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Gilded Age Design Transfer Armoire

I've always dreamed of jewelry for furniture! Today's blog is just that!

The new The Gilded Age design transfer on this armoire offers a variety of elements such as scrolls, framework, florals, lace trim and JEWELS....and is my very own brainchild!

The only thing that would make it better is if there were MORE jewels!

gilded age design transfer armoire by Traceys Fancy


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The Design Plan

I realize this is an opulent transfer option and is certainly not meant for the minimalist or farmhouse vibe. is intended for those that love the EXTRA, the maximalist, the FANCY......and that is ME and YOU!

gilded age design transfer

The transfer is a balance of powdery soft jewel tones, shades of the sunset and even a few neutrals.

Before I start any painting, I always thoroughly clean the piece and determine if it will need a primer coat. Learn all about how I prep furniture for chalk paint HERE!


What you see will see on this single piece of furniture is a SINGLE transfer and I even had a few pieces left over. But FIRST...the before!

a old brown armoire prepped for paint

Supplies Used

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Gilded Age Design Transfer Armoire

I chose a sunset color palette.....but this transfer could be paired with ANY color! I plan to use it soon with a black and white pattern!

warm color palete

Applying the Base Coat

I began by painting the entire piece in Rebel Yellow...just a single coat....planning to leave the yellow as the central "glow" color.

Color Blending...and a lot of it!

I followed this with Flamingo around the doors and drawers. And then with Peony as the outermost color around the doors and drawers.

I then finished out the base with the deeper Plum Crazy.

plum crazy paint jar in front of painted piece of furniture

I really wanted to pull in my favorite violet color...and I achieve this by mixing Peacock with Plum Crazy using a 2:1 ratio (more Plum than Peacock)

This color was applied to the top of the piece and blended down onto the doors.

And also added to the legs and lightly blended up toward the drawers.

color blended armoire before gilded age design transfers

Once all three sides were blended using this same color palette and technique.....I allowed it to dry about an hour or two before applying the transfer.

Adding the Gilded Age Design Transfer on the Armoire

The Gilded Age transfer is very versatile. It is a buildable transfer meaning it comes in lots of individual pieces that can be used in any form or design you'd like.

I chose the lace trim for the drawer fronts and added this first!

gilded age design transfer on armoire by Traceys Fancy - lace on drawers

Isn't it gorgeous?

The center of the lace is transparent so whatever color you've painted it shows through!

gilded age design transfer on armoire by Traceys Fancy - lace on drawers

I chose the florals for the center of the upper portion which required me to cut the floral bouquets in half for the door openings but it still maintained its beauty!

gilded age design transfer on armoire by Traceys Fancy - floral  bouquet

The sheet of the transfer than contains the jewels is my favorite!!

I sprinkled the jewels into the design such as the center pearl and ruby broach which I also cut in half for the doors.

gilded age design transfer on armoire by Traceys Fancy - jewels

The square broaches were added to the right and left corners of the teal scroll framework and plan to make these more central on my next piece. I love them!

gilded age design transfer on armoire by Traceys Fancy with jewels

And finally....the dangle pieces are so fun and can be added anywhere!

gilded age design transfer on armoire by Traceys Fancy more design details

Once complete......I lightly burnished all transfer pieces to work out any air bubbles and help to marry the transfer to the paint.

gilded age design transfer on armoire by Traceys Fancy more design details

The Finished Look

The whole piece was sealed with satin top coat for a smooth and easy finish!

gilded age design transfer armoire by Traceys Fancy

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed creating it.....and that you feel inspired to give this FANCY transfer a try!

gilded age design transfer armoire by Traceys Fancy

I plan to create my next jeweled piece by mixing this transfer with my other Whimsical Wonderland hold onto your's going to be good!!!


More Inspiration: Design Transfers

I have been using design transfers for years and I love how quickly and easily they can upgrade a piece of furniture. I have picked a few of my design transfer pieces to share with you.

Click on any photo below for more up-close photos and all the design details

And while we are talking about design transfers...check out my NINE favorite design transfers HERE.


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