Another stunning piece on the blog today by Mary from Orphans With MakeUp. She used Icicle, Vanilla Frosting, and Roasted Chestnut embossing plaster to create the beautiful, raised detailing effect on this dresser!

Hello friends,

I love dressers with carved or raised details. I am always looking for ways to personalize my furniture and I am just super excited with the final results on this dresser using the Embossing Plaster.

Embossing Plaster Dresser #DIY #furniturepainting #raisedstencileffect #embossingplaster - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Here is a close-up of the finished drawer fronts.

Embossing Plaster Dresser #DIY #furniturepainting #raisedstencileffect #embossingplaster - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
Below is a picture of the dresser before. A solid antique dresser, but lacking any details.

Embossing Plaster Dresser #DIY #furniturepainting #raisedstencileffect #embossingplaster - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

I did not like the fake tiger oak stripes so I first stripped the top and stained it a lighter stain. The top was then sealed with the Tough Coat.

I then prepped the bottom of the dresser and the mirror by lightly sanding it.

Because I wanted clean edges with no rough plaster hanging on the edges, I taped the edges of each drawer and also taped out a circle where the hardware holes went.

Embossing Plaster Dresser #DIY #furniturepainting #raisedstencileffect #embossingplaster - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
I chose to paint the dresser in Icicle, to which I added a bit of Vanilla Frosting to lighten it a bit. I also watered the paint down. I was going more for a wash effect.

Embossing Plaster Dresser #DIY #furniturepainting #raisedstencileffect #embossingplaster - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
Just a tiny shade lighter.

Embossing Plaster Dresser #DIY #furniturepainting #raisedstencileffect #embossingplaster - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
So now on to stencilling with the plaster.

I measured and marked the center of the stencil on all 4 sides, and also measured the center of the drawer fronts. It is important to tape down your stencil. I started by centering the stencil in the middle of the drawer. I then applied the plaster with a scraper to even it out. Remove the stencil right after the plaster is applied and wash it.

Embossing Plaster Dresser #DIY #furniturepainting #raisedstencileffect #embossingplaster - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
I am using the Roasted Chestnut Embossing Plaster. After the plaster was applied, I let it dry a bit. When it was firm (about 20-30 minutes), I then moved the stencil to the left and right side and repeated applying the plaster.

Don’t worry too much if it bleeds through a bit since it will be painted over and distressed so you won’t notice it. The plaster did have some tiny crack lines, but it is firmly in place and the cracking just adds to the character.

Embossing Plaster Dresser #DIY #furniturepainting #raisedstencileffect #embossingplaster - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
Since it was my first time using the plaster, I decided to wait overnight and paint the second and third watered-down coat of paint then.

Embossing Plaster Dresser #DIY #furniturepainting #raisedstencileffect #embossingplaster - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
When the final coat of paint dried, I distressed the drawer fronts using a fair amount of pressure to reveal the flourishes in the stencil. I then sealed with the Natural Wax.

Clean up of the plaster is very easy with just warm water and soap.
Here are a few more pictures of the final results.

Embossing Plaster Dresser #DIY #furniturepainting #raisedstencileffect #embossingplaster - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
Embossing Plaster Dresser #DIY #furniturepainting #raisedstencileffect #embossingplaster - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Embossing Plaster Dresser #DIY #furniturepainting #raisedstencileffect #embossingplaster - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

I also painted the drawer bottoms in Vanilla Frosting for a cleaner look.

Embossing Plaster Dresser #DIY #furniturepainting #raisedstencileffect #embossingplaster - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
Embossing Plaster Dresser #DIY #furniturepainting #raisedstencileffect #embossingplaster - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog
So I am in love with the Embossing Plaster. There is just no limit to the possibilities of what can be done with it.


Mary Vitullo

Mary {Orphans With MakeUp}

My name is Mary Vitullo. I am a wife and mother to three {almost} grown boys. I am a blogger at Orphans With Makeup in Saint-Hubert, Québec, a suburb of Montreal. My furniture and thrifted finds are my little “Orphans” and my paint is the “Makeup”. I have always been passionate about home decor and can never seem to quench my thirst for it. My blog is mainly about repurposing vintage and antique furniture and styling the finished pieces to show them in their best light.

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