In a world that is becoming very much a throw-away society there is something to be said for taking an old piece of furniture and breathing new life into it. I managed to save this old oak chest of drawers from a friends skip and wanted to see if I could bring a more contemporary edge to it. This piece had good bones and I loved the retro styled handles on this piece.
The process was pretty straight forward and started with removing the handles and gently sanding the entire piece with 100 grit sandpaper and then following this up with 150 grit sandpaper. This took probably a couple of hours maximum. The handles where rubbed down with good old fashioned steel wool and came up a treat.
I managed to find this chandelier decal online from a company called Grafix Wall Art and put it directly onto the drawers to act as a reverse stencil. I ran the back of a small spoon over the edges of the decal to try an prevent paint from seeping under the edges and once this was done I applied a base coat of Resene Sureseal, and then two coats of a Resene water based acrylic paint.
After 24 hours I gently pealed back the stencil to reveal the oak beneath. As you can see the paint did manage to seep through slightly in parts so I tidied this up with a small piece of sand paper and then applied a wood wax to bring out the natural beauty of the wood.
With the handles back on, this piece now balances the old with the new. This is definitely an achievable DIY project, so have a look around your home and see if you have any pieces of furniture that with a bit of time and effort, may benefit from a little TLC.