Dress Up Your Furniture with Appliques

Furniture appliques! Heard of them? Used them? Love them?


We all know I’m partial to a turned leg, a beautiful piece of fretwork or carved details on doors and drawers, but furniture with these gems aren’t always abundant, and when you do find them they generally come with a price tag to match! This is where appliques come in – they’re an affordable way to give your piece some creative details.

before and after moulding

At Paisley Vintage we stock Efex Decorative Mouldings, which are latex appliques for furniture. Being made out of latex means that they can be easily manipulated; you can stretch or bend them to fill a space or cut them down to size. I’ve found they are best adhered with Selley’s Kwik Grip, which you can easily pickup at supermarkets and hardware stores.

Using the right glue to adhere them, you can use them on furniture, mirrors, frames; the options are endless!


The dresser above is one of my recent projects; a lovely lingerie chest that I thought could do with a little more detail. The drops used just add another dimension, and are easily painted and waxed using Annie Sloan products.

I’ve also used them on plain terracotta pots, giving them a lovely soft look. These are also part of our Gilding and Applique class, a two hour workshop where you can learn how to use both products and take away two beautiful decorated decor items for your home. If you’d like to book in to a class, check out our workshop schedule here.

As part of my End of Financial Year sale appliques are currently 15% off until Saturday. Get in quick, our offer only applies while stock last and is not available on special orders.

Catherine xx






Can I Tell You Something?

I’ve been having a hard time.

I knew I hadn’t blogged for a while, and though I’d been writing out my goals every month and always included publishing a blog post, it never seemed to happen. I kept thinking I’d do it tomorrow or next week, and then it was six months ago.

Thing is, every time I sat down to write, the same blog post title popped into my head, the one above. And I knew what it meant too, and what I should write about. But just like every stereotype that’s hangs round the words ‘mental health’ I couldn’t do it. I told myself people would think I was weak. Or hopeless. Or most often, that no one actually cares.

But I’m writing the post today.  I don’t know why, other than it’s easier to type all this stuff and push it out into the ether than say it to someone directly. If you’re reading it I guess that means I hit publish, though I’m not sure I will.

Retail is hard. Much harder than I ever imagined, and I’d expected it to be Everest. And sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between shop sales and my own self worth. When I have a good day I feel amazing, like I’m on the right path and doing good things. I feel like I’m contributing to something valuable and that my interactions with others are overwhelmingly positive. And I feel so very grateful that people walk through the door, talk with me about their homes and their lives and make a purchase.

On slow days, which have been frequent lately, well, not so much.

Being an introvert who is shy and lacks self confidence is a challenge. It’s even more of a challenge when you’re running a shop. When someone walks through that door, before they have opened their mouth, or I mine, in a millisecond I rehearse what I will say. This is just part of my everyday interaction with everyone and anyone, it’s not new and it’s how I work. The problem is that in the next millisecond the loudest voice says ‘you’re useless’. Or ‘they’ll hate you’. Or one of any number of other negative things that are not at all helpful.

So it’s been a hard few weeks. I wondered what I should do and who I should talk to. As the fog is lifting I know there are two separate issues here, how I’m feeling about myself, and what’s happening in my business. What helped was reading a blog post from Jayde at Little Paper Lane – it’s here if you want to have a look. Jayde has a beautiful stationery store on the NSW Northern Beaches, and she wrote about the struggles of a small business and I realised I wasn’t alone. When I look at these other beautiful businesses also experiencing ups and downs I can tell that voice to shut up, ever so slightly more confidently than before.

So today I’m telling myself that my dream for this business to be a success is stronger and braver than the loud voice telling me otherwise. I will keep trying, and I hope that in whatever way you can, you will keep supporting me. Come spend a few dollars in the shop. Comment on the blog, on Facebook or Instagram. Leave me a positive review if you’re so inclined or tell your friends about my business. I’ll be here putting one foot in front of the other and hopeful for tomorrow.

And putting a huge tick next to that monthly goal of a blog post by the end of May.



2017 – In the beginning




Happy New Year friends

The holidays are slowly coming to an end, though I have to admit with these warm days I’m still sleepy and a little slow to kick into gear for 2017. After spending Christmas and New Year with my family the shop reopened this week, and coming back to my happy place has been lovely, even if most days I still have sand between my toes.

I have a big list of ideas for the year, and yes, some of them are things that I didn’t quite get to last year. And when I say quite get to, I mean I didn’t actually start them, though I spent quite a bit of time thinking about them. I hinted in January last year that my word for the year should be health, as it REALLY needs some attention…. and that lasted just about as long as it took me to hit publish and I didn’t commit. So I guess there’s that…. but I am also eating some pavlova whilst I type so you know, it’s not looking solid.

Business wise I’m at a point where I need to get serious about a few things; particularly expanding my product ranges and getting some help both strategically and physically in the store. That said, asking for help has never been my favourite , so we will see how that pans out! If you see me struggling on my own in October make sure you give me a block of chocolate and a serious talking to about getting help.

And overarching all this,  Harry is starting school and Emma starting Year Three, my husband Danny is taking Long Service Leave for first term (so you may see him around the store in February and March) and my sister is getting married… all fixed points to get the year started! I can hardly get past that first one, my baby starts school! You can bet there will be a few tears, and then, let’s face it, a huge sigh of relief. We’ve also booked a holiday; we’re off along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria in March which will be a brilliant family adventure.

While I’ve been thinking about all these things I’ve struggling with the idea of planning things out versus going with the flow. I can’t decide what works for me and where I should expend my energy. Some of that’s fear, some of it’s that holiday mood I mentioned above, and some of it’s indecisiveness. So right now there is no ‘To Do’ list. And while I’ve been thinking about all these things, I stumbled across this video. Because the one thing I can do, is just keep on doing my thing. Even when it’s weird, even when it’s different. In a big world of noise, this little bird is just going to keep doing what I can, in the way I do it best.

Here is is. I love it. Hope you do to.


a story about a bird.

We made a video. It’s a little story to encourage us all as we start this new year. Be sure to share with someone whose voice you believe in.

Posted by Montague Workshop on Tuesday, 3 January 2017



Catherine XXXX



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