Bendable Wood Appliques For Home Decor And Furniture

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Wood appliques that bend? Yep! You heard me right! Today I want to share with you how to apply these wood products to a curved surface. Thus the name… WoodUbend! Be sure and watch the full video tutorial below for all the details of the application process. This MCM laundry hamper is getting a well-deserved makeover.

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How To Apply Wood Appliques To A Rounded Surface

Amazing wood appliques that bend when heated that will mold to just about any surface.

WoodUbend is a wood-based product that can be molded once it has been heated up. It has all the properties of wood and can be drilled, sanded, distressed, glued, painted, stained, and varnished. A revolutionary and unique type of wood applique can be added to almost any surface. I’m thinking of furniture and home decor. This is so cool! Watch this! ⇓

Supplies List For This Project

Heat Activation Of The Wood Appliques

I heated the wood applique with my heat gun just before molding and bending it to fit the rounded surface I was applying it to.Step 1. Heat the wood appliques with a heat gun or blow dryer first. Even if the surface you’re applying them to is flat you MUST heat them first.

Decorative wood applique molding... WoodUbend! It's bendable.

This will cause the wood appliques to be reactivated so that it can be molded as well as allowing the glue to be absorbed into the wood. This will create a super-strong bond with the surface you’re applying it to. If you’re working with trim, it’s the same process. It MUST be heated first to allow the uncoiling of the trim. Remember… WoodUbend is stiff before it’s heated and as it cools it becomes stiff once again. It will hold whatever shape you have it molded to.

Add Wood Glue To The Wood Appliques

Apply wood glue to the back of the wood molding before application. Don't forget the heat!Step #2. Apply a liberal amount of wood glue to the back of the wood applique. A bit of the glue will be absorbed into the wood while it is still warm and bendable.

Using Heat To Create A Solid Bond

The bendable wood molding is not only bendable once heated, but you can cut it with scissors. You can't do that with wood!Step #3. While the wood applique is still warm with the glue in place, apply it to the surface of your choice. If the WoodUbend cools off, it will become stiff once again and for this reason, you may need to reheat it even after applying the glue. Once it’s in place, once again add heat to help the glue and wood applique to bond to the surface. This will make a solid bond.
WoodUbend wood appliques that will bend once heated and mold to even a curved surface. Not just any old wood will do this!

Finishing The Wood Appliques And Trim

I used a chalk mineral paint over the wood applique medallion.Step #4.  Paint, stain or varnish your WoodUbend just like you would any other wood surface.

The combination of the wood applique and chalk mineral paint looks great on this vintage MCM laundry hamper.

For this project, I chose to paint, glaze, dark wax, and add gilding wax to finish off this elegant look to add to the already embossed pattern.

Adding a wood applique on a curved surface is unheard of. Not anymore!I love how adding something as simple as a wood applique turned this vintage laundry hamper into a beautiful piece of home decor.

I think it turned out well and now I have a beautiful container for storage. The question is… for what? What would you use it for? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comment section below. And I just love hearing from you too. 🙂

Until the next project… xo, Do

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Bendable Wood Appliques For Home Decor And Furniture


  • It is! I’m excited about seeing what you do with it too. 🙂

  • Thank you, Brisa! 🙂 You made me smile. xo

  • Hi Donna,
    We’ve just bought a house in Italy and they have left a lot of furniture, I have so many ideas of how to paint them but don’t have a great deal of experience. I did a quick course in Aust before we left but I guess I’ll start with the smallest pieces and work my way up.
    I love your work and sense of style and look forward to seeing more of your vidos.
    Ciao for now

  • Hi Deb! Major score! That sounds like so much fun and I think that’s an excellent plan. The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process. I’m a bit envious. 🙂 xo

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