Vintage furniture is beautiful with its subtle details and cool designs, but it can also cost a pretty penny. Save your money and just do this instead!
If you'd like to get the look of an old tabletop or chest, all you need to transfer old-timey images onto a newer piece is some Mod Podge, a brayer, and some sandpaper. Here's how to make it happen:
Start with a piece of furniture.
Cori, the crafter behind this project, recommends a lighter piece since the image transfer tends to leave minor paper residue.
Select your desired image, wording, or design element.
Print it out backwards on a laser printer -- inkjets won't work. Cut just outside of the image's outline.
Cover the image-side of the paper with matte Mod Podge. Be generous but not sloppy and don't go over an area more than once.
Let the piece dry for about 30 seconds -- it may curl a bit, which is fine.
Now, position your image exactly where you want it to go. Once you start applying pressure with your brayer, there's no turning back to move it!
Press firmly, getting rid of any air bubbles or wrinkles in the paper. Clean up any excess Mod Podge and let the piece sit for at least six hours, though overnight is preferable.
Once your Mod Podge has fully cured, you can begin to remove the paper. Start by attempting to tear off the top layer of the page.
If that doesn't work, Cori recommends using an orbital sander, 120, or 150-grit sandpaper. This method will ensure that your image remains intact, as opposed to wetting the paper and potentially smudging some of the design.
Once you like the way your image looks, you can seal it!
Go with a Polycrylic, either brush or spray-on should do just fine.
You're left with a beautifully vintage looking piece!
No one will know it's not from decades ago.
How simple is that?!
If you'd like some more cool, crafty inspiration, check out what else Cori is up to over at The Flying C!