I bought this wooden drawer from a thrift store for its size, a sort of retro-look and an almost nature-friendly appeal. It takes up little space, and in that space, it has a dozen drawers.
However, while I’m a big fan of utility-based products, something didn’t sit quite well about this piece of furniture when I brought it home and sat it in the foyer.
It had that wooden look going on and it had that forest-like rustic appeal to it, but something seemed to be missing –it was plain, dull, lacked luster, and honestly, it was boring to look at.
So I thought I would DIY and spice it up a bit.
As you can see, the make-over included adding a more rustic appeal to the wooden furniture, bringing it closer to nature than before. I added white mandellas for the boho dresser vibes and changed the doorknobs to make them slightly more modern and up-to-date. And here’s how I did it.
Step By Step
- I sanded and stained using Varathane weathered grey stain.
- After it was dry then added a layer of Minwax Espresso stain.
- Once that was dry, I dry brushed Behr antique white and smoothed it in using a rag, then dry brushed again on top of that.
- I stenciled the mandalas using the antique white again then waxed using Minwax clear wax over the whole piece.
- I changed out all the hardware for some sweet ones I’ve been sitting on for a while!
- I painted the hardware using white enamel then used silver leaf Rub n’buff on them.
I love how it all came together. Definitely not my normal style for sure!
Get Up-Close and Personal
You can see that the dry brushing really worked in giving it that rustic aesthetic, and a scratched, worn-out feel. The paint looks almost foresty, and it goes well with my wooden floors and the minimalist white décor.
You can get Mandella stencils from the market, but a better option would probably be to print them out. Online, the possibilities of the Mandella designs and colors are endless, and DIY-ing may be hard but stencil printing is not.
What came out was a beautiful, tri-mandella, rustic-but-modern, minimalist design. I topped the grey-white spectrum with a contrasting golden vase and royal-purple flowers.
I gotta say, I’m loving it!
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