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"Cracklin Rose" Design

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How To Create A Gorgeous Antique-Looking Book Using Wood Icing™

Wood Icing™ - book - project - stencil 

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

Yes, I am clearly like a kid in a candy store with Wood Icing™ products! Since many of my projects from the faux finishing biz were crusty and textured, the water-based Textura Paste is right up my alley. For my last post I used a cool hand-turned teak vase. Since then, everything I look at has possibilities since this product seems to stick to everything and it is so easy to use with my favorite paint and products.

For this post, I went back to basics – my unabashed love of painting hardcover books. Books are in everyone’s attic, in the Goodwill bin ready to donate and if you have to actually purchase one, the dollar store has them too.

The wonderful thing about a project like this is you can use bits of leftover materials.

Wood Icing™ - book - antique - pattern - stencil 

• Wood Icing™ and an off-set knife • Wood Icing™ Furniture Glazes Colors – Tree Bark & Licorice • Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Old White, Annie Sloan Dark Wax

SUPPLIES FROM ROYAL DESIGN STUDIO • Royal Design Studio Antique Gold Stencil Creme & Moorish Fleur de Lis stencil • Imitation gold metal leaf and leaf size

SUPPLIES FROM AROUND THE HOUSE • low-tack tape, paint brushes, wax paper, rags, 220-grit sandpaper

Wood Icing™ - stencil - book - pattern - gold leaf  antiqued

Choose a book, old or new, and if it is a bit bedraggled, even better. Tape off the area you want to gold leaf and position the stencil. For this one, it is centered which means I had to fill in a bit of the design in another step. Use the knife and spread some Textura Paste over the stencil openings, just like frosting a cake. Repeat to complete the front and back covers, then when dry, sand lightly to remove any raised areas. Dust off.

Wood Icing™ - stencil - book - pattern - gold leaf  antiqued

Paint two coats of Old White Chalk Paint® and let dry. Then re-tape the areas where you want to add imitation gold leaf and paint on the leaf size in one very thin layer. Let come to tack for about 15 minutes. Lay a piece of leaf over the tacky area and smooth with your finger. When the area is covered, burnish with a piece of wadded wax paper. Remove tape.

Wood Icing™ - stencil - book - pattern - gold leaf  antiqued

 If you’d like to add some age and extra pizzazz to the edges of the pages, use a large stencil brush and paint on some Royal Design Studio Antique Gold stencil creme. To make the book look like leather, brush on layers of Wood Icing Furniture Glazes (I used alternating Tree Bark and Licorice), then wipe on some Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax, removing any extra wax with a clean spot on your rag. Wait ten minutes and buff to a soft sheen. The glazes and the dark wax grab the debossed lettering for the title and author, a nice touch.

Now you have a lovely gift for a book lover that looks extra gorgeous on their shelf. I think these are gorgeous in groups as decoration as well. What can you use Wood Icing™ for? We’d love to know your project ideas and see your photos!

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

Friday, February 28, 2014

Debbie Dion Hayes: A Rustic Vase Project Using Wood Icing™ and Chalk Paint®

Here is a fun recent post from

Wood Icing™ + Chalk Paint® + Stencil = Rustic Fab Vase

 Want a fun, easy, almost-anything-goes project? Let’s have a blast delving into Rose Wilde’s cool Wood Icing™ products! Having a bit of a reputation for using products in funky ways, I decided to use some of my favorite products in conjunction with the basic Textura Paste on a hunk of fallen teak from Indonesia that an artist turned into a gorgeous vase. Here is my finished project!
I can hear you saying, “Debbie I do not have one of those laying around my house, nor do I have a clue as to where to buy one.” I know. But somewhere you do have something made of wood that you can use right? A candlestick, maybe a lamp base or go crazy and do the inside panels of doors on a chest of drawers. This post is all about getting creative with Wood Icing™, Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and a gorgeous stencil – getting out of our comfort zone called Perfection – and getting into Fabulous, Rustic and Imperfect.

