I decided to try and get ahead of things and give myself a schedule.
Yesterday was Make Coaster Blanks day.
I measured, cut and sanded 335 blanks
- I either need to find clothes made with a tighter weave or just give in and do this job naked (what could go wrong!?). I have sawdust in places sawdust should never be.
- My father gave me this awesome sander that speeds up the process.
Downside: it’s quite powerful and spins very, very fast and, as my mind begins to drift due to the tedium of sanding that many coasters I occasionally slip and end up sanding myself.
Upside: I can now commit the perfect crime as I think I have successfully removed my thumbprints.
I’ve also begun work on a new little table – another find from End Table Nirvana.
I painted the body using Rustoleum’s Painters Touch Nutmeg and the top is Heirloom White.
You see I wanted it to be ready for the Rose Bowl last weekend and I wanted to do a transfer image on the top that I pulled from The Graphics Fairy.
I haven’t had much luck with image transfer in the past but I had just read about using a Blender Pen on villabarnes and had to give it a shot.
I don’t have any pictures of my first attempt but it worked pretty well – there were some spots that didn’t quite transfer but I grabbed my trusty paint brush and filled them in and it looked pretty good. I was totally pleased! I let it dry and then sanded it to distress it a bit. It looked great! Then I waxed it and…….it wiped off the entire design. Which left me thinking “really, I can SAND it with 180 grit sand paper and it’s all good but waxing it destroyed it?”
But I’m plucky and have decided to try again.
Anyone ever try this technique? Got any tips?