Asked on May 21, 2013

I got lucky and bought 6 wood stools and want to put some kind of Art work on them.

Karyn LiskApril ESia@South 47th


I would obviously put different ones on each one. Every transfer technique is either to time consuming or to expensive. I was an Executive for a Construction Company and after 30 plus years just up and quit because of burnout. I have also liked furniture so I just got started buying, repairing, painting and flipping furniture so I can't use a procedure that takes forever. I have plenty of places to get free graphics but have not found a quick way in regards to transfer the graphic. Any ideas?
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14 answers
  • Sharron Abrams
    on May 21, 2013

    Have you tried iron on transfers? Craft stores have several one? They also sell transfer pencils. You use them on the back of your transfer pattern then iron it onto the wood for the design. Remember to iron the wood to heat it up before transfer. Hope this helps. It can be time consuming but very effective and you can transfer any pattern you wish.

  • Trish Curtis
    on May 21, 2013

    The freezer paper transfer method from Grapics Fairy works really well. I started with ASCP and a reversed ink jet print on freezer paper. I found that the longer you let it dry the better the results. Another thing when you wet your paint to transfer don't over do it. I spritz and then wipe with a paper towel. Then flip your transfer on to it and rub it down. I used just my fingertips or a bone folder. The real trick is to not have the surface you are transfering to too wet. I used it on school chairs and have been really happy with the results. Really inexpensive and quick. It is not like a photo transfer that is really sharp but I wanted it a little faded anyway. I even lightly sanded it before sealing with wax.

  • Melanie
    on May 21, 2013

    Mod Podge fabric, magazine photos almost anything to them!

  • Miriam I
    on May 21, 2013

    We did a Hometalk show on easy transfer techniques with @Karen - The Graphics Fairy - you can watch it here: she has all kinds of great solutions!

  • Gracie McDaniel
    on May 21, 2013

    Print on tissue paper and Mod Podge is pretty and really inexpensive...

  • April E
    on May 21, 2013

    what about doing decoupage get some vintage pictures off the web and like some sepia tone photos and use liquid glass as a top coat them to you stools I would even collage them for more interest and do a different subject per stool like American landmarks Yellowstone, Washington dc. the redwood forest, ect

  • Sia@South 47th
    on May 22, 2013

    I'm with the methods of @Karen - The Graphics Fairy as mentioned above. Easy peasy! xo

  • Sherrie
    on May 23, 2013

    I use either carbon copy paper, or a over head projector.

  • I have used a vinyl cut out for stools in my kitchen, just simple typography numbers. Covered with a coat of poly and the surface is very durable.

  • The Shabby Chic Man
    on May 31, 2013

    Kimm What store carries the Vinyl? I live in a small town and we don't have a Hobby Lobby. We do have a Joanne's, Walmart and K mart.

  • i ordered images precut from House of Smith's on-line, and there are lots of stores on Etsy that sell precut images. If you'd like to cut your own, I'm sure Joann's would carry it. Good luck! :)

  • Sia@South 47th
    on May 31, 2013

    Ebay also has the vinyl and some of the sellers offer free shipping. Tons of colors as well.

  • April E
    on Jun 1, 2013

    hobby lobby has a online site

  • Karyn Lisk
    on Jun 26, 2013

    The freezer paper is quick, using tons of free images. using a photo spray after enhances the look of the picture and comes out sharper. I also use words that way and when it's dry I use a sharpie paint to go over it if I want a really dark image, then spray poly to protect it.

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