Industrial Efex

Industrial Efex

Efex Are Not Just French

See how to add Industrial Style with Efex

Spent my snow day working on an industrial table for Maine Country Home.  It’s a palette we found with a weathered worn top. The base is painted in graphite and made of old 2 x 4’s.

industrial Efex

 The sides are where it gets interesting. I wanted to stay with the industrial feel and still use Efex. After all they are more than French!

First, the sides which were new pine, were washed in graphite Chalk Paint®. Then we used the Circles stencil from the Annie Sloan stencil collection.


Now to add the Efex. Again we wanted to keep the industrial feel, so we went with a small rosette, R72. We left the dots on the stencil on every other pattern and then added the embellishment.

Both the stencils and the Efex are painted in a mix of Graphite and Old Ochre.

Voila… Industrial Efex.



Gilding Wax and Efex: A Perfect Pair

Gilding Wax and Efex: A Perfect Pair

Efex and Gilding Wax

Gilding wax and Efex go together like a hand and glove. One is the form and substance; the other is the design and glitz.

This week we worked with several colors of gilding wax mixing them together and with paint to see which combinations we liked the best.

Of course, there is always an easy starting point: Kings Gold. This shell CC 13 has a simple coat of wax over the top. Not even any paint – just waxes.


 This set of scrolls (SC 49) was waxed with a two-step process. Start by mixing Tin gilding wax with mineral spirits to dissolve the wax, and paint with an artist brush.

Scrolls with Tin

For a second coat, mix Tin and Kings Gold with mineral spirits.

(Psst. I got this recipe from my friend Stacy’s Cabinet Recipes)

Gilding M

It turned out we needed a new set of pictures of our medallion, M, so two of these lovelies began a transformation from buff colored to faded patina.

One medallion’s transformation used Tin gilding wax and Florence Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

Silver or Tin Finish on M

The process for is very simple. Mix a diluted gilding wax and mineral spirits and pour out a small sample of paint. Dab your paint brush in the Florence and into the Tin, then, starting at the top of the moulding and working in sections, paint and wipe back. Repeat all steps with different amounts of wax and paint until you have the desired look. Note: use tiny amount of paint to larger amount of wax. Doing this rather randomly I discovered that  the Florence would go in the cracks and then by adding extra wax and lightly brushing and rubbing this is the effect you make.

Having finished the Tin medallion, I moved on to Copper and Florence. Using the same process, work your way around the piece rubbing and adding here and there to get an aged copper patina:

Copper Patina on M

Our last example we  painted straight Tin on the rosette R 77.  Paired on a black background it looks stunning:

Rosettes with Tin Finish

You can get your gilding wax at most of our Efex retailers or The Southern institute of Faux Finishing.

Paint Passion Is Always In Fashion

Paint Passion Is Always In Fashion

Painting with Passion is always in fashion with Patty Seaman.

It is what she does and teaches.

Talent and creativity are contagious at her store in Red Bank New Jersey. My friend, mentor, and Efex Stockist Patty is a wealth of knowledge and experience. Her classes are insightful and never boring.

From my personal experience, she is a great teacher! We first met when she trained several of us how to use Chalk Paint®. Sitting around her dining room table, the four trainees learned and laughed as Patty and her sister Karen took us through a wealth of techniques and information.

During our class Karen even thought us how to shake up a can of paint. How boring you think? She lined us all up in a row and had us to the Macarena while shaking the can! Did I mention there was a lot of laughter?

A decade before Paint Passion, Patty founded Classic Wall Finishes. Professionally trained in applying Italian plasters and an assortment of faux-finishes, she provides beautiful, high-quality, and durable finishes to her clients.

One of her best classes is kitchen cabinets. Today we are so lucky to share the samples that her students recently created. They’re awesome. Here are five great new ideas for kitchen cabinets.

1 – If the beach is in your blood, how cute is this?


2 – Or this elegant coastal living example.


3 – Shabby chic doesn’t get much better than this bow.  Adding the Efex appliqué to this cabinet doors can make your piece. Versailles with an Old White Wash and some gilding wax accents.


4 – Totally trending today this Graphite and Renaissance Gold gilding wax sample just pops with the addition of the Efex E5.


Ahh..  just elegant.

5 – Saving the best for last, a custom backsplash. A wash was applied to match the travertine backsplash. Chalk Paint® in a custom color was applied directly over the glazed accent tiles that were dark grey. Using  Fleur-de-lis on 9 of the tiles completely transformed the backsplash.


Patties Passion is Paint. And her sister Karen Donnelly is also a painting force to be reckoned with. When Patty wants to embellish something she turns to Efex. Our flexible moulding that are so versatile. They can be used anywhere.

This Before and After is not an Illusion….

This Before and After is not an Illusion….

