I am an avid collector of kitchenware from the 1930's, 40's and 50's.
And as I look around at all of my vintage canisters, napkins holders, bread boxes and such, I notice that several of them are embellished with old transfer decorations called decals. Some have patterns that are lithographed or painted on. But my favorite pieces sport cheerful decals that were applied by housewives over 50 years ago. When I recently acquired a large lot of original Meyercord decals in perfect condition, I was so excited. Now I could try my hand at transforming a few household items. And you can, too, as I'll be listing these decals in my Etsy shop by week's end.
But first, I decided to give a sample sheet of decals a try. I rounded up an old wooden corner shelf and a miniature display stool. Both were devoid of decoration, perfect for a little decal experimentation.
I chose to use a sheet of rose decals. Since there are eight separate images on the sheet, I needed to cut the designs apart. All you need is water to apply these vintage decals, so I had a container of warm water on hand. I dipped the first decal in and let it soak for 20 seconds. Once it started to release from its backing paper, I took it out and set it aside for a minute. Then it was ready to apply.
I started with the corner shelf and placed each rose decal in position, gently smoothing them out with a soft cloth.
Next I moved on to the little stool where I decided to use two larger decals together. Once all of the decals were applied, I let them dry for a few minutes. Then my decal divas were done!
How easy was that? Plus, it was super quick, only taking a couple of minutes to complete each piece.
Just look at how much vintage charm these decals added. So sweet! (These pieces are for sale in my Etsy shop here.)
Back in the day, ladies had hundreds of decal designs to choose from, in loads of styles, colors and sizes. They used them on kitchen cabinets, glassware, canisters, bread boxes, bathroom walls, dinette sets, nursery furniture---you name it. In two short minutes, these decals added color, charm and beauty to their rooms.
What fun to be able to give these original 1940's decals a try.
(This post is linked to Kimba's DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land. Check it out!)