You can paint cheap furniture and make it look aged or distressed or what ever you want. You know the furniture I’m talking about. That piece of furniture that may be wood or may not be wood or may be wood covered with something that’s not wood. We all know you can’t distress that stuff. It gets puffy or it just turns into sawdust.
The tools I used in this makeover are not your ordinary diy tools. You might be surprised.
The chest of drawers started out like this. The piece was a mess. I bought it at an online auction and let me tell you. The photos were a little deceiving. Or maybe I just didn’t look close enough.
Now the chest of drawers has a whole new happy look. I’m going to walk you through the entire makeover and I also made a video of the whole process. I’m a visual learner and I love video tutorials.
The drawers of the chest were lined with contact paper. It peeled right off. Sometimes it doesn’t
A couple of the drawers needed repairs.
The JTS pulled out the table saw, nail gun, and clamps and set to work.
You can see where the faux painted finish was cracking in places and actually looked kind of like some kind of paper. Distressing this piece was out of the question and there were a ton of imperfections so the “fake” distressing was the way to go.
I also wanted to replace the hardware with more modern pieces. When I took off the first drawer pull I noticed the extra hole. The hardware was not the original hardware. I searched my drawer pull stash and couldn’t come up with anything else that would work without drilling more holes….and filling the existing ones. So I stuck with what was there.
The paint I chose for this project is FolkArt Chalk finish in Parisian Grey. The grey is very, very, light.
See how light the gray is. I laid the white rag on the chest so you could see the contrast. When I look at the chest it looks white until I put something white close to it.
Next comes the fun part. You can watch me do these steps on the video below and it’s much better than looking at still photos. I first pour my acrylic paint onto a paper plate. I combined FolkArt burnt sienna and black for the faux antiquing/distressing.
The tools for the technique are the layering block and a baby bottle brush. I thought of the bottle brush technique all by myself. Dab the brush bristles into the paint then wipe most of it off on a paper towel. Then you just touch the painted piece with the bristles in random areas. Looks like flaked off paint areas or worm holes.
For the layering block I wipe a bit of paint on the flat surface and run the block over the edges of the chest and drawer fronts. The video below shows the technique….
I painted the hardware with Rustoleum Gloss Spray Paint, color Cambridge Stone. The color is taupe, or that’s what I’m calling it. It’s not gray and it’s not brown. I was going to paint the pulls gray but I decided on a bit more contrast.
And that was it. Unless you walk up to the chest and look closely you can’t tell the distressing is fake.
The chest of drawers is small and perfect for a kids room.
The cambridge stone color on the hardware is pretty. I like it a lot.
Time to visit my awesomely talented friends and see what they’ve been working on. Just click the pink text links below the “before” photo!
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com