SUPPLIES: Use the colors and stencil listed or try your own
Wood Icing™ Textura Paste, “Tree Bark” Furniture Glazing Color, Off-Set Knife
Chalk Paint® in Graphite, Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax
• Stencil – I used Royal Design Studio Large Allover Brocade
• Water, containers, brushes, rags, paper towels, 220-grit sandpaper

 STEP ONE  Clean your piece with a damp cloth if necessary. STEP TWO  Arrange the stencil in an artful way. (This stencil was chosen because perfection is not necessary and it can be turned to accommodate the odd shape of the piece.) Hold the stencil in place and dip the Off-Set knife into the Textura Paste. Trowel it over the stencil.  Let dry. Repeat until the item is completely stenciled. Wash the stencil with water in between uses. STEP THREE  Lightly sand. STEP FOUR  Wipe.

 STEP FIVE  Add about 40% water to a container with Graphite Chalk Paint® and stir. Paint the surface. Let dry. STEP SIX  Sand. STEP SEVEN  Dip a brush into the Tree Bark Glazing Color and cover the surface. Let dry. STEP EIGHT  Dip a clean cloth into the Clear Soft Wax and wipe over the entire exterior surface. Turn the cloth to a clean spot as needed and wipe off any excess wax. After about five minutes, buff to a lovely sheen.

 Voila! A gorgeous piece to enjoy indoors – numerous ways. Add a glass full of flowers, turn it into a lamp with a string of white lights inside, or love it on its own!

A water-based product the consistency of peanut butter. Spread it with a trowel or spatula, then use objects or tools to make impressions. Foam rubber stamps, mesh, lace, stencils and more are perfect. Stain, glaze or paint it. Oil or water-based products can be used with it. Normally 2 or 3 coats of Wood Icing PolyAcrylic is used for protection, but this project needed only a pretty sheen so Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax was used.

One Gallon covers 64 square feet, One Quart covers 16 square feet

Friday, January 10, 2014

My Mushroom Addiction

This post is not about Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan or Wood Icing™  It is about something not too many people know about me.  It is about my addiction to mushrooms.  Shocking I know, but sadly true. My addiction has nothing to do with the consumption of them or the recreational qualities some mushrooms have.  It has everything to do with the beauty I find in them. 
My addiction began with this big ole mushroom, I happened across it nearly 20 years ago.  I call it my Brain Mushroom.  It is quite large. measuring 12 inches across and approximately 8 inches tall.  As I got out of my car to go into the  building where I worked there this beauty was at the base of a tree. I believe the gardener knocked it loose while spreading fresh mulch.  As soon as I laid eyes on it and realized it was probably headed to the scrap pile, I felt compelled to pick it up and put it in the trunk of my car.  I left it on a shelf in the garage for nearly 6 months. The color never changed, I believe because it was kept out of the light all that time.   Once I felt it was dried out enough I shellacked it and put it up on my book shelf. 
I make these little sculptures from my menagerie of mushrooms and a glue gun.  As you can see, I include sea shells we find when we go to the ocean or gulf.    This one has two sea shells flanking each side. We found them on the beach while visiting San Diego, CA a few years ago.  
Of course my husband Jack thought I had lost my mind at the time, but now he is addicted too He brings me fascinating mushrooms when he finds them in the woods.  He brought me those beautiful white frilly lacey ones that are extremely fragile.  Some of them don't make it through the drying phase but most survive and into my little collection on the shelf they go.
This sculpture  includes a sand dollar we found while vacationing in Sarasota, Florida. We love Sarasota and have such fond memories while there with our kids.  One visit I felt sooo guilty when I realized  my children might  have taken every single sand dollar out of the Gulf that summer. Happy to say they had left plenty behind. 
This mushroom has been on my web site for years.  Of course it has Wood Icing™ spread onto it and some leaf and fern stamps pressed into it.  This is the type mushroom used to make those cute little mushroom birds for flower arrangements.  It grows on the side of trees and once it is dry it has bark like finish on one side and a velvety feel to the inside.  Over the years, children and visitors would scratch into it, with their finger nails, to see if it was indeed a real mushroom, so eventually it became a little ugly. Soooo, here comes the Wood Icing™ to save the day!

