How to add a printed image to a table top
Found Wood table in an alley in Bowmanville, 9am on April 20
The process In order to give this table a new life, I roughed up the existing surface with sandpaper, then wiped it down with a rag splashed with mineral spirits (an alternative to turpentine). Once it was smooth and dry, I spray painted the tabletop a glossy white and the legs and stem glossy black. To make the dog image, I used Photoshop to crop and touch up a photo I took, then e-mailed it to my local copy shop, which printed it in a poster size. I cut out the large dog image, spread the back with Elmer’s and adhered it onto the tabletop. I sprayed the top with two coats of acrylic sealer, so now the image is protected.
The materials Rust-Oleum Black and White Gloss Spray Paint and Ultra Cover Clear Spray $5 each at Ace Hardware (locations around the city); 24" x 30" color print, $20 from the Copy Room (815 Dempster Ave, Evanston, 847-570-0900). Total cost: $35
—Collected and salvaged by Diana Durkes (finedivingchicago.com)