Quick & Easy Decor Transfers For Painted Furniture

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How To Apply Decor Transfers
Quick & Easy Decor Transfers For Painted Furniture

I’ve always proclaimed not to be a fan of floral patterns, but sometimes I have to eat my words. That was before I discovered decor transfers. This may be your thing if you’re looking to add that over-the-top look to your painted furniture. I was blown away by the huge difference it made in my 1930s Art Deco Sideboard. Even with all the curves of this piece, it just needed something, and I can’t wait to show you the after.

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Decor Transfers On Furniture

So here she is! Sweet and curvy in all the right places, but before I get started, one step always gets done before the paint: cleaning

the wood. Cleaning the wood with White lightning removes all the grime and things you can’t see that can cause your finish to fail, and NO ONE wants that! Do it right the first time,

and always prep.

Isn't she a dish?! Wait till you see the decor transfers I chose for this one.

Painting the Sideboard

An ombre effect was painted with three beautiful colors by Dixie Belle Paint Co. Using this neutral palette allowed me to play with the colors that I chose using the decor transfers.

I started this makeover by painting the sideboard first in preparation for the decor transfers.

Two shades of gray were used to create the ombre blended look.

The neutral colors I chose were perfect for the BOLD decor transfers I applied.

Applying Decor Transfers To Painted Furniture

The decor transfers I chose popped with COLOR, and the neutral background is perfect. Applying the transfer is simple and easy. Remove the sticky back of the transfer, place it over the painted furniture, and secure it with painter’s tape. Rub gently over the transfer with the wooden stick provided to secure it to the surface.

Decor transfers are a great way to add a pop of color to your painted furniture.

Gently pull the plastic backing as you rub. If the transfer doesn’t stick completely, lay the plastic backing back over the transfer and rub more. You can repeat this process until the transfer adheres. It does take some time, but the results are so worth it! Apply a top coat over the decor transfer to seal it. I used A flat topcoat by Dixie Belle because I wanted to keep that old-fashioned flat look to my paint.

Decor transfers are easy to apply to painted furniture.

Grandma Approved!

WOWZER! These decor transfers made a huge difference in the looks of this sideboard makeover.
Dixie Belle Paint and Decor Transfers! A match made in heaven.
Preserving originality is important to me, and the decor transfers work well with the wood interior.
Using decor transfer on your painted furniture is a great way to add that WOW factor.
Adding decor transfers on this circa 1930s Art Deco Sideboard really updated the looks.
Grandma would approve and so do I! Adding decor transfers to this sideboard was a great choice.

I’m pretty sure you’ll see more of these designs because I have been bitten hard by the decor transfers fairy. Guess what??? I kept this art deco sideboard! Wanna see how it looks in my home? Come on over and take a TOUR OF MY HOME and see how I sprinkle my furniture projects throughout my unique style.

Until the next project… xo, Do



  1. Looks amazing Do!… and aren’t these transfers FUN! I’m going to return the advice you gave me about the patina – beware, transfers are addictive! 😉 Have a great day my friend. x

    1. ? Denise, I was just thinking what my next transfer will be. Thanks for always having my back. You have been my inspiration for a while now. Love everything you do. Much love from Texas. ?

  2. Hello! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 4!
    Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look
    forward to all your posts! Carry on the fantastic work!

    1. Hi Gabby, there’s a link within the blog to their website. Re-Design by Prima. So many options to add beauty to your furniture and home decor.
      Thank you so much.

      xo, Do

  3. Never have used transfers before, but want to start. Were can I buy furniture transfers?

    Can you also tell me what site would teach me how to do these transfers?

  4. Love your finished product! On a side note, I also love the look of the wall you staged it in front of. Did you do that as well? If so, can you share the technique to achieve it?

  5. Can you do custom transfers. I want to put scriptures in my prayer room and I’m looking for a company that can do that

  6. Darling! I just love it! Definitely a ‘trash to treasure’ piece!! Thank you for sharing with us!

  7. That is gorgeous! If you have a piece that’s already been waxed, what do you recommend to do to prepare it to receive the transfer?

    1. Hi Debbie! Yes, it depends on the wax that you used. If you used Dixie Belle Wax and it has had time to cure fully, you can add their topcoat over it and then add the transfers. I can’t speak for other waxes on the market. I hope this helps. 🙂

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