Furniture repair & blending in 10 easy steps

The Finale

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From split furniture to blended glory with a gorgeous faux marble effect in 10 easy steps

Introduction: Welcome to another exciting episode of my furniture repair rescue blog!

Living near a university city like Leeds has its perks, especially during the annual student migration. Each year, when the students move to their new accommodations, the streets transform into a bustling bazaar of discarded furniture. It’s a sight to behold, with mattresses strapped to students’ backs as they trek to their next residence.

Sourcing abandoned treasures for furniture repair

During this eventful weekend, Theo and I seize the opportunity to scour for abandoned treasures. On one memorable occasion, I spotted what appeared to be a sturdy chest of drawers on a street corner.

the before

Within hours, it was sitting on my workbench in the workshop. Upon closer inspection, I discovered a sizeable split running down one side from top to bottom.

This presented a formidable challenge – one that would require replacing the entire panel. As someone with limited woodworking skills, I knew this would be both costly and demanding, especially if I needed to enlist the help of a professional joiner.

Then, an idea struck me! Why not utilise one of the large, thick WoodUbend mouldings to reinforce the split at both its top and bottom?

The Floral Swags (X1001) seemed like the perfect choice for this task. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing with their delicate design, but they also match the contours of the chest of drawers seamlessly, whilst also being chunky and robust enough to provide support. Their width aligned perfectly with the width of the side of the drawers, ensuring a snug fit. Placing one at the top and one at the base of the split will not only provide structural support but also add a touch of decorative flair to the piece. I also prepared the smaller version of the same design (X1001.25) having the front of the drawers in mind.

Step 1: The prep of the furniture repair

Now it was time for prep. I cleaned and scuff-sanded the piece, then I masked out the drawer edges with a low tack duct tape.

masking out

The chest of drawers still had a lot of the old paint on it, but it seemed sound, so seeing as I was going to paint the piece in its entirety, I didn’t see any point in removing it.

I just needed to seal the old paint in to avoid any bleeds or stains seeping through. For this I applied a coat of ‘Grey BOSS’ by Dixie Belle.  BOSS is a stain-blocking primer which is specifically designed to block stains, tannins, and other types of discolouration on surfaces before painting. This primer helps prevent bleed-through of stains into the paint layer, ensuring a smooth and even finish.

Step 2: Using WoodUbend to brace the furniture repair

Once that was dry, I set out to apply the WoodUbend swags to the chest of drawers.

Using a heat gun, I warmed up the mouldings until they became flexible and pliable. I always use the handy board that each WoodUbend comes with in its packaging. The boards are great for warming and cutting your WoodUbend on, or decanting paints and glue without messing up the area you’re working in. So never throw these away! You can even use these to wedge under the leg of a wonky table. 

Once the WoodUbend swag X1001 was nice and pliable, I applied a generous amount of WoodUGlue to the entire footprint of the design.

I then positioned the swag across the side of the drawers at the bottom of the split as a brace.

Once it was on the surface I applied a little heat with the heat gun and pressed firmly across the entire surface of the swag ensuring that the moulding was adhered securely to the surface of the wood. 

furniture repair

Some glue did extrude from under the moulding which I wiped away with a wet paintbrush. As the glue dried, the WoodUbend moulding began to harden, providing sturdy reinforcement to the weakened areas of the chest of drawers.

I then opened up my Dixie Mud in Black & White and mixed them to create a grey shade. I proceeded to fill the crack of the split; as you can see from the image, the crack was extensive in length.

Once the Dixie Mud was dry, I sanded it down with 240 grit to create a smooth surface for me to paint over.

Step 3: The paint job & blending process

It was time to try out the colours, so I cracked open the Terra Clay paint in Galaxy, and, using a pointed brush, I painted up the floral swag and stood back to have a look at the whole picture. 

Not only did the swags serve a practical purpose in stabilising the split, they also added a charming decorative element to the furniture. With this innovative solution, I was able to address the structural integrity of the drawers while enhancing the overall appearance of the piece.

I was happy with how things were going so I cracked on. I applied a second X1001 WoodUbend floral swag across the top of the split in exactly the same manner as with the previous swag at the bottom of the split.

After painting both of the X1001 WoodUbend swags, I proceeded to outline them with the Galaxy Terra paint.

Next, I filled in the perimeter with the turquoise Terra colour, ‘Lani’s Lagoon’.

Using a clean brush, I delicately blended the colours together, feathering them into one another to create a highlighted internal area reminiscent of blue glass highlights.

This technique added depth and dimension to the swags, enhancing their visual appeal and contributing to the overall aesthetic of the piece.

Moving to the opposite side of the chest of drawers, I replicated the same process as before. Fortunately, the other side didn’t have any structural issues, so there was no need for fillers. However, I did apply the WoodUbend swags to maintain symmetry and consistency in the design of the piece. This ensured that both sides of the chest of drawers had a cohesive and harmonious appearance, contributing to the overall aesthetic balance of the furniture.

With the front of the chest of drawers in focus, I took two of the X1001 floral swags and positioned them side by side on the pelmet at the bottom of the drawers.

This created a charming and cohesive design element that tied the piece together.

For the top drawer, I opted for two of the smaller X1001.25 designs, placing them diagonally on each side to add visual interest and symmetry to the arrangement.

As I applied the WoodUbend mouldings across the opening of the drawers, a practical concern arose: how would the drawers be opened? To address this, I employed a simple solution.

