I found a stool at a yard sale for $3 last summer and thought it would be a great piece for chalk paint. The original color was a dark walnut stain. I brushed on Annie Sloan’s Pure White Chalk Paint, only one coat. Some of the dark stain shows through, but I wanted to heavily distress it anyway, so I wasn’t concerned about complete coverage. I also wanted to try transferring a graphic design onto it.
I used a reversed image from Graphics Fairy. NOTE: You must print the graphic on a laser printer or copier; ink jet copies will not work. If there are words in your chosen graphic, you will need to reverse the image. I taped the graphic face down onto the stool, then used a cotton ball saturated with lacquer thinner to dab all over the design. I did this a couple of times to get the design as dark as I wanted.
This doesn’t give you a crisp image, so if you aren’t going for a worn, distressed look, you would probably need to hand paint the details. I still haven’t bought wax to finish my chalk paint projects, so I wiped on a coat of polyurethane, let that dry, then sanded lightly in some areas, more heavily in other areas.
Then I brushed on a brown glaze and wiped off the excess.
Finally, another two coats of wipe-on poly and it’s done. You can see where the original walnut stain shows through the distressed areas.
The top after the wipe-on poly:
It makes a handy little table beside the recliner.
I love it with a stack of books, but reality will probably be the tv remote and a bowl of popcorn. What do you think? Will you try the lacquer thinner method of transferring images?