Hi, sweet #sifamily! Today my talented Furniture Fixer Upper friends and I are sharing our favorite makeovers, tips, and DIY projects from this past year. If you’re new here, on the third Thursday of every month, 6 talented ladies join together to share their furniture makeovers. I’m linking to my FFU Crew at the bottom of this post. I can’t wait to see what they’re featuring today!
I’m highlighting my Fuchsia Sunset Painted Dresser and answering the 10 most frequently asked questions I get about furniture transfers.
Here’s the vintage dresser I started with.
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Furniture Transfers | 10 FAQ’s Answered
FAQ #1 – How Do Transfers Adhere?
Furniture transfers peel and stick and require some rubbing to adhere fully. The peel and stick part is as easy as pop sockets, peel and stick vinyl flooring, peel and stick labels, peel and stick contact paper… well you get the idea. You simply pull away from the white backing and then place your transfer on your furniture. Just be aware that once it is set down, it may not release I’m always mindful where I want it. These transfers adhere AMAZING and don’t budge.
FAQ # 2 – What do I apply the transfer with?
Included in the tube is rub-on-stick specific for the application. Redesign with Prima also has this larger tool if you’re into doing a lot of large transfers and need something that covers more area than the stick provided. Elbow grease is also required. You need to RUB and I demonstrated my Rub-On-Method here. My sister broke a sweat the first time she tried one. 😉
FAQ #3 – How long should I wait before I apply a transfer to freshly painted furniture?
A twenty-four-hour dry time on freshly painted furniture is recommended before adhering your transfer. That said, I’m guilty of applying one sooner (the paint was 100% dry!) and have never had an issue.
FAQ #4 – Do I need to clean my piece before applying?
Yes! A perfectly clean surface is a must. If there is any debris, dust or dirt, the transfer will pick it up and not stick to the piece. This includes dust from sanding a freshly painted piece.
FAQ #5 – Can I apply a transfer over wax?
No. Wax can be used to seal your transfer but the transfer will not adhere properly to a freshly waxed surface. The only exception to the rule is if the wax is 100% cured, but I still wouldn’t recommend it. If it were my piece, I would remove the wax with mineral spirits. Clean. And then apply. If I’m spending my time and money on a gorgeous transfer, I want it to look fabulous and last.
FAQ #6 – Can I put a transfer on an old piece of furniture with an existing finish. (not painted)
Yes, you can! The key is having a good starting surface. No peeling paint or topcoat, scratches, wax, dirt, etc. If you have a smooth clean surface these transfers stick to anything. Glass, metal, wood, paint, plastic, ceramic, terracotta even skin! I’ve had bits and pieces of transfer stick to ME and I really had to scrub it off! hehe
FAQ #7 – What should I seal my furniture transfer with?
FAQ #8 – Do I need to seal my furniture transfers?
For longevity and protection, I always seal my transfers on my furniture makeovers but I’ve left them au’ natural on mirrors and smaller low traffic projects like jewelry boxes, planters, for example.
FAQ #9 – Can I use furniture transfers on raw wood?
Yes! And they look great on raw wood signs and projects. The key is to clean and/or sand the wood really well so there are no particles or wood chips that will interfere and stick to the transfer. The raw wood also has to be 100% dry after cleaning. Any dampness will not allow the transfer to stick.
FAQ #10 – Will heating or cooling the transfer make it stick any better… or ruin them?
No and no. I store my furniture transfers at normal temps. Not too hot. Not too cold. Regular house temperature (whatever that may be for you) will work just fine. That said, I’ve had my transfers delivered via FedEx in the extreme heat and the extreme cold (Canadian winters and summers!) and I’ve never had any issues. Heat or cold is not necessary for better adhesion and I’ve never had it ruin a transfer either.
FAQ #11 – Do I need to burnish my transfers?
No. Burnishing is when you polish/rub the transfer after it is applied. I have and I haven’t burnished my transfers. It just depends on what look you are after.
FAQ #12 – Can I sand my furniture transfers?
Yes. I love lightly (220+ grit) sanding my furniture transfers. It really makes them look like they have slightly aged and melded with a piece when you get hints of the paint color peeking through!
FAQ [Bakers Dozen] #12 – Do I have to use the entire furniture transfer?
No. As far as I know, furniture transfers have no expiration date if stored properly. I like to pick and choose what part of the transfer I need and like for a project. I even like to mix and match patterns and graphics. I have plenty of half-used transfers. I roll them up and keep them in the original container. Some have been stored for a couple of years and they still adhere perfectly.
Here are some gorgeous furniture transfer makeovers from my talented Furniture Fixer Upper friends. I hope you love it as much as I do. 🙂
And me! 🙂
Don’t forget my Furniture Fixer Upper friends are sharing their favorite furniture makeovers today too!
I know you’re going to LOVE what this creative team of girls do. It’s inspiration and techniques six-fold! 😉
Below are their BEFORE photos so feel free to visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and how they did it! I’ll meet you there. I’m heading over to take a peek myself! x
I hope you enjoyed the round-up!
I’m signing off and unplugging for the holidays and will be back in January 2020 with more inspiring furniture makeovers! Two full weeks offline. No blogging, no social media. Wheeew… can I do it…lol. I truly believe unplugging for some ‘real face time’ will be good for my soul. 🙂 I’m so looking forward to relaxing with family and friends.
And that said, I know it’s only two weeks but I’m going to miss you all!
From the bottom of my heart, Happy Holidays to you!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS FUCHSIA SUNSET PAINTED DRESSER MAKEOVER… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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