Wednesday, May 28, 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.

Add A Hand-Painted Raised Pattern To A Lamp Shade Using Textura Paste!

 This is shared with you by Debbie Dion Hayes of

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

Don’t you love this extremely expensive custom lamp shade? (Snicker.)

Wood Icing Lamp Shade

Would you love to hear that I discovered the lamp and shade buried under camping gear in my attic over the weekend and that it went from bland dorm room to designer gorgeous in no time? Wood Icing™ Textura Paste is my new favorite play product. There are several awesome products in the Wood Icing line but I am still playing with the paste, pushing the creative envelope.

I gave myself permission to play and fail on the lamp shade to see if the paste would stick to the shiny thin fabric. Well duh. Of course it stuck and beautifully.

Here’s how to do this easy and quick project. Our diva kitty Lacey Jane and I spent more time waiting for steps to dry than actually painting.

Wood Icing on lamp shade


FROM WOOD ICING  Textura Paste (a very small amount) and Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®
FROM ROYAL DESIGN STUDIO Royal Design Studio Stencil Cremes in two or more colors
(I used Lime Shine and Metallic Teal)
• Rags or paper towels, small squeeze bottle, stir sticks, paint brushes, squirt bottle with water
• One kitty to drink out of your paint brush water (optional)

TexturaPaste and squirt bottle 

STEP ONE  Put some Textura Paste into a clean small container and add a bit of water until the consistency is like soft pudding. I ended up pouring a bit of water back out into another container. STEP TWO  Use a funnel or just make a little one using paper and tape. Pour the mixture into the squeeze bottle. If it is new, cut the top open with a small hole and make it bigger after testing the size of the pattern it makes.

Wood Icing and Chalk Paint® 

STEP THREE  Make a pattern all over the lamp, trying not to let the paste get too think in any area so it won’t run. I have a cute little battery-operated fan I used to help dry as I turned the shade around to make the pattern. Let dry completely, maybe thirty minutes or so. STEP FOUR  Pour some Duck Egg Chalk Paint® into a container and add a little water. Paint it on the shade and let dry completely.

Stencil Cremes on lamp shade 

STEP FIVE  On some type of palette, (I used a piece of tempered glass left over from a workshop) put out your Stencil Creme colors and choose two that are similar in tone and intensity. Use a larger brush like an Annie Sloan paint brush to wash on the color, blending or not until you like the look. Keep the squirt bottle handy to add water to blend if you like that look. I did a couple of coats of the stencil cremes mostly because I was having too much fun to quit!

Calico cat and lamp shade 

But quit we did. One sweet feline can only drink so much paint water AND watch me work.

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