How to Update a Dresser Using Resin and Paper Clay Appliques

11 Materials
14 Hours

I bought this Bombay style dresser over a year ago for a client who originally wanted to add it to her decor, but then changed her mind. And I've been holding on to this piece ever since!

With those gorgeous curves, I knew I needed to do something special with this piece.

I saw this stunning piece full of floral molds on a high-end website and I was instantly inspired!

I gave my idea to another local furniture refinisher, and a friend, Candace, the owner of Sea Maid, and she loved it as well! So she helped me get started on this one....

I first prepped my piece. Clean really well, make any necessary repairs, then did a scuff sand all over using 220 grit sandpaper, and finally I primed the piece.

Once the primer dried, I painted the entire piece, except for the top, with heavenly blue by Frenchic. This only took 2 coats to cover and I sanded after each coat using 320 grit sandpaper.

Then dry brushed the entire piece using an ivory color, focusing on the curves

For the top, I used a product called retique it. It's liquid wood and is stainable. I applied the first coat and allowed it to dry, then applied the second,and while it was still wet, I ran a wood graining tool over it.

Now it's time to add the molds! There are two companies who make great silicone molds, Redesign with Prima and Iron Orchid Designs. We used 8 different molds to get all the different flowers and leaves.

I used paper clay to make the appliques that needed to go around the corners or be pliable, and amazing resin for the rest.

When using clay, sprinkle the silicone mold with corn starch, this allows the molded clay to pop out easily.

Just press the clay in the mold, and remove as much of the excess as possible. Then pop it out!

When using the quick set amazing resin (they make two different kinds, one takes 24-48 hours to cure, the other takes only a few minutes), mix in small batches according to the directions. It hardens quickly, so don't mix much at a time.

You don't need the corn starch when using resin. Just pour the mixture into the mold and wait for it to harden and then it will pop right out

To attach the appliques, you can use either e6000 or wood glue. They both work well and make a tight between the mold and piece of furniture

Once I had all of the appliques attached, I took a small detail brush and painted them all with general finishes champagne pearl effects. This is a beautiful shimmery ivory. We also painted the hardware in the same ivory color as the dry brushing and added a bit of the champagne Pearl effects as well

Once everything had dried, I sealed the entire piece with general finishes high performance top coat. I did 3 thin coats, waiting 2 hours in between coats

And there you have it! An extremely unique piece that you will never see again 😍

Here is a before photo

And some more after photos

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask, either here, or reach out to me on my Facebook page. I'd be happy to help and inspire 😉

You can also find more unique pieces and inspiration on my Instagram

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  • Ana Velez
    on Dec 26, 2019

    Hi good morning, this technique is possible on glass?

    • Deer Run Revamps
      on Jan 6, 2020

      Yes it certainly is. Just watch with the glue. You don't want it oozing out of the sides onto the mirror. It would be extremely noticable. And I would probably use e6000 glue instead of wood glue

  • Sue
    on Jan 14, 2020

    Sorry to appear thick! but why did you use resin?

    • Sue
      on Jan 15, 2020

      Ahrr! Thank you, I wouldn't have thought of that. That is a great help.

  • Sue
    on Jan 15, 2020

    Hi again, could you tell me the type of resin this is please? I live in England and can't buy that make. When looking on line to find it there seem to be a lot to choose from!!!??!?

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