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Image Transfer to Furniture with Mod Podge

Try an image transfer to furniture with a Goodwill find – this table was made over with paint, photo transfer medium, and a vintage graphic!

Skills Required: Intermediate. It definitely takes some practice to do a Mod Podge photo transfer. You’ll be applying an image to the top of a table after you paint it. I recommend you try on a piece of scrap wood or dollar store wood item first.

Image Transfer to Furniture with Mod Podge

Have you ever found a piece at the thrift store that you felt needed a new life? I just love a good upcycled furniture project! I found the cutest little corner table at my local Goodwill recently and felt so sorry for it.

This table had an old, worn out paint job and several stains on it from plant pots. Despite it’s surface troubles, the wood was in tact and it was solid.

I knew that with a little bit of paint and some help from an image transfer, I could give this piece a new lease on life! Read on to learn how I did it, as well as to see the full transformation.

Image Transfer to a Table

Gather These Supplies

  • HP printer (or other laserjet – my HP inkjet has very dry ink, which is what you are looking for)
  • Vintage graphics – I always get mine are from The Graphics Fairy (you can download for free!)
  • Acrylic paint – your choice of colors
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
  • Foam brush
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper (optional)

Directions:

Table before refinishing

Here’s an image of the table when I first brought it home. Can you believe how sad it is?

Hand sanding a wood table before a project

This step is optional, but I highly recommend it, even if your furniture is unfinished. Use sandpaper to smooth out your surface and/or rough up the old paint (read my article on how to prep furniture for decoupage).

Painting a wood table with link pink chalk paint

Choose your main color and paint your table. You’ll want to paint several coats – I did three. Let the paint dry between coats, and let it dry completely when finished.

Painting details on the table with a light blue chalk paint

Paint your second color on the legs or other portions of the furniture project that you would like to accent. Give these areas at least two coats of paint and let them dry.

Cutting out an image with scissors

While your table is drying, print out the image of your choice on an inkjet printer. Make sure it fits your table (or other piece of furniture) and then cut out completely. Don’t leave any white areas around the edges as those will transfer along with the image.

Tip #1: If you select an image with words on it, you need to reverse the images before printing, so that when the image is transferred, the words will be going in the right direction.

Applying Mod Podge photo transfer medium over an image with a foam brush

Use the foam brush to spread photo transfer medium completely over the front of the image – you want to spread enough so that you can no longer see the image.

Once the image is covered, flip it over and smooth onto your table or other piece of furniture. Smooth thoroughly and leave to dry for 24 hours.

Tip #2: If any photo transfer medium comes out from under the edges of the image as you are smoothing, simply wipe it away with a wet cloth.

Hand rubbing the paper off an image transfer

Use water to dampen the image and start rubbing. Keep rubbing portions of the paper away and the image beneath will be revealed!

Use medium pressure when rubbing – you want to use enough pressure so that the top layer of paper is removed, but not too hard. You don’t want to rub off the image underneath! Once you are done removing the top layer, let it dry.

Mod Podging over the top of an image with a paintbrush

Use Mod Podge to seal the table. Add at least three coats and let dry.

image transfer to a wood table top with Mod Podge photo transfer medium

Your upcycled furniture project is complete.

Image Transfer to Furniture with Mod Podge

Display your upcycled table in a corner of your home and pat yourself on the back for an image transfer to furniture well done.


For more Mod Podge furniture projects click here – you can also get Mod Podge table ideas. And finally, check out these other photo transfer ideas I think you’ll love:

Erika

Thursday 16th of March 2017

Hi :) First of all.. WOW! that table looks fabulous. I do have one question though, did you use the Mod Podge Gloss over the whole table or just over the image? Thank you :)

Amy

Thursday 16th of March 2017

Over the whole table! You're welcome to do it just over the image if you like :D

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