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Saturday, August 6, 2011

I've Been Bit by the Graphics Fairy ...

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and now I'm hooked !!  I know many of you are familiar with the Graphics Fairy blog, but I just recently started following along.  I couldn't resist the temptation after seeing so many amazing projects that have resulted from such cool images !!

I spotted this graphic and knew it was the one:


My stools have gone from this:


to THIS!


Whaddaya think?


Here's how I did it ... First, I painted my stools Old White (chalk paint).  I then lightly distressed them and added wax to both (except for the tops).

I then printed my selected image, got my pencil out and performed the ever-so-technical pencil transfer (turn the paper over, go over the back of the paper with pencil, turn the paper back over and tape to surface where you want to transfer ... then, with a pencil, trace over the letters/image carefully.  When you're done, lift the paper and you will see a penciled image for you to then trace/color over with your paint pen or brush).  Then, I used one of my paint markers to fill them in.  After the paint was dry, I lightly sanded over the tops to "age" the images just a tad.  I finished up by adding a coat of wax to the tops.  Easy peasy!


Love them popping against the chateaux grey island.



Thank you, Graphics Fairy ... you rock!  And, I'm afraid that my love affair has just begun!

And, as an aside, thank you all so very much for your endearing and comforting comments about Mrs. Farleigh.  She truly was an amazing woman, and I know her family appreciates having read your thoughtful notes, as well ... thank you so, so much.

Be sure and visit these fun parties:

Dittle Dattle/Amaze Me Monday
Graphics Fairy/Brag Monday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia/Tuesday's Treasures
Southern Savvy Style/WUW
Delightful Order/Delightfully Inspiring
Miss Mustard Seed/Furniture Feature Friday
French Country Cottage/Feathered Nest Friday

As always, thanks for stopping by,



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45 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Becca, they look awesome. I have not learned how to print out those yet. May get my daughter to do it while she is here. I can't get my printer to print them correctly.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

They do look wonderful next to your island...great project! You gave me a great idea for a desk chair that I'm doing only I'd have to transfer it to fabric!

ShantyGirl said...

these turned out beautiful! I have a little round non descript coffee table in paris grey that needs this on top.....Thanks for sharing I need to try this.
SHerry

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You'll be hooked now, Becca! The stools turned out great! I'm itching to try one of these transfers onto a seat base, but I'm probably going to have to wait until we move. I think my hubby would kill me if I brought in a thrift store chair at this point to transform!

Pattie said...

Becca, Love them !!!!

Pattie...

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...

Those turned out awesome! I've been meaning to head over to the graphics fairy, looks like I need to do it soon! Nice job! :)

Cheryl said...

Hi Becca,
I just love what you did with your stools. The Graphic Fairy is a terrific blog for crafting and home dec. projects...so much inspiration in one place! Beautiful job...
Hugs,
Cheryl at My Sister's Cottage

Coffee Queen said...

I love the new look on the bar stools. They look awesome.

Paula said...

Beautiful!
I just did the same thing to mine....http://405transit.blogspot.com/2011/08/stools.html

At The Picket Fence said...

Those look incredible Becca!! I love how they look against the color of your island and bring some of the cream of your upper cabinets over to that side. Your kitchen is looking so incredible and you always get my mind swirling with how I can mix things up in my home! :-)
Vanessa

Liz said...

Becaa, I *heart* your stools. I have the same stools in black and would love to do the same thing to them. I don't think I could make the graphics transfer look nearly as good, though! If you don't mind me asking, where are all of you getting this "chalk paint"...? I'm behind the times here, but it seems EVERYONE is using this paint.

Your kitchen looks amazing and I have always enjoyed seeing your vignettes displayed. I LOVE the kitchen island display (the corks and grapes are so cute), and your floral arrangements stands out and pops...WUV IT!! Thanks for sharing. XO ~Liz

ReFresh ReStyle said...

I love them! You've been painting up a storm, and everything looks great!
Debbie

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love them. You did a fabulous job. I used that same graphic on a try. I still havn't tried the pencil method. I know, I am just a little slow. Got to get with it. Your stools are fantastic and they look wonderful in your kitchen. Hugs, Marty

Denise said...

