Wow, another week has disappeared and it’s again time for Tipsy Tuesday! Today I’m going to show you how to choose appliques for wood projects, whether it’s for your furniture or molding and trim.
Our fireplace surround originally looked like this:
I actually don’t have any before pics of the fireplace, so I fudged a little with Publisher. So if you see a little off colored triangle sitting over the actual triangular piece of molding, just pretend it’s the same color as the surrounding trim. It looks the same on my monitor, so good enough.
Here’s a closeup, again fudged:
Not sure what style it is, but definitely not French country. I didn’t want to completely tear out the surround (not true), so I decided to add a little ooh-la-la on the triangle piece. Couldn’t find anything to fit at HD or Lowe’s, so I went to my favorite online resource, Van Dyke’s Restorers. Remember, I had previously ordered my bathroom vanity legs from them.
It’s really hard for me to look at measurements and visualize how they will transfer to the space. So, here’s how I compensate for my lack of imagination.
Copy and paste pictures of appliques that have appropriate measurements into a Publisher document. Then resize to match the measurements given in the product description. Make sure you are sizing the actual picture, not the box around it. Print and cut out the shapes.
These were for a furniture project, but it gives you a visual of what you’ll have at this point. Tape them onto whatever furniture piece or molding project you’re working on and stare at it for a few days. Does it fit the style you’re going for? Is the scale appropriate for your project?
Once I found a good match, I bought one for each of our two fireplaces, painted them to match the surrounds, and glued into place.
Still not my first choice in surrounds, but the wood applique adds a little something that makes me happy.
Bonus Tip: Use a similar technique for determining if a piece of furniture will work for a space. Get a cardboard box or however many you need to approximate the size of the furniture piece and put into your space. Live with it a few days to see if it’ll work for you.
How about you? Are you able to visualize items in your space?