Step 4: Cutting the WoodUbend

Using a heat gun, I softened the WoodUbend mouldings and carefully sliced through them, ensuring that the functionality of the drawers remained intact. This clever technique allowed for both structural reinforcement and practical usability, seamlessly combining form and function in the design. Later on I opened the drawers up and sanded the cuts I’d made in the WoodUbend.

After allowing the WoodUbend application to dry and ensuring that the pieces were securely in place, I proceeded with the painting process. Using the Galaxy Terra Clay Paint, I applied it around the perimeter of the façade, creating a bold outline. Then, I incorporated the Lani’s Lagoon Terra Clay Paint paint in the centre, blending it seamlessly with the dark blue using a Posh Chalk ‘Smooth and Blend’ brush. This technique resulted in a harmonious transition of colours, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of the chest of drawers matching the sides.

While allowing the paint to dry, I shifted my attention to the top of the drawers.

After applying a coat of BOSS, I proceeded to apply two coats of ‘Coffee Bean’ Dixie Belle paint from the original mineral paint line. I sanded down between each coat using 240 grit sandpaper; this process ensured that the surface would be smooth and well-prepared for the faux marble technique I planned to implement later on.

Step 5: Applying WoodUbend trim in the furniture repair

The edge of the top had some roughness and irregularity, presenting the perfect opportunity to employ a WoodUbend trim to visually correct it. I opted for the TR718 trim, known for its ability to camouflage imperfections in furniture repair processes with its half-egg and dart design.

To begin, I heated the WoodUbend TR718 coil of trim on the provided board, ensuring it stayed coiled until needed in order to maintain its pliability. These trims are great for a furniture repair.

Once warmed, I applied WoodUGlue to the designated area and swiftly affixed the trim to the edge, creating a visually appealing border. This process really added to the furniture repair.

The corners of the trim were mitred while still warm, and once cooled, I sanded them smooth.

Finally, I painted the trim in the Coffee Bean colour to seamlessly integrate it with the rest of the piece.

As I stepped back to observe the newly painted furniture, I couldn’t shake the feeling that the paint job appeared a bit rough around the edges, likely a result of the damaged corners. Determined to enhance its aesthetic, I decided to distress the corners using sandpaper for the furniture repair.

Step 6: Distressing

As I began gently sanding, something remarkable happened—the white undertones of the base coat began to peek through. This unexpected effect created highlights that added depth to the piece, while also giving the illusion of freshly defined lines. The distressed corners now exuded a charmingly weathered look, adding character to the furniture’s overall appearance.

Step 7: Stencilling

Something was still missing! Yup, it needed a faint stencil to really tie it all together so I opted for a floral design round the bottom drawer edge.

I used the same colours in Galaxy & Lani’s Lagoon. 

Step 8: Upcycling the existing hardware

The original hardware on the chest of drawers, featuring old-fashioned chrome and glass balls, didn’t quite complement the updated look of the piece. However, I appreciated their multifaceted shape and saw an opportunity to enhance them for the furniture repair project. To achieve a cohesive look, I decided to experiment with some Posh Chalk Pigments from the precious range, specifically in Diamond Gold.

Mixing these pigments with Posh Chalk Infusor resulted in a luxurious white gold mixture. That’s the great thing about the PoshChalk Pigments and Infusor – you are in total control of the consistency you create.

I used the thick white gold mixture to paint the glass ball handles.

The transformation was remarkable, and I was thrilled with the elegant finish it added to the hardware.

Additionally, I applied the same mixture to dry brush over all the WoodUbend mouldings I had incorporated into the piece, from the delicate floral swags to the intricate dart and egg trim (TR718). This unified the elements of the chest of drawers and elevated its overall aesthetic. This furniture repair was really coming along!

Step 9: The faux marbling technique

Returning to the top of the chest of drawers, it was time to create the faux marble effect. While there are numerous methods to achieve this effect, I prefer a simple and quick approach. To begin, I dabbed Galaxy paint in diagonal streaks across the surface using a sponge.

After patting down the paint and allowing it to dry, I used a mixture of Diamond Gold Posh Chalk pigment with the Posh Chalk infusor to brush lines across the Galaxy paint using a thin paintbrush.

faux mabling

I then gently patted it down with an old wad of rags, and feathered it out with the Posh Chalk Smooth & Blend brush.

Step 10: Sealing

Once satisfied with the result, I left the surface to dry completely before sealing both the top and the body of the piece with a layer of Posh Chalk Patina Extender wax in our furniture repair process.

After allowing a couple of days for the wax to dry, I took a cloth and buffed the surface to a glorious gleam, adding the finishing touch to the faux marble effect.

Faux marbling

And there you have it – a comprehensive overview of our split furniture repair adventure! From the humble beginnings of an abandoned, broken chest of drawers to the final stunning masterpiece it has become, this journey has been a testament to the power of creativity, imagination, and a dash of magic. I enjoyed every minute!

I hope that my story inspires you to embark on your own crafting endeavours, discovering the joy and satisfaction that comes from bringing your visions to life.

With love and laughter,

SollyJo

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Products Used:

Posh Chalk Pigment Infusor

Posh Chalk Pigments in Diamond Gold from the precious range

WoodUbend floral swags X1001

WoodUbend floral swags x1001.25

WoodUbend trim TR718

Posh Chalk Smooth & Blend brush (small)

Posh Chalk Patina Extending Wax

Posh Chalk Wax brush 

Posh Chalk Mouldings brush

Dixie Belle BOSS in Grey.

Dixie Belle Coffee Bean from the original mineral paint line.

Dixie Belle Terra Paint in Galaxy & Lani’s Lagoon.

Watch the makeover in the short video here on Youtube

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