The great cover up – tutorial and photos

The great cover up – tutorial and photos

We’ve all seen them. End tables, peg racks, headboards…all with little heart cut into them. Very country, very primitive, and also very dated. Not everyone’s cup of tea, and certainly not ours. Hearts have their place and it’s not on our furniture! We come across pieces like this quite often, and they’re usually pretty well made and sturdy. So we’ve found an ingenious way to salvage and update unloved heart furniture. Enter Efex for the great cover up.

Here’s what we started with. A boring brown wood wall shelf with an offending heart cutout on the top.

wooden shelf wooden wall shelf primitive shelf

Eek. Not something we could just hang on the wall without some sort of facelift. We had to find some way to cover up that little heart.

french furniture

The great thing about working with Efex moldings; other than they’re bendable, trimable with scissors, and can be painted and/or stained; is the sheer variety of designs and styles you can create with them. We tried out a few different designs before settling on a style. The large R88 molding above provided a pretty neutral cover up. Depending on how we painted it it could look French, Scandinavian, country, or modern.

coastal style

Of course we had to try a coastal design with CC11 and CC12 shells, we are on the coast of Maine after all! This would have looked beachy in Louis Blue with Old White dry brushed on the shells and a little distressing around the edges.

decorative embellishments

Ooh la la! Very French indeed! This large shell rosette, R78, paired with a pair of SC14 scrolls brings the shelf to a whole new level. Definitely a statement piece now!

After trying out all the different styles and designs we decided this shelf wanted to be a happy country shelf, so we dug into the Country Collection of Efex.

country furniture country decals

This CT12 country branch with fruit was perfect! Lots of great detail, and big enough to cover up the heart cut out. Now the shelf had a direction, country/cottage style, it needed a coat of paint. To stay with the country look we chose Mustard Seed Yellow Milk Paint and crossed our fingers that we’d get some of that chippy goodness!

We weren’t disappointed, just the right amount of chipping! From drab and dated to cute and country in an afternoon.

country painted shelf with CT12 and yellow milk paint miss mustard seed milk paint country painted furniture primitive painted shelf


Want to see all the different Efex designs? Click here! For more Efex and Milk Paint transformations check out these other posts:

Coastal Art

Farm Table with a Modern Twist

The Folky Table

Chippy Scandinavian Style

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Mora clock gets a country chic makeover

Mora clock gets a country chic makeover

You know Mora clocks, right? The curvy beauties from Mora Sweden that looks amazing in any style from French, to modern, to country.

mora clock

And maybe you know about our bendable latex moldings, called Efex? If not you should! They’re fun and easy ways to update just about anything. We recently did a series of videos showing just how easy they are to use, and this one features a plain and simple Mora clock getting a fabulous country chic makeover. Featuring me, Samantha! Your tour guide to using these transformative little latex moldings.

Don’t have a clock? No problem! We can show you how to dress up and embellish anything under the sun. All styles are available online as well.

Happy Efexing!

Time for a refresh

Time for a refresh

Now that the holidays are over, the guest have left, and the dust has begun the settle, you may be looking around your home and seeing it with new eyes. The decorations have been put away and now your home looks a little, “meh.” The mis-matched, but functional, furniture is sticking out like a sore thumb. The dark brown armoire you inherited from your grandmother is darkening up your once light and airy living room. The sideboard you painted years ago is starting to show wear and tear.

We’ve all been there. The point where you throw your hands up in the air and say, “it’s time for a refresh!”

Help is here. No need to go out and buy all new pieces, no need to strip/sand/prime, no need to wait for the weather to get better so you can avoid the fumes of working with chemical-laden products. Everything you need to have a beautiful home is right here.

  • Sticks to any surface with no prep work, i.e. no sanding, priming, or stripping
  • No fumes/non-toxic
  • Great pure pigment colors, can be mixed together to make all new colors
  • Get the shabby-chic/chippy look with this paint
  • Just mix with water to make paint in any consistency
  • All natural/non-toxic
  • Take your painting to the next level with these add-on products
  • No fumes, use indoors
  • Create many effects like crackle, washes, or venetian plaster
  • Bendable latex mouldings that will glue onto anything with contact cement
  • Paint or stain with any brand
  • Over 160 designs
  • Made of durable mylar plastic
  • Lots of designs and styles to choose from
  • Great way to bring in a pop of color on neutral pieces

Uncomplicated, easy to use products will have your home looking refreshed and complete in absolutely no time. And best of all, anyone can do it. Need help? We’re just a phone call or email away. And if you’re in the area pop by and schedule some time in the studio to play!

