Create a Shabby Chic Style with Paperclay
|It looks too plain and needs a little bling.|
Bring on the Shabby Chic!
I decided to dress it up a bit using silicone molds and paperclay to create embellishments. I'll include a full supply list at the end, but for this part of the project I used:
- Small paint brush
- Spatula or flat object (optional)
Paper clay is so much fun to work with! It molds easily and dries to a hard finish. But it does dry out fairly quickly, so I work with a small amount and keep the rest in its package while I'm working. It comes in a large block, so after I'm done working with the clay I use my food vacuum sealer to seal up the package and keep the clay fresh and pliable for the next project.
The first mold I created was for the top of the shelf. It is from the set Baroque No. 4 by Iron Orchid Designs. First dust the mold with a generous amount of cornstarch which will help easily release the clay. Next press the clay into the mold. I used a flat spatula dipped in a bit of water to smooth out the back. Finally, I bent the mold to release the clay onto my work board. It's probably best to let it dry overnight, but I did these in the morning and it was dry later in the day.
|Dust, press, and release.|
|Silicone molds and paperclay roses.|
AfterIt can still be used as a spice rack, but I think it will work even better as a shelf in a bathroom or dressing closet to organize and store odds and ends.
|Shabby chic shelf.|
I used E-6000 glue to affix the paperclay molds to the shelf and then applied paint. I used a liquid wax to seal the paint on the roses, but I think Mod Podge would work just as well. I didn't get a good shot of the mold on the top, but if you look closely you can see where I added the rose to the baroque applique.
|Paperclay roses adhered to borders.|
The shelf has two holes at the top so it can be hung on a wall. But the bottom is flat, so it can also be used to rest on a counter or dresser. So I was careful to make sure that the roses applied to the bottom would line up evenly and allow the shelf to sit level.
|Clay roses used for embellishments.|
I love how the little roses look against the distressed paint.
|Decorative roses create a shabby chic design.|
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|Before and after: Country spice rack to shabby chic shelf.|
Supply ListBelow are the supplies I used for this project. Some (not all) links are affiliate links which means I earn a (very) small commission if you make a purchase. It doesn't cost you extra, but it helps support the time and effort of maintaining the blog. Thank you for your support and understanding!
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint products: Old White and soft clear wax
- Baroque No. 4 by Iron Orchid Designs
- Silicone rose molds
- Small paint brush
- E6000 glue I purchased a larger tube that had a narrow applicator tip so it was easier to control the glue on a relatively small space. It's also sold in smaller sizes which are great if you don't work on a lot of projects. It's not the same as "superglue" and adheres much better.
- Americana Decor Creme Wax I used this wax to seal the paint on the flowers as it has a more liquid consistency than the ASCP wax and was easy to brush on into the little crevices of the flowers. Alternatively, you could use Mod Podge to seal the paint.
- Vacuum sealer used to seal up the left over paperclay. This will keep the clay fresh and pliable for the next project. I also use it to seal up containers of wood filler which is notorious for drying out. Oh yeah I use it to seal up food, too.