How to Transfer Quotes to Wood

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in painted furniture | 22 comments

I love little chairs.

My house is full of little chairs that used to be sat in daily…and now they sit empty most days unless a little friend visits.

I miss my little people sitting in their little chairs.  I miss my little people being little.

Like on Monday I went into Chick-fil-a and they had remodeled…the booths were different…the way you stood in line was different…the play place was different…

…and I cried.  Real tears.

Not because the remodel was frightening.  It was actually quite lovely.

But I cried because my Chick-fil-a had remodeled and I never knew it had happened.

You see, when my girls were younger, we spent a lot of time in that Chick-fil-a.  We were there every Monday.

That was Chick-fil-a Monday for our family.

I would sit and talk with my sweet David and the girls would eat and play.

We would meet friends there for lunch. And me and my friends would talk while the kiddos played.

Those were sweet times.

And I realized that those sweet times at Chick-fil-a were over.

{And here go the tears again.}

And even though this little chair will never be sat in by my little people, I still couldn’t resist it!

Here is how I made this chair over and how to transfer a quote to wood:

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Here is the before.

I painted the chair with Rustoleum Paint + Primer in Heirloom White Satin.

I distressed the edges with 80 grit sandpaper.

how to transfer a quote to wood

I printed my quote on plain white paper.

I went to Picmonkey ~ chose the DESIGN option ~ chose a white canvas ~ added text using the Special Elite font ~ then I reversed my image in the BASIC EDITS ~ I saved it ~ and then printed it.

I taped the paper image side down onto the back of my chair.

transferring a quote to wood

Using a slightly damp paint brush, I brushed over the paper lightly.

Then I used a pencil to burnish over the words.

Do not press down hard or the paper will tear!

transferring words to wood

When I took the paper off, I had a light image on the wood.

how to transfer words to wood

I went over the entire quote with a Sharpie.

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And then used the 80 grit sandpaper to dull it a bit.

painted children's rocking chair

I sprayed on a coat of Polycrylic in matte finish.

painted childs rocking chair

And now this little chair is ready for little people!

painted rocking chair

And the next time I go into Chick-fil-a I will be ready!

Life to the full!


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  1. Very cute, Melissa! I love the quote for a chair, too!

  2. Awe, I got choked up reading this..I love that quote. You did a great job and its the perfect chair for it!

  3. love this! such a sweet idea!

  4. Such a cute little chair and I love the quote! I have never seen an image transfer like that. I’m going to have to try that!

  5. You always touch my heart. Have a wonderful day!

  6. Adorable! I think lately I’m just sitting….a lot! Great job!

  7. Can’t wait to give this a try! Thanks.

    I too have little ones that seem to have grown up in a matter of days and it’s a hard to realize they wont’ be little anymore…so many good memories. However I’m looking forward to watching them grow into beautiful young ladies and hoping that many more just as wonderful memories will be made.

  8. Melissa I adore the phrase you used on this rocker! As a Mother who became an empty nester a few months ago, I understand. There are good days and there are those days where you just go down memory lane and wish you could transport yourself. Passing you a kleenex from my kleenex box!

  9. Very cute Melissa!! I know exactly how you feel about the Chick-fil-a thing. Different places but same feelings! Moving onto that next phase in life with an almost 22 year old and my “baby” is now 16.


  10. ADORABLE!!!

  11. What an adorable little chair! I love the quote you used on it and I’ll have to try your transfer method.

    Do you want to know something funny? I’ve only eaten at Chick-fil-a one time. Isn’t that sad? (It’s in an awkward spot in my town.)

  12. aww, your little chair makes me cry too! I can’t say I miss the ChickFila days as much as you but definitely have a soft spot for little chairs. Fun transfer method I’ll have to remember that. Love the quote too!

  13. Love the quote and thanks for tip on transferring words!

  14. So sweet! Fun to be on the tour with you! Jeanette

  15. Bless your heart. What a sweet story. Tender moments will never be forgotten, especially in your adorable chair. Thanks for the transfer tips, too.
    Make it a great weekend.

  16. What a perfect quote for a perfect little chair, Melissa!

  17. Aww it’s tough to see your littles getting so big! I have a twelve year old and a four year old. I’m trying to enjoy every minute I can with my youngest because I see how fast my oldest made it to 12! Very sweet chair makeover! XO

  18. Melissa, your chair is so cute and your story so sweet! My littles are 4 and 5 and even though they make huge messes and often don’t listen to a word I say, I have to remind myself to cherish the sweet little moments because one day I will miss them!

  19. I’ve never seen that transfer method before…thanks for sharing it! What a lovely saying and your story touched my heart:) I miss my kids from when they were little too..

  20. Such special memories…and those experiences go by way too soon! Love little chair and the quote. Thanks so much for sharing the transfer method.


  21. What a cute little chair and love the sweet chicfila story! I feel the same way about my memories with my kids~

  22. Nice work


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