A CREATIVE FAIL TURNS INTO LEARNING SOMETHING NEW. . . AND I HAVE A FUN FURNITURE TRANSFER GIVEAWAY FOR YOU!
Have you ever been excited about a project? You spend time planning it all out and envisioning what the finished piece is going to be? Then halfway through, you realize it’s a project gone wrong and looks NOTHING like you imagined? In fact, you don’t like anything about it?!!
I wasn’t even going to share today’s makeover. This mirror was supposed to be for my sister but it gave me a hard time right from the get-go. Honesty, it was looking pretty lame so I didn’t even finish it.
But on the bright side, I always learn MORE from my mistakes than my wins.
So today, I’m sharing how to remove furniture transfers if things go wrong. These tips also work with stickers, sticky adhesives, price tags, tape, etc.
I’ve also included a bonus in today’s post for ALL OF US CREATIVES! … something I keep reminding myself over and over again…
Here’s the mirror I started with. A thrift store find for $14.99 which is a great deal seeing its large size, gorgeous beveled edge, and this heavy-duty frame.
It was meant to be an Anthropologie antiqued and demasked look-a-like but it fought me every step of the way. The back is made of I don’t know what and it wouldn’t strip off – even with a heavy-duty stripper. So my plan B was to use this furniture transfer and match it up with a colorful frame.
Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking.
This mirror is more classic than boho so the transfer (although absolutely gorgeous!) isn’t a good match. On top of that, my measurements were off and I rubbed in on cock-eyed by a quarter of an inch. Just not a good look all around.
WELL WORTH THE MISSES::
Obviously, I’m disappointed it didn’t turn out. But when I feel like this, I remind myself this isn’t the first time… and it won’t be the last.
It’s not like I work in a factory and I’m told how to make the same identical widget over and over again — or say at a franchise where all the burgers must be the same size, same taste.
Like you, I’m a creator.
Sometimes a project is a HIT. Sometimes it’s a MISS.
And this is a good thing! If we never try anything new or stretch our creativity, it will become stagnant or worse yet, disappear altogether.
Creativity is like a muscle. If you don’t use it, you lose it.
So how blessed are we? We’re so lucky to be creators. We get to breathe new life into something and make it beautiful again. Truly, what a gift. I don’t know about you, but I think – no, I KNOW – it’s well worth the few misses that come with the territory!
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HOW TO REMOVE FURNITURE TRANSFERS::
1. RAZOR BLADE SCRAPER
These scrapers are amazing for removing paint, stickers and furniture transfers off glass or mirror. It worked amazing for removing this transfer without a trace. That said, I wouldn’t use it on a painted piece of furniture unless you’re willing to sand and repaint again.
2. HEAT GUN OR HAIR DRYER
If you’ve gone wrong with your furniture transfer, applying some heat and then scraping off will help remove it. With a painted surface, this really needs to be done with caution because if too much heat is applied, it could damage your paint finish.
Using a steam iron (with a tea towel or cloth placed over the transfer) or this steamer is another great way to loosen a furniture transfer off your project.
4. ORIGINAL GOO GONE
When working with a painted piece, the Original Goo Gone will help remove a furniture transfer. There’s also another version which WILL strip away paint so be sure to use the correct one. A cheaper more natural alternative is using baby oil or olive oil to loosen adhesives. They take a little longer and there is clean-up afterward to remove the greasy residue.
Lastly, if you’re desperate to remove a furniture transfer that’s not budging, sanding it off and starting fresh is always an option. This will remove your finish, paint or otherwise and then you can start fresh.
As I mentioned above, all these techniques will work on other adhesives too. Stickers, price tags, tape residue, etc. If you have any other products or methods, I’d LOVE to hear them in the comments below!
AND NOW FOR A FUN *****G*I*V*E*A*W*A*Y*****!
For being the BEST #SIBLOGFAMILY a girl could ask for AND inspiring me every week – I’m sharing my Furniture Transfer Stash with YOU so you can create! Here’s what’s included….
3 ReDesign with Prima Furniture Transfers::
2. Butterfly Frame
GIVEAWAY VALUED AT $95
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CLICK ON THE RAFFLECOPTER BELOW.
COME BACK EVERY DAY AND ENTER AS MANY TIMES AS YOU LIKE!
I’M SO EXCITED… GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! I’LL ANNOUNCE THE LUCKY WINNER RIGHT HERE ON THE SI BLOG NEXT TUESDAY NOV 5/2019. THE WINNER HAS 48 HOURS TO CLAIM THE GIVEAWAY BEFORE ANOTHER WINNER IS SELECTED… SO BE SURE TO DROP IN NEXT WEEK! 🙂
HAVE YOU EVER HAD TO REMOVE A FURNITURE TRANSFER BEFORE? I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU USED!
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!
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