Monday, April 16, 2018

Anthropologie Table Top Hack

Before the Hack

Anthropologie Original 
Embossed Meridian Coffee Table $798

After the Hack

Where to start

Paint the entire top with the black paint and allow that to dry. Tape off the sections with blue painters tape.  Mark every other section with a piece of tape in order to keep straight on where to apply the Textura Paste next.
Apply the stamped and raised design in every other section, which allows the Textura Paste to dry enough to apply the next section with out disturbing the design.  By the time you go back to do the remaining sections the first sections will have set up enough to work right next to them with out messing up the stamped design.

     Spread the Textura Paste with our Offset Knife.  

Spray the paste with a fine mist of water.

Spraying the Textura Paste prior to pressing in the clear stamp prevents the paste from coming off when you lift off the stamp.  
I pressed two rows of the stamp for my border design.

After I have my border stamped all the way around, I begin placing the Stencil at each section and spread the Textura Paste over the top Immediately lift the stencil off.  As you can see, I only used half of the round stencil.

Allow this to dry completely.  I normally allow my Textura Paste dry overnight, so it can be sanded and painted without doing any damage to the design.  Textura is extremely durable once it is allowed to dry completely. 

 Use 100 grit sandpaper or sanding block to smooth over the lumps   or bumps and to remove any loose particles. 

After sanding, paint the raised design with Modern Masters Metallic Collection Acrylic Water Based Olympic Gold.

After the gold paint is dry apply the "Licorice"
Wood Icing®  Furniture Glazing Color 

Wipe away the excess Licorice Glazing Color to highlight the gold and allow the dark glaze to fall into the crevasses which will give more definition to the raised pattern.

If you feel the Licorice Glaze is still too dark then go back with a light application of the gold paint and dry brush over the top of the design to give even  more definition.

                                         The Final Finish 
  How did we do?

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Royal Design Studio Amira Ornament Craft Stencil 
Wood Icing Off Set Knife
Wood Icing Textura Paste 
Blue Painters Tape
100 Grit sand paper or sanding block
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Graphite 
or any brand of black paint (Prep may be required)
Modern Master's Gold Metallic Paint Collection
Wood Icing Top Coat Poly-Acrylic Satin 

*Amount of Textura Paste used for this project. We used one 8 oz container for this table with zero left.  We recommend ordering a little extra for practice.  

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Secretary in Black Lace

Secretary in Black Lace

These are the before pictures of this project.  Notice the attached embellishments and the damaged veneer on the drawer front. These kind of challenges are what make Textura Paste the best choice for repairs and creating unique textured finishes. It is the most durable and color accepting product on today's market.


I have never been fond of this sunburst designs on furniture, so I was happy to find it  easy to 
pop right off.  This left me with a clean canvass to work with for creating a custom design.

I sanded over the damaged veneer, then I applied a thin coat of Textura Paste to smooth over the uneven surface. I forgot to take a picture, but I also filled in the drawer pull holes, in anticipation 
of using new pulls that may not fit the existing holes.  I almost always do this, just in case.  But if 
I decide to use the existing pulls, it is very easy to re-drill the holes.


We had a broken leg that seemed impossible to repair, so we simply cut off the rounded areas. 
So now you cannot tell there was any damage at all. 

I remove all moving parts.  Tape the screws into their holes with scotch tape.  Mark each hinge so they will go right back where they belong.  Nothing is worse than a mixed  bag of screws and hinges and trying to remember which ones go together.
If you have something that will require paint but will need a part reapplied afterwards, then mark it where the part or hinge will go using a sharpie pen, then cover that up with tape and paint over it.  Once the paint is dry remove the tape to reveal your markings. The markings should be covered with the hinge. 

I place my marked hardware into a sealed envelope so I can find them later. 

Prepping the Surface
For every piece I ever finish, I do not touch it with paint until I have cleaned it with a warm bucket of water and a squirt or two of Dawn dish detergent. I rinse thoroughly with a bucket of water containing one part vinegar and nine parts water. Dry this thoroughly.  If it is a shiny surface I do a quick scuff sand with a sanding block.  Wipe off the dust with a damp cloth. 

If the base will be paint, always use a base coat of bonding paint. Texture Paste does not bond as well on a slick surface.  If you use a bonding primer that tends to be a little slick when it dries, then you will need to paint over that with a matte finish paint or rough up the surface before painting. 

There are many brands of primers and matte finish paints on the market, so use the one you prefer. You may like the matte finish paints with the built in primer. 

We begin this project with a large panel of lace, Wood Icing®  Textura Paste, Offset Knife 
and a trowel.  We first tape off our edges. Leaving only the areas we want our design to cover.

                When I want to cover the curved edges I slice the tape to accommodate the curves.

Lay the lace down on the surface (textured side down).  Spread the Textura Paste over the lace, smoothing over and lightly pressing over the lace.  Do not apply too thick or too thin.  either one will not give good results.

*This takes a little practice, so practice on a sample board first.  Flip the lace over both ways to see which side of the lace renders the best design.

Once you have the lace covered with the Textura Paste, gently lift the lace off while the paste is still wet.  Do not let the lace sit for any time at all with the Textura Paste over the top.  If the paste dries up the slightest bit, it will come up with the lace when you lift it off.

Rinse your lace immediately and hang it to dry. Allow the paste on your project to dry to the touch.

To continue the pattern overlap the lace and adjust the lace so the design is continued in the same manner.  You can see your design through the lace in order to lay it down exactly the same.  Then spread the paste over the remaining area.

