How do you feel about repeats? Personally, I’m not a huge fan. I almost never watch the same movie twice (exceptions made for James Bond and Jason Bourne). I don’t buy movies on DVD specifically for this reason. I don’t watch too many television repeats either, nor will I read the same book twice. In general I don’t even like to travel to the same places, but prefer exploring a new destination. I try not to repeat my furniture makeovers either.
But sometimes I repeat smaller projects because I loved them so much the first time around. Such is the case with my painted hatboxes.
I painted my first one back in February of last year. It was painted using chalk paint though, which made the transfer process a little tricky.
I then improved on the idea back in March by using Fusion paint instead …
It worked much better because it held up well to getting wet when removing the paper after the transfer.
When I ran across a couple of cardboard hatboxes at a garage sale last summer for a dollar each, I grabbed them so that I could make more faux French hatboxes.
I used the same basic process as before (check out those previous posts for more detail). I painted them in a couple of layers of Fusion paint, then used a gel medium to transfer mirror images that had been printed on a laser printer.
I used a few different graphics. I used to always get my graphics from Graphics Fairy, but lately I’ve found some good ones on pinterest also.
I actually purchased this next graphic a couple of years ago on Etsy. I think I paid a few dollars for it at the time.
If perfection is your goal you might not like the results you get with a gel medium transfer, but I like the aged and worn look.
How about you?