Pinterest seems to be the place of all things and I mean all things.  You can do a Google search but that just gives you a bench of different websites that you have to methodically click through to find what you want. The great thing about Pinterest, you do a search and you get pictures, lots and lots of pictures with blurbs all on one page that is easy to scroll through.  I love Pinterest, I'm hooked on Pinterest, it's like a drug.  You can even go over and see my site here,  (first shameless plug).

The bad thing about Pinterest, there is a lot of bad information, misinformation or just plain junk.  I don't like the spammers and Pinterest is starting to get quite a few of those.  I understand, everyone wants to make money but it drives me nuts.  Just recently I had seen a post and I thought dang if that works it would save me so much time.  I tried it, tried it again.  Went back and reread the pin and tried it again. Not one time did it work.  I thought what the hell?  How could this be pinned so many times and no one called bullshit.  Then I thought, why didn't I call bullshit?  Why don't I call bullshit?  Here is where you have to walk a fine line.  Just because I couldn't get something to work doesn't mean that it won't work for someone. Sometimes it doesn't work because the person writing it up and posting has forgotten to write a critical step, sometimes it is because it has to have a specific product and that was not posted.  However there are times that it just does not work, period.

This leads to why this post.  I decided to go ahead and try some of these pins to see if they really do work. Most of the food ones I know whether or not it would work as I can cook.  I can read a recipe and say "yep, sounds good, those ingredients work well together" but other times it's like "ewwww, why would you do that"?  Those I will just leave alone as those are really up to taste.  I will be trying out what I am calling "challenges".  Right now I am doing a 21 day arm challenge.  The website had pinned that you could get perfect summer arms in 21 days doing their exercises.  Ok challenge accepted.   This post however is a different one.  

I keep seeing on Pinterest on how to transfer pictures to wood.  You know the one, you print out your picture on wax paper and then rub it on wood and boom, there it is.  Pretty simple.  I thought I would give it a try.  You can also see the video of my mom actually trying it out at the end of this post.  

Here is what we did:


Wax paper, I used a generic brand
printing paper
Wood, Pine  12" x 12"
wood conditioner
Wood stain

Do not just run the wax paper through your printer.  I did the first time and it was a disaster.  The wax paper wrapped around one of the rollers and I am still picking out pieces of it.  It took over an hour to pull most of it out.  Use a glue stick and glue the wax paper to a regular piece of printer paper.  You can just put the glue in the corners.  Lay the printer paper out, then overlay the wax paper over it.  Glue the corners and then cut it down to the size of the printer paper.  
I found a picture that I took with lots of dark and light areas.
Don't print the picture until your wood is ready as it might dry too much.

We prepped our wood in the following manner.  Our 12 x 12 's were Pine and we pre-conditioned  before we stained.  We stained the wood and waited about 30 minutes.  Then I printed out the pictures.

I taped the wax paper with pictures face down on the wood and began rubbing with a stiff card (I took off the regular printer paper prior to taping the wax paper to the wood).  

I used these two pictures but changed them to black and white to print

I'm not going to say this worked because it came out very light, too light.  You can see in the images below how much ink stayed on the wax paper.  I decided to give it another try and printed it out on the wax paper and choose the "print on glossy paper" option which lays down quite a bit of ink. This did not work well either.  I then transferred it to  an unstained piece of wood to see if the stain was repelling the ink.  This worked the same as the others.  What is interesting is that the pictures of the wood transfers are showing up much better photographed then what they really look.  Light bendingly strange.
This is the untreated, unsanded wood.
This is the preconditioned and stained wood
Comparison of the two
You can go ahead and give this a try if you like but I was completely disappointed in how it turned out.  If you have a trick, I would love to hear it.  Otherwise, thumbs down for me.

You can actually see how we did it on the included video.  If you like the video, please go to YouTube and give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel so that you can see other "cool" things that I will be doing. Hows that for  shameless plug number two.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please let me know!!

Thanks and remember, enjoy life.

It's the one you have.



12/10/2015 4:33am

Thank you for such a well written article. It’s full of insightful information and entertaining descriptions. Your point of view is the best among many.


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