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Image Transfer On Duncan Phyfe Style Coffee Table

Have you heard of IOD (Iron Orchard Designs) image transfers for furniture? They instantly add such beautiful vintage detail to painted furniture. I'd been itching to give them a try when Mr. Frugalista came home with the perfect piece of furniture to try it on. I'm excited to show you how easy it was to add an image transfer on a Duncan Phyfe style coffee table.

Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table IOD Image Transfer

Besides the Chatellerault IOD transfer, I also tried two other new products on this piece that I'm definitely adding to my paint supplies arsenal. When I find products that I like, I can't wait to share them so you can try them too and I show you how.


Image Transfer on Duncan Phyfe Style Coffee Table


Image Transfer On Duncan Phyfe Style Coffee Table

Before I get into the how-to, today is one of my favorite days of the month. It's Furniture Fixer Upper Day where myself and five talented furniture painting friends come together to breath new life into six pieces of furniture. Look for the links to the makeovers at the bottom of this post.

For last months challenge, I did Mom's favorite Chair Makeover With Raised Stencil.

I've included a Materials List further towards the bottom of this post. It contains affiliate links for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend to make this project. See my full disclosure policy.

Duncan Phyfe Style Coffee Table Makeover

Mr. Frugalista found this Duncan Phyfe style pedestal coffee table on Kijiji, a Canadian online buy & sell website and this is what it looked like before the makeover. 

Duncan Phyfe Style Coffee Table Before Makeover

That lovely smooth top was just begging for a beautiful graphic!

Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table With Parisian Image Transfer

Let's get to the how to


Prepping the coffee table for paint

Because this table is mahogany, the tannins in the wood will most likely bleed through the paint, especially because I'll be painting the table white. The top has a shiny laminate finish and needs a light sanding to give the paint some bite. Sanding the wood will open the pores and guarantee paint bleed so the wood needs to be sealed first.

Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table Stain Blocker

If you've been reading the blog long enough you know how I always prime mahogany or cherry wood with shellac. I tried something new this time using BOSS Stain and Odor Blocker from Dixie Belle Paint Company. It lived up to its name and showed those wood tannins who's boss.

Cleaning the metal claw feet

The metal claw feet were tarnished and dirty so the second order of business (or perhaps should've been the first) was to bring them back to their brassy glory. I used Bar Keepers Friend, an old toothbrush and wet rag. It took a little elbow grease but got the job done.

Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table Cleaned Claw Feet

Painting the table

After the BOSS stain blocker dried for about an hour, I painted the table Buttercream (a warm white) mineral chalk paint from Dixie Belle Paint Company. It took two coats to cover the dark wood. For a nice smooth baby bottom finish, I sanded between coats with fine 220 grit sandpaper.

Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table Painted Buttercream

Once the paint was dry, I ran sandpaper along the edge of the top, legs, as well as the details on the pedestal base for a lightly distressed finish.

Playing with artisan powder

Here's another new product I've been itching to try and I completely lost track of time while playing with this gorgeous French Sage Artisan Powder from Prima Marketing. A little goes a long way and it's applied with a brush.

Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table Sage Artisan Powder

Artisan Powder Tip:

Wear old clothes and protect your work surface before using this product because it has the consistency of loose powder (like makeup) and the colored dust lands where it may. I used a small art brush to apply the powder in the grooves along the edge of the top and the pedestal base.

Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table Pedestal Base

Adding an IOD image transfer

For the top of the table, I used the Iron Orchard Design Chatellerault IOD Image Transfer. It comes with three pretty Parisian carte postale colored transfers that can be used together or separately. I picked the largest transfer for the Duncan Phyfe coffee table top.

Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table Furniture Transfer

Image Transfer Tips

  • Apply the transfer to a matte finish, like chalk painted furniture.
  • Important: Wait for the paint to cure at least 48 hours before laying the transfer.
  • Make sure the painted surface is free of dust and debris.
  • Keep the protective backing on the design while aligning the graphic with the furniture.
  • Hold the transfer in place with low tack tape along the top of the transfer.
  • Carefully peel back the protective backing.
  • Tape the bottom of the transfer so it doesn't move while you work.
  • Make sure you eat your Wheaties because you're going to get an arm workout. With the handy tool that comes with the transfer, rub over the design until it becomes transparent.
  • Carefully lift the plastic to check where parts of the design may not have transferred and keeping rubbing until it becomes transparent.
  • Once the image is transferred, run a clean hand over the transfer to ensure it is firmly attached.
  • Protect the image transfer with a water-based sealer or wax specifically for chalk paint.
Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table Image Transfer Prep

Protecting the finishes with clear coat and wax

To seal the image transfer and protect the painted table top I used Gator Hide, a clear matte water repellent sealer from Dixie Belle Paint Company.

