Which glue to use?

Which glue to use?

You’re getting ready to start your project adding Efex bendable moldings to your furniture/walls/planters/door frames, and just one question pops into your head: “Which glue will give me the best results?”

Here’s a simple guide to picking the right glue for your next project.

DAP Weldwood Contact Cement

  • Brushes on with included brush
  • Apply to the back of the Efex, and to the surface you’re attaching to
  • Needs to dry to the touch before pressing the Efex to the surface (approx. 15-20 mins.)
  • Better if you’re going to be repainting your entire project
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor projects
  • Efex can be removed with a little effort
  • Cleanup excess glue with odorless mineral spirits

DAP Rapid Fuse

  • Has a small applicator tip making it more precise
  • Best to wear gloves when working with this glue to avoid getting it on your skin (it’s a pain to get off!)
  • Apply in a small bead just inside the exterior edges of your Efex
  • Press firmly onto the surface and hold for approximately 30 seconds for a bond
  • Can reapply if you missed a spot
  • Better for applying a few Efex, especially if you don’t plan on painting/staining the project
  • Great for creating a two-toned effect (two colors of paint, or two variations of stain)
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor projects

We hope that helps explain the differences between the two glues. You can also get suggestions from your local retailer, or call or email us!

Ready to start your next Efex project? Find your local retailer here, or shop online.

General Finishes Design Challenge

General Finishes Design Challenge

Psst. Have you hear about General Finishes  Design Challenge. Efex is proud to be a sponsor of the challenge that started on July 4th and will run through July 25th.

To celebrate this fun contest Lisa at General Finishes has done this wonderful Trumeau Mirror that we are thrilled to share with you today. The steps are easy and the result is drop dead gorgeous.

Here is the step by step instructions.

1- Prime with General Finishes Stain Blocking Primer.

2- Place Efex moldings and trace location with pencil.For the top and bottom of the mirror, she used T58 for the frame on the mirror she used T63. The center is SC2 and one of our bows B7.

3- Apply Contact Cement to board and Efex Molding, allow to dry 15 minutes. Place Efex Molding to traced area, press lightly and allow to dry.


4- Base coat with General Finishes Limestone Chalk Style Paint.

5- Add GF Limestone, Bone White and Empire Gray Chalk Style Paint to plate next to each other and randomly apply to mirror, in criss-cross fashion. Allow to dry.

6 – Add GF Limestone in watery coat with GF extender added to add a cohesive color layer to piece.

7- Apply GF Espresso Water-based wood stain with GF extender as a glaze coat, wipe off high spots. Gives it an aged look.

Applying Efex

8- Apply GF Pearl Effects in Burnished Pearl to Efex moldings, wipe back to give aged look.

9- Apply GF High-Performance topcoat in Flat.

Efex GF Trumeau


Get the Look with Effects

Get the Look with Effects

General Finishes Pearl Effects and Efex

General Finishes Pearl Effects on Efex. Honest…. no pun intended.

We are always looking for ways to give our Efex an antiqued old world look.

Yesterday, a box of GF Pearl Effects arrived at the barn and well… it was kind of like a kid at Christmas. With two hours to go before dinner guests arrived there was no time to plan anything formal. Hum… what’s a girl to do, wait and plan or just dive in? Diving was the answer and for two hours I manically mixed and matched random Efex in the barn for these samples.

With 6 colors General Finishes Pearl Effects (Argentine, Bronze, Burnished, Champagne, Copper, and Tawny) are a slightly metallic slightly pearlescent top coat that gives a special depth and shimmer to your projects.

Bronze – This P17   was already painted in layers of greens and blues and Bronze was the first can out of the box. The trim on this board, T63, is also an Efex cut to resemble an old door, the very top of the trims is also highlighted in bronze.

P17 and GF Bronze

This lovely rosette R77 takes on a very different feel when done in the GF Bronze. Very regal and maybe a little gothic? This sample was painted directly over our latex appliqué without any undercoat. Did I mention I was excited to play with these finishes?


From Bronze to Copper the R14 was also previously layered in greens and blues. We simply added a copper topping and rubbed it back with a cloth to show the paint.


Champagne – By now the search is on for older projects to either repaint or just play with. The hunt turned up this R11 with a Grecian urn. The board was already painted white with a wax finish. A quick coat of champagne added a lovely pearlescent shine.


Burnished – The cute little corner pieces is done in Burnished which resembles a yellow gold. These corners would look lovely on furniture especially since Burnished is not a bright shinny gold.


Tawny – Another P17 was quickly painted in white with a light almost dry brushed coat of Tawny. You might not be able to see it on the sample picture but Tawny is an interesting almost kaki color with very subtle sheen.


Finally, a small piece of T34 our Acanthus Leaf trim got a quick coat of Florence Chalk Paint® then a light topping of Argentine which is a great silver color.  Buy now the guest are pulling into the driveway so time to stop.


This morning, I modified the T34. While the silver straight up is delightful, it’s a new day and time to start layering some of the colors. Here more Argentine is added and then lightly stippled Tawny and a few Bronze highlights. Sigh… my favorite of the bunch.


My conclusion – General Finishes Pearl Effects are awesome on Efex.

This Old House magazine

This Old House magazine

This Old House

Exciting news! Efex has been featured in this month’s edition of This Old House as part of their #DIYDare Challenge.

this old house spring

Staff members were given a box of odds and ends which they had to make something out of. We were thrilled with the outcome of the team that was given our bendable moldings, check it out!

this old house planter

A cool planter made out of PVC, dressed up with an urn, swags, and drop moldings, and painted to look like cast iron. Very cool! You can see the instructions here, and there’s a good video too on the This Old House website.

this old house diydare

Perfect spring project! Easy, quick, and big impact.

You can join in the fun too! Post your own projects using the tag #DIYDare on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join in the fun! Full details below, be a part of the challenge!


Escutcheons…aka keyhole covers


Our Efex video series shows off many of the different styles of Efex. Today we’re showing – “How To Dress Up A Dresser…Escutcheons”.

We have 4 different escutcheons. The little petite E1 is just perfect for small projects, and E2 has a little more curvy detail. E3 is tall and skinny, perfect for a taller piece or behind drawer pulls. And E5 is just an elegant lady. Where’s E4? We’ll you’ll just have to stick around to find out!

What’s that I hear you saying? What’s an escutcheon?

Simply put a fancy French word for key hole cover.

 We used E2s to makeover this lovely navy blue highboy.


While E3 turned this IKEA hack from modern to classic.

Efex Escutscheons

Here is the original bronze of our fabulous French E5.


So whether you’re dressing up naked keyhole covers, or making faux ones, you just can’t go wrong with these escutcheons.

Visit a retailer near you online or in store to find these and more!

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.