A sweet friend gave me large cabinet doors that she no longer wanted.
Heavy wood cabinet door with unique triangular carving.
Well, you know me, I’m seeing plaster stenciling and cast plaster art in my head! I LOVED the unique triangular section in the center. It had bumpy carving that would create a unique backdrop to cast plaster.
I’ve been wanting to do something unique for my living room wall and this was just the project!
I cast the plaster pieces I want to use from our plaster molds then primed and painted them and the door with cream colored paint. I painted the triangle on the door in neutral brown to coordinate with my carpeting.
I dry brushed metallic gold over the triangle first, then when the paint was dry, again dry brushed it, this time with black acrylic paint. Catching only the very tops of the carvings really showed off the pattern, almost making it look like reptile skin. Cool!
Brush glaze then wipe off the excess to bring out the detail of cast plaster.
The plaster pieces were brushed with brown glaze then quickly wiped with an old terry towel to remove the excess. This brings out the detail in a huge way! Once dry, the cast plaster pieces were glued in to place.
The border edge was plaster stenciled with our Tremont Furniture Border Stencil, brushed with glaze and then again, the excess was wiped off to reveal the design.
Once dry, I lugged that heavy piece in to the living room, climbed the ladder, hung it on the wall and delighted in my new art piece!
Chrystal Every Thomas found our plaster stencils and went to town on her Craigslist furniture finds.
OK, I’m deeply impressed!
Plaster stenciled chest
Chrystal found this chest on Craigslist and gave it a make over using our Raised Plaster Marcelle Border Stencil. She shows us how the full border can be used across the fronts of the drawers and then how a portion of the design can be taped off (to create a smaller design) and used in the corners of the doors. This is a truly “designer” look and Chrystal obviously is a “designer” in her own right.
Using the same plaster stencil design, she did a make over on this cute little table as well.
She used the design in just one corner, pre-tinting the medium pink. Now how precious is that????
Yes, I really did find it at the end of my road, laying there on the ground. No seat, just a frame of nasty wood.
I HAD to haul it home and do something with it.
I’d seen on Facebook where people were turning old chairs like this in to garden planters, but that didn’t really hit me as a fun project to do.
I thought “princess chair” because it’s such a small chair and perfect for a little girl to sit on.
I first sanded and primed it, then decided it needed plaster stenciling to create a raised design on the back rails and around the bottom.
On furniture, I like to use pre-mixed tile grout because it dries rock hard and stays put.
I applied the grout to the stencil and then peeled it off to reveal the new design.
There are some strange holes on the fronts of the legs and I just happened to have two cute rose droplet resin appliques that would be perfect to cover the top two holes. I glued them in to place.
I then painted the entire chair and it’s embellishments with gray paint.
To create a new seat, I cut plywood to match the top of the chair.
I then used one of my new stencils to add a pretty design in metallic gold paint to a section of gray satin I had lying around in my material box.
I cut foam rubber to match the seat size, then created the finished seat with my electric staple gun. Tug, staple, tug, staple and it was done!
I finished the chair by replacing the stencil over the raised designs and stenciled them with the same metallic gold paint, adding it to the resin appliques as well. I added antique brown wax at various edges of the chair to give it more detail, blending well with an old terry towel.
The finishing touch was to glue gold fabric cord to the bottom edge of the cushion to complete the look.
Shannon Calloway got really excited when she saw a post I did on using plaster molds to create ornate furniture.
She was currently selling old furniture that she would re-paint or re-finish on the popular website Craigslist.
I got the cutest email from her saying:
“I’ve been selling painted furniture on Craigslist, but after adding ornamental pieces from your plaster molds to my items, not only have my sales increased, but they’re all selling for much more. I’m so happy!”