French Graphic Cabinet Makeover

French graphic cabinet makeover by Girl in the Garage

Hi friend, how have you been?  The weather here has been driving me a little crazy; one day it’s snowing, then raining, then 50 degrees, then back to 30.  I love the warmer days but then my dogs’ feet get SO muddy outside!  Well that’s Indiana for you.  I’ve got a terrible case of spring fever – of course it didn’t help that I spent a few days in Jamaica and got spoiled by 80+ degrees every day.  And can you believe that Easter is only a few weeks away… in March this year?  I can’t even hardly wrap my head around it.  Where is this year going?!

Speaking of seasons, here’s something I finally got around to…  I bought this cabinet at a yard sale last summer.  (Yep, it’s been one of the reasons my garage was packed and we couldn’t get a car in there this winter!)  Even though I kind of liked the lighthouses, they weren’t my style so I knew I was going to paint over them.

Cabinet before painting.  Girl in the Garage

Cabinet top before painting.  Girl in the Garage

I decided to go with neutral colors and try my hand at transferring an image from The Graphics Fairy.   If you’ve never done something like this before, it’s not as easy as it seems – but then again, it was my first time.  First I painted the sides Wool Coat and then the top Safari Brown (both by Valspar), and then I picked out a very intricate French graphic and followed the directions for transferring.

Painted cabinet by Girl in the Garage

French graphic I chose for cabinet.  Girl in the Garage

Instead of craft paint and a small brush, I chose to use a paint marker which I will never use again- it might be alright for thicker lines but didn’t work well with the thin lines I was trying to duplicate.  In the end, after rubbing away some excess paint and distressing, I now have a vintage-looking French graphic cabinet.  It’s small enough to fit almost anywhere, so now to decide where it will look best…

French graphic cabinet by Girl in the Garage

Decor on cabinet.  Girl in the Garage

Closeup of French graphic - Girl in the Garage

Jen

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    • says

      Thanks so much Jane- I was definitely nervous to try it but now I want to find something else to transfer an image onto. I hope you do try it- good luck!

  1. says

    Hi Jen, I love everything in your gallery! Bravo girl! I do love how this cabinet came out, also the lettering. But have you ever used Slide transfer paper? If not lol its paper you print any image on then spray 3 layers of either Krylon or Rustolum clear spray paint over it.with drying time between layers. After completely dry (lets use your lettering area as example) cut the empty area away, like around it. Then dip the whole thing in luke warm water and your image slides off the paper. Like a childs tattoo you may get at wamart lol. Cool right! Im not against hand lettering at all! But I just love this stuff!!!

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