How to use IOD Transfers

Beautiful IOD transfer from Front Porch Mercantile

How to use easy IOD Transfers from Front Porch MercantileWhat the heck is an IOD Transfer?

That was my first reaction when everyone was talking about IOD Transfers. Well, let me tell you, they are awesome and you are going to fall in love.

If you love image transfers but not the messy work usually involved with gels and wet mess with rubbing papers, you will LOVE these IOD Transfers.  IOD is Iron Orchid Design and the ladies there have some mean talents! Also, like these.

Gorgeous IOD Transfers

From the IOD website

Another fun example of an IOD Transfergorgeous IOD Transfer from Girl Upcycled

via Girl Upcycled

They are super easy to use.

Recently Lisa, from The Painted Pineapple in Moncton completed a table using a pretty IOD Transfer and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.

How to use an IOD Transfer

Lisa first prepped her piece and then painted the table in beautiful Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Schloss. A beautiful color.

We love working with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, so beautiful to use, safe, and natural ingredients.

Schloss is a gorgeous Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint I can't get enough of

And she used Delicate Frog Tape to tape off the “grain sack” lines on the table.

Love using delicate Frog Tape

The complementary colour on the table used is Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Grain Sack. (Fitting for the grain sack lines) and a beautiful complimentary colour to Schloss.

Love this groegeous colour from Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint

She then sanded and distressed the piece to reveal some details.

Using the IOD Transfer she carefully placed it on the table.

Love these gorgeous IOD transfers, so easy to use from Front Porch Mercantile

It’s SO easy!

Just peel the protective paper off the back, then being sure to center your piece, push it onto your surface. You can just rub firmly with your hands and fingers first to get some good adhesion. Then, using the wood “stick” provided with the transfer, just rub and “push” the image onto the table.

It took about 30 mins to do this large one.

Simply peel back the plastic, start slowly, then peel back the cover film from one corner.  Simply rub any spots that didn’t transfer, just push the film back in place and rub more in that area. Super easy peasy!

IOD Transfers are SO easy to use, I love this before and after fromt Front Porch Mercantile

I found this example of how you peel the film back. 

Love the beautiful finish on this table from Front Porch Mercantile

just LOOK at that detail, the chippy MMS Milk Paint and the gorgeous transfer – swoon!

Beautiful IOD Transfer on this gorgeous table from Front Porch Mercantile

And voila! A beautiful transfer with no mess!

The table was then top coated with Miss Mustard Seed’s Tough Coat to protect it, you could alternately protect your piece with Miss Mustard Seed’s waxes.


  • keep rubbing, even if you think its not coming off, all of a sudden it does
  • you don’t need to rub hard
  • you can “cut out” any pieces you don’t want to use, check out Lisa placing it on the table (in above photo) and the finished project, the “flourish” between Gilded Gander was taken out to make it fit on the table
  • Pull the plastic off slowly, if there are “bits”not transferred, just rub a little more

LOVE this before and after using IOD Image Transfer from Front Porch Mercantile


The table was refinished as a donation to the Association of Registered Interior Designers of NB. They will be auctioned it off to help raise funds to pay for legal fees for their designation. Table donated by Beverly Barrett Design Studio. We LOVE supporting our local Registered Interior Designers! 

The IOD Transfers come in a variety of styles and images.

So, what do you think?

Where would you use an image transfer?

You can find IOD’s at your local creative shop owner, find Lisa in Moncton, NB here, or order online here.

How to use easy IOD Transfers from Front Porch Mercantile

What do you think? What would YOU like to put a transfer on?

It looks so easy doesn’t it? It is.

Love it when you leave me comments, let me know what you think?

Thanks for popping in Friends!









Wendy, John + Front Porch Lifestyle

Wendy, John + Front Porch Lifestyle


1 Comment

  1. carole

    Yes, YEs, YES! I’m looking forward to trying IOD Transfers for the first time…..back to the future in such a wonderfully detailed way!!!