Yesterday I posted about my table redo and now it is time to share how I did it.
I printed a peacock feather I found online because I wanted to try to do an acrylic paint transfer that I read about here.
I have painted furniture many times using craft acrylic paints. I have always liked them because they are cheap and easy to work with and come in many many colors. I am a green fan and I really like Americana’s slate green. It is kind of a blue green, but with a little glaze the green comes out more.
I knew it would be good to use the acrylic paint because I needed to use the same acrylic paint for my transfer. After I sanded, painted and distressed the table I painted a layer of acrylic paint onto the copy of the feather and placed it onto the table.
I worked the bubbles out with a food scrapper.
After it dried for just a little bit, I sprayed the paper with water and peeled it away. The very bottom peeled away completely. I think because the paint had dried too much before I applied it to the table.
This is what it looked like after the paper was peeled.
I really didn’t know what to do because this wasn’t the look I was going for. I am not sure if I did something wrong or this is suppose to happen or it is because I had to paint past those fine little feather hairs and it left the paper where the paint was. Anyway, I had to sand it regardless so I sanded carefully to see what would happen.
After I sanded it looked like this.
So it is there, but faint. At first I was going to just call it distressed and leave it as is ( I even glazed it and gave it a coat of polyacrylic) , but I thought I would try to paint over the feather and try to bring back some of the vibrancy of the colors.
I sat on my front porch and enjoyed the beautiful day while painting.
Here’s what it looked like while I was working on it.
You can see how painting it helped to bring out the colors. It was tedious, but kind of relaxing too.
I protected the feather paint with more polyacrylic and I ended up with a fun table.
If you try the transfer I would love to hear about it.