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Make an etagère from epoxy resin

In this manual I will make an etagère with epoxy resin. You can use the etagère for a nice high tea, birthdays, parties and other occasions . You can make it in all kinds of colors and edit it with different decorations.

My name is Jessica Immen-van Ophem, 38 years old. As an artist I make many colorful things such as: paintings for indoors and outdoors, resin art geodes, pyramids and tables, art cards with beeswax, clay goddesses, dream catchers and jewelry with gemstones. You can find my creations on my website .

I have been working with epoxy resin for a few years now. I have tried different brands. There is a difference in, for example, the thickness of the epoxy, mixing ratios, the curing, the clarity, the gloss or yellowing (UV protection) and of course the price. Pay attention to this when purchasing and read the description carefully! Itsokay's epoxy resin is somewhat thicker and very beautifully clear. It dries shiny and smooth, without bubbles or other nonsense.

I came across an advertisement from Itsokay on Facebook and saw how much stuff they sell for resin art. Super fun and this 'candy shop' makes my creative heart beat faster. Immediately wanted to make something beautiful! You too? I received the items quickly and could start working on my etagère.

What do you need:


  • Acrylic paint for the edges, brush for the acrylic paint, glitter for the edges

Nice to know:

  • The top level is ± 130 ml
  • The middle level is ± 220 ml
  • The bottom level is ± 350 ml
  • You need a total of 700ml of epoxy resin for this etagère.

Making the etagère

Step 1: Preparation.

Make sure you have all your supplies ready in a clean workplace. You can use a spirit level to check whether the surface is properly level. You have apps on your phone for this, if you don't have a spirit level at home. Very handy! If your workplace is slightly crooked, the epoxy resin will also flow crookedly and you don't want that. Think carefully about what you want to make. Which colors do you like? What decorations do you want to include? Don't make it too difficult for yourself, because you only have half an hour for the epoxy resin to harden. So work per floor. Don't choose too many colors, because they will mix.

Step 2: Mixing the epoxy resin

We use the Epoxy resin 1:1 casting resin . This is resin for large surfaces. I'm going to mix this in a silicone mixing cup. You can weigh it with the scale. It says that you can first heat the epoxy resin in the bottles in a tub of warm water, but that went wrong for me. I think I heated it too long, which caused the epoxy to harden too quickly after mixing. Unfortunately this was no longer good to use. Then I took new epoxy resin and used it without heating. That went perfectly. Distributing is easy and the epoxy resin is nice and clear. You may experience air bubbles more easily, but that's what the burner is for. Tip: Mix the 2 components thoroughly in one direction with a wooden spatula. This creates fewer air bubbles.

Step 3: Prepare the first mold for filling.

Step 4: Mix the colors with the epoxy resin

Mix the pigment colors you want to use. I still had colors in stock and chose black, turquoise and gold. Because the holder is made of gold, it is very nice to incorporate this color into it. This ensures that it becomes one whole. I divided the epoxy resin into a small amount of gold and the black and turquoise colors 50 om. This goes into the plastic cups. Stir well and then you can start pouring.

Step 5: Casting

Concentration! First pour the turquoise color from the outside to the center and then immediately the black color from the inside to the outside. Right next to the turquoise color.
Burn away the air bubbles with a heat tool. For example, a lighter or burner. When both halves fit nicely, continue with the gold color. You pour this over the border where black and turquoise intersect. The amount depends on what you like. Again, burn away the air bubbles with a heat tool.

Step 6: Shaping the epoxy resin

Blow out the golden color with your mouth. Or use a hairdryer.
I made a swinging motion by blowing fairly hard and with good aim. From the inside out. Is this to your liking? Then burn away the air bubbles again with the heat tool.

Step 7: Add Decorations

Now it's time to add your decorations. I used gold flakes very subtly to make it a bit more sparkling. Not too much, but if you like bling bling, then go wild! Or grab a border or cake slice to put this on. You can spread the flakes with a spatula and press a little into the epoxy resin . Then burn again and let it rest for 24-48 hours. Now make the other 2 layers of the etagère.

Step 8: Demolding

The epoxy resin has hardened and you can release the molds. Are there still sharp edges? Then sand it away with fine-grit sandpaper. Be careful not to scratch the surface!

Step 9: Finishing

I then painted the edges in a gold acrylic paint from Amsterdam. I placed the floor on a cup so that you can turn it. You must let the paint dry thoroughly. Then 1 more layer of acrylic paint and while it was still wet, I sprinkled gold glitter over the edges. This will stick to the paint. Let this dry thoroughly again.

You can also color the edges with a paint marker, but I prefer real paint.

Step 10: Assemble the etagère.

Lets eat!

Buy something tasty quickly, so that you can use the etagère right away. Invite your girlfriend for high tea and enjoy! A etagère adds to the experience, especially if you have made it yourself!


The etagere is not  dishwasher safe. Hot dishwater is also not recommended, because the epoxy resin is heated and can bend. After use, wipe the etagère with a wet, soft cloth and dry with a tea towel. Also don't use it as a cutting board. Sharp knives will scratch the epoxy resin .

Show it!

Also post a photo of your unique etagère on Insta or FB with #itsokaynederland and #creativeartbyjessica and we would love to see what you have made.

I hope I have inspired you :) Good luck and enjoy your creation! Love Jessica.

Do you want to make this too?
- Epoxy resin 1:1 casting resin
- The etagère kit from itsOkay
- Embellishments for Jewelry
- Gloves
- Mixing cup / scale
- Color pigments

More information?

Do you have questions about making art, jewelry or casting/coating floors or other objects? Several people work at itsOkay epoxy experts each with their own expertise. We are happy to help you.
Please contact the customer service from itsOkay or take a look at it Epoxy knowledge center .

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