular piece, I started out with a Queen Anne side table that I found at the Salvation Army. I painted, sanded it and distressed it. I then turned to The Graphics Fairy to determine which graphic I wanted to use. I began by selecting this French themed wreath with a bee. I find it to be so sweet and simple, yet so elegant!
This particular graphic was not exactly the size or scale that I needed for my table. Not to worry, on The Graphics Fairy site, she has a list of transfer tutorial links on how to transfer your graphics. I uploaded the graphic to a site called  Block Posters. From there I was able to scale the graphic to use on my table. When I was done sizing it, it looked like this!

Not sure why the top right page printed like it did, but it didn't matter. Next I cut out the negative space in the middle of the pages and taped them together on their edges. Be careful not to tape anywhere on the graphic itself. Next, I went back to The Graphics Fairy and found a wonderful Fleur-De-Lis crown to adorn my bee with. I also looked up the phrase "Queen Bee" in Google translate. I copied the French version in Microsoft Word, rounded the edges with word art and added Paris, France to it! Once I was done with that, I cut all my pieces out and attached them together and arranged them to my liking. I wanted to verify the placement and proportions before I transferred them on!

There are a million tutorials out there on how to transfer graphic images. I thought I picked one of the easiest ones. After completing this project, I wouldn't say it was necessarily the easiest, but it wasn't terribly difficult. You will see what I mean further down in the post. I found this simple Mod Podge tutorial from a blog called Distressed Decor. She made it looks so easy. Her project, however, was transferred onto canvas and not furniture, maybe that is where the problem lies? Never the less, it still worked and with minimal effort!

The first step is to cover the entire surface of your graphic with Mod Podge, flip it onto your surface, smooth out the bubbles and allow it to dry completely! Note: When doing this method, it is best if you select a mirror image of your graphic in order to make sure it reads correctly when it's on. I placed my typography on with a different method so I didn't have to worry about it being a mirrored image.

Once it is completely dry, you take a sponge brush or paper towel and moisten the back of the paper, allowing it to seep into the paper. In a circular motion, gently rub off the paper. You can see below how the paper comes off, but the graphic stays on the furniture.

Once this is done, allow the entire piece to completely dry so you can see where any paper was left. Repeat the removal process. You can see below how it looked after my first attempt to remove the paper.

I went back and repeated the process and the rest of the paper came off. The only thing I did not like about this method, is that I found that it did end up taking some of my graphic off. I ended up having to fill in those voided spaces by hand using a technical pen. I found the technical pen to be much easier and precise than using paint and a brush, because I had more control and it also matched the color ink better!

Once my graphic was completed, it was time to add the typography! I simply cut the outlying shape of my words and placed graphite tracing paper underneath. I taped them down and used a pen to trace the words onto the table. When that was complete, I again used my technical pen to fill in the outline!

And that my friends is it! A quick coat of  polyurethane to keep everything in its place and she is complete!
 A side table fit for a Queen, A Queen Bee!!


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Carrie@comfortablycarriedaway said...

Very cute little table! These are some of my favorite things to paint...quick results for the impatient crafter in me! Good Job!

Little Bit said...

Gorgeous! Perfect design and scale for this little table. And thank you for the tutorial! Little Bit from DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

mONICa and eLAINe @ Decorating Insanity said...

This looks great. I may have to try this.
If you get a chance link up here:

Debbie V said...

great tutorial I love the table. I have seen the modge podge thing before but wouldn't have thought of using graphite paper in fact I didn't know they still made the stuff I'm your neweest fan from the newbie party !

Meeha Meeha said...

It turned out wonderful, the tutorial makes it seem easy and ... doable! Thank you for leaving a sweet comment on my quick Spring vignette :)

Patti said...

Wow - what a great makeover - love the transfer idea, so i will have to try it this way - the table is gorgeous - well done!

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I LOVE that table! You did a fantastic job with the distressed finish and I adore the bee/wreath graphic... adding the crown was brilliant. I am really impressed and am going to have to check out your blog!


Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

This turned out so nicely, Jen. I've never transferred onto furniture, thanks for letting us know how you did it.

The Other Me Is Sane said...

this is the first tutorial that makes transferring seem so do-able. Who knew it could be so easy?

I'm wondering how you did the distressing on the legs ect, as it seems to be darker than most. I love your work and I'm already a follower.

Candy said...

Love your table, and the graphic just MAKES the piece. Thanks for the tutorial. I've gotta try this now. I'm your newest follower. Please come follow me and maybe you'll follow back??? THANKS.

Candy said...

visit me........come visit me. I think Im getting sleepy. LOL

{A}ngie said...

I love your work. You put so much personality in everything you do. Thanks for sharing. {A} @ cleverlycrafty.blogspot.com

Giana said...

I love this idea and must try the transfer process you used. Great job!

Meegan said...