They look amazing!! I just ordered some chalk paint in 'old white' to revamp my black buffet! Love how your stools turned out. I was wonderig if I needed to add a glaze to the paint to get the old look, but if all you did was distress them, then I guess there's my answer :-)

Natasha in Oz said...

Wow, your chairs are amazing! I haven't been by to visit the graphics fairy for ages. Thanks for reminding me to do so!

Best wishes,
Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

Gina said...

Your stools look amazing! The Graphics Fairy has taken me under her spell lately too. :D

eleven-o-one said...

Your stools look amazing. And yes...it is addicting. Trust me...I know.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

FANTASTIC Becca!! They look good girl, I'm itching to try them out! Have a great weekend, Martina

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Your stools turned out great..they look wonderful with your island.

Jemsmom said...

Those look fantastic!!! Your kitchen looks like a custom model home!!! You are fabulous!

Tilara said...

These look great! This is such a great idea! Thanks from SC!
Tilara

Jann Olson said...

Oh, I love them! I have seen alot of posts referring to the Graphic Fairy also. Have yet to try her out. Gotta gotta do it sometime. I love the look of chalk paint. I have not seen it here in Utah. Where do you buy it? I'm thinking, on line. Couldn't help but notice a bit of turquose in the background. I painted my island and fan hood turquoise last Fall. Have absolutely loved it. Thanks for sharing instructions.

Pamela said...

These are fabulous Becca!! I too use the ol pencil transfer method! Its the best!;)

Peggy said...

How awesome! Those stools look so good! You are very creative. Thanks for sharing.

Michele Smith said...

Super cute! I may have to stroll on over and check out some graphics.

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Wow! The stools came out fabulously! Can I place an order for two, please?! ;o)

Great job. Thanks for sharing.

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Another hit from the fabulous Becca!! What a great idea!! Your stools look awesome. I've never used a paint pen before but I so want a few dozen to have in my arsenal NOW. I see your still painting like a mad woman.... did you paint your upper cabinets too, or have they always been white?

L said...

Beautiful job, Becca. They look wonderful.

classic • casual • home said...

These look so custom designed now. Great job.

Laura said...

Hi Becca-

I am confused...
How do I get the image transferred?????

Laura
White Spray Paint

Marianne said...

Hi Becca,
The stools came out great. I'm really needing to give the graphic's fairy a visit. And your kitchen look fantastic!
Marianne :)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Becca, I love the transformation of your stools! They are perfect with your island.
xo,
Sherry

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

Love them, love them! Great job Becca! I wish I had them in my house! Don't you love that chalk paint! That's the color I used on EVERYTHING!
Susan @ homeroad.net

Anne said...

Cool! Thanks for the tips on how to transfer the images without special tools!!!

Love your stools.

Anne said...

PS I'm your newest follower, too. :)

Gypsy Heart said...

LOVE, love these! I think my printer was one of the first made...seriously. :/ Just can't get it to cooperate and I adore The Graphics Fairy.

I'm so glad someone remembers how to do the 'pencil' transfer. That gives me hope rather than the technical transfers some are doing.
You did great!

xo
Pat

Simone said...

You're so clever! Thanks for sharing with the rest of us!

Laurel said...

They look great! Laurel@chippingwithcharm

Tami said...

Love them!
You can check out my piece with that graphic if you'd like.
Fondly, Tami
http://thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com/2011/08/is-it-something-does-anyone-know-what.html

Chi-Chi Studio Designs said...

This is one of my favorite graphics. They look amazing--wonderful job!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

SO cute! This is my very favorite graphic ;-)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Those stools came out darling Becca!! I love the graphics fairy too! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

I missed this! How awesome are these? Very cute. I love the graphic.

Heather said...

Wow...I love how these look and your home is so gorgeous. They are a perfect touch to your already beautiful kitchen...I wanna do this to my stools really bad! Thanks for sharing.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, Becca, totally fabulous!!! and I love your kitchen and the blue cupboards...so gorgeous!!!

XO
Cindy