Now and then, I’ll do a furniture makeover that surprises me. Floral transfers for furniture are becoming more and more popular, so I’m embracing the trend. I have to say that this floral frenzy has seriously swayed my design style, and it was a challenge to come up with a finish that would complement this design, but I think I nailed it. You be the judge.
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Floral Transfers For Furniture – Before
- Antique Armoire
- Heat Gun
- Paint Scraper
- Rustic Teal Decor Transfer
- White Lightning (wood cleaner)
- BOSS (Clear Stain and Odor Blocker)
- Vintage Duck Egg (chalk mineral paint)
- Sand Bar (chalk mineral paint)
- Coffee Bean (chalk mineral paint)
- Brown Wax (Dixie Belle)
- Paintbrush (Dixie Belle)
- Wax Brush
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- Orbital Sander
- Top Coat (Dixie Belle)
For this makeover, I started the usual way I do with all of my makeovers by cleaning and prepping it for paint. Do you see the veneer damage on the bottom drawers? That’s gotta go! So, while I was removing it, I created a short video of removing it without all those messy, smelly chemicals. Just for you!
You will need two main colors of paint for this finish: Vintage Duck Egg and Sand Bar. Allow the first color to dry completely before applying to the second color. The next step is to use a rotary sander to distress the paint back to reveal some of the base color and the underlying wood. Distressing.
Distressing The Floral Transfers For Furniture
Once you have applied the floral transfer to your project, use 220 grit sandpaper to distress the edges or other areas depending on the look you want. I just used the sanding disc from my rotary sander—no need to buy products you don’t need.
Dark wax was added over the painted areas as well as slightly overlapping the floral transfer to create a cohesive look. Because the floral transfer will need to be sealed, I waited 2 days for the wax to completely dry. Dixie Belle wax is a water-based product and this allowed me to add Dixie Belle clear top coat over the floral transfer as well as the waxed furniture. Adding a topcoat over wax isn’t recommended with other products. Be sure if you try this finish that you don’t use other brands because most waxes are not water-based and can’t be painted over.
Transfers For Furniture | Shabby Chic Design
Using transfers for painted furniture makeovers is a quick and easy way to add a lovely design element without a lot of work.
Thanks for joining me today and I hope this inspires you to try adding one of these beautiful designs to your next painted furniture project.
Until the next project… xo,