Friday, April 27, 2018

Pretty In Pink Wardrobe


Door Pulls

This is Where We Started
I drove into the parking lot of our store one morning and there this beauty was just glowing in the morning sun. I wish I knew the contact info for the guy that dropped it off so I could show him how cute this turned out. 
I think this would be adorable for a little princess room. In fact, if my five year old grand daughter had the space in her room, I would give it to her for storing all those cute little princess dresses she loves to wear.  

I knew right away this was going to be perfect for these adorable shoes as the door pulls.  I have been saving them for just the right piece of furniture.  They are actually Christmas ornaments I had picked up at the World Market a few years ago.  They are made of some kind of composite.  We just drilled a hole right through the bottom of the soles. 

Here are the steps for this finish.
I sanded and primed with a bonding primer. Any good bonding primer will work. What ever you use should have a dull finish or you can paint over the primer with a dull finish paint.  The Textura Paste is easier to use over a dull finish. It tends to slide away as you are spreading the paste on the shiny surfaces.  

First tape off the border with 1/4 inch tape.  This will make it 
easier to create a straight and clean edge, which will give a 
more professional finish. 

Trowel a thin coat of Textura Paste over, making sure you have good coverage.

 Immediately roll a damp long nap paint roller to create the texture. 

While the Textura Paste is still wet, remove the tape.

Allow this section to dry. The dry time could take one or two hours depending on the humidity.  You can speed the drying time up with a fan or a hair dryer. 

Begin applying the Periwinkle Stencil design on the frame and allow this to dry. 

After the Textura Paste has dried, use the knife to slice through the spaces between the joints.  It is best to do this while the Textura Paste is still wet.

If you can get a piece of sandpaper in between the cracks then sand it a bit to get a smooth straight edge. 

These details are what will set your work apart from the amateurs.  

A closer look at how much better it looks to clean up the edges.  

However, if your piece does not have a separation at the joints then you may not need to be concerned about this. 

Each piece will present a situation that will require a little thought and ingenuity.

Sand the Textura Paste in the center panels and remove the dust.

Add the Buttercup Stencil to the center panels.

Allow these to dry.  Sand, then paint.  You may want to allow the Textura Paste to dry overnight if you have the time.  Less chance of making the raised relief too soft with the wet paint. 

We painted with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Arabesque Color.
I mixed 2 parts color, 2 parts water and 1 part Bonding Agent.
Once the pink was dry.  I dry brushed over the pink with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Farm House White to bring out the texture. 

Here is a close up with the details. 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog.  I hope to always bring finishes to you with our Wood Icing product that will inspire you.  
I hope you will find it will take your finishes to the next level.  
For sure, it can be intimidating until you take the leap and give it a try.  Even if it is to add a little embellishment to your piece, such as a drawer front or a little texture here and there. Just get your feet wet with a box or picture frame.  I promise, you will be addicted in no time.  
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Rose Wilde

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?

Supply List:
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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More Photos

Inside Desk/ Before 


Finish Close Up