Graphite Transfer Chippy Table

We went picking and this is one of the items we came home with!  Yep…I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it!  I had to visit The Graphics Fairy immediately for my inspiration.  Here’s the link to copy this beautiful French Chic Transfer Printable.  I used Graphite Tracing Paper to transfer the design onto the painted surface and removed.  It was so easy.  I just used a pencil to trace, you don’t have to press hard.  Then I used a fine tip permanent marker (I had a couple in my scrap-booking case) to outline and followed up with a small paint brush and black acrylic paint.  It takes a steady hand and it’s time consuming but I enjoy this kind of thing… so I’m ready to move onto the next piece already! The pulls came from Hobby Lobby, half-price sale is still going on.  Let me know what you think ~ the pulls can be turned in either direction and I couldn’t make up my mind which way would look the best, should they be flipped around or do you like them the way they are???  I recruited my husband once again to rough up the base ~ I love the way it turned out if I do say so myself. (Big Smiles)

OK…time to look at all pics.  Hope you enjoy the before and after stream of photos.

 I just used blue tape to secure the graphite paper and design in place while I traced.  I also enlarged the design on my computer before printing it.  So it ended up in three pieces that I scotched taped together.
 Here it is after tracing with a pencil.
Here’s a shot as I was using the marker and painting.  Click here to read about my little mishap!  Ya know…life just happens sometime, gotta laugh!!!

 Do I leave the pulls this direction or do I flip them over?

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  1. This turned out just beautiful –
    Loving it!

  2. This is gorgeous. I love the distressing and the graphic transfer. Beautiful.

  3. This is gorgeous! And I like the pulls the way you have them, but they’re pretty either way.

  4. This turned out really pretty. I love it!

  5. Wow…Nicely done!! It looked like it took sometime but the results were worth it!

  6. You table came out so pretty! The results were so worth the time! I have always been hesitate to do transfers, don’t know why, but now I will be trying your method out since I have a whole box full of graphite. I love how your paint technique came out too. My fingers are crossed that you will show your gorgeous table and transfer method at Sunday’s Best! I am also now following you on Facebook!

  7. Visiting back from Bible Love Notes and so glad I did. This is so neat looking–just the kind of think I like. I definitely want to look into the graphite transfer. Thanks, Gail

  8. Wow! Beautiful makeover! Love the lettering!

    @ Creatively Living

  9. I love it! Love the pulls just like they are. You did a beautiful job. Won’t you share at Totally Transformed Tuesday? I know my readers would love to see this. Hope to see you there. Peggy 🙂

  10. Very cool! Your “chippiness” (??) looks so natural!

    Visiting from Savvy Southern Style and am a new follower!

    ~Ashleigh @

  11. This is soooo ‘different’……love it. The drawer at the bottom is so unusual. I’ve never seen a table like this. And, your MAKEOVER?? Amazing. 😎

  12. I am so impressed – I want something like this for my front porch – I wish you lived in AR so I could have you make one for me !! You do beautiful work!
    Thanks for stopping by my site

  13. Marvelous.. simply MARVELOUS!!!! Gosh I totally ADORE this piece!! Everything about it!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  14. This is absolutely perfect! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  15. Se ha quedado preciosa. No desesperes ante los percances. kisses. noemi

  16. Oh this looks so gorgeous. I think I might have to duplicate this on a little sewing table cabinet. I love it! I don’t think I have even seen this graphic before, and I thought I had seen all the good ones!

  17. So, can you use a wax ER that after you paint the design or do you wax it before?

    • After tracing the pattern on the table I used permanent marker & acrylic paint so waxing is fine, it won’t rub off! I use Annie Sloan Clear Wax. It’s quite expensive but you don’t need a lot and there is no odor so it can be applied indoors. I need products like this living in Arizona ~ it’s too hot right now to work outdoors! 🙂 Hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by ~ Judy

  18. I meant can you use a wax or poly finish before or after you paint the design on?

  19. Hi Judy, I love your table and featured you at Totally Transformed Tuesday.

  20. Your table looks great! I love Graphics Fairy. I’ve never seen those pulls at Hobby Lobby- they’re perfect for your table, no matter which way you turn them. 🙂

    • Thanks Sheila…ya, I felt so lucky when I came across these pulls. So often when I go to Hobby Lobby, the little bins are empty or they don’t have enough of one kind, etc… It’s such a busy place but when you score, you score BIG especially at half price!

  21. it turned out beautiful, i would love to feature you, please email me if this is ok, lauren

  22. Love it! You transfer images the same way I do! Love this and want to try a table at some point!

    • Thanks Amber…I really like this method even though it’s time consuming, I feel like it’s there to stay and that’s important since I’m selling these pieces. I’m kinda sad today ~ this one sold this afternoon and I’m going to miss it! Hope to find more pieces similar in the near future! Thanks again ~ Judy

  23. CONGRATS!!! You have been Featured at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! Come on over and grab the featured button 🙂 You deserve it!

  24. I love this table. You did a great job. I have a link party, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. You can find it at

    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  25. Love, love, love!! I like that you contour with a fine tip permanent marker first and fill in with paint, it must make the lines much neater, which is my problem. I will try this next time!

  26. Wow, Stunning!! I am hosting a Giveaway to win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you stopped by and entered. Thanks Anu

  27. I love the way this turned out Judy, your graphic transfer looks beautiful.



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