Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Making your own furniture applique using All-Purpose Joint Compound

Last year I was playing with All- Purpose Joint Compound decorating my faux fireplace. I  used the same compound to decorate my table to make it look like carved wood. First I sanded the entire surface because my table has a glossy varnish.  I used my cake decorator kit and filled it with All-Purpose Compound and applyed some roses and leaves just like you would do it on a cake. Then I let it dry completely. I used a primer-sealer and painted the detail and table. Then I painted my table white.
It just looks like those commercial furniture appliques.

You could follow a commercial applique design as an  idea. I really love how it turned out.
Before table.
Would you like a sweet treat? I have not stopped playing with Joint Compound yet, I made these faux mini-cakes. My husband was annoyed when I told him that he could not eat those mini-cakes, :) He said that I was evil making them because they made him hungry for goodies.
I filled the baking cups with joint compound and smoothed the top with a wet spoon. Then I let it dry. To speed the drying process, I took them out of the cupcake baking sheet and transfered them onto a flat surface lined with paper.
I removed the cupcake paper and placed the cupcake on paper or a paper plate. With a butter knife, I decorated it just like I would do with a real cake and let it dry. Then I decorated it using my cake decorator kit and let it dry.I first applied a primer-sealer, and let it dry completely.
Do not attempt to remove the mini-cake from the paper, cut around the edge with scissors.

Then I painted  with acrylic pastel colors.
This is how my faux fireplace turned out using All Purpose Joint Compound. It's really important to use a primer-sealer when we are working with All-Purpose Joint Compound, otherwise the paint will peel off after painting it.
"Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report...think on these things."Philippians:4-8

I want to wish you a wonderful day and keep yourself crafty.

21 comments:

Kathy said...

This is fantastic - you've opened up a world of possibilities to me! Looking forward to trying this - thanks for sharing,
Kathy

lvroftiques said...

My goodness! You are a force of nature! Seriously I think you should have your own TV show! Is ther anything you can't make? I feel totally inspired! And ready to get myself a 10 gal can of joint compound *winks* AMAZING! Vanna

white life© said...

It‘s so nice that I found your blog about your link on Faded Charm. Of course I’ve scrolled a little and like what I see. Now I’m your new follower! ;)

Take care
Tine

delia hornbook said...

You are such a talented lady you should have your own show. I adore those cakes what a fab idea no wonder hubby was disappointed bless him. Your table looks amazing and i remember your fireplace from your past posts and love that to. Have a lovely weekend, dee x

Cottage Touch said...

OMGosh This should be in a magazine...I have always wondered how faux cupcakes were made! The table and fireplace are so chic and look expensive!I think you discovered a niche! What is joint compound is that plaster....Thank you for sharing!

Happyone : ) said...

I agree with your husband. I want to eat one of them too. : )
What a great idea and you have the talent to do it.

A Few Pennies said...

Lovely ideas! That table is gorgeous--pretty set up with your tea service. Have a great weekend. Patty

Sunny Simple Life said...

That is amazing. The things you learn while blogging. I love it. Love those Easter eggs too. Very creative.

Jilly said...

Thank you for sharing. I have often wondered how people made those little cake, I can't wait to make some. As for your fire place and table they are adorable!!
What molds did you use for the fire place??? I love your blog!
oxxo

Crystal said...

I just discovered your blog TODAY!! Why didn't I find it before now!! You are so talented!! I love everything!! I'll have appliques on everything I own!!!

lala said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! I happen to have the exact coffee table sitting in my garage waiting to be painted, and you have definitely inspired me to get moving on it. Such a great idea - thank you so very much!!!

Tootsie said...

wow...this is amazing! I wish I could do this...I stink with cake decorating...so can't see me doing
well at this! lol....might try anyways!
I am your newest follower!

Happy@Home said...

I am amazed by the beautiful things you have created using joint compound. There seems to be no end to your talents!! Lovely.

Miss Charming said...

What a creative idea!

Shabbyfufu said...

I used the joint compound several years ago to make some faux cakes, but never thought about furniture. BRILLIANT! Do you think that it's durable? I need to refinish a buffet I just purchased and would love to try that technique.
xo,
Janet

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

Wow. You're full of useful techniques. I'll read on...

Thanks for your visit to my blog!

Bisous,

Sandy Foster
My Shabby Streamside Studio
http://www.myshabbystreamsidestudio.blogspot.com

Bente said...

What a fantastic idea. You are so talented. Wow.

Renee is CreatingCottage said...

Absolutly beautiful. You've done an amazing job. I finally know what to do with my fireplace - THANKS!

Unique Creteations said...

This is so fantastic and so easy to do! Great Job by the way! A few years ago, I lived in an old victorian house (over 100 yrs old)and there way a crack in the wood of one of the bedroom doors, so I used this same comcept and made trailing roses and some vines. It looked like it was made in the door. Of course I continued on the mirrors and other things! lol I am in the wedding business now and I am starting to do a faux cake. I forgot about how addicting and fun this was!

Unique Creteations said...

I have also used stencils and applied the joint compound over it like you would paint. You just have to be careful how much joint compound you layer on and how you take the stencil off.

Debbie said...

Thank you for your wonderful tutorial. I love appliques on furniture. Now, I will try it myself.

Thanks again for those directions.

Debbie

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