Like many others, I love coffee! I grew up dunking cookies in coffee and I guess I acquired a taste for it early.
I recently decided to create a coffee bar for the holiday season. As I was putting it together, I wanted to have a coffee sign but didn’t want to spend a lot of money or time getting one. Plus, I didn’t want a store-bought sign with no personal touch.
One night when I was having trouble sleeping, I started brainstorming on whether or not I had something in my garage that I could use to create the sign. I remembered that I had picked up a couple of wooden wine boxes at a yard sale a while back and immediately sprung out to the garage to take a look. (I pick up unique items at yard sales just for times like these!)
Yes! I can work with this! I grabbed a plyers and pulled the hinges and latch off and decided that the top of the box would be perfect for my sign.
I dug out some antiquing wax that I had in the garage and started painting it on and rubbing it off like a stain to darken the wood.
I left the project to dry and decided I needed to come up with a plan of what I wanted it to say. These were some of my ideas below. For those who don’t know what “Fika” is, it’s a Swedish term for a break in the day for coffee, something sweet and friends! I LOVE Fika Time! I also liked personalizing it with our last name. I did that one in Powerpoint.
I also decided that I wanted to lighten my sign and also it would be easier to rub a transfer on if it were a lighter color. I grabbed some sample paint that I had in the garage and just painted the inside part, leaving the wooden frame.
I found this “but first, coffee” transfer on-line and tried that as a test by following a Pinterest instruction on-line.
This method was done by wetting the paint brush and then rubbing off the ink with the blunt edge of a sharpie.
The “wet paintbrush” idea was a Pinterest FAIL. The letters were simply just not dark enough with this method. I repainted the inside again and let it dry.
Since this first method failed, I thought I’d try again with another look I had created on Powerpoint. In order to “flip” the words so that they can be applied ink down, you have to select the horizontal flip in the print menu. I printed it on some photo paper I already had in a drawer and figured I would just try that before running out for transfer paper. What’s the worst that would happen?!! I would have to repaint it again and try again?
I placed the paper face down on the wood and was careful to hold it still with my left hand while I rubbed the back of it applying pressure with the sharpie edge. I rubbed back and forth as long as I could and then removed the paper and it worked! I could have rubbed even more on the outside letters to darken the ink a little, but I’ll try again with another project. I like the slightly distressed, faded look. I may eventually seal it to protect it but since it won’t get touched very much, I am just going to leave it alone for now.
I want to “hang” or attach is to the mirror but here it is at the moment.