Marcela Pena
Marcela Pena
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Working With Appliques on Nightstands


I chose this pair of nightstands to paint. They are elegant, delicate, and some colour will make a terrific change on them
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This is a project I made some time ago. Unfortunately, I didn´t consider taking photos of the process, as I initially thought it would be just painting. But then the idea of an image I found in the web crossed my mind, and the project changed completely.
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I thought why not make something like this on doors. It would add a very interesting focus of attraction! I can find some appliques at the craft supply store, and make the rest by hand...
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So here goes the first... I bought these flowers at the store, and modelled myself leaves and stems using epoxy stuff (masilla epoxy in my language). I used antique white for the background because the bunch would be too visible to add a colour besides. I added pearly gems and strass to decorate and made the shape of the oval with dimensional paint.
working with appliques on nightstands, how to, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I replaced the original pulls by these wooden ones, because I needed them white and round, to make them part of a bunch of flowers.
working with appliques on nightstands, how to, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
When it was time to work with the second nightstand I had a problem: as I was modelling parts myself, it would be almost impossible to have exactly the same image repeated. So I found a shortcut: I would make a different design on this one, but completely matching the first one. I worked with a smaller oval, one on each door, and then worked with the same appliques, leaves , stems and gems.
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Painted body and legs in a jade colour mixed with white, which made a very light and romantic acqua. Distressed edges and lined with golden wax.
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And here is my "new" pair of nightstands!

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  • Wendy Tellson Armistead
    on Apr 10, 2016

    What did you use for the appliquees? Were they silk flowers? Wood? I may have missed that bit..but you said you got them at a craft store....these are absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  • Laura
    on Apr 11, 2016

    Is golden wax an actual paint or a putty of some sort. Never heard of it but love the way your stands came out!

    • Marcela Pena
      on Jun 28, 2016

      In Spanish it is called masilla epoxy, in Argentina its trade mark is Parsecs

  • Desrine
    on May 15, 2017

    Where can I buy that design
    • Marcela Pena
      on May 16, 2017

      I don´t understand your quetion Desrine. What do you mean by that design? The appliques on the doors? The nightstands?

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  • Blythe Renton
    on May 10, 2017

    Beautiful! I especially love that you chose different appliques for each piece instead of matching. I am finally inspired enough to tackle my own project.
  • Bj Blyth
    on May 29, 2017

     love the designs and the aqua color!
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