Shabby Roses Baby Plaque


Lately I’ve been painting signs in addition to painting furniture. This is a sign I made for a friend’s new grandchild. I used a combination of hand painting, image transfer and decoupage to create a shabby chic weathered look for this baby announcement.

For the image transfer I used Mod Podge. Below is an example of how i created the image transfer.



This isn’t the image I used for the baby sign, but I just wanted to show you an example of what I use.  This image came from The Graphics Fairy website. She has such wonderful images that are copyright free.  This is one of some French Typography. Notice how the image is in the reverse.  When you are doing an image transfer, you need the typing to be in reverse so when you apply it to your surface it comes out correct.  If it’s just an image you don’t need it to be in the reverse. You want to cut out your graphic as close to the image as you can, trying to leave as little white showing as possible.  This was printed on regular white printer paper from a laser printer.


After cutting out your image, you want to apply it to your surface.  In this case, I had used a tin box that I had painted with chalk paint. Use a foam or a chip brush to apply the Mod Podge to the front of the image, not the back.  Make sure you press down firmly and get out all the bubbles and wrinkles.  Let this dry overnight.



When it’s ready, you will take a damp/wet sponge and press it over the image.  Then, you will start rolling off the excess paper and leave the image behind.  You have to do this carefully and slowly at first, making sure you are not taking off the image. It takes a little practice, but when you get going its really addictive!  You’ll know all the paper is off when there is no more white haze over the image. I use either Mod Podge to seal this or a Polycrylic.



I used this wonderful chalk paint from Pure & Original for this project. I had painted the wood I used for the sign black first, and then I used the color Aged Paper over it.  I sanded it very well with my palm sander to get a weathered, dry brushed look.



I hand-lettered the name, date and statistics of the baby. I just used black acrylic paint and a long thin brush to paint the lettering. I use carbon paper and I trace the outline of the lettering and then fill in the outline.  For the black and white images I used the image transfer process above.




The color images of the roses, etc I also found on The Graphics Fairy website. I cut them out using a small scissor and applied them using Mod Podge as well.


After everything was dry, I used the Mod Podge as a sealer over the entire sign.



I attached some vintage pink ribbon to the hardware on the back and it was complete!


Let me know what you think!



Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest: Pure & Original

Disclosure: This post contains sponsored links from Pure & Original Paint. All opinions are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links.

I just recently joined the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest group on Facebook and luckily I got to join and participate in their April Contest sponsored by Pure & Original  Classico Paint! I was so excited to try out this fabulous brand of paint! The April theme is Pure Colors, Original Elegance.  I was able to order 2 quarts of any color so I chose Aged Paper and Green Room.

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What’s so wonderful about this Pure & Original Classico Paint, is that it’s 100% mineral chalk and water based paint.  The colors are deeply pigmented and the texture is very thick, no sealant is needed even for outdoor use!  It also comes in over 118 colors.





So this was the sorry state of affairs when I came upon this little kitchen table on the side of the road. I made it just in time, I could hear the garbage truck rounding the corner! It was in pretty good structural shape, but not so much in the surface shape. I knew that I wanted a chippy, distressed, weathered, elegant farmhouse feel and I had a feeling that Pure & Original  Classico paint was the perfect paint to achieve that finish!





I quickly grabbed it and brought it home where I gave it a thorough cleaning and scrubbing. It was pretty disgusting. It had layers of old peeling paint in various states of decay and wear, but I knew I could use this to my advantage. I had wanted to convey a shabby, farmhouse chippy finish anyway so I knew this could work in my favor.


I used Citristrip to take off the many layers of paint off the top and then I used my palm sander to get off the rest. I wanted to keep the top wood. I wanted to try to just oil the top and keep it  a light color, but it had a lot of burn marks on it, so I decided to use a few coats of  Rustoleum’s Kona stain on the top instead.  Thankfully, that really covered the top well, and you can hardly see the marks.


If you notice the blue color,  on the photo above, that was the original color of the  paint.  It didn’t look like the color I had ordered but I was undeterred! I used some spring green tint to darken the color to get more of a jadeite green color and it worked out perfectly! The paint covered in one coat!  Even over all those other coats of god knows what on there! The adhesion is supreme. This table had a lot of coats of peeling, chipped paint on it and when I used the Pure & Original Classico over it, it stuck like glue, and  had a very matte, velvety texture.



This is the packaging by the way…gorgeous and professional!




This is the can of the second quart I ordered, Aged Paper. I got this color because I wanted to use this as a layer over the green color to give the feeling that the table had been weathered and  worn and maybe used as a potting bench/farm table over the years. It worked  like a charm!




This is the end result! Look at this finish! I am so in love with this piece! This is exactly the feeling I wanted to get on this table. I brushed on the Aged Paper color  after I had done 2 coats of the green, and then heavily distressed at the edges and a bit on the flat areas.  The texture is like butter now. The paint feels like velvet!










The detail on this picture shows how the Pure & Original Classico Paint distresses so easily and professionally.  Even though there are many other old layers on there, the Pure & Original covers so well and really looks like its been there for centuries! Just the look I wanted! I just used a soft sanding sponge to take the edges down and the flat areas too.



I used a small amount of  Minwax Jacobean brown stain over the paint with a rag and then wiped it off just to give it more of an aged and antiqued feel.  I left the stain in the cracks and crevices.






You can see the layers of the black and the white and wood underneath.





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