This one has a Rose Rock (on the bottom left) my sister-in-law Chris gave that to me a few years ago. I just love the fact that a "Rose" rock even exists.  I also love it when I receive things that represent my name.  It is so thoughtful, and I enjoy the fact someone thought of me enough to bring me something that reminds them of me at that moment. So sweet.

Well it is out now, I really am addicted to mushrooms. I know you have seen some crazy ones too.  Try leaving them in a cool dark place for um-ever ( 6 months) and eventually they will dry out.  You can then seal them with a polyurethane or shellac to help preserve them.   

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Lingerie Closet

I found this amazing lingerie closet in a little resale shop just a mile from my house.  I have never seen a piece shaped like this one.  I knew I had to have it and I knew whatever Wood Icing™ finish I used on it would have to be worthy of this exceptional piece.  Therefore it sat around in the studio quite sometime before I could get the nerve to touch it,  There was lots of anticipation as to what I was going to do  from customers and students visiting the store. Thanks to some of my very talented friends making a few suggestions, I worked up the nerve to get started on it.  My friend Kathy Otto loaned me her gorgeous custom stencil and my friends Tim Glasteter and Mark Tillman offered the suggestion on the partial use of the stencil and the placement of it

I could swear I took a before photo of this but I cannot seem to locate it in any of my files. So what you see here is the beginning of the application of Wood Icing™ troweled through a stencil. I broke out the stencil and only used portions of it to embellish particular areas.  I used the basket of flowers across the two drawers on the bottom, then used the scrolls on the top half of the door. On the sides you are looking a raised relief with the use of lace.

The sides and inside drawer fronts just screamed for a lace design to accentuate the lovely curves.  A stencil would have been extremely difficult to execute inside these inset areas.  I could choose to spread the Textura Paste on first, then press the lace in or I could lay the lace down then trowel the Textura Paste over the top of the lace, then pull the lace out.  Since I wanted a really high relief I chose to lay the lace down then trowel the paste over the top of the lace.  I pull the lace off right away. 
Here is a little photo demo on how this is done.  (this is not the lingerie closet in the demo but another project done with the same technique,)  
1. Paint with Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan
2. Lay down lace
3 Trowel Textura Paste over the top.
4 Remove the lace.

This is where I will admit I had a mini breakdown while trying to attempt to apply the lace on this vertical surface. So, I will share with you what I learned from the experience.  I tacked three or four small brads inside the top of the panel.   I then hung the lace on these brads so the lace would be held in place for me while I did my magic with the Textura Paste and lace.  
 Normally this technique works like a charm.  Unfortunately, it did not this time.  I would spread the paste on then pull it off and big chunks of the paste would come off with the lace,.  I think I did this about four times before realizing that the problem was that the surface was too slick to hang onto the paste.  So I started over again.  But first I applied a coat of  Old Ochre, Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan and allowed it to dry.  I love the Chalk Paint® as a primer or base coat for Wood Icing® projects.  It has the perfect texture to allow the Textura Paste to grab onto the surface and I never worry about failure.  Some paints have too slick of a finish that causes the paste to slide during application but that never happens with Chalk Paint®. 

Once I crossed that hurtle I was on my way to finishing this project.  Unfortunately, I never have more than and hour here and an hour there to work on something like this, so it sat around partially done for quite some time.  I think I got on a few peoples last nerve for taking so long on this one.

