Adding Redesign with Prima Transfers, Midnight Floral to my daughters jewelry armoire and wood storage box really dressed up this up-cycled set!
I used the same technique for both pieces to make them a matching set. Let me show you how easy it is dressing up small furniture projects and adding transfers.
Supplies I used
- Redesign Decor Transfer-Midnight Floral
- DIY Paint: White Swan
- Dixie Belle: Best Dang Furniture Wax in White
- Mister Water Bottle
- Dixie Belle’s White Lightning
- Dixie Belle’s Boss in Clear
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Prepping your Furniture Piece
It’s very important to start with a clean piece of furniture.
To effectively clean, hardware needs to be removed. For my daughters storage box, I removed the hinges of the lid. Her jewelry box, I made sure to clean around the tiny handles the best I could.
If I have a visibly dirty piece of furniture I will use a bucket to mix water and Dixie Belle’s White Lightning per package instructions.
If the furniture piece appears clean, I will use a simple water bottle with water and mixed with a few teaspoons of White Lightning.
I like to clean furniture with one rag specifically for White Lightning until it appears clean.
Then I use a different rag with plain water and wipe the furniture down to make sure all the White Lightning is removed from the furniture.
I have a blog post all about White Lightning, click here to check it out!
Dani’s storage box has a beautiful wood tone that we wanted to show through in certain areas.
At the same time, I didn’t want the tannins of the wood bleeding through so I used Dixie Belle’s primer, Boss in Clear.
I love this product.
It not only helps to block tannins but also block any old smells from furniture also.
How to Paint Furniture
Before we can apply our redesign with prima transfers, we need to apply a base coat or two of paint.
I decided to use DIY’s White Swan. I really love how easy it is to wet distress this paint.
To get a nice smooth finish, I like to mist my surface with a light spray of water before applying chalk paint.
I use my Mister also when I like to blend two or more colors of paint to a background of a sign.
Works like a dream!
My preferred method of distressing is with a damp lint free towel, called wet distressing.
DIY paint wet distresses so easily.
I rub my towel along the edges or anywhere else I want some of the wood showing through.
Once I have the look I want, it’s time to let the paint finish drying again.
Sealing with Wax
Before I applied my Midnight Floral Transfer, I decided to seal the wood with Dixie Belle’s White Wax.
I use a wax brush, dip the ends of the bristles in the wax and then rub it on the furniture.
To be honest, I’m usually not that gentle either. I will use my brush to buff the wax into the paint going side to side and even in circles. If needed, I add more wax and repeat the process.
I then use a lint free cloth and buff it again.
Once the surface feels buttery smooth, I move onto another area until the entire piece has been waxed.
Redesign with Prima Transfers
To help make both the jewelry armoire and the wood storage box a matching set, I added the same transfer, Midnight Floral to both pieces.
Redesign with Prima Transfers can be used as intended, one design or they can be cut in pieces and can be used and personalized.
I decided to use a red rose on each each piece in addition to the leaves and I wanted the design draped over the sides.
I love how it turned out!
Applying Redesign with Prima Transfers
Once I had the pieces of my transfers picked out, I cut the transfers apart and put the remaining transfers I didn’t want to use back away for a future project.
Each transfer comes with a transfer stick.
You will use this stick to rub the transfer when it’s time.
After you have decided on where you are going to place your designs, you will flip the transfer over and remove the backing.
Transfers come in three pieces. The first layer is a clear layer that you can see your design through. The second layer is the transfer itself. The third layer is the backing.
Here we are removing the backing.
Once the backing is removed, place your transfer on the furniture where you want it.
Here you will need to keep one hand on it at all times and not let it move around or tack it down with painters tape to keep it from moving.
Use your stick and rub over the transfer. I work in small sections.
Once I believe an area has been applied successfully, I will lift up the first layer a little to confirm it’s stuck on the furniture.
I put the first layer back down and move onto another section and I will repeat this process until all of the transfer is stuck on the furniture.
I found using my fingers to rub the transfer around corners or uneven area worked really well.
Sealing over your Transfer
Sealing transfers are very easy!
You can use sealer on it, you can wax it, glaze it, and you can even apply paint over it to if you desire.
I decided to go over the transfer with Dixie Belle’s White Wax as my sealer and buffed that area again when I was done!
I loved how these two pieces turned out!
Below I have a short video on how I applied a transfer to a Hobby Lobby sign I am salvaging.
This Hobby Lobby project is still in progress and I love how it’s coming along so far.
I’ll keep you posted and share photos when it’s done!
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click below to see how I applied a transfer to my Hobby Lobby Sign
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