Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sugar Bowl Coffee Table

I just finished up a table for a lovely client. She is blessed to have a beautiful view of Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.
We wanted to incorporate the picture in the coffee table.
 This is the table I was working with. It had a veneer top, so I took the top off, and replaced with a reclaimed wood, from one of the cabins that had been torn down around Donner Lake.
I tried to do a transfer, but the picture was to small, and the table to large. So I decided to paint the image.
and here is a side by side comparison.
Hope you enjoyed. Have a great day.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Transfer Method Madness

So I have been obsessed with figuring out this transfer thing. I have tried EVERYTHING! I started with an inkjet printer and wax paper which worked alright for simple images, but a bit smudgee on images with a lot of detail. So I bought myself a laserjet printer and tried a few different methods.

This was done with the iron on method. I printed an image as a mirror image and put it face down and ironed the paper until the transfer appeared. Not to shabby.

I did this with a gel medium and paper. I know now it would have turned out better if I was more patient. I also tried paint thinner and had no result. I will have to play with this method more.

So I decided to do a large image with the Gel medium process (and be patient this time.) I was going for an old Holy card  look.

So I took this image from thegraphicsfairy and reversed it.

I then used blockposters to blow up the poster.
I then added a gel medium and put the image on face down and let it dry for a few hours.
The wood is from an old end table that was not a  salvageable piece

After a few hours wet down your paper and roll the paper away with your fingers. BIG TIP, do a little at a time and let the paper dry. See sweet baby Jesus and St. Joseph starting to peak through and say hello.
This is what it will look like between rub downs.

After peeling and drying, and peeling and drying , I started to get the look I was going for, An old and tattered Holy Card.
I used restore a finish on top to blend the piece and sealed it with a clear polyurethane.

I just love how baby Jesus is holding Joseph's halo.

Hope you enjoyed.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Dinning Table to Coffee Table

I am sure this table was a great little Kitchen table at some time. When I picked her up she had some missing chunks on her lower legs. So quick solution, cut them off make her and outstanding coffee table.
Here she is with shorter legs.
I decided to go with a poppy red base and a graphic from the Graphics Fairy, with restore a finish on top. I pulled out my trusty over head projector, and had it.
Here is the middle step before filling the red in on the letters.

Here is the finished result. I love the way it came out.

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Friday, October 4, 2013


Have you ever had that project that you are s excited to get, (for a great deal) and when you start working on this project it makes you cry, (literally). This piece was one of the hardest pieces I have ever done. As my sister said, her name is Pandora, you just didn't know what you were going to get once you got into the project. Nothing on this piece seemed to fit. I don't know if it was age, weathering or what, but NOTHING fit right.
Pandora sure is pretty though.
This is a custom piece for a client, so I primed her up and did some repairs.
and then after a few days of struggles and many tears, I got Pandora back together. She is simply classic and lovely.

I hope Pandora is happy in her new home.
Here is a few pictures of some fall in my home.
The sign was made from an old warped bench top and some fresh fall leaves.
Isn't it cute?
Here is the table the sign is on. I absolutely love this color. It is Aces Kentucky Blue Grass.
 Some fun shabby bird houses I picked up sale-ing last Saturday. I just adore their charm.

 A sweet little wood ghost
 Always love the Pine cones

 Remember to always give Thanks
 An old wood tool box that houses my bell peppers
Hope you enjoyed. Happy Fall.
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Happy Fall Everyone.
I am  here to share a few projects today, but first off check out my facebook page,
So here we go. White seems to be my color this month.
This first project is a great little hutch, with beautiful clean lines. I found this beauty sitting on the side of the road and fell in love.
 I chose to  paint her, because the finish was just not pretty.

I LOVE this hutch. I actually had a buyer and backed out because I am just not ready to part ways.
 One more look.
 My second white project was another road side rescue.
This gal was a weird, hodge podge piece that was I think a makeshift night stand.


I added some paint  and some legs (I also got off the side of the road) and a little bling.

 I think this piece looks great so distressed.

........ and for the last project in white,

I got this baby off of good old CL for a smoking price of $30 dollars. I love this piece, because I have very little wall space in my glass house.

Hope you like her.
 I did a very minimal amount of distressing on this one.

I added this cute little chevron knob.

Here is the little amount of distressing I did. This little ghost seems to be happy.

This is the first time all of the projects are for my own home. I am one happy lady!
 Hope you enjoyed, and again check out and follow me on facebook at thejunkinourtrunks.