I chose to paint it with the color "CoCo" Chalk Paint® and embellish the raised reliefs with "Louis Blue" Chalk Paint®.  It is breath taking.  I know these photos do not show just how beautiful this piece really is, but I love this piece so much that I may just have to keep it for myself.  Maybe someday I will get some professional photos done of it so I can share the real beauty of it with you.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wood Icing/Compass Stencil Project

Mary Nasser, a very talented artist friend, has created this amazing "Compass" stencil for Stencil Girl Stencils and to celebrate with her she invited me to participate in her blog hop. 
As the inventor of  the Wood Icing I thought it would be best to use the Wood Icing Textura Paste to showcase how easy it is to create the appearance of carved wood with a simple overlay stencil.  If you have never seen or heard of Wood Icing this is just the tip of the iceberg for our super versatile product.  We have so much more in store to share with you at

I decided to makeover an unfinished wood frame.  We use these frames in our Wood Icing Studio in some of our workshops for beginners.  They are something everyone enjoys working with and they allow the students to learn the techniques while creating something that fits their personal style.
I spray a little repositionable adhesive on the back  of my stencil to keep it in place.
Spread the paste evenly over the top of the stencil.  The thickness will depend on how high you want your raised relief to be.  For the more detailed and intricate cut stencils you will need to spread the paste a little thinner to avoid the paste coming up when the stencil is lifted off.
Remove the stencil immediately after spreading the paste over the top. Allow the paste to dry.  Drying time depends on the humidity and how thick the paste is applied. You can speed up things with a hair dryer.
Sand all the bumps and harsh edges with a higher grit sandpaper (160). Take care not to create scratches which will show up later when the glazing color is applied.
Using our Wood Icing Glazing Color "Mud Pie" brush it on all over in a generous amount.  Blot away the excess without removing too much.  Our glazing colors are semi-transparent, unlike semi-opaque stains, allowing the wood gran to show through more readily.
Use a dry brush to manipulate the glazing color for the desired shade. Keep in mind when working with unfinished wood, you will want to see the wood grain showing through.
While the Glazing Color "Mud Pie" is still wet apply a thin line of Wood Icing Glazing Color "Licorice".
Blot back the excess "Licorice" glazing color then blend with a soft cloth to create a shaded effect.

Once you have your shading perfected on the entire frame, and in order to apply a lighter shade to the raised relief, sand the glazing color off the top edge of the raised relief.
Apply Wood Icing Glazing Color "Rusty Nails" using the same method of a generous amount of glazing color, then blot back the excess color. Dry brush to the desired shade.
Once you have the Wood Icing Glazing Color "Rusty Nails" shaded then add some depth using the Wood Icing Glazing Color "Licorice". 
Allow everything to dry then apply the Wood Icing PolyAcrylic Top Coat.  We have three choices Dull, Satin and Gloss.  I have used the Satin for this project.
What do you think?  Doesn't this photo of Mary Nasser look pretty inside this frame embellished with her "Compass" stencil? 
Thank you Mary for inviting me to participate in your blog hop. I enjoyed my journey with this project and I love the "Compass" stencil you have created.  I cannot wait to try more of your creative stencil designs.
To see the beautiful and inspiring work of Mary Nasser please visit 
*Mary Beth Shaw is a distributor of the Wood Icing product 8oz. Textura Paste. Please visit for more information.






Friday, September 20, 2013

Black and White Room

I have had plans to makeover this guest room for quite sometime, and as always I had put it off until a deadline was looming overhead.  We were expecting my daughter-in-laws parents from Malaysia to see our newborn granddaughter for the first time. This was going to require that room to be refinished in a hurry. No time to run around finding new furniture.  So I was forced to look around the house for some things I had on hand to work with.
First things first, find a bedspread to begin the theme.  I searched online for a bargain and purchased this comforter set.  Mostly because it had the Damask design that I have been drawn to lately. The metallic finish is only explained by my love of all things shiny and glittery. 

