I had my husband paint the cart with primer gray, and then I came back and repainted it with Annie Sloan Ochre. Then I took my mouse sander and gave it a harsh sanding. I was going for the faded worn vintage look so soft colors and worn paint were the order of the day.
I did the top and bottom with only very slight variations. I took different images I found on the internet and literally cut and taped them in layers so that I could go to the copy store and get one 11x17 laser copy image. I made one copy for the top and one for the bottom. Working with one sheet of paper made it easy.
If you want to try this, don't forget to reverse the image if letters are involved. I'll recap my images in case you like the ones I used. An Old rose image search on the internet yielded this beautiful cluster of roses. The Graphics Fairy yielded four of the post mark images, the bee and the postage stamp with the butterfly. Just put in post marks and you should be able to find these. The image in the bottom right is an image I found when I was searching for French perfume labels.
One of these days I will do a step by step tutorial of what each step entails because believe it or not each sheet of regular copy paper needs about five tries at dissolving the paper to reveal the image. After the image was revealed, I came back in with a scrolly-type stencil and tried to make my paint a gray green to blend with my faded image. When this was complete, I sprayed about three coats of Deft lacquer spray over the image to seal everything. You can find Deft at Home Depot. I like the Satin finish. I'm still learning about this process, but I love the end result and I hope you do to.
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