Svenska Blue Chalk Paint® and IOD Transfers

We adore this little wine cabinet that our customer, Leanne, refinished using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in the color Svenska Blue. She also added Transfers by Iron Orchid Designs to give the piece a little something extra!

We always start by cleaning a piece of furniture with either Odorless Mineral Spirits or Krud Kutter! Then, we will do a fresh water rinse to remove any left over chemicals from the cleaners. Sometimes…you can get away with just one coat of Chalk Paint®, but we typically recommend 2 coats to achieve full coverage.

Next, I would apply the IOD Transfer. Leanne chose to use the transfer called Wild Flower Botanical. You can view our post HERE which gives step-by-step instructions on how to apply transfers. After that application, I would distress – I will even distress the transfer very lightly sometimes! Not everything is set in stone….some people may prefer to distress prior to applying their transfer – that part is up to your discretion!

Last, would be the topcoat application. Personally, I LOVE Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint Wax as a topcoat. Clear Wax gives such a nice, smooth finish….and I also like the fact that you are able to get a higher sheen by buffing if that is what you prefer! We actually have a video on how to apply Clear Wax HERE. Some people may prefer to use a brush on topcoat (like Clear Topcoat Sealer) over a piece they have applied a transfer to because they feel it is delicate, which is TOTALLY fine…but you can absolutely use Clear Wax without damaging your transfers!


Leanne shared with us that when it comes to transfers….patience is key! Gather all of your information first – watch videos, read instructions, and get inspired! Leanne prefers to use a brush-on topcoat over her transfer, but like I mentioned before…wax is great, too!

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