HOW TO TURN A DRESSER INTO AN ANTIQUE MAP CABINET | YOUTUBE TUTORIAL
Hi, beautiful #sifamily! Today I’m sharing how I turned this $30, Ikea Dresser, into this Gorgeous Antique Map Cabinet!
I’m also sharing…
How To Achieve an Oil Based look with Water Based products
How To Create Wormholes
How To Use “Lazy Sanding” to your advantage
This is the second apothecary-map-type cart I’ve restyled. I loved the first one SO MUCH I couldn’t sell it. I’ll share where it is in my home at the end of today’s post!
I can’t wait to hear what you think… 🤗
Here’s the salvaged dresser I started with. I found this at my local Restore selling for $30. It’s an older Ikea Dresser made of soft pine. It did have some dings and scratches but that’s exactly what I wanted for this old-style map cabinet look.
Before I get into the how-to details – here’s the NEW look. What do you think? Worth $30? This deep-rich oil-based look was all done with an easy technique and water-based products!
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$30 Ikea Dresser – SALVAGED
Tobacco Road Stain
Coffee Bean Chalk Mineral Paint
Satin Clear Coat
Black Castor Wheels (similar)
HOW TO – DRESSER INTO MAP CABINET
A cartographer is a mapmaker. To hold their work, they used map cabinets which came in a variety of sizes. But one thing they all had in common was numerous long skinny drawers to hold the valuable maps. I love the look of antique map cabinets but they’re not really practical for storage.
So here’s how to recreate a similar look with storage that works for a modern home…
PREP | CLEAN
I removed the old hardware and then cleaned this dresser with this TSP substitute. I like using it in a spray bottle and wiping it down with a large sponge.
Once the piece was clean and dry, I filled the old hardware holes with Bondo. I have a full tutorial on How To Use Bondo here.
To get some depth and variance to my final finish, I LAZY sanded this dresser. Using my NEW orbital sander (which is AMAZING btw!) and 120 grit sandpaper, I removed part of the finish but also left some of it. This sanding technique is so easy because you don’t have to sand the finish off evenly!
Here’s how it looked after the sanding. You can see some areas are sanded down to bare wood. Other areas still have some scuffed topcoat. This is my ‘lazy sanding’ technique. You’ll see how well it works for these types of old-school makeovers!
Map cabinets have plenty of long drawers. To create faux drawers, I used my Bosch Router and a 3/16 single flute straight router bit seen below.
Pro Tip ~ Test your router bit on a scrap piece of board to make sure it’s the exact profile you are looking for!
Here are the steps I used to create the faux drawers on this dresser.
- I measured the center of my drawers
- Using a straight edge square I marked the middle line
- I measured the center bit to the edge of the router plate. Using this allowance, I set up my guide with clamps
- Following the guide, I routered the faux drawer
- Then I hand sanded the sharp edges smooth
And just a side note, if you’re looking for an easy-to-use battery-charged router – this is it! This router is SO FUN to use but more importantly, fits into my hand comfortably. It doesn’t feel intimidating like the other routers I’ve tried.
This piece had some dings and scratches. To blend them in and create more character, I added faux wormholes. It’s really easy to do. I took a scrap piece of wood. Drilled in some screws so they would stick out the other side, and then banged them into the wood. In the upcoming Youtube video this Saturday, you’ll see this is a great stress reliever. 🤣
STAIN & WASH
To bring out the wormholes and create a gorgeous finish, I used this water-based Voodoo Gel Stain in Tobacco Road. It’s so easy to apply and has no harsh odors. I poured some on, and then rubbed it into the wood with this lint-free shop cloth and removed the excess. Once it was dry, I added another coat to deepen the color.
Once the two coats of stain were dry, I mixed up a paint wash with a 50/50 mix of Coffee Bean Chalk Mineral Paint and water. I applied the first wash by brushing it on and then wiping off the excess with the grain. This gave the piece a nice rich color. Once dry, working in sections I applied another coat of the wash and dabbed it off with the shop cloth to give this piece an old school look as seen below. I have a full tutorial on How To Create A Wash Finish here.
To finish achieving an oil-based stain finish using water-based products, tinting your topcoat makes a huge difference. It adds another layer of depth. I used the leftover Coffee Bean wash and added it to this Satin Clear Coat. Between 5-10% paint wash is all that is needed. I sprayed three coats of protection. Tinting your clearcoat works just as well if you brush it on!
FINISHED TOUCHES – HARDWARE
To finish the look I added caster wheels. This makes this map cabinet easy to move!
And this catalog hardware finished everything off. I only had twelve in my inventory but if I had had more, I could have made even more faux drawers on this piece!
Here’s the finished look!
Do you see how the wormholes and variance in the finish give this piece an old rich look!
I might just have to keep this one for myself as well! 😉
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel HERE. Our #siyoutube family has hit 13K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
Here’s another look at this Ikea dresser before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new ideas for your projects!
And as promised, here’s the other apothecary I restyled. The same “Lazy Sanding” technique and finish was used! It sits under my tv in my living room. I loved it so much I just couldn’t sell it. It provides perfect storage under my tv. I’ll link to this makeover in the Related Posts below.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS $30 IKEA DRESSER-TURNED MAP CABINET FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!