Wednesday, March 18

Instructions

Here they are! Step by step instructions so you make your very own carving on a piece of furniture. This project does involve Power Tools, but I think you can handle it.



The first step... Choosing the before.



I spray painted the hardware 'seaside green' (rustoleaum) to match the paper going in the drawers. Then I drew the design right on the furniture with a sharpie. If you don't plan on painting the piece you may want to use pencil, but it's important that whatever you draw with is very visible. You'll apreciate it when you're using the router.



I used a quarter inch bit in my router set at a depth of 1/16th. A small depth makes a big impact on your furniture- it's a good idea to test it out on a piece of scrap wood.


I carefully traced my lines, but a little squiggle adds a nice detail when you're drawing foliage.


Once I've traced the lines I finish cutting the middle out- using the same bit.


Use a bit of sandpaper to smooth out any uneveness left by the router.


I stained the parts I cut out to bring out the grain and darken the wood a bit. Whatever finish you plan on using in the cutouts, now is the time to do it. It's much easier to take 'accidental' paint or stain off the flat surface before you've finished it.


Paint!


I sanded the old finish lightly so the new paint would stick. Then I brushed on two coats of latex acrylic paint.


I lined the drawers with the paper that was my inspiration for the design and the color of the handles (a linda barker wallpaper).


VoilĂ ! Finished- happy crafting!

12 comments:

The Tiny Homestead said...

this is amazing! how awesome of you to share your secrets. thanks.

Jen said...

Thanks for sharing! I think your work is so cool, and I definitely have the urge to go buy a router and try this out for myself now :)

Jillian Frances said...

This is so cool. Thank you such much. I get so much inspiration from your work!

Larsen Party 24/7 said...

so pretty! instant facelift.

Anonymous said...

How exciting its like getting the recipe from you favorite chef!! Im so happy you let us in on the HOW TO.... I'm still delaying working on my girls secretary's desk but I think Im building up the guts!! Thanks

carpenter ant said...

send me pics if you try it yourselves!

Michele said...

This is so beautiful, thank you for sharing!

Amanda said...

Sweet! Thank you so much! I hope I can use this some day soon!

Keren said...

You're a very talented person - thanks for sharing!

Kelle's Kitchen said...

What an incredible tip!! I love the before and after of this project...unrecognizable!

Allison said...

So generous of you to share how-to's with those of us unlucky enough to live far away from your beautiful shop. Can't wait to try this technique! thanks.

Mama Plum said...

This is amazing! Thanks for the very specific instructions. I can't wait to try this... I'll let you know how it turns out. I wish I lived near your shop, it's all so great!