How to Transfer an Image onto Furniture – Video Tutorial

How to Transfer an Image onto Furniture – Video Tutorial

Hello, my Graphics Fairy friends! My name is Candace and I blog over at Vintage News Junkie. I am a former news gal who traded in my Emmy Award for some good ‘ol junkin’ and a vintage find or two! Give me a paint brush and I’ll change the world! Ha ha! So, when Karen asked me to share how I transfer her vintage images onto furniture, I couldn’t wait to break out the lights, camera, and get this action started!!

How to Transfer an Image onto Furniture Video Tutorial

So, check it out! I snagged this baby blue dresser at a yard sale for ten bucks! But boy, did it need some love! Crayon art across the front and hardware falling off! Whoever painted this piece last didn’t even bother taking the hardware off… so they were covered in blue paint! I decided there was no saving the hardware. It wasn’t that pretty anyway! So I gave her a fresh coat of paint and she was ready for her vintage tattoo!

Vintage Chic Before and After Dresser Makeover

I won’t bore you with the step-by-step tutorial of how to do this in words… besides Karen has a really great post here that explains several transfer techniques!

How to Transfer an Image onto Furniture

I just wanna get down and dirty and show you in real time… so break out your popcorn! (You’ll only have time for one of those mini bags!) Sit back, and learn how to transfer an image onto a piece of furniture… no fancy equipment needed!

How’s that for Saturday night entertainment.. ha ha!! Not really. But I do hope it helped you figure out how you can transfer images of your own onto furniture! I love that you don’t have to have a projector or any other fancy equipment to make this work!

How to Transfer a Graphic onto Furniture

And a little tip for buying chalk… sometimes it can be hard to find! I always load up during the summer. You can snag a big ‘ol box of sidewalk chalk (the big chunky kind) for a buck at most stores!!

How to Paint a Vintage French Dresser

Dark hardware always pops nicely with a black graphic! And in case you didn’t watch the video… I added a little something special inside the drawers too!!

How to Makeover an Old Dresser

You can see the complete makeover here, including how I painted this dresser and used antiquing glaze to add some character. And this isn’t my first rodeo with Karen’s graphics, in fact one of the very first pieces I did was a French Kitchen Table.

French Vintage Dresser

If you have any questions… I’d love to chat over on my blog, I’m here to help and I sure hope to see you over at Vintage News Junkie real soon!!

Until next time… Vintage News Junkie

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  2. Sweet project! Thanks for sharing your method for the transfer.

  3. Great tutorial! I’m an experienced crafter but new to painting furniture. What kind of paint pen do you use? (Not asking about brands so much as type of paint.) Thanks! I can’t wait to try this.

    • Karen Watson says:

      Marsha, the pens come in oil or latex, so you can decide which would work best for your project. If your painted piece is done with latex paint, I would probably stick with that for the pen as well. If you are working with a stained piece of furniture, then you might want to try the oil based pens. You can find the pens at Michael’s crafts or any big name craft store.

  4. I have more esey way to transfer pictures on wood.Look on my blog and post:

  5. Yes! Yes! Yes! I needed something like this! I am going to be able to finish my special little box, instead of staring at it, in dread. Thank you, Candace! I’m on my way over to your blog!

  6. Monica Frisby says:

    If you want to salvage or reuse hardware that has paint on it, “cook” it in a dedicated slow cooker (pick up one at a thrift shop/yard sale) with water on low heat for a few hours and the paint will literally fall off. I saw this on the Rehab Addict show on HGTV. The host did this with old door hinges covered in layers on interior paint. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s got to be easier than stripping and cheaper than buying new hardware if you like the style and want to reuse/repurpose it.

  7. Thank you so much! I have done pencil but never thought to do chalk. I REALLY appreciate the poster site; I needed that!

  8. OMG I love you right now. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for only never knew it existed. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  9. Shirley powers says:

    Can you use this technique on walls?

  10. Love your posts

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