another do-over.

Did you happen to catch my blog post over on the Reclaiming Beautiful blog yesterday?

bucket-of-flowers

If not, you should pop over there and check it out!

I used Fusion paint and transfer gel to upgrade an old bucket.  But I didn’t want my own blog readers to feel left out, so I did a second paint & transfer gel project for you guys too.

Every once in a while I throw in the towel and decide something needs a do-over.  In this case, it’s a cutting board that I added a stencil to.  I probably did this two years ago or so.  I’ve had it for sale at my occasional sale, but there were no takers.  So, I decided to pull it out and try again.

cutting-board-before

First I gave the entire board a coat of paint in Fusion’s Limestone.  I was surprised to find that only one coat was enough to cover the black stencil.  Nice.

Next I taped off some grain sack style stripes using my favorite skinny tape (Painter’s Mate, .23″ wide).

I painted the stripes with some of Fusion’s Putty.

Next I used Fusion’s Transfer Gel to transfer a graphic I found on pinterest.

This time I tried a new technique.  Instead of adding the transfer gel to the cutting board and then placing the paper on it, I brushed the transfer gel onto the face of the paper and then placed it on the board. This was far less messy.

I did end up with a couple of spots where the transfer didn’t ‘take’ real well though.  Mainly the “C” and the “M” of cream.

cutting-board-done

It may be that I had air bubbles in those two spots, or perhaps I didn’t have enough gel in those spots, I’m not really sure.

But regardless, I am still quite happy with how it turned out.  I like a distressed look.

cutting-board-and-ironstone

This little cutting board is perfect for leaning against the back-splash on your kitchen counter (and if you’re wondering, no, I would no longer use this as a cutting board, I don’t think it would hold up well to a sharp knife).

cutting-board

You can always check the “where to buy” page on the Fusion website to find a local retailer for both the paint and the transfer gel.

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19 thoughts on “another do-over.

    1. Thanks Meggan. I took that with a new 50mm prime lens that I just got. I’m playing around with it to decide if I really like it or not. I have 30 days to return if I’m not satisfied. So far, so good 🙂

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  1. I loved the original cutting board great stencil. Not that the current rendition isn’t superb. I agree photo styling is da bomb. I am very familiar with that my husband uses it constantly.

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    1. I really like that original stencil too. I think maybe it was just a bit bland all by itself? Or maybe it was that the stencil went sideways instead of vertical? Not sure, but something wasn’t quite right.

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  2. So here is a question…I love this, but I found the stencil but not the graphic?? So, when you say you took the graphic from Pinterest…does that mean you then made it into a transfer image?? Just curious…I love the graphic and I get most of my images from Graphic’s Fairy…and, I have no problem paying for this graphic…I’m just curious about the process of how you got the graphic? Thanks.

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    1. I went to pinterest and found the graphic all ready to go as a mirror image (here), then all I had to do was print it out with a laser printer onto regular paper to use as a transfer. Does that make sense?

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      1. Yes, I just saw the reverse image. Did you adjust the size? I tried to do that because I wanted it to be bigger but the pixels definitely got more distorted. But, thanks for responding. I’m like your Midwest Groupie!!

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      2. You know, it’s funny, not two seconds after posting that reply to your question I thought to myself “hmmm, I probably should have provided more detail about how to print that” but then thought “well, she’ll ask if she needs more info” … so I’m so glad you asked! Here’s what I do. I save the image as a jpg file. Then I use Windows Photo Viewer to print it. In Windows Photo Viewer I can pick some standard photo sizes. I think for this project I used the 5 x 7 size. I also can choose a ‘quality’ setting, and in this case I chose “1200 dpi” which helped reduce pixelation. I’m not sure how large you are trying to make it, but for this particular graphic I am finding that I can’t make it any bigger than 5 x 7 without starting to get some distortion. I think the 8 x 10 version might be acceptable for a transfer, but any larger and it really starts looking bad. Best of luck with your project!

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