A CUT ABOVE
By simply adding a few appliqués you can transform almost anything!
Restore furniture such as dressers, sideboards, and beds
Decorate small decorative boxes
Make over the top of frames
Restore a period home back to its original style
Redecorate your kitchen and range hood or change your fireplace mantle
…the possibilities are endless!
How to Use Efex
1 – Design your project. Take a little time to pick out the pieces you like, and then follow the old adage…measure twice, cut once.
2 – Fit the mouldings before gluing and cut them to size. Remember, you can stretch Efex about 2% in many directions. You can hold the appliqués on with tape to see what they will look like before adhering them.
3 – Mark and cut your moldings to size. Use a sharp knife, such as a X-Acto or utility knife or scissors to cut.
4 – Glue on with a contact adhesive. In NZ, recommend Gorilla Clearbond Adhesive. Apply adhesive to both the piece you are working with and to the back of the appliqué. Once the glue is dry to the touch, in about 15 or 20 minutes, press the two together. Note: all brands of contact adhesive come with manufacturer’s instructions…please read them! You can clean up the glue with mineral spirits on a rag if you want cleaner edges. Otherwise, when the glue is completely dry, which will vary depending on glue used, humidity and drying temperature, you can start finishing your project.
5 – When your glue is dry, let your inner creative self out! Paint, stain, gild, crackle, wax, finish with your favorite technique. The possibilities are endless, so get started today!
What Makes Furniture Appliqués So Special?
There are many types of furniture moldings and appliqués and most have one thing in common…they are not flexible. This means that they must either be applied to completely flat surfaces or have the gaps filled after application. They are also prone to breaking and cracking. Efex™ furniture appliqués are completely flexible so they simply adjust to fit any surface they’re applied to. They can also be stretched up to 2% to ensure a tight fit. No special tools are required beyond a pair of scissors or a knife and a good contact cement.
These latex appliqués have been hand made in New Zealand for over 40 years from original plaster moldings taken from pieces in England and France.
Husband and wife team David and Louise Cashmore from Diamond Decorators have been in the painting and decorating industry for over 20 years. This is how they came across this wonderful product. They were painting a house for a client and jumped at the chance to buy the business which was then called Coral Craft. Even though these moldings have been around for over 40 years they wanted to bring it into the 21st century for everyone else to use.
Are They Simple to Use?
Efex™ can be applied to almost any surface; wood, plaster, metal, glass, and terracotta by using a standard contact adhesive. In New Zealand, we recommend using Holdfast Gorilla Clearbond Craft Glue, but there are many options. Apply a thin layer of the adhesive to back of the appliqué and to surface you’re attaching to. Once the adhesive is tacky to the touch (approximately 10-15 minutes), simply press the two surfaces together and its done! You can start finishing your piece once the appliqué is attached.
If you’re using a different brand, make sure you check the manufacturer’s instructions. These may differ from brand to brand. Don’t use epoxy or PVA glues as they will not adhere.
Where Can I Use Efex™?
Efex™ can be used anywhere around the home, including kitchens and bathrooms. Use on furniture, walls, doors or mirrors. Use them to create beautiful picture frames and boxes. In fact, if it needs decorating, then this is the product for you. They can be used outside too! For garden uses such as terracotta, store inside during extreme winter weather, or in a sheltered area.
I Glued My Efex™ on…Now What?
Efex™ can be painted, stained or gilded. Just apply your favorite finishing product to get any look your heart desires. From shabby chic to elegant French…the possibilities are simply endless!
What designs do you have?
We carry 100s of different designs, from trim and scrolls to rosettes, bows and ceiling embellishments. All of our designs come from country charm and old world historic moldings. Why not create something beautiful and unique today?
These Italian hog bristle brushes have just arrived. They are excellent quality and lovely to paint with. The round brushes are $35, $42 and $44, the 4 bristle brush is $25
Beekind award winning beeswax. Super soft, awesome product. $26.00 for 220 grams. Made in New Zealand.
Please contact us direct via email or phone to place orders.
Ph: 07 575 6148
Some of the colours we stock....
WHAT IS CHALK FINISH PAINT AND WHY USE IT...
Chalk paint is DIY made easy. You do not have to sand your piece of furniture or primer it before painting it. It leaves your painted piece streak free and is touch dry in 30 minutes and ready for your second coat in just 1 hour. So you can continue with your project and get it finished. You can paint almost anything from wood to vinyl, metal and I've heard, although I haven't tried it myself yet, but even plastic.
Chalk paint gives your piece that nice smooth finish and is easy to distress without using a lot of elbow grease... if you're going for the french or shabby chic look.
Once you've finished your piece you will need to apply a coat of beeswax, buff it out the next day.. VOILA..!!
For more information and tips, drop into our shop. We'll be glad to help. You may even find a cool piece of furniture you'd like to have a go at doing upyourself. :-)
BRAND NEW PRODUCT
Creative Moments Beach Wash.
Do you like the coastal look with a bit of texture? You can now create this look with our brand new product. Just add to any paint and it's ready to use. So easy....
Only available at The Blue Barn.
Examples of what you can do....
Contact us directly if you would like to place an order for the furniture appliques.
FURNITURE APPLIQUES ARE NEW ZEALAND MADE
Please contact us direct by phone or email to place your order online.
Ph: 07 5771620 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Shipping New Zealand only:
$0.00 - $50.00 $ 5.00
$50.01 - $150.00 $ 8.00
$150.01 + $15.00
Rural extra $ 5.00
The blue barn
39 Maru Street
Ph: 07 575 6148
2/218 Linwood Avenue, Christchurch
Ph: 03 389 5329
You may place an order online via email or phone direct. Alternatively we welcome you to come and visit us instore!
quality secondhand furniture and appliances
Arrived are our new glass and ceramic drawer knobs. Many styles available.
200ml - $19.00
400ml - $29.00
750ml - $38.00
This paint covers approximately
16m2 per litre