Marcela Pena
Marcela Pena
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Painting a Vintage Label


I bought this beautiful piece at a thrift store. The veneer was damaged, so I decided it would be painted, and wanted a vintage label on it
painting a vintage label, diy, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, shabby chic
The work on the whole piece is the usual one: sanding and painting ( I used a green mixed with white and a touch of turquoise, which became a beautiful acqua color) for the body, and painted upper doors antique white. This is the place where I will paint the label
painting a vintage label, diy, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, shabby chic
But painting the label was the key to this work. I downloaded an appropriate label from the site "The graphics fairy", and using another useful web site, "Blockposters", printed it the size I needed to cover both upper doors.
painting a vintage label, diy, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, shabby chic
This is the way I used to transfer to the doors: With a soft black pencil, rubbed the back of the paper exactly where letters were. Then placed front on doors and "drew" every single word and line
painting a vintage label, diy, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, shabby chic
This is how it looks before painting...
painting a vintage label, diy, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, shabby chic
Started painting. Edges first and then filled interiors.
painting a vintage label, diy, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, shabby chic
Painted the frame of label repeating the acqua color of the cupboard and other pastel colors.
painting a vintage label, diy, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, shabby chic
Label ready!
painting a vintage label, diy, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, shabby chic
After dry, sanded lightly for a worn out look.
painting a vintage label, diy, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, shabby chic
And whole cupboard ready!
painting a vintage label, diy, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, shabby chic
To make label look really old used some dark wax from the edges towards the inside.
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  • Jennie Lee
    on Aug 4, 2016

    I've used the "soft pencil on the back" method of copying something before, myself, but I can't help wondering if there was a particular reason why you didn't use carbon paper--? You copied it very well, I just thought it might have been easier to use carbon paper.

    • Marcela Pena
      on Aug 5, 2016

      Jennie, I use carbon paper often, but in this case, as the surface was white, I was afraid it would leave markings only by pressing the paper. Instead, using the pencil I rubbed it only following the letter outline, which made it cleaner.

  • Candy Walsh
    on Aug 4, 2016

    Did you use just regular copy paper to print out the graphic?

  • Gaeyle Gerrie-Boss
    on Aug 6, 2016

    Awould block poster be able to reverse the image so you could pencil the image area itself? Safe the trouble of trying to see through the paper....

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  • Patricia Antolic
    on Sep 27, 2016

    What a beautiful piece anyone would be proud to have in their home. You had me at the first photo.

  • Bai8633523
    on Oct 1, 2016

    i liked it better before you touched it! such nice grain and you hid it.

    • Marcela Pena
      on Oct 1, 2016

      Thank you for your comment anyway. I must tell that it was veneer and was damaged, so I found painting a good possibility to bring it to life again...

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