Furniture Rub on Transfers!

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If you haven't heard of Iron Orchid Designs transfers, then you need to google it now! These transfers dont require any kind of products to adhere at all. You simply rub them on. Have you had a hard time with using Mod Podge or other mediums? Paper doesn't rub off? Image doesn't stick? Out of printer ink?
NO worries!
I painted this 1930's secretary desk in General Finishes Milk paints and Chalk style paints. I used Saltwash to give it texture.
The IOD image transfers are a very thin rub on transfer. Here I show you how to use them on seams.
Here I show you how easy it is to rub them on in a matter of few minutes.
The Saltwash that you add to the paint produces beautiful texture to the surface.
Layers of paint and texture!
Hop on over to Rehab to Fab on Facebook to see more details on the techniques I used on this piece.
Suggested materials:
  • General Finishes Milk paint   (Amazon aff links:
  • General Finishes Chalk Style Paint   (Amazon:
  • SaltWash   (Amamzon:
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Stephanie  Coon/Rehab to Fab
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  • Katherine Fertitta Katherine Fertitta on Mar 01, 2019

    what is the name of the transfer you used for this project? great job, it turned out beautiful! Katherine

  • Shea Wilson Shea Wilson on Feb 03, 2020

    Where do I buy the transfers??

  • Darla Kay Darla Kay on Mar 06, 2020

    Hello, I am new to the transfer designs. I recently applied a transfer and sealed with Dixie Belle clear coat. After 3 coats, I am still able to scratch the surface with my nail. Is there any thing more durable that would produce a durable coating without harming the transfer? Thanks very much.

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  • Tchapman92115 Tchapman92115 on Aug 11, 2021

    I would use a free download from graphics fairy or an inexpensive download ($1 to $3) from Etsy and print onto wax paper in sections and the transfer method is the same a rubbing tool and slow peel back to make certain the ink is rubbing off: if not completely rubbed off - slowly replace paper and rub again until all ink is transferred, burr as desired. Always use inkjet printer. Inkjet ink is dye based. This process is much less expensive and you are not limited to a commercial company’s designs. On Etsy look for junk book or junk book ephemera in the type of transfer you want such as style; modern vintage french, shabby chic or subject; birds, roses, dragonflies, etc. and of course you will always want to seal the transfers. I would not recommend wax though because you are likely to disturb the transfer.

  • Tchapman92115 Tchapman92115 on Aug 11, 2021

    Personally I use rust-oleum painter’s touch 2x ultra cover spray in matte clear. You want to hold the can a good distance away to prevent pooling and smudging. The product contains acetone so a light misting in thin coats is wise. Once coated it is water and UV resistant, doesn’t yellow and is durable.