Happy Friday everyone…….and welcome to my second post of the week -because I think hat having goals is awesome but meeting them is totally over rated.
So you may recall my whole Use What You’ve Got Challenge started when I decided that, rather than trashing this old dresser, I’d see what I could make out of it. The first thing I made out of it was a big pile of crap.So many possibilities! (including tetanus – man there were a lot of old rusty nails)
I thought the (former) sides of the drawers might make good trays so I grabbed them and a few lengths of 1/2″ x 1.5″ lattice strips that were leftover from a previous project.I sanded and painted the scrap a basic white.* I decided to make them speak French and after perusing the ever-valuable Graphics Fairy website I had a couple of fun designs and one of my own creation.
Once the paint had thoroughly dried I printed out my reversed graphic and taped it in placeI’ve become a fan of my semi-dangerous Lenk tool – it’s easy to use once you get the hang of it (you can my more detailed Lenk tutorial here) After the transfer was done I sanded away around the edges of the piece and sealed the whole thing with a coat of Matt Mod Podge. I’d previously cut and painted the lattice pieces for the edges so now I just glued and nailed them into place. I opted for simple butt joints rather than miters.
My intention was to pour a coat of Envirotex Lite on the trays so I needed to really make sure the seal between the base and the sides was solid. Envirotex is awesome but it will find any tiny gap and pour through it with alarming and messy speed. I just ran a bead of Mod Podge along the inside edge filling in any voids or gaps. The Mod Podge will dry totally clear so, once the Envirotex is poured you’ll never see it.Also, because I recently found out that Envirotex won’t stick to basic, transparent tape I ran some along the edges on the bottom just in case I’d missed any gaps with the Mod Podge. After all the Mod Podge sealing was dry I poured the Envirotex. Envirotex is easy to work with but only if you follow the manufacturers directions to the letter.
*Other thoughts and a Learning Curve:
1) The Lenk tool is great but it does work via heat. For my first attempt I had under-painted the tray base. I did a coat of green paint then white paint then sanded away the white so some of the green showed through. It looked great but the heat from the Lenk tool melted the paint a bit and caused discoloration and a tackiness so I had to sand everything off and start again.
2) My graphics are printed with a laser printer. I don’t believe the Lenk transfer process will work with an ink-jet.