A Perfect Image Transfer & A New Friend

This is a funny story about a chair, a perfect image transfer,
and a new friend.

You may remember the wedding chaiI made for my daughter's bridal shower.

bride to be chair

Well, one afternoon I got an email from a woman that owned a shop in a neighboring town.

She said she had a woman in her store that was looking for me.

The woman asked the shop owner if she had ever heard of a shop called Homeroad  and did she know where could she find me.

Funny thing is... I didn't have a shop. 

Well, I didn't when this post was written. 

The shop owner did located me through my blog, emailed me and gave me Joanne's number so I could reach her...

and I did.

Joanne was lovely! 

She was very excited to have found me.

Turns out she lives not far, follows Homeroad, 
saw my post on the wedding chair, and wanted to know if she could purchase one for her daughter's upcoming shower.

Bride to be chair

How exciting! 

Well, This might just be my very first sale so I made the chair for her.

She also bought a sign from my Etsy Shop...

We were both happy.

While I was making her chair, the image came out so well and was so easy to make I thought I'd share it with you.

rubbing off crown stencil

After painting the chair with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, 
I printed a crown image from the graphics fairy

crown design for the chair

I cut it out very close to the crown including in between the inside pieces.

I coated the printed side with Modge Podge, flipped it over so the printed side was down, used a roller to roll out any bubbles, then let it dry overnight.

In the morning I wet the whole thing with this sponge. 

The sponge is a little abrasive but not much... 

I rubbed off the paper using the sponge and the image stayed on the chair.

I wasn't too gentle, I gave it a good rub.

rubbing paper off crown design

All the paper came off and left behind an absolutely perfect image. 

It is smooth as glass on the chair.

crown design on the chair

crown design on a chair

I gave the whole chair a light sanding to distress the corners, then a coat of furniture wax for protection.

bride to be chair with crown

white chair for bride to be

Joanne's chair is finished. 

She came by and picked it up, she is as nice in person as she was on the phone!

I hope her daughter loves the chair as much as mine did!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. What a lovely, warm, fuzzy story to read first thing in the morning.

    I like the technique you used, and will have to give it a go.

  2. Beautiful, Susan! Great tip to cut as much paper that is not needed for the transfer as possible. I think it probably saves on rubbing off!

  3. Susan... I have meant to do this... but I keep forgetting. Thanks for the nudge. Hopefully trying this really soon!
    LOVE the chair!

  4. Wow, you make me want to try this technique again...the first time I did it, it did not work at all! I have a "love, hate" relationship with Mod Podge. It seems to work beautifully for everyone BUT me! Your project came out so perfect, I must try this again!

    Your chair turned out darling and I am sure the Bride-to-be loved it!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. very nice! i'd like to try something like it...not a wedding theme, no need for one like that, but i'd like to adapt the idea to something more appropriate for me. hope it transfers that easily for me! those kinds of projects always make me nervous! thanx!
    take care!

  6. I have read with modge podge that you had to coat the paper first (dry) and then print on it, it doesn't look like you had to do that...it worked and I LOVE IT! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Adriane, actually I just printed it out on regular paper (laser print), coated the printed side with Modge Podge second, then flipped it onto the chair, used a brayer to get out all the bubbles and let it dry.... didn't have to coat the paper first.

  7. What a wonderfully creative idea for your daughter! Isn't it funny how people find you in the most serendipitous of ways?

  8. Oh my goodness, I had NO idea you could transfer things like that. The chair is beautiful.....I have 2 daughters and the oldest is 11. I have 10+ years to start collecting blog articles and pinterest images for her wedding - lol!

    You have a wonderful blog. (New friends are great ;-)

  9. Love the chair! How exciting for you to have this lady find you and order a chair.
    Thanks for the tip on the transferring the image!
    Have a wonderful weekend!


  10. The chair does look great! I've done that same image transfer technique but did you not apply mod podge over the image once to flipped it over? I'm wondering if that's why It didn't work for me.

  11. Wow, the chair looks great! Thanks for sharing the great image transfer technique. :)

  12. Hi, I am a new reader via 504 Main link swap. Excellent tutorial! I can't wait to try this new technique.

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

  13. Hi Susan,
    Look how famous you're becoming!! Love the chair! I have used that technique on some tumbled marbled tiles for coasters but have never tried it on any other surface. Glad to know it works well on wood too.
    Have a great weekend.

  14. This transfer is perfect! I used the same technique on one of my transfers and it didn't come out quite as perfect. Maybe your sponge had something to do with it! Great job! Super cute chair!

  15. Oh my goodness that is pretty much amazing!! We have tried that before and it didn't work that well but you are making me want to try again for sure! It is beautiful!

  16. Lovely story. Your transfer is one of the best I've ever seen.

  17. You are going to be known in those parts as the wedding chair lady! Did you use an ink jet or a laser printer?


  18. You know, I've heard of the mod podge rub off transfer before, I just don't want to believe it works that well! I mean WHY? Lol! Anyway, did you use an inkjet or laser printer? I think I might have to try this for myself...

  19. That's absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your technique.

  20. What a sweet story! I love this chair and am getting married soon. I should send my mom your way.

  21. Came over from Graphics Fairy. the chair will become a lasting treasure for both brides. so simple and so pretty.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  22. Blogging and getting business, you got to love that, congrats on the sale of your very lovely chair. I know good results start with good products. You did mention to Adriane that you used a laser printer, but could you please tell me what is the name of the paper, the brand and weight of that paper, so I can go buy a pack of that specific paper. In addition, what is the name of your laser printer and model number. I am thinking if I use the products you used I would get the same results because honey, that chair is gorgeous.

  23. What a charming chair. Thanks for sharing how you did it.


  24. What a fabulous chair, I'm and addict of decorative chairs. Thank you so much for sharing your method. Few artists are willing to do that. Annie Sloan paints are not so readily available to me, but I'd love to try that anyway.

  25. Simply beautiful!! One of the best projects I've ever seen! Thanks for sharing your technique!

  26. I would like to sign up for your blog but do not see where to sign in...

    1. Hi Barbara
      You can follow by Bloglovin or you can enter your email and my post will be emailed to you. The box is in the sidebar.

  27. Hi susan
    I just BOUGHT a folding chair from GW. I am looking at it for my backyard. Love the ideas! laura


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