Create a 3-Dimensional Look with Moulds

This was only my second piece using moulds. And my first was just a small nightstand with maybe 7-8 moulds. I guess you can say I went all-in with this one!

You can achieve this look if you're willing to put in the time and effort. And it does take time to create this many moldings! But you can make some of them ahead of time while binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix. 

I used five moulds on this piece, but you can use as many or as few as you like - just keep in mind I'm sharing how I achieved this look. And I used five moulds.


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  1. Clean piece thoroughly with White Lightening according to the directions. (Rinse well.)
  2. Prepare surface with 2 coats of BOSS to prevent wood tannin bleed-through. 
  3. Paint 2 coats of Fluff or Drop Cloth as preferred. 
  4. Allow to dry overnight.
  5. Create several resin mould casts according to the instructions. They will dry hard and flat, so plan to use these on flat surfaces. Don't use them in between drawers because you can't cut them and the drawers won't open
  6. For best results, lay your piece flat so you aren't working against gravity. If you have to keep the piece upright, have frog (green) tape ready to secure the moulds to the piece, as some of the moulds will want to slip. 
  7. Glue resin moldings to your piece where desired
  8. Using Modeling Material, create several moulds. Let them dry in the mould for 10 minutes before taking out, but be sure and glue them to your piece within about 20 minutes, before they start to dry. You can shape these moulds around curves, you can stack them on top of other moulds to create depth and dimension, and you can place them between drawers for a continuous look.
  9. If you've put any moulds between drawers, cut with a razor blade or fine putty knife before they dry to ensure you can open and close the drawers/doors. Just push the blade straight into the crack. You cannot cut resin moldings, so this only applies to Modeling Material moldings.
  10. Allow to dry overnight.
  11. Paint the piece again with another full coat of the same color you painted with before, but this time you're painting the moulds as well.
  12. Allow to dry an hour or two.
  13. Using your second white color (whichever you haven't used yet), paint random flowers and leaves. This gives you two different colors of leaves and flowers for a more interesting look. It's entirely optional, but it's what I did.
  14. Allow to dry overnight.
  15. Lightly sand smooth surfaces with very fine sanding sponge, and dust off debris. 
  16. It's time to add more dimension with Dixie Dirt! To do this, spray the entire piece with Easy Peasy Spray Wax and lightly brush or wipe with a towel to distribute the wax. While the wax is still wet, dust on the Dixie Dirt lightly on and round the edges of the flowers (only). Add more as desired, or if it's too much, spray the wax to reduce the amount of Dirt. Blend with a brush or towel as desired.
  17. Allow to dry overnight.
  18. For added protection (if desired), brush on Dixie Belle Clear Coat, being sure to use light coats, especially in the mould area. 

    Now step back, grab a stool and sit, take a long look, and bask in the glory of your creation. 

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