Steps 1, 2 & 3

Steps 1, 2 & 3
"Cracklin Rose" Design

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Get A Stone Effect Using Wood Icing®, Artisan Enhancements And A Royal Design Studio Stencil!

 We are sharing a post by Debbie Dion Hayes from her blog

{Although this post is sponsored by Wood Icing™, the idea, experimentation, and comments are my own.}

Wood Icing/ Artisan Enhancements/ Royal Design frame 
Are you always looking for these two things: a cool new furniture finish AND another picture frame to showcase your evolving family, friends and accomplishments? Me too!

You may know that I have the unique opportunity to work with several wonderful DIY products. Yes, I admit it, it’s a little slice of creative heaven for me.

Rose Wilde, co-owner of Wood Icing Co. had a great idea for a stone finish – let’s try some Artisan Enhancements Fine Stone on top of Wood Icing products to get the look of stone. So naturally I added a perfect Royal Design Studio stencil to enhance it all on this flat picture frame I unearthed in my clutter of “great stuff to use for blog posts.”


Wood Icing/ Artisan Enhancements/ Royal Design frame

FROM WOOD ICING Licorice & Tree Bark Furniture Glazing Colors, offset palette knife, Graphite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan



OTHER ITEMS rags, paint brushes, painters tape, sand paper

Wood Icing/ Artisan Enhancements/ Royal Design frame 
Paint one coat of Graphite Chalk Paint® and let dry. Knock off any points with sandpaper if needed.

Lay the stencil over the frame in a pleasing position. Tape if you like. I chose an off-center placement since this is a frame and I wanted the look a bit artsy.

Put some Textura Paste on your palette knife or color shaper tool and pull it over the stencil openings. When the entire frame is covered, level out the paste. Let dry about 15 minutes. 
Brush on one coat of Graphite and let dry.

Stipple or pounce a coat of Fine Stone on the entire surface of the frame and let dry. Due to the base coat of Graphite you will see some mottling of color. Sand the tops of the design to expose some of the white Sand Stone.

Brush on one coat of Graphite and let dry.
Brush on a wash of Tree Bark Glaze. Let dry. Brush on a coat of Licorice. Before the Licorice drys, wipe the surface with a rag to expose some texture and pattern. When you like the effect, let dry for an hour.

Brush on one or two coats of Dull PolyAcrylic. Let dry.

Wood Icing|Artisan Enhancements|Royal Design Studio picture frame project 
 Fill with a favorite photo or momento. I left off the glass and found this old script in French on which I printed on soft brown card stock. Find it here.


Wood Icing|Artisan Enhancements|Royal Design Studio picture frame project
 Time to enjoy! Lacey Jane just woke up and she insists that I use her photo in the frame. Who can resist those eyes?

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Use Wood Icing™, A Stencil And Silver Leaf To Create This Industrial Lace Canvas Art

We are sharing this post by Debbie Dion Hayes, from her blog
Industrial Lace Canvas Art

{Although this post is sponsored by Wood Icing™, the idea, experimentation, and comments are my own.}

Are you a fan of the industrial look? Do you love lace? Let’s put the two together and create this metal-look patterned artwork with lots of depth. It almost looks like a chunk of heavy solid embossed steel! My favorite thing to do with artwork it to layer it with other pieces. Everywhere. This pretty vignette is on my dresser.

Can you just imagine an entire wall of these in several metal finishes. Love it!

My inspiration pieces for this project were my treasured Moroccan bracelet and perfume bottles, purchased on an artsy trip to Marrakech. I’ve been studying them for ages and it finally came to me that Wood Icing™, a stencil, silver leaf and some glaze would be perfect to recreate the look.

Let’s do it! Normally I recommend inviting kiddos of all ages join in on projects, but since the silver leaf tends to billow everywhere, I can only imagine little fingers putting the pretty things in their mouths. So this time, older children only, please.

