Monday, January 23, 2012

Goodwill Box

While perusing the shelves at goodwill the other day I stumbled across this little fella for .99 cents:

It's made of pretty cheap wood but for under a dolla' I was okay with it and I knew I was going to spray paint it anyway, so whatevs. I was originally going to put sister's crayons and markers in it. But then I thought maybe I would put it on my counter to hold soap and washcloths.  
I thought the handle would be pretty stained so I taped it off before spray painting.
I spray painted the box with Rustoleum's Green Apple since it's yuck outside and I wanted cheery inside.  On a side note-it is waaay to cold to spray paint in the garage at this point so I have to do it in the basement (it gets reeeeaaaaal cheery down there after a few coats of spray paint)  :)
I distressed the whole box with some heavy grit sand paper and stained the handle with some stain I found in the garage.  It was still looking a little blah to me so I decided to try my hand at wax paper transfers I have pinned on pinterest.
Bonus!  I already had all the materials on hand!  All you need is some spray adhesive, wax paper, and a printer (mine is an ink jet).
I choose this image from the Graphics Fairy:

This is actually the mirror image of the one on her website, so it would transfer correctly.  It was sooooo easy!  All you do is spray adhesive onto a piece of printer paper, paste your wax paper down (with wax side facing out), and cut to the size of the paper:

Just run the wax/printer paper through your printer with wax side up (so the ink goes onto the wax side not the paper side) and rub the image onto whatever surface you want, being careful not to let the paper slide around...and Voila ... AWESOMENESS!

I sanded the image down a little once it had dried.

All in, One dollar.  One.  Yeeeeesssss (insert Napoleon Dynamite voice here).
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  1. Come on, it was that easy to transfer the Graphics Fairy image? No hunting for citra solv, looking for a toner printers, burnishing or running fabric through the printer stuff? Love this. Thank you.

  2. LOL! Thanks!
    It was seriously that easy. I'll have to wait and see how well it holds up. I gave this method a shot 'cause citra solv and I are not friends. I can't tell you how many times I have thrown fabric across the room that should have had a beautiful citra solv transfer on it...grrrrrr...don't get me started ;)

  3. Great job! Very cute!

    Visiting from BRAG MONDAY at GraphicsFairy :)
    Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois

  4. So cute! You can't beat 99 cents. I just love The Graphics Fairy. I don't know what I would do without her.

  5. So cute... great find & great makeover!