New tutorial on our new website
Applying large Water decal (A3)
As we slowly implement large decals to our stock (size A3) we decided to create a tutorial showing advantages of big size.
It is fairly easy to apply large decal, just have a look at the video attached.
Please note: slowly we move our print transfer stock to http://bigbitestudio.co.uk, we are more concentrated on that platform, then on Touch the Wood. Big Bite Studio will be a website entirely dedicated to print transfers. Read More
Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover
Vintage School Desk Commission for a Shabby Chic Makeover
We, as parents, are all relieved with a new school year beginning. Children, on the other hand, are not happy at all. Perhaps it is a good idea to sparkle their life with a Shabby Chic bits of their own history? Such an idea got to us a customer with old, rusty, old-fashioned school table – with a request for makeover for 11-year old daughter.
How to create rich two colour texture
Creating Shabby Chic texture on furniture
Finally we have found some time to put together video tutorial on the technique we use for creating texture on our furniture. This video corresponds with an article we posted long time ago about comparing textures on two shabby chic nest of tables.
We had quite few questions regarding this technique, so there it is – a visual explanation. We hope you will find it useful.
How to transfer big and complex print with water slide decals
Water Slide Decal Print Transfer to Furniture
We have a lot questions regarding our water slide decals and techniques we use to transfer prints with them. That is why we decided to make a video tutorial on this subject.
In fact this is the last part of tutorial on making Shabby Chic Furniture with print, however we starting to publish it backwards. The next part will cover the methods we use to make a texture using Annie Sloan’s chalk paints. Read More
Custom work: Shabby Chic Makeover with Print
Made to order for a returning customer
There is nothing sweeter as a returning customer, I must say.
Returning customer is a living valuation of your work. And it is a positive valuation.
Custom work: Shabby Chic Furniture Makeover
So we were commissioned once.
This time – what a surprise! – for a shabby chic furniture makeover, or more precisely for a re-makeover of a previously painted writing bureau to transform it into a stunning piece with a mirror and brass ornaments.
How we did it: Custom Shabby Chic Makeover with Print
In this post I would like to present you the way we gone through to restore to life the old and neglected chest of drawers. Bear in mind: it is not a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) tutorial, it is rather DIM (Done-It-Myself) story.
Below you can see the subject of this topic – almost dead body before against the results of our shabby chic restoration works after. Read More
Repairing broken furniture without tools
Before the start I have to clarify some facts.
First of all: this is not a tutorial about repairing a table top; it is about a top of a dresser.
Second: this is not a tutorial at all; rather than ‘how-to-do-it’ this thing is more ‘how-I-did-it’ guidance based on my own experience.
And third, the last: you cannot fix a dresser top without any tools, I am afraid; you will need at least screwdriver.
All the above are just to pick up a search engine optimisation and attract more readers (boy, how cheeky are we). But it does not change a fact that we want to share very useful tips with you. Having this cleared let’s start.
PVA glue (Mod Podge substitute) method
A way to transfer inkjet print onto wood or furniture
I am not going to show anything new or super-innovative, this technique is widely known, and you can find a lot of examples of using it on hobby & craft websites, however – in most cases – it is known as a Mod Podge technique. Which I personally find very annoying, mostly because of the price you must to pay to buy a small jar of Mod Podge. Read More
Making a Texture with a Chalk Paint
Two different effects created with two colours of Chalk Paint
We have updateed our archive of Shabby Chic Nesting Tables. Giving that these two Nests we are talking about have literally the same shape, we decided to compare their finish.