To apply it I used a synthetic paint brush in long uninterrupted brush strokes from one end of the table top to the other. I applied two coats with a light sanding in between with 220 grit sandpaper. Use a tack cloth to remove any dust particles between coats.

Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table Clear Coat

The pedestal base was protected with clear Best Dang Wax from Dixie Belle Paint Company applied with a round brush and buffed with a lint-free rag.

Aging the coffee table with glaze

I hemmed and hawed long and hard whether to leave the coffee table a fresh clean white or give it an aged patina. I went with the later using Grunge Glaze from Dixie Belle Paint Company. You can glaze before applying clear coat but my preference is after because the glaze has a longer play time. Also, I was concerned about staining the image transfer.

Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table Aged Dark Glaze

Aged glaze technique on the top:

  • It's important that you work in sections while the glaze is wet.
  • Use an inexpensive chip brush dipped in water first and dabbed onto a paper towel so the brush is damp (not soaked). Keep the brush wet throughout the glazing application.
  • Dip just the tips of the bristles in the glaze (a little goes a long way) and with a pouncing up and down motion while twisting your wrist left and right, dab the glaze along the perimeter and heavier in the four corners (as pictured below).
  • Dab a damp rag over the glaze to remove the excess.
  • With very little glaze on your damp brush and light pressure, run the brush across the top and over the image transfer. Wipe the excess with a damp cloth.
  • There are no rules - keep playing until you get the look you want. You can remove the glaze with a damp cloth before it dries. 

Aged glaze technique on the base:

  • Again with a damp brush, add the glaze on the pedestal base and legs.
  • Apply the glaze heavier in the grooves, ridges, and corners.
  • Wipe the excess with a damp cloth.

I should note that after the table was glazed I added more French Sage artisan powder in the grooves along the top and pedestal base.

Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table Carte Postale Transfer



I'm so pleased with how this table turned out. As my fellow furniture fixer-upper pals can attest, one of the downsides of furniture makeovers to sell is that some pieces can be hard to part with. Such is the case with this table.

We are quite happy with the DIY Upholstered Ottoman in our living room but dang, this Duncan Phyfe coffee table goes so well with our Duncan Phyfe Dining Table and Chairs in our L-shaped living/dining room. What to do...what to do?


Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table With Image Transfer

How To Add Image Transfers Onto Painted Furniture


Now let's take a look at how my talented friend's in the Furniture Fixer Uppers group transformed these furniture pieces...
Furniture Fixer Uppers Group September
Press the links below to see the after photos and tutorials...

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Talk Of The Town Party 142

Happy Tuesday friends! I hope you've been having a good week so far. Did you catch the video I shared on Instagram last week? I'm happy to report all that white stuff is now gone! Keep all the Fall inspiration coming. My Pinterest boards have been loving you guys!

Talk Of The Town Party 142 Features
Welcome back to Talk of the Town!
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First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!


Interior Frugalista
Here's what we're talking about from last week's party!

Texas Beef Skillet - Simply Stacie

Reversible Scrap Wood Projects
Reversible Scrap Wood Projects - The Country Chic Cottage
https://www.couponsandfreebiesmom.com/2016/07/2-ingredient-pumpkin-brownie-bites.html
2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownie Bites - Coupons and Freebies Mom
Trending Dark Moody Colors Dresser Makeover
Salted Caramel Cinnamon Bars
Now, it's your turn!
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The Unscary DIY Halloween Pumpkin Door Hanger

Do you prefer a less spooky approach to Halloween decorating? When our kids lived at home we were THAT house on October 31st. Little kids were terrified to walk up the driveway. When our kids left the nest, all the scary Halloween decor went with them. Now that we have young grandchildren, I prefer a more inviting and child-friendly option like this unscary DIY Halloween pumpkin door hanger.

