Refurbished side table with image transfer

Here is one of my “roadside rescues” that sat in my shed for quite a while. I may or may not drive my husband crazy w/ my hoarding…

I couldn’t figure out how I wanted to refinish it.

Then I did an image transfer class and knew exactly what I wanted to do.

compass table before

I painted the sides with ASCP  (50/50 mixture of pure white and old white) waxed and distressed it.

compass side

I sanded and waxed the top, altering each triangle w/ dark wax and clear wax.  I knew from the shape of the top that I wanted to do an image transfer of a compass.

So I looked for one on Graphics Fairy (great resource for free graphics!).

I found one I wanted, flipped it horizontally (so when you transfer the image the writing isn’t backward) and printed it on the laser (inkjet will smear).

I applied the gel medium for transferring, and then got nervous, b/c I wanted it to be centered, so I stuck a little pin through the center of the image and onto the exact spot I wanted it, held my breath and it worked!  I finished it with a few coats of varnish, waxed and buffed it.

compass top

I’m so happy with how it turned out!  I sold it to someone who sails and said it would be perfect for his office!

compass finished

Looks like this roadside rescue has found a great home!

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