Sunday, August 28, 2011

Vintage French Postmarks and Furniture

So, I was moseying through blog world the other day when I came across this tutorial.  I usually hand draw all my own lettering but was fascinated by the idea of using stuff I already have on hand to reproduce vintage postmarks (or ANYTHING else) on my furniture.  I had already painted this small table (annie sloan chalk paint - ASCP - chateau gray):

and I was pleased with the results (here's where it started):

but I knew it wasn't finished, YET.  When I read the tut I immediately whipped out a postmark I had saved from the Graphics Fairy a while back.  I opened it in photoshop and got it ready to print as a mirror image.  Meanwhile, I went and got my freezer paper ready to go.  When that was all done and printed (I had to set my printer to iron-on transfer - it wouldn't print otherwise) I got to work burnishing the image to the top of the table.

{LOVE}  I think it's fantastic!  (if I do say so myself!)  I do have to say, it took a LONG time to dry.  I was worried then about waxing over the ink (even if it was dry) for fear that it would smear.  It didn't!  YAY!

So, with that all figured out I went to work on this little chest:

It's fairly small.  About a foot and a half wide and 14 inches deep and only 10 inches tall.  I painted it with a mix of ASCP louis blue, chateau gray, and paris gray.  It's a warm gray with just a hint of blue now:

For the image on the top I found the graphic I wanted to use then enlarged it in photoshop and made it so it would print in multiple pages.  Then I put the graphic on the top (don't mind the REALLY blue tint to the image):

It printed on two pages (using the same freezer paper method) and carefully lining up the image so that it would be seamless.  I printed this one in color, because the postmark on the top right is a teal blue.  It's beautiful!  After it dried I waxed it (and the stain came through the ASCP to make it look distressed without having to use any dark wax) so I just went with it.

I'm working on that Mercury Glass tutorial still!  Be patient - it's just me here with two small boys (and all you moms out there know how that can be!)  I'm doing my best - and want my tutorial to be awesome for everyone!

Have a great Sunday!


  1. This is beautiful! Can you explain how you did the freezer image transfer? Thank you~

  2. hey Becky. Basically I followed this tutorial:

    Except, obviously, I put mine on my furniture instead of fabric and I just let it dry when I was done instead of ironing it.

    If you need a more in depth tutorial (with pictures) just let me know and I'll do one the next time I use this technique!

  3. Beautiful pieces, the postmarks are unexpected and fun! I found your site from Miss Mustard Seed's link party :)

  4. great job on both, i love the romantic feeling that postmark image lends to the pieces and your total composition of colors, technique and graphics is outstanding! dropping by from the DIY showoff project parade :) Diane

  5. Found you on the DIY Showoff.
    This is such a great idea and it looks amazing.
    So many possibilities.... so few pieces of furniture! :)

    ~ Meredith from A Mother Seeking
    This week:

  6. Beautiful job on these pieces! Great idea about printing the image and joining it when you want to do larger ones than you can print! I use this same method but with old label sheets. One thing I do that helps eliminate smearing is to dry the image using a heat gun but sounds like you're projects are going great without that! Love both of them!

  7. your projects turned out great!! I was afraid to try the freezer paper technique but you have convinced me to try it..
    Thanks, Tina

  8. So beautiful furniture and its unexpected it thanks for sharing.
    Hotel furniture


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