Unscary Halloween Pumpkin Door Hanger

Unscary DIY Halloween Pumpkin Door Hanger


DIY Unscary Halloween Door Hanger

It all started with a trip to Goodwill late in the Fall last year where I found these white craft half pumpkins on clearance. Too late in the season to do anything with them, they were tossed in my craft bin and forgotten until recently.

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Door Hanger Supplies

Also in the craft bin, I found remnants of beaded ribbon from a scarf my daughter made in sewing class eons ago. Looking closer at the beads they reminded me of glow in the dark crystal balls and the wheels started turning.

Halloween Door Hanger Crystal Ball Ribbon

I've included a Materials List towards the bottom of this post. It contains affiliate links for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend to make this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you, which supports the costs of running this site. See my full disclosure policy.


Painting the pumpkins

To make the pumpkins look more Halloweenish, I painted them black with chalk paint in the most fitting color, Raven. Any black craft paint will work to paint the pumpkins or better yet, save yourself the time and buy black half pumpkins.

DIY Halloween Door Hanger Painted Pumpkins

Polka dot bow stems

I made loopy style bows to attach to the stem of each pumpkin. I used one spool of ribbon for both pumpkins but for fuller bows, use one spool per pumpkin.

I am all thumbs when it comes to making bows so I cheat and use this handy EZ Bow Maker. I don't know what I'd do without this thing!

DIY Halloween Door Hanger Bows The Easy Way

The bows were attached with florist wire onto the back of the pumpkins and secured with hot glue.

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Door Hanger Bows Attached

Glow in the dark crystal ball beads

The beaded ribbon was strung diagonally across the front of the pumpkins and hot glued in place on the back.

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Door Hanger With Beaded Ribbon

Pumpkin hanger strand

With a 1 1/2-inch wide black ribbon in either polka dots like mine or black & white stripes, cut a strand approximately 24-inches long. For a nice clean edge on the top, fold the ribbon over to the back and secure with a dab of hot glue.

Again using my EZ Bow Maker I made a layered swag style bow for the top of the hanger which was attached with hot glue. Part of me wonders if I should have gone with a simple bow. There are no rules, go with whatever style bow is your preference.

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Door Hanger Layered Bow Topper

Dab hot glue onto the back of the stem and bottom center of each pumpkin and line them up on the hanger ribbon. You can either space the pumpkins evenly along the ribbon or do what I did and have a longer tail on the bottom.

My bottom pumpkin was glued approximately 7-inches from the bottom of the ribbon. The top pumpkin was glued 3-inches below the hanger bow.

Not Scary Halloween Pumpkin Door Hanger

Cut the tail on the ribbon with a V cut. While you have the scissors in hand, cut the ribbon tails on the stem bows as well.

Ribbon tail cutting tip

Fold the ribbon in half, good side to good side facing each other. Cut at an angle away from you pointing towards the bottom edge of the ribbon. Easy peasy perfect upside down V.

Hang the pumpkin hanger on the door

Attach a 3M Velcro Strip to the back of the pumpkin door hanger at the top. Removed the sticky backing and attach the back of the hanger onto the door. So the door hanger doesn't swing back and forth when the door is opened and closed, add another velcro strip on the back of the tail as well. Voila!

Halloween Pumpkin Door Hanger Command Strip


Materials List

Half pumpkins
Black Raven chalk paint
1 1/2-inch wired polka dot ribbon
1 1/2-inch black & white striped ribbon
Decorative bead ribbon (salvaged)
EZ Bow Maker
Florist wire
Hot glue gun
3M Command velcro picture hangers


Assembling the unscary Halloween pumpkin door hanger is so quick and easy and only takes around 15 minutes. The most time-consuming part was waiting for the pumpkin paint to dry. If you like the idea of unscary Halloween decor, please pin for later and share it with a friend.

Here's another unscary pumpkin idea to flank the front door with these DIY Pumpkin Topiaries. The ribbon could be switched out to match the ribbon on the pumpkin door hanger and eliminate the wood letters. For more DIY Fall decorating ideas press HERE.

The Unscary Halloween Pumpkin Door Hanger
DIY Halloween Pumpkin Door Hanger

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