Painted TV Tray With Image Transfer

Country Chic Paint
by Country Chic Paint
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Come read all about Stephanie from Crafting in the Rain‘s first experiment with Image Transfer Medium!
I was at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago and picked up this foldable TV tray for just $5. My guess is you see them at your local thrift shop all the time too. Now you’ll have a reason to not pass them by! I transformed this one and now it lives on my front porch. The coolest part was learning how to do an image transfer.
Start by painting the table. 2 coats of licorice on the legs and 2 coats of Elegance on the table top. Let dry at least 1 hour between coats.

After the second table top coat has dried at least 4 hours you can start the image transfer part. Some notes about the process—you want the transfer medium to be spreadable. Mine was actually too stiff right out of the container, so I put some in a bowl and stirred in some water—about ½ teaspoon to start, and then a few drops at a time, until I reached the consistency of a thick glue.
For the picture I found a high resolution map image, created the mirror image in Photoshop (any photo editing program should be able to do that) and uploaded it to be printed at Office Depot. I chose a color engineer print—they come in a lot of sizes for cheap. This one was less than $2.

Use the foam brush to apply the transfer medium to the printed side of the image. Then flip it over, start in the middle, and press it down on the table. Smooth it out towards the edges and try to remove any bubbles without shifting the paper once it’s been placed down.
Let it dry overnight. The next day, brush water all over the paper and let it sit for a minute to soften. Take a damp cloth and rub it over the paper and the paper fibers will begin to come off, revealing the image underneath. Continue until all paper is removed.
Lightly sand over table top with a sanding block. Remove dust and apply one layer of Tough Coat to protect the image and surface. Let that dry and your table is done!
Suggested materials:
  • Elegance   (Country Chic Paint)
  • Liquorice   (Country Chic Paint)
  • Image Transfer Medium   (Country Chic Paint)
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  • Mary Carlson Mary Carlson on Jan 18, 2017
    Beautiful! Have a question or two :) Did you use chalk paint? Did you seal before you put the image transfer down? My question on that is if you used chalk paint did it make the base "messy" at all when you used the water to remove the paper? Thank you! I have transfer medium I just haven't had the nerve to try it yet!
  • Brenda Brenda on Nov 02, 2017

    How is this different from ModPodge?

  • Andrea Andrea on Mar 10, 2022

    After the image was on the table you stated that you lightly sanded it with a sanding block. How does that not mess up the image? I’ve never done a transfer before so I’m inexperienced. I’m just dying to try this!!!

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