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How To Apply Re-Design By Prima Rub On Floral Transfers To Furniture

Rub on floral transfers are a great way to spice up painted furniture. The cedar chest I painted last month needed a little spice, and the re-design by prima floral polish transfer is just what it needed. I made a short 30-second video of the transfer process for you!

painted cedar chest ready for re design by prima floral design transfer

You might remember the cedar chest from the Furniture Fixer Upper tour in April. I painted the cedar chest blue and didn’t distress the paint or use any special technique on the chest. Now it’s Furniture Fixer Upper Day again, and I’m fixin’ up the cedar chest. 

re-design by prima floral polish transfer

The Floral Polish transfer design is right up my alley. I love the bold colors. The pretty flowers remind me of folk art designs.

rub on transfer package from re design by prima (2)

There are three sheets of transfers in the re-design by prima package.

cut apart rub on transfers (2)

I cut some of the designs apart, getting ready to apply them to the chest. The transfer tool included in the package is used to rub the transfers onto your surface of choice.

back side of rub on transfer

To apply the designs, first remove the transfers from the white paper backing. The transfers are just sitting on the paper, not adhered to it. 

how to place re design by prima rub on transfers

Then lay the design face up on the project surface, use the transfer tool, and rub very firmly over the transfer. 

deciding on best placement design for floral rub on transfers

Next, pull the clear sheet away from the transfer. The design will transfer to the surface or, in this case, the cedar chest. Sometimes areas of the transfer will still adhere to the clear sheeting. Lay the transfer back down and firmly rub over the area again.

painted furniture with re design by prima floral rub on transfers (2)

The hardest part of the process for me was deciding on the design. There were a lot of pieces, and I cut some of the larger designs apart to get the look I was going for. 

painted cedar chest

I decided not to apply the design across the whole width of the cedar chest. Might be overkill.

distress or sand painted furniture with a battery powered sander

Since the floral design was kind of folk art looking and old school, the next thing I did was distress the chest to “age” it using a battery-powered sander.

distress re design by prima transfers using a sanding block

To distress the transfers, I used a sanding block and just gently rubbed over the design.

Liberon dark wax for painted furniture (2)

The last step in the process was to apply a coat of dark wax to the whole cedar chest. The wax darkens the raw wood caused by the distressing or sanding. The wax also darkens the blue paint where there is a whitish hazy look caused by sanding the paint.

how to apply dark wax to furniture

The left part of the photo above shows where the wax has been applied over the raw wood. The right side of the photo shows the light raw wood not yet coated with wax.

painted furniture with rub on transfer

And that’s it. The cedar chest definitely looks different after the addition of the transfers, the distressed paint, and the dark wax application.

apply floral design transfers from redesign by prima to furniture

The flowers are so colorful even after being lightly distressed.

painted furniture with floral transfer design from re-design by prima

Do you guys think I should have carried the design completely across the bottom of the chest? Have you ever used rub on transfers?

rub on floral transfer design on a painted cedar chest

I promised you a video! The video shows how to apply the transfer. It is short and sweet…..

How to apply rub on transfers

Now it’s time to take the Furniture Fixer Upper Tour. Just click the text links below the “before” makeovers photo collage……

furniture fixer upper tour before furniture makeovers photo collage

Furniture Fixer Upper Tour
80’s Sofa Table Makeover – Confessions of a Serial DIY’er
How To Paint Vinyl Furniture – Salvaged Inspirations
Broyhill Coffee Table Roadside Rescue – My Repurposed Life
Painting Bookshelves – Girl In The Garage
Rub On Transfer Furniture Project – Petticoat Junktion (you are here)

how to apply rub on transfers to furniture
Leave a note if you have time, and thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. I love it – and that transfer, wow! I think it would’ve used it all the way across – go big or go home haha. It’s a gorgeous piece, Kathy!

  2. This transfer was such a sweet addition to this beautiful chest! It goes with it perfectly! XOXO

  3. Hi Kathy! That was the perfect transfer for this chest. I have been wanting to use this transfer, now I am on the search for something to use it on

  4. You notice mine are small, lol! With the large ones I just try to have plenty of room to work in and lay them out gently and if need be lay something light on the edged to keep it flat until I get ready to apply it.

  5. This is just beautiful! I seem to have trouble with transfers sticking to each other, mostly in working with the large ones. I’ve messed up so many, and they’re expensive!. Any tips?

  6. I love the Polish Florals because I’m Polish🇵🇱😆… the color and design look amazing on the blue chest. Pinned! XOXO

  7. Kathy,
    The chest is just so beautiful! I think the amount of transfer is the perfect touch. Very nice!