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DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!


DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!

I'm so excited to share this DIY decor tutorial with you guys! At a painting seminar for Paint Couture!, I learned that you can do an image transfer with acrylic paint. That's right, only paint! I came home and immediately wanted to try the same method with General Finishes Milk Paint (which is also an acrylic paint). I use this paint more often for my furniture before and afters, so I wanted to test it out. I finally had the opportunity to try it and it turned out beautifully!

I started with several Ikea PS 2014 Trays, which are only $9.99!


How To Do An Image Transfer with Paint:

1. Lightly sand your tray with 220 grit sand paper.

2. Paint your tray the color of your choice. I've used Paint Couture! and General Finishes paint for this post. You're welcome to try different brands -- just make sure it's an acrylic paint. Most of my trays in this post required 2 coats of paint.

3. While your paint dries, go online and find an image that you would like to transfer onto your tray. A great resource for free graphics is The Graphic Fairy. You'll find beautiful graphics like this French Wreath with Bird:
DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!
[Photo via The Graphics Fairy - Please pin from the original source.]

If you have a graphic with words, you have to print a reverse image like this Typography Coffee Sign:

DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!
[Photo via The Graphics Fairy - Please pin from the original source.]

If you don't reverse your image, your phrase will be backwards once transferred onto your surface.

4. Print out your image. You MUST use a laser printer because the ink sits on top of the paper (rather than soaking into the paper like an ink jet printer) -- allowing it to transfer to your surface.

DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!

5. Cut out your image. Remove as much paper as possible from the outer edge.

DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!

6. With a paint brush, paint directly on the ink side of your image. Then, place your image face down on your tray. If you're a visual leaner like I am, go to :20 on this video from Organize, Create, Decorate:


7. Allow the transfer to dry. While it's possible to rush the dry time with a hair dryer, I've found that you get the best results if you wait 24 hours before removing the paper.

8. With a damp cloth, dampen the surface of your paper. Then, gently remove the paper by swirling your finger on the surface. Again, if you need to visualize this step, go to 4:12 on this video from OCD:


9. Work slowly but surely until you've removed all of the paper from your surface. This part takes a while, but I found it quite relaxing!

10. Apply your finishing touches! You can distress your image/tray, add a glaze, do a fun crackle, or simply add a top coat. No matter what you decide to do, it's important to do a top coat to fully seal the ink onto your surface.

DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!


DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!

DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!

I also tried this same method on some cheap garage sale books!

DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!

As you can see, sometimes the full image doesn't transfer, but it adds character and gives it a shabby look.

You might also notice that you can faintly see the edges/border of where you placed your image. Most of the time I lightly sand those areas and it blends nicely. It doesn't bother me at all, but I at least wanted to mention it in case it happens to you too.

DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!

What do you guys think!?


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