Whenever I’m out thrifting I’m always on the lookout for simple wood items that I can give new life to with paint.
I’ll readily admit that none of these are spectacular finds, certainly nothing to write home about. But all three were fun makeovers.
Let’s start with the basic cutting board. After sanding it down and cleaning it with a grease cutting cleaner, I painted it with Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy, and then added some grain sack style stripes using their French Linen. Once dry, I sanded to distress and then added the farm animal transfer from Dixie Belle’s On the Farm transfer set.
The “Precious Stone Farm” wording is from re.design with prima’s Everyday Farmhouse transfer set.
I just love how it turned out, so cute. It’s no longer food safe, but would make great decor.
Next up is the rooster shaped cutting board. Once again, I prepped as usual and then painted it with two coats of the Sawmill Gravy. Then I pulled out some scraps from the I.O.D. Floral Anthology transfer and pieced them in around the edges of the rooster.
Finally, I added some wording from their Label Ephemera transfer and now he’s a funky french floral rooster. Again, no longer food safe, but perfect for decorating the kitchen counter top.
By the way, I top-coated both of these pieces with clear wax.
Last up is … well … I really don’t know what to call this thing. I’m thinking it was originally a napkin, or paper guest towel holder, maybe? Do you have any idea what this might have been used for?
Well, regardless, I painted it in Sawmill Gravy and then I decided to do a little experimenting with stamping once again. Take note that I did not use any kind of sealer over the paint before stamping, and this is a chalk style paint.
The last time I tried stamping on paint I wasn’t terribly happy with the results. But a couple of my readers gave me some tips including Teri B. who specifically recommended VersaFine Clair ink for stamping over paint.
So I went out and purchased some from my local craft store (I can’t remember, it was either Hobby Lobby or Michaels).
First up, I have to say that no matter how good the ink, nothing can help if you’re a clumsy stamper … which apparently I am. On my first go around, after applying the stamp semi-perfectly, I then dropped it right back down on my surface. Ugh. So I wiped it back as much as I could, re-painted with the Sawmill Gravy and then gave it another go.
The 2nd time around I ended up not liking the stamp I chose (and by the way, all of these stamps are from the I.O.D. Crockery set), so once again I wiped it off using a damp cloth.
At that point it occurred to me that I rather liked the washed out look I achieved when wiping off the ink right away so I took a quick photo to share with you. At some point I may want to use this technique on another project. But for this piece I once again painted back over it with the Sawmill Gravy.
I will say that this is one of the benefits of stamping over paint, you can re-do it multiple times at no extra cost.
The third time is sort of the charm with this one.
I say ‘sort of’ for a few reasons. I didn’t apply even pressure to the stamp, and I also managed to smear the ink just a little bit by accidentally brushing over it with my hand.
But those are pretty fine details, and unless you are an uber-perfectionist (which may, or may not, apply to me) this is good enough. And really, if you’re an uber-perfectionist, stamping probably just isn’t for you.
I also achieved decent results with the stamp at the bottom too.
Teri was definitely right, the VersaFine Clair ink is the way to go if you’re stamping over chalk paint.
After 24 hours, the ink appeared to be dry enough to add a top coat over it without fear of smearing, but I chose to hold off on adding a coat of clear wax.
Why? Well, I may keep this piece to corral some flashcards and maybe a pair of readers or two and I’m not sure I love this look. I may decide to give it an entirely different look next, so I’m holding off on waxing in case I decide to paint over it one more time.
After working on all three of these thrift find makeovers, I have to say that I still think transfers deliver a lot more punch than stamps. But of course, you can only use a transfer one time, while stamps can be used over and over. So tell me, what do you think? Do you prefer transfers or stamps? Leave a comment and let me know.