How To Add Beautiful Transfers To Painted Furniture

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How To Apply Transfers On Painted Furniture
How To Add Beautiful Transfers To Painted Furniture

Hello, my furniture flipping addicts! I think I’m right by saying that cause you are here. It takes one to know one, and today I want to show you how to add a transfer to painted furniture in less than 20 minutes. And all you need is a painted piece of furniture that has been cured for at least 48 hours. So if you got painted furniture already and you’re bored with it or it just isn’t selling, this is a quick and easy way to zhuzh it up a bit.

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How To Add Transfers To Painted Furniture

Let me show you how to add transfers on painted furniture in less than 20 minutes. I'm telling it all on my blog.

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*Don’t forget to clean and prep your piece before you begin painting. CLICK HERE to learn how I get a no-fail finish every time.

Painting Your Furniture With a Soft Blended Look

Since you’re giving your old furniture a makeover, why not set the background for the transfer that you want to apply? Try adding a soft blended paint look that compliments the transfer. It’s not as hard as it looks.  I used black and white chalk mineral paint and blended them to create this dreamy billowy cloud. Watch my step-by-step blending tutorial HERE.

Since your giving your old furniture a makeover, why not set the background for the transfer that you want to apply. Try adding a soft blended paint look that compliments the transfer.

*DON’T MISS THIS IMPORTANT STEP

Be sure to allow your painted surface to dry for at least 48 hours or longer before applying for this transfer because water can get trapped under the paint and cause the glue not to adhere. For best results, follow this rule.

Securing Your Transfer On Painted Furniture

Step 1

Determine the location on your painted furniture where you want the transfer to live. I also found that trimming the excess plastic sheet around the transfer was beneficial. Oh, and you most certainly can use a portion of the transfer and keep the rest of the design for another project. Using a blue painter’s tap helps to secure it when you first begin. The tape can be removed as the transfer is applied.

Determine the location on your painted furniture that you want the transfer to live. I also found that trimming the excess plastic sheet around the transfer was beneficial.

Start from the top of your design and work your way down by gently rubbing it across it with a wooden stick in the package.

Start from the top of your transfer design and work your way down buy gently rubbing across it with a wooden stick that comes in the package.

Step 2

Gently peel away the plastic as you rub. If you find that a part of the design is not transferring… replace the plastic in place and gently rub it again. This will happen! I guarantee it, but it’s not a big deal. This isn’t a perfect transfer, and to be honest, there’s no one product that I have found on the market that is. To me, I love the tiny cracks and imperfections it gives. And if you’re that close to your furniture to see it, that’s a”perfectionism” issue. And that’s overrated. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and have fun with your DY projects!

This transfer is huge and it took me less than 20 minutes once I had it in place. Super quick and easy to apply.

Gently peel away the plastic as you rub. If you find that a part of the design is not transferring... simply replace the plastic back in place and gently rub again. This will happen! I guarantee it but it's not a big deal. This isn't a perfect transfer and to be honest, there's no one product that I have found on the market that is. To me, I love the tiny cracks and imperfections it gives.

Step 3

Once the transfer is secure… buff with a soft cotton cloth to ensure that all of the tiny areas have good contact with your painted surface, that’s it! No need to even seal this one. If you have to for peace of mind… (because I sealed this one too), use a water-based topcoat. I love the flat finish on this piece, so I used a flat topcoat over the whole piece. If you want to distress the transfer for an aged look, go for it. Super-fine sandpaper will do the trick but have a light hand. It doesn’t take much.

Paint blending on furniture with a beautiful decor transfer is the perfect look for your next furniture makeover.
Hokus Pokus transfers for painted furniture.
Painted furniture deserves more. How about adding a transfer to your painted furniture? Can you see it?
I love this rustic farmhouse transfer and adding it to this painted piece works. Easy DIY
 
If you haven't tried to add transfers on painted furniture, you're missing out on all the fun.

This one turned out lovely and didn’t even look like the same chest of drawers. And it now has 8 drawers instead of 4. Well, 4 faux drawers. Want to learn more about how to create this look? I did a full video tutorial in The Art Of Painting Furniture membership Library. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Thanks for joining me with this makeover of transfers on painted furniture.  As always, I welcome your feedback… the good, bad, and ugly. Drop your comments below and tell me your thoughts, or if you need help, I’m here for that too. Have a fantastic week!?

Until the next project… xo, Do

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12 Comments

    1. Thanks, Denise! I have a Granddaughter that loves horses too. She just might be getting a little something-something for her bedroom. πŸ™‚

  1. I love that horse. You did a beautiful job. Can a transfer be applied on a piece that has been waxed?

  2. I would really like to know how you cut (?) the transfer where the drawer meets the body of the piece of furniture

    1. Great question! If you’re working with a flat piece, just lay it over where you want it to go and rub away. It will only stick to whatever it is transferred too and the small gaps between the doors… it will be left on the transfer paper. No cutting necessary. That way the pattern still flows. Hope this helps. Best wishes to you. πŸ™‚

  3. I love the horse transfer you used my daughter loves horses. Can I find furniture transfers locally or does it have to be online? I like seeing things in person before I buy them… I would like more wording transfers like poems quotes animals stuff like that… can you help? πŸ™‚

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