Furniture Painting

Easy To Apply Painted Furniture Transfers

So you have finished painting your furniture project…and you think to yourself, this project needs a little something more! Has that ever happened to you?

Easy to apply painted furniture decals, commonly called transfers, now there is a great solution!

What is a furniture Transfer?

A furniture transfer is a pre-printed design such as a pattern, words, or an image on a backing sheet that gets rubbed onto a surface. Transfers are an easy way to add an artistic touch to your furniture.

They are many designs and patterns to choose from!

How do you apply a transfer?

Applying furniture transfers to your furniture will give it a beautiful effect. However, if you are planning to paint your piece of furniture, you will need to paint your piece first. Remember, let the paint dry completely before applying your transfer.

My word of advice, try to have more patience than I sometimes do!  What harm could it possibly do? As you will see in the video below (Can you paint over a furniture transfer?), some of the paint can come up with the tape used to hold the transfers in place, if it is not thoroughly dry. 

It is also very important to make sure your piece is clean and dust-free before applying the transfers.  I prefer to cut the transfer into smaller, more workable-sized pieces before I decide on placement.

  • Gently unroll your transfer, cut, if desired. Decide where you would like to place it before removing the protective backing paper.
  • Once you are ready to apply for the transfer gently pull back the clear release sheet to separate the transfer from its protective paper.
  • Use tape to hold your transfer down to prevent it from moving while you apply it.
  •  Use the wooden applicator tool, included with the transfer, to rub the transfer throughout the entire design to help it transfer from the sheet to the furniture.
  • Apply a topcoat, Satin Clear Coat, Big Top, etc. (NOT Gator Hide, unless you have sealed with Satin first-transfers and Gator Hide do not play well together), or you can seal with wax, or Easy Peasy spray wax.

Can you add paint to a furniture transfer?

The answer is YES! As you will see in the video (below), you may not always find the “perfect” transfer.  Enhancing your transfer with paint will easily tie in the colors to make it picture perfect!

Can Transfers Be Sanded?

Use 220+ grit sandpaper to burnish the transfer, ensuring it has adhered completely. t

Sanding a little more can make them look like they have slightly aged! This is another way to give your piece lots of character.

How To Remove A Transfer

You’re not likely to want to remove that beautiful new detail that you just added, but you may come across a piece that has a transfer that you would like to change. Or maybe, you just got bored and want to give your piece a new look. Either way, sometimes we decide we want to remove a transfer. So, How do you do that?

Here are a few tips that others have shared that may help:

  1. RAZOR BLADE SCRAPER-This type of tool can really come in handy, especially for removing transfers. They can also be used for removing paint, stickers.
  2. HEAT GUN OR HAIR DRYER- Applying heat will help it remove more easily.
  3. STEAM -(like above)

Personally, if the piece has a smooth topcoat over it, I would just paint directly over it. However, if wax was used, or you can still detect the edges, then slightly sand, just enough to get a smooth transition, and paint over it.


Furniture transfers are a quick and easy way to embellish any piece. More importantly, they are used on other projects, not just furniture. You can add them to TV trays, a sign, a door, lamps, books, even purses, and jackets! The possibilities are endless.

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Here is another video for inspiration!





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