Monday, October 10, 2011

Coffee & Milk

Here I am again, finally found some time to do a new post. I've been a heavy worker for the last days, or was it weeks already?
I keep forgetting about time while I'm working in my little atelier which is getting stuffed and glittery.
Well here I'd like to share two things I've picked out for you amongst the others.

It seems that my new passion is called Coffee Mills. I found two gorgeous exemplars at Mösi's and I will have to go back for another visit soon...and this one I found at a flea and antique market I had a look at in late summer.
It kinda looked ugly and was nothing special but that encouraged me even more to spend time on it.
The paint is a self-mixed eggshell white, distressed and waxed and in my opinion the "Joy"-tag and the original and really old lace trim makes it all (do you know what I mean?)

And here is another gorgeous piece I've found at Mösi's and if he might clean up a little of his lovely and stuffed chaos, which I love so dearly, I might be able to get some of the kettles and buckets too.

Here is the original look

Milk Can before

I used a technique I've seen some time ago which is getting used more and more. I printed and cut two of my favorite images I've found on Karen's Blog (The Graphics Fairy) in black and white. For this technique the images have to be back-to-front especially if it's got typography on it.
I brushed Mod Podge onto the print side of the image and some onto the can itself and pressed it on the spot where I wanted it to be. Make sure you're pressing out all of the bubbles. It dried over night and this morning I rubbed off the paper, using a moistured cloth.
When the image was all dry I applied another layer of Mod Podge for a finish and tied also an original old lacetrim with an old cookie cutter and a tag to the back handle. Oh, forgot to mention that I painted the upper handle in eggshell white too ;)

have a look at my shop on Guzuu

have a look at my shop on Guzuu

Next to all of this I was spending the whole sunday on my new layout. Hope you like it, 'cause I REALLY do!!! :)

Love, Dina

The Graphics Fairy


  1. So cute and easy! Did you use an ink jet printer or does it need to be toner based?

  2. Thank you! :)

    It only works with a ink jet printer but if you've got a toner based you can do a copy with a copy machine. That should work as well.

  3. Oh, I likey!!! I have some vintage cans I should do this with.

  4. love the milk pitcher...what a great job...they look so adorable...

  5. I just love this must try soon thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Oh I love that milk can! It's so flippin' pretty! I must find one like it :) I hadn't seen that method of transferring yet. Looks like it came out well!

  7. Hi Dina, I just adore your milk can! What a great find.

    Have a wonderful day,

  8. Love your milk can! very good imaginative use of those great images! And the coffee grinder is so cool! Your site is so pretty, I'm joining! Can't wait to see what else you make!

  9. I LOVE it!! I totally want to try that
    transfer technique ~
    Thank you for sharing with us!

  10. Found you via The Graphics Fairy. Wonderful job on the can! Thank you for posting instructions also.

  11. I absolutely LOVE IT! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

    Thank you for sharing! SUPERB!


  12. I found you on the Graphic's Fairy site and will be back. I love your work. What type wax did you use on the painted coffee mill?

  13. Just lovely, and thank you for sharing the transfer technique!

  14. Found you thanks to the Graphics fairy too! Thanks for sharing this wonderful jug with us.It's absolutely gorgeous!!

  15. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you!! :)

    I actually used a "all purpose", clear, semifluid wood wax.

  16. WOW! Wonderful projects! I found you as many others did as well through the Graphics Fairy! Thank you for sharing with sooo many! I am a fan now...God bless you!

  17. That is awesome ! Thank you so very much for sharing. Your directions were clear and easy to follow. Found you through Graphic Fairy link. I will be back (smile)

  18. Saw your project via The Graphics Fairy. I absolutely love it!

    Now I need to find a tin bucket. Thanks so much for sharing.

  19. Saw this on the Graphics Fairy and it is really nice! Will be looking for old milk pails and buckets to try this on. I am your newest follower, thanks for sharing :)

  20. Really great project! Thanks for sharing how you did it. Definitely going to try this myself. This is something I would never have thought of!

  21. Hi Dina,
    I love what you did here! I have been hearing about Mod Poge so much that I am going to try it myself. Thanks for the info.


  22. This is brilliant..Can't wait to try your method

  23. The projects are fabulous!! I am kind of dense with instructions so I would love some more help . Do I print out the graphics on copy paper? How do does the background beneath the graphic turn clear? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

  24. Dear Leslie, thank you!!
    Yes. You can use regular, plain copy paper. You're gonna be best off with this because it's easy to rub off afterwards and I guess it's less expensive than any other paper. Be gentle with rubbing the paper off and continue to check on the graphic itself that it won't start to come off. As soon as it starts to fade or the black color will show on your rag you should stop rubbing in that area.
    First the background will be clear. While drying, it will start to get a little white again but if it turns too white, then there's too much of paper left. But I think you will find the perfect amount of rubbing off.
    If you put on another coat of Mode Podge afterwards, the graphic will turn clear because the left over paper will suck it up and turn clear.
    Just try it out :) If it's turning out messed up or if you're not happy with it in the end, just let it dry. Then you easily can scratch it off.

    If you've got any more questions, feel free to ask!
    Have fun! :)

  25. Very Cool! Not quite grasping how the ink stays while the paper dissolves, but I'm going to give it a shot!


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