Honest side of DIY-ing! Black is Back!

I don't know about you, but as a newer blogger
and lifetime DIYer I sometimes feel pressured to produce
in numbers rather than quality.

So, I rushed, got them painted up all nice and pretty, but they just didn't have that umphf!

Here are the stands before:
Nighty Nightstand
So time to follow my heart!

I realized I was holding back on my creative talent.
Meaning, I wasn't trusting my myself that my ideas would be "good enough".
I think it stems from being a people pleaser (not always a good thing).
I decided I was going to go back to being confident, follow my heart.

I started by sanding, and rolled on 3 coats of paint - sanding lightly between each one.

I Researched some vintage French images/typography - found some I loved.
Then, using 2 free online programs, & I
mirrored the ones with lettering with Picmonkey, and printed the Eiffel tower with to have it print on 2 pieces of freezer paper, cut to 8 1/2" x 11" - on my inkjet printer.
I had to cut and tape it together.
 I used a wooden spoon at first to burnish, then went to a credit card, it worked better.
 Look how clean and awesome they turned out!

 Here is the tower printed out mirror image, cut and taped together on freezer paper.  Coated side went face down in my printer to that it the side print was on.
Be careful and do one page at a time.

 Disclosure: This is the FIRST time I have used this transfer method, and I'm sold!!  
This was the exact look I wanted. No blurring and pretty crisp!
I then sprayed on clear acrylic and let it dry overnight.

Now I wanted to add some antiquing, but not real shabby, but more refined.
I tried dry brushing white over the edges, but it was too contrasting for this piece.
So, I got some metallic acrylic paint, added a dab of transparent glaze and used a small craft
paint brush to hand paint the edged of the raised molding on the piece.

 If I felt like there was too much silver, I would dry brush black over it until  got the effect I wanted.
Subtle and sleek.
 When the light hits it at different angles, it glitters just along the edges,
totally cool!!

Glass knobs are on order from Amazon (10/$10.93)
Should be here Wed! 
So excited!!

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  1. What a lovely piece! You did an amazing job combining the graphics, it looks very elegant.
    We'd love to have you share it at WIW, hope you can join in!

  2. This is a lovely makeover. Our oldest granddaughter ( 15) is crazy about all things Paris she would lvoe this. . Hugs P.S. I invite you to share at my Thursday blog hop ( you can link up today and tomorrow too)

    1. Thank you Katherine! I know, I will probably give this to my daughter who is into all the Paris chic look too! I will head over there!

  3. I love the all black with the distressed finish. And the print on top is perfect. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


    1. Thank you Alison!! That means a lot coming from you and your beautiful designs!!

  4. I guess I'm confused - what did you use the credit card for?


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