Efex™ Architectural Frieze


While looking through the new Restoration Hardware catalogue, in the wall decor section, I found these Wall Carvings made from resin, plaster, and metal.


Restoration Hardware


I also found similar pieces at Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs.


Ballard Designs


I love the look of real antique architectural ornaments, but these are very expensive reproductions and way over my budget. Being an avid DIYer, I saw this as an opportunity to be inspired to create my own work of art.

Enter Efex Furniture Appliques. I had used Efex on my Chinoiserie Cabinet and my Easy Picture Frame Upgrade and still had some pieces left over. I already had (from another project) a solid piece of wood 16″ x 24″ for the support and background of my frieze. I based my design (similar in style, not an exact copy) on a carved panel in St. Pauls Cathedral, London.

Efex Pieces

 Efex™ Pieces



Frieze Pieces



All you need to attach the Efex™ pieces is contact cement.

Effex before painting


After the pieces were dry, I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Paris Grey mixed with Artisan Enhancements Fine Stone.


Efex Plaque



In order to give it a more aged patina, I dry brushed Graphite Chalk Paint in the crevices and Old White Chalk Paint on the high points. Since it will be hanging on a wall I didn’t feel the need to seal it.


Finished Plaque lores


I would love to know what you think. Is my Efex™  hand crafted frieze worthy of display? Considering how easy and inexpensive it is, would you make one? Here is a list of  the Efex™ pieces I used, but honestly you could use any of the pieces in combination for your own work of art.


Efex Pieces: R61, SC14, SC16, L2, P13, 2 Rose 1, 2 Rose 2







just love it!!! but i am trying to figure out exactly how you did it and what did you use for the background rectangle and not sure what is artisan enhancements fine stone.????? it is amazing!

Leslie Stocker

Thanks Toni, Background is solid (left over from another project) piece of wood, but you could use any non flexible substrate, Artisan Enhancements are a brand of mediums, this one was was Fine Stone. You can google it but it is also sold through many Annie Sloan Stockists


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