From Havana With Love

From Havana With Love

Hemingways Cigar Box!

Do I have your attention?

Often when we see an antique we like to imagine what the story was that goes with the piece of furniture. Kind of a little history that tells where the piece was from and who owned it before. This little trunk box sent us to wondering…

The year is 1940, Martha and Ernest Hemingway have just arrived in Cuba. The city at night is a spectacle of sounds and lights with tourists flocking to the island for it’s weather, rum, and jazz. While the tropical is in full swing, down at La Floridita Hemingway is having a rum and a cigar. Contemplating what he called “the most beautiful women in the world.” As he reaches for another cigar, it comes out of a small box trunk.


The trunk was owned by the proprietor of the cafe. Music played at night and the socialites that flocked to the city partied the night away surrounded by stars and samba. Idyllic.

Enough of the fantasy, back to the present.

It’s not a trunk, it’s a cigar box.


Did we have you there for a second?

This little cigar box is the latest from Stacey Christensen from Faux Studio Designs in Alabama.

She took a simple cigar box and made it into a trunk. Using Efex and her latest Faux Finishing Recipe, in less than two hours she created a masterpiece. One look and we were dreaming of old Havana.

The way she used the Efex was just so darn clever.

The center is one of our escutcheons E5, but the rest of the straps are really pieces of  a T14 trim.


She went from this elegant trim to straps on a trunk. Who would have thought?!


Then to add the authentic rustic, rust she used Modern Masters Metal Effects in Rust

Instead of a simple little box, she painted a story.


We think that we all have a story inside waiting to come out with our creativity. So if you want to tell your own story we highly recommend Stacey’s Paint Recipes for Furniture and Cabinets. Just grab her monthly subscription and start dreaming up your story.  From Stockholm to Havana and everywhere in between she’s got you covered.

Don’t forget to add an Efex or two to really make your next project unique and customized!

Oops…gotta go, Havana is calling! Off to visit Hemingway’s home to see the trunk in full size.


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The Shabby Duck Studio – Western Australia

The Shabby Duck Studio – Western Australia

The Shabby Duck

The Shabby Duck Studio is a special place to visit. We are always excited and proud to showcase dealers and friends who do special work with our Efex bendable moldings. Today’s dealer project comes all the way from Monique of The Shabby Duck in Busselton, Australia.

Monique took this cute little side table and made it into a delightful night stand. It would work well in any room, from a bedroom to living room to mud room, adults and children would love to have this unique piece of furniture.

Shabby Duck Before

She started with Voodoo Molly Vintage Paints then applied Efex scrolls SC17 on each drawer using contact cement.

To add character she aged them with a burnishing paint, added dark wax to antique the piece, and distressed to give it that well-loved look. Finally, she sealed with carnauba wax and added a touch of silver leaf to enhance the details.



Adding scrolls to doors and drawers is a fantastic way to quickly add a bit of pizzaz to a plain piece of furniture. Whether they sit of either side of a knob, or in the middle of a long drawer, they add an architectural elegance to an otherwise lackluster front.

You can see all the scrolls in our catalog of bendable moldings here, or download our newest catalog to see what other pieces might suit your own style!

What do you think of Monique’s drab to fab makeover? Would you use this same scroll on your drawer fronts, or try something different?

Quick Projects

Quick Projects

Furniture Moldings are Quick and Easy Projects

Our Furniture Moldings are so easy for projects especially ones that are qucik and easy.

We love Quick and Easy Project.

Today we’re bringing you Efex inspiration from the world-wide web.

These three projects are so quick and easy and just in time for spring. Clearly everyone has warmer weather on their minds since there are two more clay pots with Efex on them!

The first set is from our dealer Signature Finishes in Grafton. Clever Maureen even does a workshop using Efex. If you’re in the Massachusetts area, you should look into her workshops, we can guarantee they are tons of fun!

Signature Finishes

The next two are from The Whole Shebang by Nina in Australia.

The Whole Shebang by Nina

First there is this really cute red plant pot decorated with a C45 corner… but what really caught our eye is this simple yet totally elegant side table.

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All she used was a pair of SC4s and paint to give this table a truly wonderful makeover.

