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graphic table before It’s Saturday of our Labour Day weekend and I am finally getting in a “Let’s get at it!” mood. Jet lag and fuzzy brain have caused some serious procrastination at my house this past week.  Before I start to use my new toys from yesterday’s post, I thought I would finish up a little project I started before our vacations.

I picked up this cute little table off an auction site called along with a couple other items for $5. I love the oval pie crust top and the interesting detail of the base. I wonder if it might have been part of a nesting table set due to the curved support bar at the bottom. It was my latest Home Made Chalk Paint project. The recipe I use is 2/3 paint and 1/3 calcium carbonate with a bit of water. I mix the calcium carbonate and water to make a smooth paste then I gradually add the paint and stir until nice and smooth. Apparently you can use any paint. For this I used ceiling paint in BM Navajo White.  It happens to be the shade of all the trim and ceilings in my home so if I keep this table, it should blend in.

graphic table I wanted to make this table unique by trying my hand at transferring a graphic on to the top.  Being the crazy, procrastinating researcher, I finally decided to try a Mod Podge transfer method  since I had a jar of it.  Karen at The Graphics Fairy has amazing FREE vintage graphics.  I selected a Patisserie or bakery sign.  The graphic must be printed in reverse and on a laser printer for this method.ere is the table painted, lightly distressed and ready to go.  Note the fancy dollar store art brush.  It literally took me a couple of minutes to paint the Mod Podge on over the printed parts then turn over and smooth out the paper.  I initially used my finger and then really smoothing it out with the top of a Glysomed hand cream jar that happened to be handy.

All the websites say the hardest part is waiting for it to thoroughly dry. They were right! I had to hide it in my office so I would stop looking at it and went off to work on something else.

The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

After waiting about 6 hours and I just HAD TO find out if I was successful AND OMG!! It is amazing!!!! SO fun! SO EASY! And one of the things I did while I was waiting was prep another table for another graphic. I may be hooked! graphic table done

The potential is amazing! Colour photo copies! Photos! What do you think would be fun to try?

I am newbie blogger taking baby steps. With this post, I am trying to expand my readers and connect with other bloggers by trying my hand a “Linky Parties”. This week I am partying on the following blogs…

DIY Show Off
Heavens Garden A Bowl Full of Lemons
Three Mango Seeds Trash to Treasure Tuesdays at Kammys Korner
Sumo's Sweet Stuff
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A Stroll Thru Life

The Cottage Market!

  19 Responses to “French Graphic Table”

  1. This is a magnificent creation! I simply Love it!!! I think I need to make this for myself : ) Hugs and TFS!!!

    • Thanks Andrea! I love it too and can’t wait to try it again! I did learn you need to monitor how much Mod Podge to use. Too little, it doesn’t work and too much spreads out and leaves a thick layer. Experimenting pays off in the end!

  2. Welcome to the Blogosphere! Yes, as someone who has Mod Podged for decades, I can see the symptoms. You have a bad case of image transfer which is a great thing to have. Love that table!

  3. […] you so much Andrea for enjoying my French Graphic table!  It is wonderful when someone compliments your work.  However, it is the HUGEST compliment one […]

  4. This is gorgeous! I love the shape of the table and the transfer on it is perfect. I’ve never tried that transfer method and can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  5. Gorgeous! I’ll be featuring this tomorrow at ITS PARTY TIME. Thank you so much for linking up. xoxo

  6. The table looks great! Love the graphic you chose for it 🙂 Stopping by from Three Mango Seeds.

  7. […] of my efforts, I did tackle a couple of little projects. I loved the Mod Podge graphic transfer on my little table a couple of weeks ago and was itching to try it again. Below is the before and […]

  8. […] Joan @ Nicer Than New submitted her graphic table. […]

  9. LOVE IT!! Did you use satin Modpodge or flat?
    What did you put over the top of it for protection?

    • Thanks for dropping by! I used Satin MP and no I did not put it on top. I had painted the piece with homemade chalk paint and then sealed all of it with water based poly-acrylic. I tested the ModPodge method a couple times. There seems to be a fine line between too much and too little. Give it a try. It’s quite amazing!

      • Thank you!! I have the graphic printed AND a piece all ready. Wish me luck!! It is wonderful to have someone like you writing about how to these wonderful ideas – I hope you never stop!!!

  10. […] Using left over ivory homemade chalk paint, I painted the frame with one coat then lightly distressed it, allowing the grey metallic paint to show through.  I reversed printed a CONSTRUCTION COMPANY SIGN using their last name on two sides and a shorted version on the other two sides.  I applied the words using the Modge Podge method I used here. […]

  11. Tried this method and it was an epic fail!! 🙁 some of the graphic transferred, but the part that did was easily wiped off. Most of the graphic did not transfer! I waited 24 hours..ugh

  12. Hmm…. I wonder why? It must be a laser printout or photocopy. Don’t give up because once you get it, it works amazingly!

  13. […] This is a really unique Mod Podge technique to transfer a graphic (rather than just decoupage). The results are pretty great. Check it out now at Nicer Than New.  […]

  14. […] for Tea at Woman in Real Life and enjoy her new thrifty find and a sweet little story! Nicer Than New shows us a DIY that can transfer any table into something very special!  With the miracle of […]

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