Every girl needs to feel proud of her living space, but we often find ourselves breaking the bank to do so. These days, even the bargain bins at our favorite home improvement spots are simply not cutting it. Fortunately, there is a fast, easy and affordable DIY solution for helping you make your house feel more like a home.
In a digital world full of Instagram, Facebook and Flickr images, the days of photo developing seem like a distant memory. The advantage of digital photos is that we can print them ourselves, but they just never seem to have the same quality and shelf life as photos printed in a lab. These step-by-step instructions will help you preserve your printed photos and add a classic, personal touch to your walls or shelving units.
What you need:
Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium (I found both Mod Podge products for a great price on Amazon.com)
Mod Podge Gloss Clear Acrylic Sealer
2 foam brushes (some Mod Podge products come with a foam brush)
Black acrylic paint
Wood pallet or board
A printed photo of your choice (ideal when printed on matte printer paper)
1. Using your foam brush, generously cover the front of your image with Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium, as shown in the photo below. Be sure that your image is covered completely and evenly. The finished product will be a mirror image of your photo, so try to avoid using images with words (unless it is printed as a mirror image of the original photo).
2. Place the image face down on your wood pallet and press firmly to ensure it adheres thoroughly. Allow the Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium to dry for two to three hours.
3. Using a moist sponge, dampen your image and gently start rubbing away the paper. You should notice your mirror image appearing as the excess paper disappears. Repeat this process until all paper residues are removed and your image is clean and easy to see. Allow to dry.
4. Use the sandpaper to gently sand the edges of your image. If you’re aiming for a more rustic, vintage look like the image in the instructions, you might want to apply a little more pressure, but don’t go overboard or your image may disappear altogether!
5. Using your second foam brush, carefully apply some black acrylic paint to the edges of the pallet. Allow to dry completely. Alternatively, if you prefer the unfinished wood look, leave the edges bare.
6. In a well-ventilated area, spray your image with a layer of Mod Podge Gloss Clear Acrylic Sealer. Allow to dry for 15 minutes and repeat. Heavy coats may sag or run, so be sure not to apply too liberally.
7. Once dry, hang your pallet on a lonely wall, dresser or shelving unit. Accent with your favorite Bijou candles, succulents or other knick knacks and enjoy!
Try this DIY project with black and white or color photos and, remember, giving a room a simple décor facelift doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.
About the writer:
Always a dreamer, Jill is a passionate writer and photographer based in Toronto.