Before I get into this week’s furniture transfer project, thank you. Thank you for all your heartfelt condolences and sharing your stories. I read and re-read all of them. Some of your comments made me smile and some made me cry, but every one of you touched my heart and offered comfort.
So here’s what I’ve kinda-sorta-been-working-on to distract myself. I actually started this upcycled vintage radio cabinet a few weeks ago. It’s still not 100% complete. There’s no backing on the right side and I couldn’t find a matching pull for the left bottom door. The black wax is applied but hasn’t been properly buffed in…. but it’s looking good so I thought I’d share anyway.
I forgot to take a proper ‘before’ pic but here’s what it looked like with a base coat of Slick Stick and Caviar Black. I also replaced the original hardware with these larger and more ornate pulls from Hobby Lobby and added a DIY applique on the bottom.
This is the vintage radio cabinet in progress. I used a layered paint technique to tie in the colors in this Floral Furniture Transfer. I also cut two boards to size to hide the speaker holes with this floral pattern.
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APPLYING FURNITURE TRANSFERS | RUB ON METHOD::
Applying these rub on furniture transfers is really easy to do.
My inspiration for this radio cabinet was this gorgeous floral transfer by Re-Design with Prima Marketing. It’s called “Dark Rose” and has beautiful tones with a sophisticated moody vibe. *Update – I believe this transfer has been discontinued however you can find stunning floral transfers here! What do you think?
Step #1:: Cut Transfer To Fit Furniture
For this upcycled radio cabinet I used two full sheets of the floral transfer on each panel and then I cut one sheet to finish off the last few inches of the panel. It’s really easy to do and the key is to match the pattern so it looks seamless.
If you look up close, you can see where the seam is, but you’d never be able to tell just standing back and looking at the entire cabinet as a whole.
Step #2:: Position The Transfer and Rub-On
These Rub-On-Furniture-Transfers are super simple to apply. Use a little elbow grease and rub on! They can be applied to stained furniture, raw wood or painted furniture and a rub-on-tool is supplied with the transfer.
Step #3:: Once Rubbed On – Remove the Plastic
The transfers come adhered to a transparent plastic sheet. Once the design has been successfully rubbed on and adhered, the plastic top sheet gets removed. I like to do this step slowly in case I’ve missed adhering any spots. If you notice the design is coming up with the plastic, it’s easy to lay back down and rub a little more until it sticks.
Step #4:: Transfer Cut-Outs
To add a little ‘extra something’ to this cabinet I cut a few of the individual florals out and applied them randomly to the top drawers and left foot. This ties the piece together and adds movement.
What I really like is the layered paint technique ADDS to the floral design. How many red roses do you see on this foot? It looks like there are two roses, right? Really it’s one rose transfer on the left, but the right is the layered paint tricking the eye.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS ON APPLYING FURNITURE TRANSFERS? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR QUESTIONS AND/OR TIPS AND WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS RADIO CABINET MAKEOVER. FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends!