Are you tired of boring furniture? Here’s a step by step tutorial for embossing furniture so you can transform your furniture and add some character to your home.
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Here’s what the chest of drawers looked like before.
We transformed this cute little chest into something much more magical.
Embossing is great for those drawers or parts of old furniture that are damaged because you can cover them up! But it’s also a great way to turn your boring furniture into something that has so much character.
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Aren’t these cute little chest of drawers just the cutest?
It’s definitely a petite little thing and would be adorable in a little girls room or even an entry way or in that small space that needs a little somethin’.
Supplies Used When Embossing Furniture
- Texture Powder
- Painting Sponge
- Dark Roast Paint
- Sunday Tea Paint
- Stain Blocking Primer
- Stir Stick
- Plastic Disposable Bowl
- Damask Stencil
- Flat Edged Tool
- Painters Tape
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
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How to Prepare Furniture for Paint
These cute old dressers have a ton of character because of how old they are.
Some of these were built over 100 years ago, when power tools weren’t a thing, so everything was done by hand, which creates so much character.
Some things need fixin’ to make it more sturdy and strong, and some things should be left alone to keep the piece true to its original beauty.. right??
When we brought it home, one corner of the top was broken off.
Luckily the corner piece was still attached with a nail, so we took off the top, glued the corner piece back to the main piece, and reattached the top to the dresser.
Then we reinforced the sides and even filled in a large gap on one side of the dresser with Bondo.
Learn more about How to Repair Damaged Furniture here.
Then I prepped it like I do every single piece.
Learn exactly how to prepare furniture for paint here.
It’s really so important to make sure the furniture prepared for paint correctly or the paint might not stick.
How to Emboss Wood Furniture
Each drawer received the royal treatment with some fresh new embossing!
This step is soo easy but really creates so much detail and extra fun!
I wrote more about it here, on these Shabby Chic End Tables with Raised Stenciling I did. But the basic process is this.
It should be about the consistency of peanut butter.
Then I grabbed the damask stencil and taped it smack dab in the center of a drawer.
I drug the flat edged tool, with a little bit of texture paste on the edge, across the stencil to fill in the stencil.
I made sure to keep it to a thin layer of texture everywhere.
Then I removed the stencil, and worked on the next drawer until all of the drawers had one section of embossing done.
Then I went back to the first drawer, lined the stencil up where it should be, and continued the pattern.
Here’s another makeover with embossing, The Navy Dresser with Textured Drawers.
Also, it’s always best to wash off the stencil right after use, so the texture and paint don’t dry onto it.
I let the texture on the drawers dry overnight before moving on.
Primer for Painting Furniture
Because I was using a light color and because I had sanded down to the bare wood in some places, I went over everything with two coats of Stain Blocking Primer.
This stuff is really good at blocking bleedthrough stains that come through paint!
Let me tell ya, I have had my fair share of projects that I had completely finished, only to find that it is bleeding!
Sometimes the red, orange or brown spots don’t come through until you’ve sealed up the paint and are completely done.
Check out how to stop wood knots from bleeding through paint to learn more.
It sometimes doesn’t even show until a day or two AFTER I’m done.
So I’ve learned to protect myself against it, and I almost always prime my piece before hand!
Even if I use a dark color. It still bleeds through sometimes! Not worth it!
Learn more about the The Best Primer for Painting Furniture (and How to Choose the Right One)
I will say though, if I’m going to finish a piece in a dark color, I will usually stick to the clear shellac. Just because it is clear when it dries. Then when I distress the chalk paint there isn’t any white showing between the wood and the finish.
Grey Painted Chest of Drawers
Once the primer was dry, I painted 2 or 3 coats of this amazing grey chalk paint color called Sunday Tea.
Distressing the Embossing
After all of the paint dried, I went over everything with 220 Grit Sandpaper and distressed it all up like no one’s business.
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This is why I mixed Dark Roast with the Texture powder.
Dark Roast is a really nice deep brown that will show up almost the color of wood. So when you go to distress the texture, it looks like wood underneath. Booya!
Of course, I wiped all of the dust off the dresser, and then I sprayed on multiple coats of the best waterbased Polyurethane.
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And then to finish it up, I added glass knobs so the texture could be the star of the show.
And that’s that! This little cutie is all finished up!
So now here’s the question.. would you add raised embossing to your dresser drawers? Let me know by commenting below!
- Prepare the furniture for paint by cleaning and scuff sanding.
- Spread a thin layer of mixed up texture powder over a stencil to create the embossing. Let dry overnight.
- Prime the furniture to block stains and help the paint stick to the furniture.
- Paint 2+ coats of paint onto the furniture. Let the paint dry.
- Distress the paint with 220 grit sandpaper. (Optional)
- Topcoat the chalk paint.
- Add new hardware.
Mix the texture powder with the color of paint you are using to create a solid embossed look.
More Grey Painted Furniture Ideas
- Deep Grey MCM Dresser
- The Chippy Gray Milk Paint Dresser
- Light Gray Nightstand Makeover
- Grey Painted Dresser
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