How To Apply Rub-On Transfers On Furniture

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How To Add Beautiful Transfers On Furniture
How To Apply Rub-On Transfers On Furniture

I’ve been painting furniture for a long time, and paint was all I ever needed until I found out about adding rub-on transfers on furniture. It’s a game-changer with painted furniture and super easy to apply. Here’s how I did it.

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How To Apply Rub-On Transfers On Furniture – Before

My Inspiration For This Project

Inspiration can come from the strangest places, but I always keep my eyes open. When I found this chest, I immediately fell in love with these pulls. The patina was perfect, and it reminded me of the beach and those tiny little shells that I enjoyed picking up the last time I visited the beach and have the perfect decor transfer for this one! It’s all beachy!

Inspiration can come from many places and these pulls are perfect for the decor transfer I'll be using.

Before Putting Transfers On Furniture

Let’s get started! Before the application of the transfers on furniture, you will need to paint your furniture first. Since I had my vision set on the whole beachy theme, I went with a beautiful color of chalk mineral paint called Mermaid Tail. A gorgeous blue/green ocean color.

Decor transfers on furniture look amazing over paint.

I applied the crackle with a chip brush in random spots after the paint had completely dried. This will give a crackled texture to the piece once I apply the second paint color over it.

I added crackle over the first layer of paint to add a weathered look before adding the decor transfer.

Next, apply whatever paint color you love over the crackle that you want to peek through. I used Yankee Blue. Don’t overwork your paint with this step. Apply it and walk away. You won’t see the cracks until it has fully dried. Depending on the amount of crackle you apply, the more cracks you will get. I added a little extra because I wanted the texture with the old weathered look too. So fun!

Decor transfers on furniture in addition to paint gives painted furniture a whole new look. AMAZING!

How To Apply Rub-On Transfers On Furniture

Decor transfers on furniture should always be applied over a smooth surface. The transfer comes with a little wooden stick that you use to rub over the transfer to make it come in contact with the paint. If your surface is a bit rough, you may want to sand over it to smooth it out first. Getting good contact with the surface is important with the transfers. If you’re using a transfer on a painted surface, add the transfer before adding the topcoat. Once your transfer is on, then you can add a top coat to seal it. I used Dixie Belle’s satin topcoat for this project. It also comes in a flat.

Decor transfers on furniture should always be applied over a smooth surface. The transfer comes with a little wooden stick that you use to rub over the transfer to make contact with the paint.

This little mermaid transfer is a hit! I love the beachy vibe, and the diamond wax added great highlights in just the right spots. It kind of twinkles like the stars over the ocean. Thanks for joining me today.

Until the next project… xo, Do



    1. Thanks, Denise! It’s fun to step outside of the box. I secretly want to live on the beach with a margarita and a good book. You should come with me. xo

  1. Do you totally out did yourself. I love this Amazing Look. You were spot on with the hardware. Stunning ????

  2. I am new to this world of redesigning furniture so far with Dixie Belle and the amazing talented people I am learning a who new way of re imagining creating beautiful pieces of furniture they were once lost.

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