The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea

There are those projects sometimes that just seem to take a lot…a lot of effort, a lot of time, a lot of mental energy…whatever. And perhaps, for me, it’s a bit of perfectionism that makes personal projects so much more challenging than they need to be. But I am pleased to share a project of my own that has my children begging me to swap out their bedroom furniture for this newest creation. As always, I find myself wishing that I’d taken a ‘before’ photo but alas, it is not to be.

This bed frame is solid wood, but started life in a very plain state with quite a dated inlaid design in the headboard. The re-design was conceived with the help of Lydia from EfexUSA on a recent visit.  We used a combination of scrolls and one of our newer rosettes to transform this bed into something a bit sweeter and a bit more French – perfect for a little girl’s bedroom or a guest room.IMG_5523The headboard features an R93 central rosette and a ‘frame’ composed of two pairs of SC52 scrolls and one pair of SC05 scrolls. The SC52 scrolls fit nicely up against the curves of the R93 rosette.

The footboard features a pair of SC05 scrolls in the centre and a pair of SC54 scrolls used in-line along the bottom. I liked how these tie the design in with the headboard, while keeping the focus on the main rosette on the headboard.

To get a smooth finish, I applied two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and two coats of clear waxed, buffed to a shine. I wanted to keep the finish simple and clean. I also relied on input from my daughter who, when I asked if I should distress it, replied, “But Mum…then it would look so OLD!” 🙂

Franca’s Secretariat

Franca’s Secretariat

It’s so wonderful when our customers share with us their creations…It’s even better when they share their techniques!

This beautiful piece was created by Franca in Australia and she shares with us her steps and thoughts on the makeover:


“The secretariat was a reproduction piece, quite ordinary and dark so it was perfect for a makeover.

13055394_980884368691354_2698738720222631409_n1. A coat of Zinser BIN shellac based primer was first applied to the secretariat to avoid any stain bleeding through the chalk paint layers.

2. As the original piece contained scroll work on the edges, the EFEX appliques chosen complemented the existing scrolls beautifully, inclusive of the beading border on the front of the desk. The EFEX appliques were then glued on.

(Kristen’s note: Franca used our R61 rosette as a central feature and surrounded it with a rectangle of T70 trim. The legs were dressed up with our L1 mouldings and two L1 mouldings were used on the top and bottom – cut along the midline and used ‘head to head’ – as scrolls. )


3. This was followed by two coats of Websters Chalk paint in a custom blue.

4. To add further depth, a 50 / 50 wash of the same custom blue and a grey was then applied sparingly whilst wiping off excess with a rag. The piece was then finished with clear & dark wax where required.

5. The original handles were painted in acrylic silver. Some of the same silver was then lightly dry brushed over the ornate EFEX appliques to give them a shimmer.13000355_980884345358023_7716287789297194458_n

In conclusion, From Ordinary to Extraordinary!!!”

Thank you so much Franca for sharing this piece and your steps with us. We love what you’ve done!

Mirror, mirror…

Mirror, mirror…

Alison at The Little French Provincial Shop in Gundaroo, NSW is at it again, this time with a gorgeous mirror. IMG_5806Using the C31 corners, D8 drops and a P12N pediment, Alison has taken a beautifully-shaped but somewhat plain wooden framed mirror and made it into something really quite special.  The piece was finished with Webster’s Chalk Paint and L’Essential Clear and Dark Wax. Here is the mirror in its ‘before’ state…IMG_5802Thank you for sharing! We can’t wait to see what you do next… 🙂


Showing a Little Leg

Showing a Little Leg

This lovely console table/desk was revived by Alison at The Little French Provincial Shop in Australia and she was kind enough to share her before and after shots with us.  She’s updated the look with new knobs and Fusion furniture paint and given the piece added interest with our L4 leg mouldings.
20150910_155007The “Before” shot…


A more detailed view of the leg moulding.

Great work and thanks again or sharing!

A Blast from the Past, Part 3

A Blast from the Past, Part 3

After a bit of a break I present the final leg of the tour of my friend Sharon’s lovely home….

The last piece that she shared with me was perhaps my favourite.  And – as before – it’s because I love to see the creative ways that people use our Efex Appliques.

IMG_4528This hutch already had some lovely detailing – the carved corners, the pediment along the head and foot, the panelling on the doors — but Sharon felt it was missing that something extra. Using Scroll SC02, she added a more raised detail to the piece, elevating it above the flat-style carvings on the original and complementing the style perfectly. Again…a simple moulding used to great effect.

Here you can see the combination of the original flat carvings with the raised detail provided by the Efex mouldings.

Thank you so much for inviting me into your home and sharing with me some of the beautiful work that you’ve done.

Kristen 🙂