MAKE YOUR PAINTED FURNITURE STAND OUT WITH A ONE OF A KIND FURNITURE APPLIQUE/TRIM DESIGN!
Hi sweet SI family, I hope you’re doing well and staying safe. Last week I took some time to go through my finished furniture inventory. It’s been on my to-do-list for some time but I kept putting it off. Like most of us, I’d rather start a new piece than touch-up an old one. I put aside a few dressers that haven’t sold and a few more that have imperfect finishes from all the shuffling around we do here. A few of them are great candidates for a FRESH makeover – like today’s vintage tallboy!
It’s also one of my favorite days of the month. I’m joining my Trash To Treasure Crew!! I’ll be sharing links to their before and after tutorials at the bottom of today’s post.
So, this is the before-before. I found this vintage dresser on Facebook Market Place last summer.
Below is REstyle #1. You may recall it was my Fuchsia Sunset makeover. This dresser has been moved up and down the stairs so many times, the finish on the stain and side needed touching up. But instead…
…I had fun giving her a NEW look. Below is REstyle #2. What do you think?
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DIY TRIM DESIGN
To give this dresser a brand new look, I created my own DIY applique/trim design using a few appliques and trim I had on hand. All the products I used were from WoodUBend but you can mix and match brands or even create your own furniture mouldings.
I started by sanding the Fuchsia Sunset finish off and removing all the dust. I played around with the pieces of trim until I came up with a design I really liked.
Once I knew where I was going to place everything I started gluing. I didn’t need to measure the top two drawers because I used the already existing lines in the dresser as my guide.
Mixing, matching, and joining appliques can create a totally unique look. There’s no right or wrong. I would encourage you to play around until you like what you see.
A few tips to keep your trim looking neat and professional…
Use A Straight Edge
For the top two drawers, I followed the design original to the dresser. The bottom drawer was blank so I used a square straight edge to make sure my trim was installed perfectly straight.
Miter The Corners
A mitered corner is what you see on a picture frame for example. It’s two pieces cut at a 45-degree angle so they fit nice and snug. When joining your trim design, nice fit corners will give a professional look.
With WoodUBend, it’s easy to heat and cut with a utility knife. Depending on what type of trim you use will depend on what tool you need to cut your piece.
Sand Rough Edges
To keep all the drawer tops smooth, I made sure I sanded any overhand flush with the drawers.
Fill Gaps With Wood Filler
For any joints that didn’t perfectly cut at a 45-degree angle, I used this wood filler to create a seamless look. Once it’s sanded and primed, you’d never know!
Here’s what it looked like all put together before priming.
After designing and gluing on the trim, I primed the dresser with BIN Shellac Primer. If you missed the post on how to stop bleedthrough using this primer, you can view the BIN Shellac Primer post and video here.
Here’s the finished look…
I’d love to hear which look you like best down in the comments!
Makeover #1 or Makeover #2?
And now for some TRASH TO TREASURE FUN!
I know you’re going to LOVE what this talented team of ladies share. They never cease to surprise me with their creativity! Below are their BEFORE photos. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and to learn how they did it!
I’m heading over to take a peek right now myself! x
5. Salvaged Inspirations (I’m so happy you’re here!!)
**UPDATE – I had requests asking how this Vintage Duck Egg paint finish was achieved. I’m sharing the exact same finish in the exact same colors here. I’ve also linked to the video in the related posts below. 🙂
LET ME KNOW WHAT VERSION OF THIS DRESSER YOU LIKE BEST. AND WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS DIY WOOD APPLIQUE DESIGN? I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!
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