With over 170 products you transform just anything under the sun. Download our free catalog today, or go to a dealer near you for even more design help.

Ciao for today


Elevate Your Garden Style

Elevate Your Garden Style

9 easy ways to elevate your garden style with Efex Moldings

It doesn’t matter if your garden style is herbs in your kitchen, or a full vegetable patch outside. Big or small, using Efex bendable moldings and a little paint can elevate your garden’s style. You can even use our moldings for flower vases, to add a little unique touch to your planting table, or flower display.

You can use any old pot, terracotta, plaster, fiberglass, plastic, all work for a redo. It’s a bonus when the pot is big and you’re still able to lift it!

Here are 9 great examples we’ve seen over the years on how to Efex your outside world.

When we first began distributing Efex, we did a series of small clay pots, and then the windows boxes in front of the store.

decorating clay pots

We followed up a few weeks later on the clay pots and they were still in great shape. I am happy to report that two years on they are still in great shape. Our T36 trim is just perfect for the window boxes.

colorful window boxes

Down under our Australian and New Zealand distributor did the same thing in her garden with a stunning effect. They have lived outside full time through a raining New Zealand winter and are still perfect. The one on the right has shells from the Coastal Collection and the one on the left has just one simple T30.

how to dress up plastic pots

And speaking of down under, we can not forget these stunning elegant planters from New Zealand using P15 and D4s.


My friend Margret Wolley has had this pot outside in the New Zeland weather for about 5 maybe six years and it’s still going strong. She used elements from the Country Collection for a layered look.


Back here in the USA our good friend Matthew Mead has done some great outdoor work with Efex.

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From this fun Adirondack chair,

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to these fabulous pots. Matthew always adds style to every project he touches.


This lavender pot was a great success. Using a fine stone additive and then painting, she really added to the total authenticity of this project. It really did look like an old clay pot when it was done. One simple T9 made all the difference in the world.


One of our all time favorites is from our recent mention in This Old House magazine.

this old house planter

This project which recreated federal flower boxes using R39, D8, and SW21 was just terrific.

Which one is your favorite? We would love to hear your comments, or if you like share on Pinterest.

To find an Efex style for your garden pot just download our new catalog today by signing up below!


New Furniture Moldings Catalog

New Furniture Moldings Catalog

New  Furniture Moldings

The New Furniture Moldings Catalog is here and the excitement here at Efex is just bubbling over!

For those of you that follow our blog, you know that last fall we started manufacturing our lovely product here in Maine. We’re really our proud to say that Efex is made In the USA, and specifically made in Maine.

Spring/Summer 2016 Catalog

Since we began manufacturing we have remastered much of the product line to bring back the detail to the historic molds. And yes, we’ve added some new designs to add to your DIY tool box!

Today we’re pleased to debut our new Efex furniture catalog. It is filled with new goodies such as:

New Furniture Catalog

our wonderful birds on a branch molding,


and a great new pediment.

Just fill out the form below to get your free copy of the new catalog and start planning your next project.

DIY Trumeau Mirror with a twist

DIY Trumeau Mirror with a twist

DIY Trumeau Mirror

DIY Trumeau Mirror are all the rage and in this case, we can see why. We are totally smitten by this elegant Trumeau.

This one was done by a very clever customer in Florida. She loves French style decor and has a wonderful eye for style. This mirror sits between two lovely antique armoires.


The centerpiece of the mirror is our very own M1, the newest large French medallion added to the collection earlier this year.

M1 Medallion from Efex

To frame M1 she used D8, SW3, and B4 at the top.

Correct Efex

Also, to draw the eye to the base of the mirror she added two R39 urns down in the bottom corners of the mirror.

She painted M in French Linen and Old White with some superb layering techniques and then clear waxed the entire project. A little gold gilding to bring out the details becomes the icing on the cake.

And let’s talk about the styling for a minute. Do you think she’d come and do all our houses? That rustic metal cage, and the two candlesticks to add height, it all comes together seamlessly to accent the fabulously French aesthetic.

Voila, c’est magnifique.

So tell us, which Efex would you use to makeover a trumeau mirror?? Leave us a comment with your ideas!