I have had these pine IKEA drawers for a long time. They were never my favourite, but they provide convenient storage so I have always hesitated to get rid of them. At some point I gave the boring drawers a coat of cream coloured latex. Still never liked them though. Last week I finally had enough of them and decided to give them a makeover.
My intent was to stain the drawers a dark colour to mimic a nice rich wood and then paint them with Milk Paint. I imagined the Milk Paint being really chippy so it showed the dark stain underneath.
For the makeover, I began by giving the latex a light sand. I wasn’t sure how well the stain would adhere to the latex so wanted to give it a little tooth. To give the wood the rich colour I wanted, I brushed on a layer of General Finishes Gel Stain in Nutmeg.
I used a chip brush to apply the stain. The bristles on a chip brush are thin and loose and helped to give the stain a streaky, old and worn look. A quick wipe with a shop towel got off the excess easily. The stain adhered to the painted pine beautifully.At this point, my plan was to paint the drawers. I was just going to use the stain to give the appearance of dark wood under the chippy milk paint.
Transform boring IKEA pine drawers with General Finishes Gel Stain and make them look like they are a hundred years old.
I couldn’t believe how different the stain made the boring little drawers look. The more I stared at them, the more I loved the aged look they had now. The drawers were actually dovetailed so I turned them backwards to make it visible. Once they were turned, some vintage hardware completed the old, antique look.Oh man I love that old hardware ♥ Having a collection of it to use on projects like this makes me so happy!I would not have guess when I started that I would end up with storage that I looove so much. They look 100 years old now and have such a gorgeous vintage feel. I am so glad I gave these little IKEA drawers one more chance!
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