HOW TO LAYER FURNITURE TRANSFERS TO CREATE YOUR OWN CUSTOM DESIGN… ON ANY TYPE OF PROJECT!
Layering furniture transfers is a perfect way to create unique designs using any leftover transfers you may have… and remember, they’re not just for furniture! These transfers can be used on glass, wood, plastic, mirrors and almost any project your creative mind can think of!
Here’s an old jewelry box I started with…
These jewelry boxes are really easy to find in thrift stores and garage sales and they make an excellent BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE project if you’re just starting with furniture painting.
Check out this new look. What do you think?
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HOW TO LAYER FURNITURE TRANSFERS
For this makeover, I gave the box a wipe down with vinegar and water and then painting in this beautiful Buttercream. No prep sanding was needed. Chalk and mineral paints adhere really well to non-shiny surfaces.
Here’s what the paint coverage looks like after just one coat.
After painting two coats and letting it dry overnight, I cut out parts of the transfer and planned my design.
I find it easier to leave the transfer attached to its backing while figuring out where I want to place things. Once I have a basic idea of where I’m going to place the transfer pieces, I remove the backing from each piece and rub it on. I have an entire post on this easy rub on transfer method here.
I used the leftover Rose Celebration (one of my all-time favorites) and a few pieces from Lavender Bush.
Here’s a vintage dresser I restyled with Rose Celebration. It’s such a gorgeous design on big and small projects!
The key to layering furniture transfers is to make sure everything is adhered and secured.
To do this, once I place my base transfer down, I rub it on with the wood tool provided until the image has transferred onto my piece. Then I take my fingers and gently rub over the design making sure all the corners and small details are flat and stuck on 100%.
After the first transfer adheres I can start the layering and apply the second. There’s no waiting time required. Below I’m layering the font from Lavender Bush onto the florals of Rose Celebration.
I apply the same amount of pressure and rubbing as the first layer/transfer. Don’t be worried about ruining the first design because once they are stuck – they’re not going anywhere!
To finish this custom design off, I used this finishing pad to burnish the transfers onto the jewel box. I do this by rubbing the finishing pad (or you can use a 320 grit or higher sandpaper) around the edges of the design. This diminishes those “halo lines” around the transfer and polishes and smoothes them into the painted surface.
This gives it a gorgeous professional and finished look.
I think this turned out so pretty!
The layering really does create a unique design – one of a kind look!
Here’s one last look at the before and after.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS JEWELRY BOX MAKEOVER WITH LAYERED TRANSFERS… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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