How to Make Your Own Furniture Mouldings

How to Make Your Own Furniture Mouldings!

Did you know that you can create your own furniture mouldings? Well, you can! Those sweet little detailed carved embellishments can transform a plain piece of furniture into something special. I’ve added my own mouldings to pieces of furniture before, but I’ve never made my own until recently, and now I’m hooked.

There’s a sweet little table that belonged to my mother, that I’ve had for many years. It doesn’t have any monetary value, but sentimentally, I’m very attached to it.

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I’ve had it stored in the attic because I wasn’t crazy about it’s varnished oak finish, which my mother gave it about 40 years ago.

I recently pulled it out of the attic and decided that I wanted to update it to my style. It’s a simple table, small in size, with a glass top, and curvy legs, with a few carved designs in it.

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I experimented with making my own mouldings a few months ago when I made a French trumeau mirror and I loved the way they turned out. And they were so easy to make! So, I thought before I painted this petite table, I would add a few mouldings.

Here’s what you need:

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Creative Paper Clay
IOD molds
X-Acto knife
Contact Cement

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Taking some of the Paperclay, simply push it into whichever mold you decide to use, working it into the mold.

Make sure the mold is completely filled, and then remove any excess clay from around the edge.

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How to Make Your Own Furniture Mouldings | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

How to Make Your Own Furniture Mouldings | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

Then I always take a rolling pin and roll across it to even the back out. If you don’t have a rolling pin, you could use a round can, bottle, or glass.

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After the back is smoothed out, bend the edge of the mold back slowly, and gently pull the moulding free.

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The final step is taking an x-acto knife, or in my case a box knife, and cut away the excess around the edges. After the excess clay is removed, simply smooth any ragged edges back down, using your finger.

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It usually takes about 24 hours for the mouldings to dry to a hardened material. Then just glue to your project, using contact cement.

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TIP:
If you are going to place a moulding on a curved area such as a table leg, glue the moulding to your project while it is still malleable and hasn’t dried thoroughly.

As the mouldings dry, there may be some small cracking, but honestly, once they are painted or gilded, those small imperfections just add to their authenticity.

Once you have the mouldings glued to your project, they are ready for painting and/or gilding!

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How to Make Your Own Furniture Mouldings | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

I haven’t painted the little “Edith table” yet, that’s the next step. But here’s a close look at the mouldings I made for the French trumeau mirror using this same process.

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How to Make Your Own Furniture Mouldings | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

How to Make Your Own Furniture Mouldings | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

How to Make Your Own Furniture Mouldings | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

Don’t they look fabulous? And so realistic!

As soon as the little table is painted, I will show you the finished project!

What do you think? Would you use these mouldings on a furniture project?

Cheers, Cindy

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  1. Hello Cindy!
    I’ve used mouldings before, too, but I’ve never made my own. Very cool! I will definitely have to look into buying a few molds to have on hand for future projects, Oh, so I tried your techniques with chalk paints this week and I am very happy to say I am loving the results!!! They go on so smoothly and wipe back easily. The nubby damp towel and another dry towel worked wonders.
    I tried to copy what you did on your French buffet-from-a-1950’s-dresser looking to see where you low-lighted and highlighted. Love your recipe with the burnt umber! This little nightstand I am working on is turning out great; I am super impressed! I back-linked to your post and gave you credit for the idea. I am hooked! I hope you’ll check out my post. <3

    Thank you for all of your tutorials as I've read several and now I want to paint more furniture!!! Must be an addiction or something, LOL! 😉

    Looking forward to seeing your mom's coffee table transformed,
    Hugs,
    Barb 🙂

  2. Cindy~

    I love this and it is Definitely beautiful what you have done to the mirror !!!

    I am going to check see if the hobby stores carry this product !

    Thanks for sharing !!
    xox
    Paula

  3. Oh My Gosh !! I absolutely love the IOD molds. Gotta get me some and the paper clay. Thanks and I’m SOOO glad that I found this so that I can add to some “plain” furniture that I have to do.

  4. Hi Cindy! I certainly would use this technique using the supplies listed! Love the trumeau mirror and the ‘Edith Table’ will look wonderful too once painted!
    Celia

  5. Can I just say that you’re amazing? You are not afraid to experiment and play with a piece to bring an “ugly duckling”, so to speak, to a new level. Thank you for this simple tutorial. Hope you’ll show us your magic once completed with paint. Cindy

  6. That is incredible!! It looks SO EASY! Leave it to you to find a way to make something even more beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

    • We made the mouldings using the supplies listed! We’ve also linked the products to Amazon where they can be purchased!

  7. Cindy, I love it as I do everything you post. You have exquisite taste and a wonderful talent. Your kindness in sharing is so appreciated. Patti