This piece was the collision of the perfect piece of furniture and the perfect transfer. I knew immediately what I wanted to do with this bombe chest when I bought it. I didn’t know the journey would be a challenge!
It needed some repair so I spent one afternoon gluing and clamping and shoring it up. Then I used TSP to give it a good cleaning. The finish was worn and didn’t have a gloss to it so once clean, it was ready to paint!
I wanted a soft white background for the floral transfer, so I opted for Raw Silk. I’d say it’s my favorite white but how can you choose just one?? Anyway, I also pulled out a new brush – the Staalmeester sybthetic bristle brush. This brush is different than the other Staalmeesters I use. The other Staalmeesters have a blend of natural and synthetic bristles to both hold paint and provide a smooth finish. This new brush is only synthetic bristles and let me go on record by saying that it’s my new favorite!! It provides a smooth, easy-to-paint finish and is easy to use!
So the chest got three coats of Raw Silk. I let it dry for a day or two before I applied the transfer. Now, I’ve used lots of transfers. You can see them here and here and here. I knew this one would take more time because of it’s size. But apparently, I got a defective transfer. I just couldn’t get it to stick. So weird! So I contacted the company and they promised a refund. Undaunted, I pulled out another transfer and this one went on like a charm. I’m so glad I gave it another try!