Industrial Lace Canvas Art 


Industrial lace canvas art

• Any size gallery wrap canvas with a wide edge. Mine is from Michaels

FROM WOOD ICING™ Textura Paste, off-set knife, Furniture Glaze in Licorice, Satin PolyAcrylic Top Coat, Graphite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

FROM ROYAL DESIGN STUDIO Small Fleur de Lace stencil, or any stencil

• Any Leaf Size product like Wunda Size, imitation silver leaf in sheets or pieces called shaibin. All are available from Michaels or from online sources

• brush, foam brush, cheap throw-away brush for leaf size, 220-grit sandpaper, rags, wax paper
Industrial Lace Canvas Art
STEP ONE above
Paint two coats of Graphite Chalk Paint® and let dry.
Lay the stencil in a pleasing position over the canvas. Tape in position if possible. If not, hold in place with one hand. Using the off-set knife, “butter” some Texture Paste over the stencil pattern, taking care not to push it under the stencil. When the pattern is complete, carefully peel off the stencil and wash it. Let the paste dry for about 10 minutes or so. If you need to reposition the stencil to complete the pattern, just find the design edge and add more Textura Paste. Sand lightly.
Industrial Lace Canvas Art
Wipe after sanding. Paint one coat of Graphite and let dry.
Brush on a THIN coat of leaf size. More in this case is not better. Let come to tack for 10 or 15 minutes. My photo shows too much size so you can see it. Definitely wipe away puddles of size.
Industrial lace canvas art
Lay the leaf sheets or broken leaf pieces over the canvas and press down with your fingers. Use a soft brush to push the leaf into all of the crevasses until the entire canvas, including the edges are covered. If you missed a spot when applying the size, just add some more, let come to tack and add leaf. When finished, grab the dust buster or vacuum and get rid of all of the little bits of silver leaf.
Brush on some Licorice Furniture Glaze and gently wipe off the excess with a rag. Pull a foam brush over the top in all directions to remove more glaze until you like the look. Do the sides as well. 
Let dry.
Brush on Wood Icing™ PolyAcrylic Top Coat, following directions.
Add hanging hardware, or simply prop in a niche, in a bookcase, on the mantel or on your dresser to show off artwork, special jewelry pieces and pottery like I did.
Industrial lace canvas art
{Disclosure: This is a paid featured post in conjunction with Wood Icing™. All opinions, projects, and ideas are based on my own experience.}

Monday, December 15, 2014

An Old Dough Bowl Gets Gorgeous Using Wood Icing™ + Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint!

We are sharing Debbie Dion Hayes' post from

Wooden dough bowl painted with green mmilk paint and stenciled with Wood Icing Textura Paste

{Although this post is sponsored by Wood Icing™, the idea, experimentation, and comments are my own.}

I have spent many years in the faux finishing and DIY paint worlds. I can’t even begin to count the number of different products I have used. Some I love to use, and others…well, not so much. I am excited today to play with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint for the first time. The look is very “me” and the though of pairing it in a project with Wood Icing‘s Textura Paste made me jump out of bed this morning in anticipation of the possibilities.

I wanted to use the Milk Paint on raw wood. But so many items in our home are painted. So I rooted around in our attic and discovered this dough bowl. The day I bought it, I put it on the kitchen table to attend to a ringing phone and – good grief – one of the kitties came flying down the hall, leaped onto the table and the bowl and kitty flew off the table. The bowl split almost in half. The kitty laughed behind my back. The bowl has been repaired, lived on the kitchen counter and many a tomato has gone juicy in it.

My old wooden dough bowl with stains

I knew from experience that the Wood Icing™ Textura Paste would stick like glue to the wood. This stuff is awesome! But, I was a bit concerned about the milk paint used over the stains.

Never fear, everything worked like magic!

Here is my project! Love it for my first attempt, don’t you?

Dough bowl painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, with letter stencils

I hope you are ready to give this a try. For me it was so quick and easy, I was a bit sad it was over.


Supplies to paint the wooden dough bowl

Click the links for details on how to purchase TEXTURA PASTE & MISS MUSTARD SEED PRODUCTS.

• Wood Icing Textura Paste
• Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Lucketts Green, Wax Puck, Hemp Oil
• Royal Design Studio French Numbers Stencil
• 220-grit sand paper, paint brush, containers, wiping cloths, paint stick

STEP ONE – The Wood Icing™ Textura Paste

Add textured stencils to the dough bowl with Textura Paste

Clean the bowl and wipe it.

Lay out a random pattern of the numbers in the bowl. Since the shape of the bowl is not conducive to the flat stencil material, you will have to use one hand to hold the stencil down flat and the other to apply the Textura Paste. I simply used a dab on my finger to apply it through the stencil. The texture will not be very thick, so you can let the numbers dry then place the stencil back on and add another layer. One layer was fine with me.

