Thanks to my new obsession with Pinterest, I came across a couple of tutorials for improving/staining/stenciling your basic lazy susan. I snagged this $7 lazy susan at IKEA this weekend. Too lazy to take it upstairs, I tossed our kitchen island inhabitants onto it and gave it a whirl. Sure… that works, right? I didn’t really have a home in mind for it yet anyway.
But, knowing how I tend to be about projects, I decided I couldn’t put revamping this guy. So, after work I snagged up a few necessities at my local JoAnn Fabrics: Elmer’s glue, Mod Podge (I know – I can’t believe it took me this long to buy some), and card stock. First things first though and it was off to sanding the crap out of Mr. Snudda – new appropriately acquired nickname. My first mistake came in this process. I can’t stress enough how important it is to sand WITH the grain, people. WITH it. Not in a circular motion because you think your wish-you-were-Venus-Williams-but-you’re-not arms could possibly mimic the speed and strength of a circular sander. They can’t. Your arms will hurt and you’ll end up with ugly scratches on your wood. Lucky for me, I was going for “distressed and crappy” so that just made that easier on me. Epic fail sanding = SUCCESS.
Next comes staining. I attempted the tea staining process from Little Blue Boo, but that just kind of made it look like what it did before I sanded it – making me feel like the burn in my arms was 100% in vain and starting to feel deflated. I remembered a little baby can on minwax (no idea what color) stain upstairs from a church project a few years back … that thing survived 2 moves in 2 states. I don’t know why, but I was glad to have it! I applied the stain while the wood was still wet from the tea so that it wouldn’t be too dark and wiped off the excess almost immediately. I did this twice because my nervousness the first time left it only slightly darker and I really wanted it to look aged.
With the staining over, I now move on to following the image transfer tutorial from Matsutake.
- Paint a thin layer of Elmer’s glue onto a sheet of car stock. (I painted it on two sheets because I knew I’d undoubtedly screw it up. Possibly a self-fulfilling prophecy because I definitely did as you’ll soon find out.)
- Once the glue dries, print off your image using a laserjet printer. Make sure it’s fully dries otherwise the ink will smear a little. Here’s where I screwed up. You need to make sure you print off your image mirror-imaged. Whoops! Anywho, here it is both wrong and right.
- Next, you need to paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the surface of Snudda. I made sure just to cover enough where the image would be since I wasn’t sure if there would be any visible residue (turns out there wasn’t).
- Flip your image over and press it down. I rubbed it flat with a spatula using a needle to pierce any air bubbles so that I could make sure the image had full contact with the Mod Podge. A very similar process to my window frosting excursions…. I really should tell you about those one of these days.
- The instructions say to let it sit overnight, but I was impatient and 2 glasses of wine in by this point. I rubbed the back of the paper with a wet paper towel until it started to pill. Then I took my fingers and rubbed the paper off. It took a while and took a bit of the ink off with it. Luckily, like I said, I wanted a really aged and distressed look. I even took the rough side of a sponge to it to clean of the last bits of paper pulp and distress it even more.
- The final outcome? GORGEOUS! I’m trying to figure out where to put it. For now, it remains on our island covered up with our basic kitchen necessities. Hmmmm…. where to put Snudda…
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