Allow this to dry to a hard surface.  It may take overnight or a few hours in a warm dry area, depending on the humidity and how thick or wet your paste is.  You can speed up the process with a warm hair dryer.

This is why I love working with lace.  It will fit into any space.  As opposed to stencils that can sometimes limit where you can apply them.  But I love all the beautiful designs available for raised relief designs with stencils.  You just have to be a little more selective about the space you have to work with.

Here we have painted over our lace design with our Wood Icing Furniture Glaze, Licorice Black.

After the Black Licorice dries, sand the color off the top of the lace pattern.

                                          Dust off the the sand and grit with a damp cloth.

Next we have stained our sanded areas with our Wood Icing Furniture Glaze "Mud Pie". 
Once this was dry, we applied a coat of our Wood Icing Poly-Acrylic Top Coat. 
We used the Satin Finish. 

Finished Project
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Inside Desk/ Before 


Finish Close Up

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Inlaid Beaded Edging with a Fresco Finish

 Fresco Finish with a "Faux" Beaded Edge

This is the "Before" cabinet.  I was not happy with the louvered doors so I created a raised panel with a beaded edge. Read further to learn how this was done.

Base Coat with a bonding gray paint .

I removed the doors and painted the inside of the cabinet white.

For the table top, apply a generous coating of a bonding gray paint. 

Before the paint drys, roll a textured roller across the top to create a textured finish.  The roller will pull off the paint leaving the design. Allow this layer to dry.

As you can see I was not exactly careful with this design.  You can choose to be "Free Form" or more "Precise" with your designs when using these rollers.  The are incredibly fun to easy to use. 

I did not want the louvered doors for the front of this cabinet. 
So we cut out two panels to cover the louvers.  

We glued down the panels with contact cement. 

We set the panels in place, then weighed them down with some heavy objects on top to secure a good adhesion.  We let this dry overnight.

To create the beaded border, place tape 1/4 inch away from the edge of the panelWe also drilled a hole in the middle of the panel to attach a door pull.  We felt this would help to secure the door panel. 
Close up of the 1/4" border for the panels

These inexpensive plastic beads are what I use for the "Faux" Beaded Edging of the cabinet doors. can be purchased at any hobby or craft store.  they come in various sized beads and length.  
I found these at Hobby Lobby in the craft section for doll making.

Place a line of Wood Icing - Textura Paste on the edge of the panels.  Wet your fingers in water to smooth the paste over.

Press the plastic pearls into the line of Textura Paste. 

 Smooth a fingertip of Textura over the top of the pearls so they are secured into the Textura Paste.

Remove the tape immediately, before the Textura Paste has a chance to dry. If you wait too long to remove the tape it could cause the Textura Paste to crumble along the edge.   

*But, if you do wait too long to remove the tape, then allow the Textura Paste to dry completely before you remove the tape.  It will be easier to achieve a clean edge.  

 Randomly apply sections or blobs of Textura Paste to the framed edges of the cabinet doors. Do one section at a time.

While the Textura Paste is still wet, roll a wet textured roller into the paste. The roller will work best if it is wet, just spray water onto the roller before rolling across the paste. which prevents the Textura Paste from lifting off with the roller. 

*This will not be a perfect application due to the size of the frame and roller being used. However, the bits of texture, created with the roller, works very will with this finish. 

Allow the Textura Paste to dry thoroughly.  Overnight is best, but if pressed for time it can be dried with a fan or hair dryer.
Once dry, sand over the top to remove lumps, bumps and loose particles.

Once the cabinet doors have dried and have been sanded over, remove the dust and paint the entire surface with gray paint.

Once the paint was dry, I decoupaged colorful napkins all around the bottom half, including the cabinet doors.

Once again, apply sections or blobs of the Textura Paste over the painted and decoupaged areas. Drag and smooth over these random blobs with the offset knife to thin down and spread out the paste evenly. Work quickly and work a section at a time.

While the Textura Paste is still wet, immediately roll the "wet" textured roller across the top of the paste for a random design. 
It may be necessary to rinse the Textura Paste off the roller occasionally.  I keep a bucket of water close by when doing this.

Allow the textured design to dry completely.  Once dry, sand over the top of the texture to remove any lumps bumps or loose particles.  Remove the dust.

Apply our Wood Icing® Furniture Glazing Color, Tree Bark over the tabletop.  Immediately remove the glaze with a soft rag.  
If the glaze dries too fast or will not move for you, use a wet rag.

Immediately remove the "Tree Bark" color, glaze with a soft rag. 

If the glaze dries too fast or will not move for you, use a wet rag. Or, for a longer open time, you can use our Clear, 
Wood Icing® Furniture Glaze to remove the dark glaze coloring.
Just brush a small amount of the clear glaze over the top and the dark color will begin to work up again so you can manipulate 
how dark you want the glaze to be or how much you want to wipe back off.

Apply the Wood Icing Furniture Glazing Color "Tree Bark".

Immediately apply color remove with a soft rag.  
Do one side at a time.

Apply and remove the Furniture Glazing Color to the painted bottom of the cabinet to create a distressed aged effect.

Once the Glazing color has been wiped back and is dry. Apply a small amount of gray paint on a paper plate. Dip the tip of your brush into the paint, then offload most of the paint by wiping with a paper towel.  Dry Brush over the top of the textured surface, which will leave bits of Paris Grey on the top surface to accent the textured design.

Close ups of the finished cabinet door.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.
Rose Wilde of Wood Icing Company. 

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Any Brand of Gray Paint with bonding
properties.  Flat or Semi-Flat .

Decorative Art Rollers

Soft clean rags
Sand paper (low to medium grit)

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