Let the Paste dry – it only takes a few minutes. Lightly sand and wipe off the residue.

STEP TWO – The Milk Paint

Paint the cough bowl with Lucketts Green Milk Paint

Use the wax puck on any areas you want to resist the paint. I ran it around the edges of the bowl.
Put one part milk paint in a container and add one part water. I wanted more of a stain, so I added another half part water. Mix really well with a paint stick.

Paint one coat on the back of the bowl, let dry, and decide how you like the look. Mine was a stained look. Since I wanted to experiment more, I added another coat. Then I moved on to the front once I had a feel for the product and painted two coats.

After it was dry I sanded lightly and wiped.

Wow, this looks wonderful. I like how the edges are worn after using the wax.

STEP THREE – Finishing

Use Hemp Oil to protect the surface

Now I want to seal it with a food-safe, water-resistant product since this bowl is where our fruits and veggies end up.

I  brushed on a coat of Hemp Oil and waited a few minutes to wipe off the excess. I will add another couple of coats over time, following the instructions.

What do you think? I am so happy with my choice of green and the little stencils to give a bit of interest. The Textura Paste and the paint are imperfect, and look like they are just made for the wooden bowl. Did you notice the tomato juice and other stains disappeared and even seemed to enhance the look? Pretty cool.

The finished bowl with green milk paint and textured stencils

This bowl will not be going back up in the attic!

{Disclosure: This is a paid featured post in conjunction with Wood Icing™. All opinions, projects, and ideas are based on my own experience.}

Friday, October 31, 2014

Create This Lovely Fabric-Like Cabinet Finish Using Wood Icing™, Chalk Paint® And A Stencil!

We are sharing this post by Debbie Dion Hayes of

Cabinet finish using Wood Icing™ Textura Paste and Chalk Paint® 

{Although this post is sponsored by Wood Icing™, the idea and comments are my own.}

Last week I spent three wonderful fall days wandering the High Point Market. It’s where buyers and interior designers go twice yearly to buy for their stores and clients. You can imagine the eye candy is over the top, and I get ideas faster than I can remember them. I did leave with the plan to create a furniture finish using Wood Icing® Textura Paste that is lightly textured, washed and soft gold and grey.

Yes, like pretty fabric, with a gorgeous glass pull that is similar to the pattern.


What do you think? This is easy, fast and can be created in any colors that work well with soft gold, because I actually used the Wood Icing™ Textura Paste color as part of the finish.


Wood Icing cabinet finish supplies, including Textura Paste, Chalk Paint® and a stencil

• cabinet door for a sample, or a furniture item
• FROM WOOD ICING.COM: Textura Paste, Paris Grey & Pure White Chalk Paint®, and Clear Soft Wax
• stencil, mine is from
• brush, rags, cheesecloth or lint-free wiping cloth


Cabinet finish using Wood Icing™ Textura Paste and Chalk Paint®

I used a cabinet door I found at Habitat for Humanity for $1. Lacey Jane the kitty helper insisted upon assisting. I lightly sanded the door and wiped it off because it was shiny. Then I brushed on one coat of Paris Grey and let it dry.

I cut my stencil edges off, in order for it to fit inside the panel more easily. I put it in various positions that I liked, and simply used my finger to push a bit of Textura Paste through the stencil. It dries quickly.


Wood Icing™ cabinet finish using Textura Paste, a stencil and Chalk Paint®

Brush on a thin layer of Pure White, in random strokes so it’s not too perfect. Let dry. Use a wet rag to pull of areas of the pattern until you like the look. Let dry.

Use cheesecloth to wipe on one layer of Clear Soft Wax. Wait a few minutes and wipe off all excess. Buff to a soft sheen. If this is a piece of furniture, wait a day and add another coat of Clear Wax.

Pretty isn’t it!

Textura Paste cabinet door finish using a stencil and Chalk Paint® 

{Disclosure: This is a paid featured post in conjunction with Wood Icing™. All opinions, projects, and ideas are based on my own experience.}

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Falling For This Seasonal Candle Holder Made With Wood Icing™ Textura Paste And A Glass Vase!

