Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Case of the Missing Camera

I am happy to say that the case of the missing camera has been solved.  I initially pinned the theft on the wily Baby Jaguar.  However, after lots of cleaning and searching, I discovered the camera in a toy bin in C's room.  The damning evidence were the numerous pictures C took of herself in poses such as this one:

How can I stay mad at that cute little thief?  It's impossible.

On to a little before and after.  Check out this cute table I got at the thrift store.  It is solid wood and heavy, very well made, but in rough shape.

I primed her with Kilz, gave the legs a coat of gray spray paint, and painted the top white.

I have seen so many cool projects lately where graphics have been transferred onto wood.  I thought I would give this technique a try.  I found a little bumblebee design at the Graphics Fairy that I thought would be perfect.

According to a bunch of websites, all you have to do is print out the image on a laser printer, tape the image down, wet it with a solvent called Citra-Solv, and burnish the image onto the wood.

This is going to look so cute: vintage French distressed coffee table.  Ready for the big reveal???

It didn't work!  As you can see, all I was left with were some smudgy black lines.  This technique has been successful for many others, so I'll give it a try again in the future.  I think my paint may have been too glossy...there wasn't anything for the ink to cling to.  Does that make sense.

On to plan B.  If only there were a plan B.  The table sat for a few days and here's what I finally came up with:

I'm donating this table to an enterprise called Cavalcade.  It is an art/performance space that recently opened in my town.  They have all kinds of interesting programs, classes and performances.  They even have an open crafting/sewing time where you can bring in projects and work on them with others and get help making things.   I'm happy to be able to support Cavalcade and the work they do to bring intellectual diversion and art to my community...something we are all in need of!

If you haven't linked up to my weekly House Party, now's the time to join in.  It's so fun to see what everyone has been working on.
Saved by Suzy

I'm linking this coffee table to some of these great blogs:
Today's Creative Blog, Sugar Bee Crafts, Not Just a Housewife, Reasons to Skip the Housework, Bella Before and After, Primitive and Proper, Home Stories of A to Z, Savvy Southern Style, DIY by Design, Tip Junkie, Type A Decorating,, The Thrifty Home, Domestically Speaking, Primp,
A Diamond in the Stuff, Restore Interiors, The Shabby Chic Cottage, Somewhat Simple, Beyond the Picket Fence, Fireflies and Jellybeans,My Simple Home Life,
Addicted 2 Decorating, Just a Girl, Remodelaholic, Miss Mustard Seed, Finding Fabulous, Tatertots and Jello, Under the Table and Dreaming, Thrifty Decor Chick, Coastal Charm, Junker Newbie


Katie said...

I LOVE plan B! That stinks that the original plan didn't work, but this looks great! Love the white, aqua, and yellow together!!

Holly Gruszka said...

A great piece and a great cause! Calvacade will get much use and enjoy that piece for years.

Cassie Bustamante said...

so glad the camera was found! and i, too, love plan b! it's adorable!

Deborah March said...

LOVE your cheerful re-do! I haven't had much success with Citrasolve and wood. I usually use it with fabric...with GREAT results if the fabric has a nice tight weave. When you decide to try the image transfer with wood next time, try either nail polish remover or acetone...same technique as the Citrasolve, and FABULOUS results! Here's a little'll LOVE this technique, honestly!

A room with a view said...

It probably was the glossy finish in plan A but I certainly am loving plan B and I do like the different colors on it. Great job! I am soo behind on my blog reading this week working backwards.

Ashley said...

I love plan B, but I'll admit that the insect image would have been super cool.

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

What a great find! I love what you turned it into. No doubt it will be appreciated in its new space.

Sharon, aka Bootersmom03 said...

Love how it turned out! Great colors!

6th Grade said...

i LOVE that you are donating this table! lucky them and lucky you for being near such an awesome place! inspiration for all of us!

(oh, and thanks for leaving me bloggalicious comments!! makes me smile!)


Little Bird Threads said...

Love it! So fresh!

Simply Beautiful Now said...

Plan B is quite whimsical...and would look lovely in the performance space. Great choice!