A PAINTED FABRIC CHAIR GETS A PART II USING PRIMA TRANSFERS!
One of the best things about being a creative is experimenting with new ideas while mixing and matching products. One of the not-so-great things — it doesn’t always turn out. Luckily, what takes the sting out of the latter is I ALWAYS learn something new. And often it’s when things don’t turn out as I had hoped that I learn the very most!
Today I’m sharing what I learned using Prima Transfers On Painted Fabric! You may remember I painted the fabric of this 90’s wingback chair using a faux leather technique. (video below) Well, today it’s getting a Part II with leftover furniture transfers.
It’s also Furniture Fixer Upper day my friends! I can’t wait to see what my talented group of friends have in store for us today. I’ll be sharing their makeovers and tutorials at the bottom of today’s post. But first, let’s take a look at what this chair looked like before it was painted.
Here’s where we’re at today!
I thought adding some leftover furniture transfers might make the chair look more modern and interesting.
What do you think?
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TRANSFERS ON PAINTED FABRIC
Last July, this 90’s wingback chair received a total makeover. I shared How To Make Fabric Look Like Leather. You can watch the full step-by-step-video below or if you’re having trouble feel free to watch the YouTube Video Tutorial here.
MIX, MATCH & CUSTOMIZE TRANSFERS
I love using pieces of transfers and mixing and matching them to fit different projects. I had leftover pieces from ‘font-type’ furniture transfers and thought it would be fun to add some lettering to this chair. After playing around with different combos, I decided on “ART” across the back along with a few other words I pieced together.
If you’re interested in these FONT type furniture transfers, Scrapbook.com is having a huge clearance sale. (as of the writing of this post) The large M*A*R*K*E*T transfer I used below is on clearance for just $2.99. Maybe they’re trying to get rid of inventory or they’re going to stop making them ??? …because they’re usually $25! You can check out their selection here!
I used this easy Rub-On-Transfer Method to adhere the font to this finish. If you’ve never used furniture transfers, it’s as easy as peeling off the plastic backing, laying the piece down where you want it, and rubbing with the wood applicator provided. I have a full tutorial on How To Rub-On Transfers here and I’ve also included it in the ‘Related Posts” section below.
I was really happy with how the “ART” looked on the back of the seat.
But then…… I pieced together “READ” from another transfer. It was a black font but my thought was to sand it down and distress it so it would look worn-in and lighter to tie in with the gray “ART” font.
The transfers adhered perfectly BUT I couldn’t sand/distress them. It made a terrible mess and was ruining my faux leather finish. So the black font didn’t blend in the way I imagined.
Using transfers over wax is not recommended. This wax finish was 100% cured (and it’s my chair), so I thought I’d give it a go. I’ll be curious to see how it wears over time.
To get rid of the hallo lines around a design I like to burnish my transfers. Burnish is just a fancy word for rubbing or polishing. I used a shop towel to rub away the ghosting.
Below, you can see the “R” is being worked on and the “D” is done. The first two letters have not been burnished yet.
I was going to use this clear wax to protect and seal but I’m going to leave these transfers as-is and see if they wear away and distress naturally.
This didn’t turn out exactly as I envisioned but it was a GREAT learning experience and a lot of fun.
Here are my takeaways from this project.
- I CAN add furniture transfers over a waxed finish so long as the wax is 100% CURED!
- I CAN’T sand and distress a furniture transfer over a painted fabric that’s been waxed.
- Planning is key when mixing and matching transfers. Create and layout a design FIRST!
- Transfers CAN be burnished beautifully over a cured wax finish on painted fabric.
- Time will tell how these transfers will hold up after being applied over the cured wax finish.
I learned A LOT! Hopefully sharing this will help YOU out with any projects down the road. 🙂
And now for some FURNITURE FIXER UPPER FUN!
Below are their BEFORE photos – visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and to learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek right now myself!
4. Salvaged Inspirations (so happy you’re here!)
Here’s another look at the before and after.
HAVE YOU EVER TRIED USING TRANSFERS ON PAINTED FABRIC? FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends!