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My #1 Industrial Farmhouse Transformation.

Here’s how I transformed a dull side table into my #1 industrial farmhouse furniture transformation. By up-cycling, repurposing, or recycling pieces of furniture, we can save money and create unique one of a kind pieces. This is a great trash-to-treasure project.

When we moved from a traditional home to The Farmhouse, I had a few pieces of furniture that I couldn’t leave behind, even though they didn’t exactly have a farmhouse look!

Before Traditional Side table before the transformation.
Here is the side table BEFORE

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White Distressed Chalk Paint technique for Industrial Style Furniture Transformation.

This is what the side table looks like after the transformation. See this easy tutorial on how to use chalk paint.

Because I love vintage pieces with tiny drawers and doors, I decided that I’d like to create a faux front on the single drawer that appears to be multiple small drawers. Here is a step-by-step tutorial showing how I transformed this side table. If you love an apothecary-style cabinet, see this IKEA transformation here.

Since this project, I have transformed a boring side table into an amazing card catalog-style chest. If you prefer a simple technique to makeover a chest, check out this 3-Step Easy Furniture Makeover.

Cut Casing for Drawer Front

This project begins with five stripes of 1 1/2″ Interior Pine Wood Casing cut to the length of the drawer front.

First of all, my husband helped me cut the casing allowing for a 45-degree angle on the ends to match the shape of the casing.

Then I drilled small pilot holes in the trim to allow for the tiny screws. I also sanded the edges and around the pilot holes with Fine Grit Sanding Block

Wood Casing trim used to transform side table.
Five stripes of 1 1/2″ Interior Pine Wood Casing cut to the length of the drawer front.

Stain Wood Casing Strips

Because I wanted the new wood trim to match the original table stain, I applied a Walnut Gel Stain to the raw wood. Although it wasn’t a perfect match, it will work perfectly for the planned painting technique.

Stain casing strips to be applied to drawer front.

Attach Casing to Transform drawer Front

Next, I applied a small amount of wood glue to the back of each strip and aligned the wood molding on the drawer front using match sticks as spacers. This was not the most professional spacer, but it’s what I had on hand. LOL

The transformation is starting to get exciting because I’m beginning to see an industrial farmhouse chest appear.

Add casing strips to the drawer front with screws and glue.

Then I used small screws to attach the molding to the drawer front. Once the screws were in place, I used a small amount of wood filler to cover the screw heads.

Paint Chest

Once the stain and wood filler is completely dry, paint the chest. I used Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for this project.

White Chalk Paint

Distress for an Industrial Farmhouse Feel

Using my sanding block, I sanded away paint from the edges for a distressed look. This is the reason I stained the molding stripes, to begin with. As a result, you see some of the original stain through the chalk paint.

White Distressed Chalk Paint technique for Industrial Style Furniture Transformation.

Seal with Wax

Next, I used Annie Sloan Clear Wax with a mixture of Mineral Spirits. I made a mayonnaise consistency mixture and used a chip brush to apply it to the painted piece.

Wax and mineral spirits for a distressed paint technique.

I used a soft cloth to remove any excess wax and allowed the wax to dry. Then I used a piece of scrape drop cloth to buff out the surface.

Annie Sloan old white chalk paint

Finally, I added a coat of Dark Wax over the surface because I felt the color was a brighter white than I preferred. Note: If I were doing the project again, I would have mixed a small amount of dark wax with the clear wax from the beginning. This would have saved me some time.

Dark wax.

Now the color is a warmer shade of white. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes when attempting a project. This one still turned out to be one of my favorite projects.

White Distressed Chalk Paint technique for Industrial Style Furniture Transformation.

Add Hardware for Industrial Farmhouse Transformation

Finally, it was time to add the hardware to the front. The front drawer now looks like five small drawers. I purchased the drawer pulls and label holders from D. Lawless Hardware. Using some craft paper card stock I had on hand, I hand-lettered the numbers for the label holders.

repurposed furniture makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and New Industrial drawer Pulls.

I previously shared a trash to treasure transformation of the box on the top. For information on the re-purposed silverware box click here.

This was a fairly inexpensive project and I’m loving the new look.

Industrial Farmhouse Style Furniture Transformation with White Chalk Paint and new Industrial hardware.

Shop My Farmhouse Style Here!

Now, this boring chest adds just the right industrial farmhouse vibe and works perfectly with the decor.

Industrial Farmhouse Style Furniture Transformation with White Chalk Paint and new Industrial hardware.

See how to make the DIY Plate Rack here.
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Cow Painting here.
Sheep Painting here.

More Industrial Transformations & Repurposed Furniture Tutorials.

Since completing this project, we transformed an IKEA storage cube into an apothecary cabinet for our DIY Greenhouse. Previously, we built our kitchen island using repurposed furniture and a barn wood technique for the countertop. I hope you enjoy seeing all of these transformations as well.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope this will inspire you to look beyond the obvious when searching for the prefect decor piece.

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Industrial Farmhouse Up-cycled Furniture Transformation with new hardware and white chalk paint.
Farmhouse Style Industrial Furniture Makeover with white chalk paint and new hardware
#1 Industrial Transformation - Furniture Makeover with White Chalk Paint and new hardware.


Saturday 7th of January 2023

I am fairly certian you are genius!!! I have just found your blog, and facebook page. I will be having my morning coffee and instead of the depressing news.. I will be looking for what wonderfl thing you are doing today!!! It is a joy to see your vision for things! And I am not easily impressed. Love the greenhouse, the Ikea hack, the wreaths, the sidetable and silver chest!!! LOVE, LOVE you used window trim for drawer fronts!! Just love it all. Thank you! Thank you for sharing such a creative genius with us!!! Start everyday with a smile, and a plan!!! Cant wait to see whats next.... Happiest of New Years!!!!


Sunday 8th of January 2023

Jodi, Thank you so much for these encouraging words. You just made my day. I really appreciate you and all you said to keep me inspired to share more. Have a blessed day.


Saturday 9th of January 2021

That WAS a beautiful piece of furniture. What a shame to destroy some craftsman's work by painting over it.

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Sunday 10th of January 2021

Jerry, I appreciate your input. Rachhel


Saturday 9th of January 2021

Oh. My. Word ❣️. This is amazing! I love rustic and farmhouse and Upcycling with all my heart. What a great idea. Excited to be able to follow you as well. Great instructions as well.

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Sunday 10th of January 2021

Ginger, Welcome. Thanks so much for your kind words. I look forward to sharing more adventures with you. Rachel

Marsha Heskett

Tuesday 25th of August 2020

Wowza! This is fabulous!!! What a creative upcycle, I luuuv it👏👏❤️❤️

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Tuesday 25th of August 2020

Marsha, I really appreciate this. Thanks for stopping by. Rachel

Ann Heatherton

Tuesday 7th of July 2020

The side table you started with was unique but your transformation is awesome. Good job!

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Tuesday 7th of July 2020

Ann I really appreciate your input