This Before and After is not an Illusion…

Her store name in French loosely translates into painter of illusions, but this is not an illusion. This makeover from Peintre del llusion will amaze you!

My friend Johanne is not a simple painter. Trained as a faux finisher she knows more great tricks than anyone I know.

Last winter she, her husband (who is a wine merchant) and model beautiful daughter came to visit us in Maine over Easter.

We shared fun times and a lot of laughs as she tried to teach me how to create faux marble. I learned a lot but I’m not as talented as she is. Of course between painting and touring around midcoast Maine we shared some great wine.

Let’s look at what the talented Johanne as done today.


This little chest was just a wreck. Most people would not have even touched it. I would have gotten rid of it as it was. In my eye it was beyond repair.


Not our Johanne, Frist she added some Efex. The trim is T42 and 2 B9’s on the side.

She began painting with a coat of Old White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

While the first coat was still wet, she wrapped silk paper over the entire piece to hide the damage. Would you have thought of that? Never in a million years would it have crossed my mind. Then she second coat of old white. Finally, she dry brushed French Linen and waxed with clear and dark wax.


Lets toast to this stunning makeover.

Crud…the secret sauce for a rustic finish

Crud…the secret sauce for a rustic finish

Crud…the secret sauce to get a rustic finish

Today I’m going to change your relationship with crud.  No, I’m not talking about the stubborn white stuff you can’t scrub off your shower walls no matter how much elbow grease you apply.  And for my readers in ski country, I don’t mean powder with tracks.

I’m singing the praises of sawdust, a.k.a. “crud”, today’s resist in my series of posts on How to Get that Chippy Look.  I was surprised, too, when I first learned this technique from our Efex stockist Janet Metzger of the Empty Nest.  Even my husband thought he was cleaning up after me when he tried to wipe the sawdust off of my unattended work-in-progress!

But crud is easy to make and you can probably get the sawdust for free at your local hardware store. Just sweetly ask the guy in the lumber area if you can please sir have a little. Don’t forget to BYO baggie!

Read on and we’ll show you how easy it is:

Step 1 – apply a base coat of paint  to your project. We used two coats of Duck Egg Blue on our sample board.


Step 2 – While the paint is still wet sprinkle the saw dust on your project. Yep…right on top of the wet paint! it might sound a little crazy but we promise it works.

Pat lightly so the saw dust adheres, it won’t all stick to the paint but that’s OK. Let the paint fully dry about an hour.

Step 3:  Once your base coat is dry paint over the saw dust with a contrasting color.  The surface will start to look crusty and messy, but hence the term “crud”.  Now you should have a nice chunky finish with sawdust everywhere.  (You can probably understand my husband’s reaction!) In the end, you’ll get a very rustic, chunky, authentic finish.


Step 4: When the final coat is dry use a razor or a paint scraper to gently scrape off the saw dust.  It will immediately start to take on a very rustic finish, like an old barn door.  You can even scrape right through to the wood.  Get rid of the mess, and clean it up.

Step 5:  Finish by waxing and sanding.  Use clear wax first, and then add dark wax and voila: Patina in no time!


So there we have another ways to get the chippy look using a resist.

The chair in the photo below was refinished using the crud technique layering Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Old White and Old Ochre with a base of Aubusson Blue. You can even use crud on  Efex appliqués to make the moulding look like an old worn wood carving! Like it’s been there for years and years.


If you have any questions please feel free to comment or send us an email. Our dealers carry many of the products used so stop by a local stockist in your area.

Caio, until next time when we show you how to get patina using other techniques.


Elegant French Linen Trumeau…featuring M

Elegant French Linen Trumeau…featuring M

When our friend Stacey of Faux Studio Designs and I finally discovered the Paris flea markets the day of shopping became a recipe for fun and mischief.

One of the markets was full of Trumeau mirrors in every shape and size. It was love at first sight but, the size was more than our carry-on luggage could handle.

Stacey is also one of our Efex stockists and loves antique embellishments just like us! We were thrilled when we found M, our newest Efex moulding and since the Trumeau stall was right next door the perfect project came to mind pretty quickly.


When it comes to Trumeau mirrors the bigger the better. My husband made the first one for a project in Rhode Island last summer. This fall we finally made a trumeau for our home in Maine.You can make one in any shape or size to fit your home using this DIY tutorial as a guide.

 The top of the mirror is trimmed in Efex trim T10, with simple T9s along all four sides.

For painting enter French Linen a favorite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® color.  I love this color, a warm, taupey-grey that fits in perfectly with our French-nautical style.

And there she is, M1 the jewel that started this whole project, where she was always meant to be.

This makeover certainly adds a bit of Parisian glamor to the Maine County Home.

For those details on how we made the mirror see our DIY post. For other great trumeau post see Virginia and Stacey and their take on a trumeau.

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