Welcome to the first of our training blog posts for 2021!
Last year we did a Decoupage Basics series and a Chalk Paint Basics series, both were such a hit that we thought we'd continue them this year. This year we'll be focusing on specific products and techniques, starting with how to use Efex Mouldings.
What are Efex Mouldings?
Designed for furniture and home decor, Efex mouldings are handmade here in New Zealand. Made of latex, they are fully flexible and are easily glued to almost any surface, including wood, plaster, metal, glass and terracotta, with contact adhesive.
They're a great way to add interest to a piece of simple furniture and work really well with our premium chalk paint, coloured waxes and gilding wax.
What are Efex Ultralights?
Efex Ultralights are designed to 'stand' above pieces and are the perfect way to add extra detail and height to mirrors, bedframes and wardrobes.
How do I glue Efex on?
- Work out where you want your moulding to go, remember they are fully flexible so can curve around legs and curves in your furniture.
- Draw an outline of your moulding with pencil or chalk. Note: Don't use a pen or permanent marker as these can make indents and can show through your paint finish.
- Use your contact adhesive (Efex recommends Ados F2 Contact Adhesive in NZ). Following the instructions, put the glue along your pencil outline bringing some into the middle, and then do the same to the back of your moulding.
- Wait 10 minutes or until the adhesive is tacky but no longer sticks to your fingers when you touch it. Note: check frequently as the timings can change with the temperature.
- When ready, carefully stick your moulding onto your furniture. Note: the contact adhesive is very strong and you can't move your moulding once it's been placed so take your time with this.
- Wait 10 or so minutes for your contact adhesive to be fully dry and then paint like normal!
Tips and Tricks:
- When sticking your moulding on, start from the centre and work your way out. This way you should get it to fully align.
- If your contact adhesive is dripping, you can use methylated spirits on a rag to gently wipe the drips off.
- If possible, lay your furniture flat before gluing your moulding on, however, don't worry if you can't!
- Make sure to show your moulding off! Lowlight your moulding using dark or coloured waxes or highlight it using gilding wax (or use both!).
Watch our Facebook Live below where we show how to use an Efex trim on a demi-lune hall table.
Make sure to check out our other training posts on our blog, all can be searched by 'category'.