Shared by Debbie Dion Hayes of

Photo of Wood Icing™ glass candleholder project
{Although this post is sponsored by Wood Icing™, the idea and comments are my own.}
It’s finally fall! What a relief from our ultra-steamy heat and humidity here in North Carolina! Over the weekend I planted pansies and mums and added gorgeous funky non-traditional pumpkins, so my mind is on fall decorating. But you probably know that I am not a passionate, overly crazy seasonal decorator. A few carefully chosen accessories and I am happily DONE.

So, while I am thinking fall leading up to Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday), my mind is conjuring up ideas for using Wood Icing™ products in new, inexpensive, easy and fun ways. One item I do enjoy using daily is a candle. And with three very fuzzy rescue kitties, a must in our home is a glass container.

Let me tell you a quick, crazy story. Years ago, our sweet kitty Lacey Jane jumped over an open flame candle and, yes, caught on fire. When she jumped down, she literally put herself out and sustained only a bit of singed fur. A heart-stopping moment for her, me and Steve! We had only had her for a week and one of her nine lives was already gone!

That candle was way up on top of the television cabinet, but in a goofy feline moment she jumped to the speakers, then on top of the cabinet.

That said, let’s use a dollar store vase to make a glass candle holder that we can use for the entire fall season. Safe for pets and kiddos.


Photo of Wood Icing™ glass candleholder supplies

• One or more glass vases and an equal number of candles. My vase is about 4″ wide and I suggest that yours be at least as wide to keep the Textura Paste from cracking from the candle heat. (And, as always, never leave a candle unattended.)
Wood Icing™ Textura Paste, Baby’s Breath stencil and Furniture Glazes in Mud Pie and Rusty Nails Furniture Glazing Color. (For the stencil, call Wood Icing to order at 1-866-966-3423)
• brushes, tape and rags


Photo of Textura Paste and stencil with glass candleholder

Tape the stencil in place on the vase and using a vertical motion, “butter” on some Textura Paste. Hold the stencil details down with a finger as you go. Complete the entire piece and let dry completely. It may take 30 to 45 minutes.

Photo of Textura Paste drying on vase

When dry, gently sand off the peaks.


Photo of glazing glass vase

Brush on some Rusty Nails glaze, wipe back with a rag and let dry. Then brush on some Mud Pie and let dry.

Photo of Wood Icing™ candleholder finished project


I like the crusty, rustic color and texture that can take this candle holder from dinner to Halloween to the Thanksgiving table with ease. It truly glows. I chose not to seal this project because it won’t get handled much, but if you are concerned that yours needs protection, just add a coat of Wood Icing™ Dull Polyacrylic sealer.

If you like texture, don’t miss my previous post on creating a tree bark-look finish here.

{Disclosure: This is a paid featured post in conjunction with Wood Icing™. All opinions, projects, and ideas are based on my own experience.}

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Create A Faux-Bark Finish Using Wood Icing Products!

{Although this post is sponsored by Wood Icing™, the idea and comments are my own.}

Photo of tree bark faux finish.

I think my mind is on fall. Just a few leaves drop and crunch underfoot but I am so ready for fall colors, boots and campfires with my family.

With that in mind, I have been playing with – I swear I am not crazy – fallen branches from our back yard. While picking them up the other day I was struck by the wonderful texture and earth tones. And by the idea of trying to duplicate the look with Wood Icing™ products.

I am so excited about this finish that I came up with – you can hardly tell it apart from the real branch, and I swear I did not really work at it. Here, I just created it on a piece of black polystyrene since I was in design mode. But picture a huge canvas or a focus wall, or drawer fronts on a rustic furniture piece!

Want to try it?


Photo of Wood Icing™ supplies 

• tree branch at least 3″ diameter
Wood Icing™ Textura Paste, Fissure Size, Licorice, Tree Bark(!) and Mud Pie Furniture Glazing colors
• Paris Grey Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
• rags, spray bottle, paint brushes, putty knife or some kind of spreader

Find a branch and cut it or break it to about two feet long to make it easy to handle. Mine was pretty dead. Basecoat your surface with one or two coats of Chalk Paint® and let dry.


Photo of Fissure Size paint step 


Brush on a very liberal coat of Fissure Size, skipping some areas entirely. It will bead up and look a bit like my picture. (This will make cracks later.) Let dry completely. It can take awhile.


