Here is the chest of drawers sans the handles which I have not yet popped on ... this week!:
Begin and Prep
The chest of drawers were pine - stained with a dark stain
- sand them all over taking care to give the whole surface tooth (a non shiny surface that paint will adhere to)
- prep coat them with a sealer/primer and a brush - watch for drips and ensure that all surfaces are painted evenly - I used Taubmans 3 in 1 which I love and dries quickly
- sand between all coats of paints - I will admit here that I am rather slack in this department
- I take the drawers out and paint them with fronts upward (remove the knobs of course)
- paint two coats of paint - I used a satin finish aqua enamel - again I used Taubmans as it dries quickly remember to sand between coats (see point three) Please note that I painted the top and bottom drawer fronts in aqua (rain song) and the middle drawer front in (china white 50% strength)
- dry totally overnight
- Purchase a finishing sander - shaped like an iron - they only cost about $50 and are an awesome investment (got mine - a ryobi from Bunnings) If you try to sand by hand you will not get the distressed look you need
- Sand with 120 sandpaper on the sander.... go over the edges of the drawers and unit itself where wear would normally happen. Go down to the brown stain
- Think of heavy use areas, corners and eges - but the trick is not to keep it too even otherwise it looks a bit silly.
- On some areas go harder and create more 'wear'
- Cut up a range of coordinating papers or themed papers with your paper trimmer - I used Kaiser Craft (bonjoir range) and websters pages.
- with modge podge apply the glue to the drawer front with a soft wide brush and apply it to the paper - a brayer will help keep the bubbles down ... so pull iot over each piece of paper - paint over the paper with modgepodge
- your fingers will get loaded with modge podge if you are anything like me - so I keep masking tape handy and take it off my fingers with bits of sticky masking tape
- Work section by section .... take it slowly and look for colour balance.... I work with the drawers together as they would be on the unit
- With coordinating stickers and alphas add interest across the work - using the same approach as in step 2
- I went over all the drawers and ignored the hole for the knob as I was going to buy new ones anyway
- put a coat of modge podge over all the drawer fronts when they are covered with paper
- I used beeswax to rub into all the furniture and give it a nice mellow finish (paint section in Bunnings)
- rub the beeswax well into the brown aged areas.
- use a soft cloth to buff to a nice finish
Please note I used exactly the same finish on this unit and its matching piano stool - I just didn't do the decoupage effect on the drawers
I do not have shares in Bunnings - they are the most convenient hardware to me..... distance wise
Hope this helps and have fun with the techniques - pelase comment if you would like more info