Hi friends! Have you ever considered making your own DIY furniture appliques? I’ve been buying wood or resin ones up until now, but today, I’m sharing my first try at using Iron Orchid Molds. It seems like a really easy and cost-effective way to make your own.
This entry table and mirror makeover is restyled for my sister Andrea. I have to admit, I prefer testing out new products on my own furniture (or someone close to me) before I use it for my clients. This way I can see how it reacts and holds up over time. So far, so good. 🙂 I used a small IOD Vintage Decor ‘tester-applique’ on each corner of this table. It really does add some interest to the overall look!
Here’s what we started with…
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- Entry Table + Mirror ( Sister’s Salvaged Set)
- Iron Orchid Vintage Design Mould
- IOD Paper Clay
- Sand Paper & Glue
- Chalk Mineral Paint – I used these colors here and here
- DB Black Wax
- Stirling Silver Gilding Wax
HOW TO – DIY FURNITURE APPLIQUES
Step #1. Sanding and Prepping
I cleaned and lightly sanded the table to make sure the applique had a good surface to adhere to.
Step #2. Kneading the Paper Clay
Right out of the package, the paper clay is a little hard. It could be because I stored it in my studio – aka my basement – which is always a little cool. I tore a small corner off and kneaded it until it warmed up in my hands. This is FUN friends! It feels like playing with playdough – for real! And once it’s warmed up, it’s nice and flexible.
Step #3. Filling the Iron Orchid Vintage Design Mould
Pushing the paper clay into the mold reminds me of playing too. I was careful not to overfill it because I didn’t want to have to trim off any excess. I used just enough clay to fill the mold perfectly and then smoothed it out so the entire design was filled and covered. I also made sure the top (or back) was smooth and level with the mold.
Step #4. Removing the Clay Applique
The Iron Orchid Vintage Design Moulds are very pliable, so removing it is super easy. I bent the mold and popped it right out.
Step #5. Gluing the Applique On
While it was still moist and pliable (you don’t have to wait for it to dry) I glued it onto the entry table with this Wood Glue. Any type of glue applicable to your project will work. To make sure it doesn’t slide around while drying, I used a low-tack piece of painter’s tape to hold it in place.
Step #6. Paint and Topcoat
Pro’s of IOD Decor Mouldings
Usually, moldings are stiff and can only be applied to a flat surface – but I love that these are pliable enough to form the back of a chair or a curved leg on a table. Those of you who have hung around the SIBlog for a while now know I’m thrifty, so I love that these are cost-effective. I used a small amount of paper clay for the two small appliques. I’m guessing there are probably another dozen (at the very least) left in this bar of clay. For the $15 Iron Orchid Vintage Design Mould and the $8 paper clay Clay, that rounds out to be around $1.90 per applique! Can’t beat that price.
I also like how versatile they are. They can be used with paper clay, resin, epoxy, soap, wax, and even chocolate because they’re food safe! You probably want a ‘food’ designated one if you’re into that though.
Cons of IOD Decor Mouldings
The size is limited. I haven’t seen any really large molds.
I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS MAKEOVER…OR IF YOU’VE EVER TRIED IOD DECOR MOLDS. IF YOU HAVE ANY TIPS YOU’D LIKE SHARE OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!
Happy painting have an inspiring day my friends!
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