October 15, 2014

Efex™ Architectural Frieze




While looking through the new Restoration Hardware catalogue, in the wall decor section, I found these Wall Carvings made from resin, plaster, and metal.

Restoration Hardware

I also found similar pieces at Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs.

Ballard Designs

I love the look of real antique architectural ornaments, but these are very expensive reproductions and way over my budget. Being an avid DIYer, I saw this as an opportunity to be inspired to create my own work of art.
Enter Efex Furniture Appliques. I had used Efex on my Chinoiserie Cabinet and my Easy Picture Frame Upgrade and still had some pieces left over. I already had (from another project) a solid piece of wood 16″ x 24″ for the support and background of my frieze. I based my design (similar in style, not an exact copy) on a carved panel in St. Pauls Cathedral, London.
Efex Pieces
 Efex™ Pieces


Frieze Pieces


All you need to attach the Efex™ pieces is contact cement.
Effex before painting

After the pieces were dry, I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Paris Grey mixed with Artisan Enhancements Fine Stone.

Efex Plaque


In order to give it a more aged patina, I dry brushed Graphite Chalk Paint in the crevices and Old White Chalk Paint on the high points. Since it will be hanging on a wall I didn’t feel the need to seal it.

Finished Plaque lores

I would love to know what you think. Is my Efex™  hand crafted frieze worthy of display? Considering how easy and inexpensive it is, would you make one? Here is a list of  the Efex™ pieces I used, but honestly you could use any of the pieces in combination for your own work of art.

Efex Pieces: R61, SC14, SC16, L2, P13, 2 Rose 1, 2 Rose 2