….not me but the new mouldings I have in my shop!!
I have a friend who has been living in the U.K. for the past ten years and has come back to Poland. She is also a painting fanatic and has started making decorative mouldings.
They are fantastic. They are made from resin and after painting they look completely real- like a piece of carved wood. So….I only have three styles at the moment- but I have decided to give a mini tutorial.
First of all- select a moulding. This is the hardest part because there are so many nice ones- make certain it works with the style of furniture.
****This is really important when painting furniture and a really important design tip. When painting/renovating an old piece of furniture- make sure what you are adding and the colours you are painting work with the style of furniture. Here is an example:
This piece of furniture is a reproduction- even still it is important to follow the style when painting. There is no way this piece, with all of its scrolly decorative details would suit a dark colour like black or red or even a dark blue. This is a very feminine piece and soft colours are needed- a delicate grey, pink or a baby blue. I used Pure&Original “Tin Kettle” with white wax. The inside I painted a darker pink but all the colours are soft and suit the style of furniture. The same rules apply with mouldings- make sure they work with the style of furniture- adding a scrolled moulding on to the drawers of a piece from Ikea will stand out like a sore thumb. Anyway…..
So after you decide which moulding- give the back of it a quick sand so that it has a bit of texture- and also to the place on the furniture where it is being glued to.
Then apply the glue to the moulding (I did it with a brush to make sure I got it on all the little scrolls)
Then apply it where you want it and just to ensure it doesn’t move around use a piece of painters tape to hold it in place.
Once the glue has dried….you are ready to paint. I think this colour was Tin Kettle, I don’t remember!
I painted with two coats.
And if this is the look you are happy with- then you are done. I wanted to highlight the details so I dry brushed white on to the mouldings.
I also did a bit around the shape of it- just so it stands out.
Next I applied gold size and transfer to give it a little extra….
Why stop there?
Next I added a layer of clear wax. The Fiddes wax is the colour of beeswax but it does actually go on clear.
Then I applied a touch of dark wax just to highlight the details.
Any spots with too much dark wax I just lighted with the clear….and that was it!
I guess I should have turned these photos around!! But you get the idea. I just did these on a piece of wood to display some options when painting. There are so many possibilities with these resin mouldings.
The lady that makes them has also done a few tests with them- it is possible to heat the mouldings so that you can bend it on to something. You can do it with a hair dryer or even in the microwave. She put hers into the microwave for a few seconds then shaped it on to a vase. There is even a possibility of bending a longer one so it fits on to a corner. I can’t advise on any of these because I haven’t tried it…..but there are a few youtube videos out there.
How can something so small have such a big impact on a piece of furniture?!