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!
Here’s how I transformed a dull side table into my #1 industrial farmhouse transformation. By up-cycling, re-purposing or recycling existing pieces of furniture, we can save money and create unique one of a kind pieces. Here is a great trash to treasure project.
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.
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Cut Casing for Drawer Front
This project begins with 5 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 small screws. I also sanded the edges and around the pilot holes with
Fine Grit Sanding Block
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 paint technique I have planned.
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 Now the transformation is starting to get exciting because I’m starting to see an industrial farmhouse chest appear.
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Paint the entire Chest
Once the stain and wood filler were completely dry, then paint the entire chest. I personally used Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for this project.
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.
Seal with Wax
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.
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.
Add Hardware for Industrial Farmhouse Transformation
Finally, it was time to add the hardware to the front. The front drawer now looks like 5 small drawers. I purchased the drawer pulls and label holders from D. Lawless Hardware. Using some craft paper card stock that I had on hand, I hand lettered the numbers for the label holders.
This was a fairly inexpensive project and I’m loving the new look.
Now this boring chest adds just the right industrial farmhouse vibe and works perfectly with the decor.
More Industrial Transformations & Repurposed Furniture Tutorials.
Since completion of 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 counter top. I hope you enjoy seeing all of these transformations as well.
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