Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Making furniture appliques

Not long ago I was looking for shabby chic furniture and it surprised me that all of them were decorated with appliques. So, I searched to see how much those furniture appliques cost and oh my goodness, they are expensive. I'm a frugal girl, so I decided to make my own furniture applique for my furniture. Some of you had left questions on my prior post asking if these appliquee made of All Purpose Compound are durable. Well, they are strong enough as an applique, I really recommend to paint the applique with primer-sealler before painting. These appliques are like everything else--if you give it a good hit obviously it's going to break. So start small and practise your skill of cake decoration.
I made this mantel from leftover wood that I found in my garage. I 've been seeing many bloggers using salvage mantel as a decoration spot and I think they look beautiful. You don't need a real fireplace to have the same feeling with this wonderful idea. I love it because I don't have a fireplace. So far I have made two faux fireplace mantels.
I decided to add a chic look to my mantel making a wreath and two swags. I drew a circle and half circle with a pencil were I wanted the appliques.
Here are some projects that I made using my idea of using All Purpose Joint Compound, also called: Drywall Mud, Drywall Filler in Canada, Joint Filler in the UK, Fugenmasse in Germany, Joint Finish in Australia to make furniture appliques.

I used an old window to make an ornamental frame.
I wanted to make a vintage scrolled frame on my window. I made this base support of papier mache and glued it on top of the frame window to support a shell that I wanted to put on top. This base support I covered with compound to make it strong to support the shell.
I used my cake decorator kit to make the roses.

I'm thinking about making a mirror out of my glass window, like a verre Eglomise.

I made a little change hanging my cone with dry roses in front of the window.

~Wish you a wonderful day and keep yourself crafty~


Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

You are so clever! I love the mantle with your hand made appliques. I love appliques too, but I agree they are much too expensive. Yours turned out fabulous! Of course, I have never decorated a cake, so I am not sure mine would look as beautiful :)


Shabby chic Sandy said...

Oh my goodness--you are talented!

Bente said...

Oh my godness. That is so beautiful. I tried to use a translater to find the name of what you use to make this, but could`nt find a norwegian word for it. Can you help?

Have a great day

Hugs Bente

Anonymous said...

Great and very creative work Katy!

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Pamela said...

What a fabulous idea! You are very creative.

LindseyEveryday said...

This is really creative! You are really handy with the cake decorating kit. Mine would be a bunch of blobs if its anything like frosting!

Deborah March said...

Oooohhh...FABULOUS!! What ingenuity!!

Deborah ♥♥ (visiting happily from hope you can drop by and say hi!)

Decor To Adore said...

You are SO clever and crafty. Love the appliques.

Thank you SO very much for linking up!

Mare said...

oh katy,this is absolutley fabulous! I love it sooo so much:))....
great job:))...

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I am so impressed! Fantastic work. Visiting from The Charm of Home. Toodles, Kathryn

Shannon Fox said...

That is so beyond my skill level. you are clearly an ARTIST! It is genius to transform everyday items like you are. I would say you have yourself a niche... Fantastic work!!

Katty's cosy cove said...

I used All- purpose Compound to make my appliques. This compound is used to cover holes on drywall. You can find it at hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowes (I got mine at Lowes) It's not plaster. I hope this helps.


Hola Katty
Tus trabajos son excelentes!!
Tus apliques son maravillosos!!
Y tu eres una persona encantadora y dulce!!!
Las palabras que me dejas en el blog me emocionan. Gracias por todo ese cariño que me llega de ti.
Que Dios te bendiga Katty!

También te agradezco que participes en mi sorteo .Te deseo mucha suerte.

Buen fin de semana y millones de besos!!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Amazing idea. Not sure I have your talent but I could give it a try...
~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

Honey at 2805 said...

Ok! You are so clever and you handmade appliques are so special! A great idea, you talented gal!

Thanks for sharing this lovely post at Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation!

The Charm of Home said...

What a clever idea! So cute and crafty! Love them! Thank you for linking up with Home Sweet Home!

michele said...

this is lovely. i have used appliques with success too. found you via the HSH party.

come visit, and there's a little time to enter my giveaway:



Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

This is so great~ Love that you made those!! Sharing this at the party tonight- thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Stina said...

Lovely!:-) Stina

Rachel said...

New reader/commenter, I really like what you have done! I just started trying to use the DIY chalk paint, and after having used that, I wonder if one couldn't' use some of the instant papier mache, and candy molds to make some of these? Esp for those like myself who are cake decorating skilled deficient....or plaster with a quick release spray used before putting in the plaster? Sorry for the ramble, but it seems that at least for some things, one could use molds like that...esp if one sealed/primed them first.....

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Oh my goodness you're a genius!!!! Thank you so much for leaving me such a lovely message I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have found you!!!!! I've been wanting to make a French inspired mirror for my dressing room (the original ones I love are beyond our budget at the moment) and now I feel I can! Totally inspired! Hugs and warmest wishes from a 500 year old farmhouse in England - Glenda xxxxx

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hello there!

Glad you could join in on my 1st giveaway! Thank you also for posting it on your sidebar. :)

What a lovely blog you have - I am now also following along! :) Have a great night.



Katy pasaba a saludarte y agradecerte tus visitas y comentarios.

Te deseo un hermoso fin de semana.
Un abrazo lleno de cariño!

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Unknown said...

These are amazing! I want to make our fireplace look more georgian so have been searching for applique.
Is the stuff you use like poly-filler, used to fill small holes and cracks in walls etc?
I can't believe you did those roses free hand! Must take practice!
Thanks for the great ideas.

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Claudia said...

An ornated frame. Another thing I always wanted to have and always so elusive. Good and big ones are very expensive, and not so easy to find if you don't go to fine art dealers. This method is great! I was thinking of carving one myself but I should've learnt to carve first! Hahaa This is easier, cheaper and quicker. Thanks again for your great tutorials!

Unknown said...

I think this is fabulous and would like to know if you can use your recipie in silicone molds for the appliques .cheers

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