Decorative Moldings

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New in the store

We’re always so excited when we get new products in the store, it’s like Christmas every time the UPS guy comes! We’d like to share with you some of the amazing new products we’ve brought on to make your DIYing a little easier and more fun…


Assortment of Decorative Knobs and Hardware

What better way to set your furniture apart than with some unique hardware? From coastal, to French, to country, there’s a fun and interesting knob for every style. See the selection here.

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New Stencil Brushes

These stencil brushes are ergonomically friendly and make stenciling a breeze. Whether you go for the stippling approach, or the circular style, these brushes turn out great results on any surface. Available in small and large.

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Assortment of Stencils

What’s a stencil brush without a stencil to use it on?! We have a wide variety of both Annie Sloan and Artisan Enhancements stencils for any project. Coastal, deco, Scandinavian, folk, numbers, letters…any design that you’d need to dress up your latest project. Sizes listed on each individual stencil.

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New Wax Brushes

These wax brushes have great stubby handles for getting into drawers and shelves easier. Their natural bristles make cleanup a cinch, just dip in odorless mineral solvents, swish around, and rinse with warm water. Available in small and large.

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Efex Furniture Appliqués.

These aren’t really new, but we just love using them so much I wanted to talk about them again! These flexible latex pieces adhere with contact cement and can take a boring piece of furniture from drab to fab in minutes! They can be bent around corners, cut with scissors, as well as painted or stained with any brand you like (although we clearly prefer Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint).

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We hope you’re as excited about our newest additions as we are! All are available either in store or online. As always we’re just a phone call or email away if you have any questions or need help on your next DIY project!

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A Total Renovation in 17 Days

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines, the quick-luxury-rental-renovation has begun. In fact, it is almost done, but not without a full village of people to see it through start to finish.
In May 2015 our rental condominium in Newport RI was rented to a short term summer tenant. The mission – refurnish the condominium and make it ready for a luxury rental. This was a soup to nuts project. The inside was completely repainted, every room needed to be furnished, not to mention art, dishes, pots, pans, silverware, and soft goods…everything! 
The problem – this condo has been rented unfurnished until now. The old tenants did’t move out until June 15, and the new tenants move in July 1. The trick is in the timing.
The design mandate – take a slightly tired rental and turn it into a lux Parisian style apartment with some seaside style thrown in.
With a project this big, and in this short a time frame, I turned to several of my good friends to lend a hand. First, my friends Penny Whiting from New Zealand, and Kristy Grover who have been busy painting furniture in our barn for a month. My partner Samantha deGroff who helped with loads of shopping and furniture finds. And finally my friend Amy Chalmers of Maison Decor Blog Spot to help pull the Lux For Less look off. She is in no particular order, a talented painter, interior stylist, and a HomeGoods shopper. 
On our first shopping trip Samantha and I scored with truck loads of bureaus, tables, side chairs etc.
Then we raided The Maine Country Home, otherwise known as my house, (the store is still full of furniture if you believe it!) for the dining set, a spare sofa, some rugs, and tables.
We picked the general color schemes for each room and everyone set off to paint.
The big quandary was wall color, and what to do with the existing wall with the bookcase and fireplace. The wall color ended up being bright white, and starting on June 8th Penny and the painting crew arrived. 
Moving day in Maine was June 15, and thank goodness everyone came to help! Hubs promptly left the country for the next week. He is a very smart man!
We moved all the furniture, soft goods, linens, etc and started the finishing touches. It was pretty frantic for a few days, but…the whole condo is painted and ready to decorate. So that does the basics, but…what about the panel book case?
I have always wanted a large Trumeau mirror, and that space just begged for one. After Amy and I measured my husband built it for us. There is a new special Efex Decorative Appliqué that I wanted to showcase, and Amy started the mirror with base colors and the rest of the Efex pieces.
Oh, did I mention we scheduled a very special photo shoot before the new tenants move in? We’re just gluttons for punishment.
Finally, we added art by John MacGowan and pottery from Ingrid Flynn in Newport to round out the look. Those are details that are often overlooked. Walls and surfaces need embellishment too!
Amy arrived with bags of HomeGoods goodies, and we set to work finishing the mantel and mirror, placing the furniture and hanging the curtains and art. We had our first slumber party and enjoyed a little bit of wine.
Stay tuned for the photo shoot this Wednesday. So in total it was 17 days from the beginning of painting, to done, dusted, and ready to shoot. BUT…NOT WITHOUT A VILLAGE OF HELP. THANK YOU ALL!
Stay tuned for the big photo shoot and reveal.

March Madness

I have been such a bad blogger! We have been so over the top busy here at Maine Country Home, that time has just flown by.

The top of the busy list is getting our new product Efex™ Decorative Moldings out to our new retail partners. We have partners in Florida, and Massachusetts, Texas, Georgia, and New Jersey  with more coming this week.


We did manage to finish a lovely mirror with our new moldings. For this mirror we used decorative moldings, painted with Chalk Paint® in Duck Egg Blue. We then painted the moldings in Old White, and added some gilders wax.

We also have a fun little project with the Miss Mustard Seed color of the month, French Enamel. I love this little tin pitcher, all dressed up to look like French Enamel.


Sam has been shopping and will have some fun projects at the store soon. So stay tuned. I promise we will have more how to’s and to do’s this month. But for now, were back to working with our moldings.




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This is an ultra quick and easy transformation using decorative moldings. We recently found this simple iron table base at a yard sale.


First, Mr. Maine Country Home applied the decorative rope molding using contact cement. We set the glass on top and let it dry overnight.


I painted the rope molding old white, and the table Napolionic blue. Took me about 15 min.


Voila, table changed from drab to fab in a blink. It is amazing what you can do with our decorative moldings. For more information go to our sister site. Efex USA.