This came out amazing!! You are very talented.

Something Special said...

I love love this table, and I have one that looks similar to this one and I really want to try this now on the table. Thanks so much for the great tutorial and the links to more tutorials for transfers. I will try this for sure!

Ingrid@morestylethancash said...

Thanks for dropping by to Morestylethancash. I adore this little table. I see them all the time at the thrift stores and have never given them a second glance, now you have inspired me!

I'm posting this on my Facebook page!

Terry said...

If this is your first, then your next will only get better, if that is possible. This table is just beautiful and the instructions were very informative. Great job.

Anonymous said...

You did an amazing job!! The table turned out absolutely fabulous!!

Miss Charming said...

It turned out great! So lovely. Newest follower.

Karen @ A Stylish Interior said...

This is so gorgeous! I love the idea of using a graphic!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

It is gorgeous, love that print! Thanks for linking and stopping by :)

Crafting Rebellion said...

This looks so great!

Tina said...

What a pretty little table! You did a great job. I just love the Graphics Fairy.

Visiting from Debbiedoos

Rachel said...

I LOVE this little table. The graphic on top is beautiful and I love the distressed look. I'd love for you to share this at my link party. It runs Tues-Sat. http://adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com/2012/03/terrific-tuesdays-5.html

Kathryn Pepper said...

Wow! This turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Cutesy Monday!


P.S. Have you entered the uVinyl onesie giveaway yet? I'd love for you to enter!!

Curtains in My Tree said...

All I can say is you did GOOD

It looks great

Kammy's Korner said...

Seriously. I needed that. Thanks so much for linking up this great and honest tutorial. I've never tranferred an image because quite frankly, I like to use what I have. Mod Podge is something I actually have on hand and though it didn't sound like the EASIEST method, like you said, I think I'll try it! Thanks so much and your table looks BEAUTIFUL!!

Clydia said...

I love your side table! You did such a great job. Would love for you to share this at my place.



Anonymous said...

Beautiful table! You did a great job on the transfer! I'm still not "getting" that, but I'm trying!

Cynthia said...

This table is just abosolutely gorgeous. I love it, love it!!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So darling- I absolutely love it!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Wow. Wow. Wow!! I love the Queen Bee!! If I ever get up the nerve to try something like this, I'm coming back for your detailed instructions. Bravo!
Thanks SO much for linking up!
"Kiss Me I'm Irish" linky party now open!

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

It turned out so pretty! I love the combination of graphics you chose. I recently tried the transfer method with the Mod Podge also & like you it was not my favorite. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm visiting from Sat Night Special.

aimee said...

this is beautiful i love it, it would be great if you could pop over and link this up at my sunday showoff party at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/

Good Time Charlie said...

Just perfect!! I love the tutorial too. Visiting from MMS.

I hope you can make it by to link this up at my weekend party, it is fantastic!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Super adorable! I love it-thanks for sharing!

Katie Goldsworthy said...

This really did turn out fabulous!!!

Thanks for linking it up!
@ Creatively Living

Katie Goldsworthy said...

Giving this some FB love today :)

@ Creatively Living

Clydia said...

Just FEATURED your table! Love it! {HUGS}

PitterAndGlink said...

This is beautiful! :)

Jami said...

Love your table! So happy you linked up to the Tuesday To Do Party! It is one of this week's List Makers! Feel free to stop by and grab a button!! Hope to see you again this week!

Chatty Chics said...

OH my gosh! I'm sure I'll be sharing this in the weeks ahead. It's gorgeous! I NEED to check out her site. I've heard it's awesome. Just haven't braved the world of transfers yet but your table makes me want to! Great job!

Anne said...

I adore this table!!! Fabulous look.


Good Time Charlie said...

Thank you so much for linking up! Featuring tomorrow when my link party opens in the afternoon. -K

Hani@Craftionary said...

How amazing.. Love the new look of the table.. :)

Heather said...

Saw you featured at Twigg Studios and had to stop by for a better look and say hello! I just love this tutorial you shared with us - your table turned out so lovely, great work!! It looks like you bought it at a very high end decor shop! Now I know what to do with a little drop leaf table I bought at GW! I am so glad I found your blog - am your newest follower and will be back often! Please visit my blog and say hello sometime - I love to make new bloggy friends and follow me back if you would like :)
Have a great weekend!
Heather @ settingforfour.blogspot.com

Stacey@RealSouthernLiving.com said...

Love the table! Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment at Real Southern Living!

Isabelle Thornton said...

Thanks for linking your creation to the French party on Monday!
Come back next Monday!

Jenn Gray said...

i LOVE this

Robyn Westbury said...

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful table with us! So enjoyed visiting your blog, am now a new follower. Have a great week-end, pop over and visit me anytime, hugs Robyn

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

This is GORGEOUS! Love it!!

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