Not sure why I chose this color but once the bedspread arrived, it seemed to me my only choice for color on the walls was going to be black. First, convince my husband of this color choice, then off to purchase the paint.
Next was a quick little redo of these little chest of drawers that have been around since before our 43 year marriage.  They began as my little dresser in my bedroom as a teenager.  Once married and expecting our first child we painted them yellow and white for the nursery.  Through the years these little chest of drawers have been every color of the rainbow depending on the purpose they served Once pink in my daughters bedroom then painted black for both kids college dorm rooms. Back home to be used for storage in my studio.   I painted them with  Chalk Paint® Old White and stenciled the damask design with Graphite, of course.
As luck would have it, at the same time, my husband was cleaning out a storage area and pulled out this old frame that had old chipping paint and said, "You want this in the trash don't you?" My response,  "What??? Are you kidding?? That chipping paint is beautiful!".  I immediately painted it over with Chalk Paint® Old White and distressed it. 

Then I deco-podged my three grandchildren in black and white prints onto boards and hung them in the middle of the picture frame openings.  I have since removed the ribbon and have the photo attached directly to the wall.  Much safer, since the ribbons gave way and the photos were landed on the pillows the next morning.  I am certain that could have been a rude awakening for my guests in the middle of the night.  They may have thought I was attempting to eliminate my competition for our new granddaughters affections. (Never crossed my mind, I promise)

We finished this room in one weekend.  I am still on the hunt for new lamps, a chair and a couple of other little additions but at least with the quick little makeover with new linens and fresh paint I didn't feel I was asking my guests to sleep in a storage room.

This room has so much light streaming in and it feels so cozy in these colors.  I just love it.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Refurbished for an Industrial Decor Finish

I found these photos in a file on my computer and thought I would share the process with you. A few years ago I found this old trunk at a flea market for $30. It had great bones with a beautiful cedar lining.  I knew it was a great Wood Icing project and I just couldn't pass it up.  At the time I found this piece, I was really into the metallic and industrial designs.  I loved the challenge of taking something old fashioned and changing it to fit into the loft/industrial décor. 
Most of my projects require a few repairs, usually the veneers and minor broken pieces and this project was no exception.  There was a crack all the way across the top of the lid, which broke right off and fell on the floor while I was preparing the surface.  This caused a delay in progress because I had to call on my handy dandy husband to put it back together for me.  Since I have the patience of a gnat, I feel he is a little slow to the finish line but once he gets done with a repair it is nice and solid and good forever. 
I removed the raised pieces off the front with a chisel and hammer which caused more damage to the veneer.   But of course that is never an issue with an open bucket of Textura Paste around, just fill and sand smooth.  Now I have a clean palette to go with. 
I am in love with foils and texture together.  First thing I did was create my design of large squares of plastic canvass, custom cut in the exact size to achieve a checkerboard finish  I then spread the Textura Paste over the entire surface (one side at a time)  then pressed in a square of the plastic canvass  into the paste, leaving every other space smooth. 
Once I had allowed it to dry overnight, I sanded it smooth, removing all the boogers and cleaning up the edges. I then stained it with a dark color comparable to our Wood Icing Furniture Glazing Color (Tree Bark mixed with Licorice).  I allowed the glaze to dry completely.
Wood Icing Glazing Colors  click here to purchase

Next was the addition of the metallic silver foil and a clear glossy top coat, comparable to our Wood Icing PolyAcrylic Gloss top coat. The goal was to create a finish  inspired by the look of mercury glass.
We raffled this trunk off during one of our events in our Wood Icing Gallery a couple of years ago.  All proceeds went to Breast Cancer Research.  I would love to get my hands on another trunk like this and do this finish again.  If I just keep my eyes open I feel it will appear on the horizon sometime again for me.
Join me in a workshop, if this finish intrigues you and you would like to learn this and more metallic finishes for furniture and cabinetry  Tuesday, September 10, 10am – 2pm  (lunch included) for $159.
You will create the following finishes
one metallic finish with texture using foils for a rustic finish
one metallic finish with texture using foils for a contemporary finish
one metallic finish using Iron & Rust activator
one metallic finish using Brass or Copper along with the Patina activators
Call the Wood Icing Gallery at 636-536-0409 to register.