A DIY Trick I Wish I'd Learned Years Ago

For years, many of us have labored to add a bit of old-fashioned texture to flat furniture. We've stenciled designs. We've bought expensive wood appliques. All this trouble just to give it a little vintage look. But, what if we told you that a new product can make all your texture nightmares go away?! 

This is the front of a dresser that blogger "Orphan's with Makeup" created with Country Chic Embossing Plaster. It looks amazing! 

This is the front of a dresser that blogger "Orphan's with Makeup" created with Country Chic Embossing Plaster. It looks amazing! 

It will not only save you moola--but looks like a million bucks! Cha-ching! 

So what is the miracle worker?

It's Country Chic's "Embossing Plaster"!!! 

The top of this Queen Annes table top got the royal treatment with embossing plaster and now is one-of-a-kind! 

The top of this Queen Annes table top got the royal treatment with embossing plaster and now is one-of-a-kind! 

This bench would have been very flat without the embossing plaster. It added just the right touch of color and pattern. 

This bench would have been very flat without the embossing plaster. It added just the right touch of color and pattern. 

The plaster has the consistency of cake frosting--so it's easy to spread with a putty knife. It is also clay based with little-to-no odor. It is currently available in colors: 

  • Creamed Honey (light brown tone)
  • Praline (medium brown tone)
  • Roasted Chestnut (dark brown tone)

What you need: 

  • A stencil 
  • A putty knife 
  • Paint (we recommend Country Chic Paint!)
  • Embossing Plaster - color of choice

Watch this video or keep reading for a tutorial on how to get started! Feel free to Pin for later! 

STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL

Step 1) Paint the surface

Before applying the plaster, apply a coat of Country Chic Paint as a primer. If you are painting MDF or raw wood and you know for sure it doesn’t have some sort of coating, you don’t have to put a base coat on. It is always smart to use a base coat of paint just in case.

Step 2) Prepare your stencil

After the paint has dried, it's time to get your stencil ready. Before you put the stencil on your project, we recommend using a bit of stencil adhesive so that the stencil stays in place. Let the adhesive dry for a minute before putting it on your projects, as it might permanently bond if you apply it right away!

Step 3) Apply the plaster

Once the stencil is in place, use a spatula, pallet knife, trowel or putty knife to apply the Embossing Plaster over the stencil. You’re just going to lay it on and smooth it out a little. Don’t try to overwork it as you might end up with plaster leaking under the stencil. 

You can apply the Embossing Plaster as thinly or thickly as you like. Just remember that the plaster will crack if applied too thickly, which might even add to the effect, but it's something to keep in mind. Here, we're using a clean spatula to remove the excess plaster so that it's applied in the same thickness as the stencil.

Step 4) Remove and clean your stencil

Immediately after putting on the plaster, you’ll remove the stencil carefully. You’ll want to clean your stencil right away. Baby wipes work really well to clean off your stencil, or simply use a damp cloth.

Step 5) Let it dry

Dry time will vary and will depend on the thickness you applied the plaster, as well as the temperature and humidity. It’s always best to work with any of our products in room temperature..

Step 6) Sand the edges

Once the plaster is dry, you may soften the plaster by sanding it lightly with a fine grit sandpaper block.

Step 7) Finish your project

Once your embossed detail is dried and you've sanded it smooth, you can now finish your project! You can paint over it with one of your favorite Country Chic Paint colors, and then distress it. This will make the raised stencil outline show through without taking off your first base coat of paint (see photos of bench and end table for example). 

After painting it, you can also choose to finish with one of our other products, such as wax or Metallic Cream. The possibilities are endless!

*The Country Chic Embossing Plaster can be found at Ramshackled Treasures in Zimmerman, MN!