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June 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Resin Coated Custom Drawer Pulls using EnviroTex Lite

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I have been slowly but surely working on decorating the three bedrooms that belong to my boyz.  Our youngest two wanted a Disney Cars theme room, but I don’t like to do anything cartoonish as they grow out of it too quickly.  Instead we are doing a more vintage car inspired look.

Most of the furniture we are using is stuff that we have had for awhile.  I wanted to change out the drawer pulls on this dresser to make it more fun and add to the theme a bit.

Enter EnviroTex Lite.  This is a resin that you pour onto a project and gives you a high gloss finish.  I had been looking at some projects using resin around crafting blogs, but had never been brave enough to try it.  This would be a small project to try out EnviroTex Lite and hopefully walk away with new custom drawer pulls for the boyz room!

Supply List:

EnviroTex Lite
-White Ceramic Drawer Pulls
-Decorative Scrapbooking Stickers
-Wax Paper

I purchased my 1 1/2″ white ceramic drawer pulls for less than two dollars a piece at Home Depot.  I found transportation theme scrapbooking stickers at my local Michael’s.

Take the stickers and place them on the center of each of your drawer pulls.  Working from the inside out, smooth them down and get out any air bubbles.  If using a primarily paper or fabric item to embellish your drawer pull, be sure to seal with a coat or two of white glue or Mod Podge and let dry.  Not doing that may result in the colors of your embellishment darkening when coated in the resin.  My particular stickers were mostly foil, so that was not a concern for me.

And now you mix the EnviroTex Lite resin.

  I followed the directions and used the two container method.  You mix the two solutions in equal parts.  I decided to try making about 2 oz of resin.  I figured that since each knob is an individual mini project that if I didn’t have enough I could mix more.  But the directions clearly state to make more rather than less than what you need when doing a full project.

I mixed in the first container for one minute.  I liked the example in the directions that compared it to mixing cake batter.  It gave me a familiar place to jump off of.

Then I put it into a second clean container and continued to mix it for another minute.  Then I was ready to go!

I poured a pool of EnviroTex Lite over the top of each knob, being sure to add enough that it would flood over the edges and down the side.

Then using a brush I evened out the coat until it stopped pooling, approximately 5 minutes.

This was the fun part!  I had read a lot about removing the bubbles from the resin.  After about 5 minutes of letting the newly coated project sit, the bubble rise to the top.  The directions give recommendation of either your breathe or a blow torch.  The second made my eyes pop out of my head.  As a blow torch intimidated me and with the smaller size of my project, I went with the breathe portion.

I took a straw and lightly blew over the first knob.  It was amazing how they all disappeared in an instant!  So much easier to do than I thought it would be.

Then I let the EnviroTex Lite resin dry for a full 24 hours.

I love how these turned out!  So cute and personal for my sons’ space!

Before

After

I am excited about trying a bit bigger project with EnviroTex Lite soon!

ETI sent me this product to try out. You won’t believe all that you can do with this product.  Envirotex Lite was created by Environmental Technologies Inc. (ETI), which is the home for many resin and mold making products.
The use of resin in jewelry making, mixed media and paper arts continues to grow in popularity. Today, artists are using ETI’s products in many crafty ways and they will be showcasing these works of art on their new blog “Resin Crafts”.

Check them out on:
Resin Crafts Blog
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Check out these other tutorials using Envirotex Lite:

8 Comments

  1. Those turned out so cute! That Enviro Tex looks fabulous. I have been wanting to try it for a while!! Thanks for sharing:)

  2. Those look awesome! And it is really smart not to make their room too cartoony because they outgrow stuff like that so fast!

  3. JoeyfromSC says:

    wow they look really cool!! I have been seeing alot of resin projects lately on blogs lol..I wanna try! ha

    I first saw resin on some decorating show once..and was blown away at the result(I think they encased some items in a countertop for a retro diner feel to their kitchen)

    Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Infarrantly Creative says:

    Those are gorgeous. They look just like the land of nod ones that sell for like $15 each. Great job.

  5. Kendra@My Insanity says:

    These turned out really cute! I've been thinking of about doing something to spiff up the drawer pull on the dresser I just re-did for my girls. The resin looks fun to try!

  6. Mod Podge Amy says:

    These are so cute – and they make the dresser look totally different. Great accent!

  7. How much does the resin cost. I am on a tight budget. Also, where can you find it?

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