Here’s a sweet Classic French Provincial piece that I dressed up with my paint sprayer and an easy-to-glue-on applique. I LOVE these things! Appliques (aka onlays or mouldings) can turn an ‘real uguls’ (a term my Mum use to use) into a beautiful focal piece.
And they’re not just for furniture!
These decorative mouldings can be applied to frames, cabinets, doors, planters or pretty much anything you want to fancy up with some detail and dimension.
For past projects I’ve used wood appliques, but this was my first time trying a resin moulding. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Will it hold properly? Will it look seamless? Will it look as professional as a wood applique? Yes, yes and yes!
I was really surprised that it only needed gluing. I wanted to use a pin-nailer or finishing nails to help hold it on , but the resin material felt pliable yet breakable.
Flexible yet easy to tear… it’s weird.
I’m sure shooting it with nails wouldn’t have ended well so I just followed the manufacturer’s instructions. Wood Glue, No More Nails, Joint Compound or Gorilla Glue are all excellent adhesives for these appliques.
It was super easy to apply. I used LePage Carpenter’s Wood Glue and centered it evenly on the top drawer. If you want it perfectly aligned, you can measure and mark out the exact spot you want your applique. As you can see from my pic, I didn’t measure. Instead, I used the filled-in hardware holes as my guide and eyeballed it.
Here are a few tips when applying an applique to furniture~
1. Whether you’re applying an applique on furniture (or any other project) a flat surface is needed for proper contact and good adhesion.
2. Clean and sand the area where the applique will be applied. Remove any shiny surface or topcoat, dirt or grime that might interfere with adhesion.
3. To get a seamless look, cover the entire applique with glue and then press down or clamp.
4. Clean off any squeezed out excess glue with a damp cloth. I used a chopstick and toothpick to get into the tight areas.
5. Follow the manufacture’s instructions and give the applique extensive dry time before priming or painting. I let my applique dry overnight for 24hrs.
6. Prime and paint! I spayed light coats rather than heavy. If too much paint were to get into the nooks and crannies of this applique, it would have been a dripping mess!
7. To make an applique really pop, apply a dark glaze or wax, dry brush, or paint it in a totally different color to make it stand out.
After paint and prime, I sealed and protected with a clear wax for a clean look.
And since we’re showing off this classic girl, let’s flaunt her smooth custom “DIY Chalky Pebble Beach” finish, golden restyled hardware, and her shapley legs. 🙂
Once these appliques are fully adhered and all painted up, honestly, you can’t tell that it’s not wood! From now on, I’ll spend the extra money on wood appliques if I plan to stain. Otherwise, polymer, resin or plaster appliques are my new go-to for painting!
You can find some amazing appliques at Chic Mouldings, on Etsy, Bomar Designs or Do It Yourself Chic. Home Depot, Lowes and Lee Valley also carry them but it’s a limited selection. I’ve even seen some bloggers make their own. Hmmm…sounds like something I may have to try one day! 🙂
So what do you think of this French Provincial before and after? Have you ever applied appliques onto your projects? If you have any questions or have some additional tips you’d like to add, chime in!
Now onto my next project!
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