Plain and Boring to Art Deco

Plain and Boring to Art Deco

Art Deco Tables

Flexible trims are a great way to spice up even the most boring table..

It was the turn of the century Art Deco and Jazz were in full swing. The Fitzgerald’s held court in Europe and New York. Women wore feathers and danced the night away.

Art Deco Vogue Poster

Furniture and decor took a luxurious twist, mixed with the feeling of the era that technological progress would never stop. Art Deco was associated with both luxury and modernity; it combined very expensive materials and exquisite craftsmanship put into modernistic forms. Like this nautilis chair.

Paul Irbe 1913 chair.

Nothing was cheap about Art Deco.

Today we have translated some of the most classic art deco designs into our bendable trims.

Art Deco Table

There is no quicker or easier way to up style a plain jane into the fem fatal than adding Art Deco trim and gilding.

Just wrap it around the skirt and your transported to drinks on the terrace with Zelda. OK, maybe not transported but you get the idea 🙂

How to make a boring table and Art Deco master piece.

1 – Add T23

2- Or add T 33 the Greek Key

3 – Or try T27 one of our lovely art deco pieces.

Were often asked how to use our trims and this is the easiest upstyle project we can think of.



Efex In The Garden

Efex In The Garden

Efex In The Garden

It is garden season here in Maine. Finally!

2017 maine country home garden

The tomatoes, lettuce, beans and peas are in, the squashes, zucchini and cucumbers are going in this week, along with a cabbage. Can’t wait to see if this year is as bountiful as last year.


We had great heirloom tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes

and the cabbage was bigger than a 6 year old.

In general I don’t do annuals, they are to fussy, and/or I am to busy to keep them going all year long. Having said that I do have a few special pots that get annuals for the front of the house and our store Maine Country Home.

Over the last two years we have done several posts about Efex on Garden planters and pots. All have highlighted putting even on outdoor garden objects and decorating with plants. It’s so easy to do and a quick way do set your flowers apart from all the rest.

But… how well do Efex last outside?

Here in Maine we have harsh winters. Snow, ice, rain can all take there toll on outdoor furniture of any kind. Most of the time we put our pots away inside for the winter with the lawn mower. But… this year we were a little lazy.

Efex on garden pots

Maybe it was the late fall, or an early winter without snow but the pots just got left out doors. Then can old man winter and buried them under feet of snow and ice.

I am please to say the Efex did great outside.

The plastic pots from Lowes however did not fair as well.

As you can see from these pictures the Efex and paint are still going strong. The plastic on the base cracked in half and the other half of this pair of post, the plastic cracked the entire pot rendering it useless and unfixable.

The clay pots had their own issues. Paint peeled, and chipped off but again the Efex are fine. Just waiting for another coat of paint.

The ending of this story is simple. If you live in a harsh winter climate, put your garden pots away for the winter. Then they will be ready for spring or summer when it arrives.



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Efex and Fabric

Efex and Fabric

Efex on Fabric

Our clever friend in Montreal is at it again. This time with some striking and different uses for our appliques.

You see Johanne had this old sofa. Great french bones but the fabric was very outdated. Not in bad shape, just old fashion.  Hmm… what’s a creative to do?

Well she started out painting the sofa. As an Annie Sloan stockist, she knew that to paint fabric successfully you need to water down the paint and put several coats on. The actually painting time is not that much, but you do have some drying time on a project like this.

Because she started with a dark green and textured fabric she had to take her time and let the project progress on it’s schedule.

She clearly had some time to think because her clever idea of adding Efex to the side of the fabric was wonderful.

After several coats of paint she finished the project by waxing the wood. No need to wax the fabric especially if it is textured.

Voila, a wonderful and unique sofa saved by Chalk Paint® and Efex

xoxox Lydia

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