Before

unpainted furniture

After

using annie sloan chalk paint

Before

grey chair

After

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Easy chair revamp

Easy chair revamp

We recently painted a set of chairs for a customer in a 50/50 mix of Old White and Paris Grey. They were BBW (Boring Brown Wood) and screaming for an update. Once painted they definitely looked better, but now they were PGC, Plain Grey Chairs. Especially since the seats were going to be recovered in a plain velvet.

painting with chalk paint painted dining room chairs

Pretty, but lacking in uniqueness and va-va-voom. So we sat down with the customer and put our thinking hats on.

Enter Efex Mouldings and GIlding Wax.

efex leg largegilding wax gold

Normally this bendable moulding goes on Queen Anne legs, but we had a better idea! It fit perfectly on the backs of her chairs. Efex are really easy to apply to any surface, just use contact cement. Brush some on the back of the moulding, and on the surface you’re adhering to, and when the glue is dry to touch, press them together! We finished these with the same grey paint and Classic Gold Gilding Wax.

embellishing furniture

efex mouldings

Oh, and what’s that shiny detail on the top of the chair? Why more Gilding Wax of course! Even if you didn’t want to add a bendable gee-gaw to your chairs, brushing a little Gilding Wax onto the tops of your chairs adds a classy detail.

upcycle chair gold chair

You don’t even have to paint your chairs to add Gilding Wax. It goes over just about any surface.and cures to a nice, hard finish. And with 9 tints to choose from it’s easy to pick one that matches your decor.

We absolutely love the way these chairs turned out, what do you think?

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Ornament Painting Workshop

Ornament Painting Workshop

Join us Thursday December 10th from 12-6pm for our Ornament Painting Workshop!

efex moulding


Slow down and enjoy the holidays.

Bring friends, kids, sweethearts, or family for a fun time!

Make one, or as many as you like!

We’ll be in our workshop making ornaments from our Efex Mouldings – bendable latex embellishments that are pet, spouse, and kid proof! Come try out our paints, gilding waxes, and other DIY materials to make a special gift, or something to decorate your own tree.

painted ornament painted ornament painting ornaments

Enjoy cocoa, cookies, and Christmas music in our workshop for a day of fun!

The cost is just the price of the Efex your choose! All other materials are on us. Come when you can, no signup needed! For more info you can call or email us; (207)354-5135, mainecountryhome@gmail.com

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Efex Class

Efex Class

We held our first Efex Mouldings class a few weeks ago. We had a lovely group of ladies gluing latex bits on everything! There isn’t anything you can’t put these bendable embellishments on. Check out some of their projects:

Frames, boxes, and pottery…oh my! C15 corners on the frame, CC3 octopus and T70 beaded trim on the box, as well as the little pot.

efex project

More coastal goodies on these stone pots. Another CC3 octopus, and a CC1 lobster on the other. Waiting for the contact cement to dry on the surface and the Efex before they can be pressed together!

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CC 6 stars will make this boring frame something special.

efex frame

Sometimes all you need is a shell. CC13 is the perfect size for this shelf.

efex shell

Add a little T42 trim around the front lip and you’ve got a really stunning and special piece!

efex project

I tried my hand with layering these SW2 swags over each other. It really makes a nice, authentic statement with the T58 trim above.

efex lamp

This cute little frame got a makeover with T70 bead trim (a crowd favorite) set into the groove. It’s easy to mitre the corners with scissors, giving the impression this trim has always been there! Old Ochre Chalk Paint gives the vintage frames an updated look.

efex frame

The frame and pot look lovely with Old Violet Chalk Paint and Copper Gilding Wax. Dry brushing, or adding Gilding Wax are great ways to bring out the details of the Efex.

efex frame

I love the way these came out. Old Ochre with Coco dry brushed over to bring out the details and make them pop.

 efex pots

This box is really the show stopper! That’s 3, count ’em 3, colors of gilding wax on that octopus to give lots of character and dimension. Classic, Florentine, and Copper all layered over each other, with just Classic on the beaded trim. Definitely going to be stealing this idea for a piece of furniture coming up soon!

efex octopus


If you’d like to take a class with us head on over to our Classes page for more details. We teach it all, any technique you’d like to learn! Visit us in our new location at 371 Main Street in Rockland to see how these products, and more, can reinvent the way you look at furniture.

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