The great cover up - tutorial and photos | Maine Country Home

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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Life on the coast of Maine

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