Try an upcycled furniture project with a Goodwill find – this table was made over with paint, Mod Podge photo transfer, and a vintage graphic!
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.
Upcycled Furniture: Photo Transfer Table
Gather These Supplies
- HP printer (inkjet)
- 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
- Sandpaper (optional)
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).
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.
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.
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.
Use Mod Podge to seal the table. Add at least three coats and let dry.