I told you guys that I ordered a half dozen more of those gorgeous Iron Orchid Designs transfers from Sweet Pickins. They arrived last Friday and I was so excited!
I had decided that I wanted to use one of them on an old window. I actually nabbed this window last year at a neighborhood trash to treasure day (you can read about that here).
The window is leaning against the back of that pile of stuff, on the left, see it?
Just your basic old window. Not super old, probably from the 50’s or so, but it had a cute little handle which gave it a little extra personality.
To give it a little additional appeal, I first painted it with Sweet Pickins’ milk paint in a color called In A Pickle. I love this rich green color!
Next I cleaned the glass thoroughly. I got out one of my new transfers, removed the backing paper and went to place it on the glass. That’s when disaster struck, well, sort of. I forgot about how glass and rub-on transfers are attracted to each other like magnets. As soon as that transfer hits the glass there is no picking it back up again. This was quite different from the experience I had with the Specimens cupboard. With that I was easily able to move and re-position my transfer several times before I got it straight. Not so this time. I put it down and it was not going anywhere.
I definitely should have known better. I’ve used plenty of transfers before, on glass, metal, wood, paper and plastic. I just wasn’t thinking.
Luckily I had placed it down fairly centered and straight! I would have preferred to have the design centered a little bit better vertically, but it wasn’t a total fail.
The instructions on the box this transfer came in say “these rub ons adhere best to a matte surface” so I guess I was breaking the rules a bit by putting it on glass. Forewarned if forearmed though people! So if you decide to try using a transfer on glass, use extreme caution when you place it. Be sure you’ve got it in exactly the right position the first time.
I added some eye hooks and chain to the window so that it would be hung somewhere.
By the way, I used the smaller version of this transfer which is 11″ x 17″.
There is also a larger size and I’m hoping to use that on a dresser I’m working on next, so be sure to stay tuned.