Chalk Paint Stool & Graphics Transfer

Posted by SheilaG on Jan 25, 2012

I found a stool at a yard sale for $3 last summer and thought it would be a great piece for chalk paint. The original color was a dark walnut stain. I brushed on Annie Sloan’s Pure White Chalk Paint, only one coat. Some of the dark stain shows through, but I wanted to heavily distress it anyway, so I wasn’t concerned about complete coverage. I also wanted to try transferring a graphic design onto it.




I used a reversed image from Graphics Fairy.  NOTE: You must print the graphic on a laser printer or copier; ink jet copies will not work. If there are words in your chosen graphic, you will need to reverse the image. I taped the graphic face down onto the stool, then used a cotton ball saturated with lacquer thinner to dab all over the design. I did this a couple of times to get the design as dark as I wanted.




This doesn’t  give you a crisp image, so if you aren’t going for a worn, distressed look, you would probably need to hand paint the details. I still haven’t bought wax to finish my chalk paint projects, so I wiped on a coat of polyurethane, let that dry, then sanded lightly in some areas, more heavily in other areas.





Then I brushed on a brown glaze and wiped off the excess.




Finally, another two coats of wipe-on poly and it’s done.  You can see where the original walnut stain shows through the distressed areas.




The top after the wipe-on poly:




It makes a handy little table beside the recliner.




Another look:




I love it with a stack of books, but reality will probably be the tv remote and a bowl of popcorn. What do you think? Will you try the lacquer thinner method of transferring images?



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    January 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Well I see you didn’t have any of my craziness doing this!
    BRAVO! It looks fabulous!
    Where did yo get the idea of using lacquer thinner?
    I’ve got to give that a try!

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    January 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Love it! It looks great beside your recliner! Thanks for sharing your ideas! Sue

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    January 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    I think this transferring is great. Just read about it yesterday on another blog. You can even transfer to fabric. Have a great day!

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    January 25, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    I love your stool! This is amazing! I’m going to try this on a table I’m working on now! Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial! I have never heard of using Lacquer Thinner as a transfer on painted wood! I’m excited to have a new way to do a transfer! spacer

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    January 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Love the stool – so sweet!

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    I am LOVD
    January 27, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Your chalk paint results are beautiful. Many have had issues with the product, but certainly not you. Great results!

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    Eileen @ cottage beach house
    January 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Thank you for a great way to transfer. I know I have lacquer thinner somewhere in my garage!
    I will deffinately try this out!

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    January 28, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    What a great project. I have several of those $5 stools and little tables. Now I know what to do with them.

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    January 28, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    I love how this turned out. Great job!

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    January 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    I love it, great job. I am currently waiting the arrival of my chalk paint and I’m anxious to try it – especially since I hate painting normally. I think this transfer process is easy enough. I have to see if I can take my image and have it enlarged and printed out bigger, or in several sections as I’m going to attempt a graphic from the Fairy on my dining room table.


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    January 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    I love your stool – it looks great. I definately will try the lacquer thinner idea. Thanks for sharing!

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    Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    January 29, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    What a sweet little stool! I love the legs and the graphic turned out beautifully!

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    thistlewood farm
    January 29, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    I love the graphic transfer idea! I pinned it so I could use it later! Your stool is wonderful! I am so glad I found your blog!


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    Sarah@Adventures of Our Fami-Ly
    January 29, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    This is so cute! What a sweet little stool. I had no idea that you could use lacquer thinner for any other purpose than thinning lacquer, haha. Thanks for sharing such a great tip!

    I’m your newest follower, too. Feel free to check out some of my furniture makeovers if you’d like.

    Sarah@Adventures of Our Fami-Ly

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    January 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    It looks fantastic! I’ll have to try that method. I love adding graphics like that to furniture. You did a wonderful job!

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    Confessions of a Plate Addict
    January 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    I love the result! I had not heard of this technique before. Have a great week!…hugs…Debbie

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    Ashley @ Simply Designing
    January 29, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    This looks amazing!!! I love how it turned out.

    I host a weekly Friday Link Party, if you are interested, I’d love for you to join!


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    Rebecca Scott
    January 30, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    I have a love for all things French Country so I adore this! Really pretty and so bright. Great use of the transfer technique to make this look aged.

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    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog
    January 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Beautiful! Your stool came out great!!

    A few blog friends and I are hosting our first link party tomorrow to finish off the Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge, we go live at 7amET. Today I revealed my project for the challenge, a gallery wall with only one screw in the wall. I’d love if you could come by to check it out and link up!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog = your newest follower

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    Jeanine Okio B Designs
    January 30, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Your stool is beautiful! I love the image you used for it – fits perfectly! Coming over from Between Naps on the Porch: Met Monday.


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    January 30, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    So cute! I never knew lacquer thinner could be used for transferring. hmm… what can I transfer…?

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    January 31, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    I really like the graphics you used on this. Thanks for the tips on how to transfer them to a project. Great ideas.

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    January 31, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Wow, that looks great! I really like the distressed look. Thanks so much for sharing at shine on fridays!

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    Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano
    February 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    I didn’t know you could use paint thinner! Thanks for the tut. It looks great!

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    February 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    I love it! I’m just curious as to why you chose chalkboard paint? I’ve never used it before….

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