Photo of Textura Paste application 

Spread a coat of Textura Paste on the surface, skipping a few areas. Do not let dry. Using the branch, roll it over the surface and drag it up and down to make texture. Mine left some bits on the surface and, loving it, I left them in. The Paste layer will tear and get crusty, which is a good thing. Let dry completely.


Photo of Paris Grey Chalk Paint 

Brush on one layer of Paris Grey, leaving a few areas open and let dry. Brush on a layer of Fissure Size in random areas and let dry. Cool cracks will soon appear and things are looking “bark-ish.”


Photo of Mud Pie Glaze 

Photo of Licorice glaze 

Photo of wiping back bark finish. 

Brush on one coat of the Mud Pie glaze and let dry a bit, then brush on a coat of Tree Bark and let dry a bit. Brush on a random layer of Licorice, scrubbing it into the cracks. Use a mist of water from the spray bottle if you like. While wet, drag a dry rag vertically over the surface until you like the look. This will pull color off the tops of the texture. Let dry.

And you have faux bark – made with Wood Icing™ – how cool is that?

Photo of tree bark faux finish 

You’ll notice I did not seal it. If you are doing this on a wall or a piece of furniture, I suggest Wood Icing™ Dull Poly Acrylic Top Coat. For art hanging on the wall, I would not seal it.

{Disclosure: This is a paid featured post in conjunction with Wood Icing™. All opinions, projects, and ideas are based on my own experience.}

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gorgeous Lacy Wood – Look Glass Tray Using Wood Icing™ Products!

Debbie Dion Hayes of shares her newest Wood Icing™ project:

{Although this post is sponsored by Wood Icing™, the idea and comments are my own.}

Wood Icing™ glass tray project.

I am a lover of verre eglamis√©, or reverse-painted gilded glass. Artwork, glasses, trays. Everything! You can see on my website that I have created and sold my pieces for years. Naturally, I have a stash of tempered glass with polished edges in my studio waiting for a bit of time and inspiration. Today as I was deciding on a Wood Icing™ project I found two pieces, and this lacy wood-look glass tray is what happened. Love how it turned out.

I have to admit, often when I begin a post I have no earthly idea what will happen. I adore owner Rose Wilde for allowing me complete freedom to play. So, adventure with me and try your hand at this project. Up front I will say that I nailed it on the first try because I am familiar with all of the products. I was lucky, but please free yourself to make “mistakes” and enjoy playing.
For glass, you can use some pieces that come in frames from any source, like old picture frames. Just be aware that they will have sharp edges and they will not be tempered for extra breakage protection. You can use two of the same size like I did, and put them into a pretty frame as art – or add handles to make a tray.


Glass and Wood Icing™ supplies.

• 2 pieces of tempered glass – like that from old store fixtures, or found glass pieces
Wood Icing™ Textura Paste and Furniture Glazes in Licorice and Tree Bark
• A stencil or one-time use Modello (which I used) and a picker tool to remove the embedded pattern
• putty knife or any wide smoothing tool, rags


Modello patterns.

Clean your glass. If it is sharp, tape the edges to protect your fingers (or wear gloves when handling). If using a Modello pattern, carefully remove the thick backing and peel off. (I cut around the pattern in order to see it better.) Carefully place two edges in position and be sure they are exactly where you want them. Once the pattern begins to stick down you are often committed to the position. Gently roll the pattern down in place and burnish down tight. Grasp a corner and peel off the remaining paper. Be sure all of the design sticks on the glass.


Add Textura Paste to Modello.

Using the Textura Paste, butter your wide tool with a stir stick and apply over the surface of the pattern. I left the edges rough and uncovered just for looks. Let dry until almost completely hard. You will need to check it. Stand the glass up facing a window and from the back, pick off the vinyl pattern carefully. Let dry completely hard. Use a hairdryer if you like.

Use Furniture Glazing colors.

Brush on some Tree Bark Glaze and let dry. Brush on a layer of Licorice and let dry. With a damp rag, wipe off the glaze on the edges of the glass. Also touch the damp rag in a few areas of the design to lightly remove some glaze. This brings out the wood look of the raised pattern. Let dry completely.

Lay the second piece of glass on top and you have a lovely tray. Or, place into a picture frame and hang as a pretty piece of art.

Wood Icing™ glass tray project.

{Disclosure: This is a paid featured post in conjunction with Wood Icing™. All opinions, projects, and ideas are based on my own experience.}