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How To Add Amazing Texture To Furniture

There are several different painting techniques that you can use to add texture to furniture. You can layer chalk paint® to add texture to your furniture, add depth and texture by incorporating fabric into your furniture makeover, or you can give the appearance of texture by using stencils or textured wallpaper


Today, I want to show you how to use old wood scraps to help build a modern and cool texture to any flat paneled piece of furniture. 


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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience. Read our full disclosure here. While DecoArt provided the products used to complete this labor of love, I supplied the elbow grease, rescued furniture, design concept, and opinions! All of which reflect my own point of view, regardless of affiliation..




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We're calling this furniture makeover, The Elizabeth Console. I started with this six drawer dresser. One, two, three, four.. okay yes, I know. There are only four drawers. That's why it was FREE! It was miss'n something... or two things. Without those two bottom drawers, both my brain and my heart were whispering, "repurpose".




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Without too much effort we trimmed down the middle support, removed the bottom drawer brackets and filled in any holes or scuffs with wood filler. What was once a dresser would now become a console table with storage.





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Those four drawers needed something. I thought it would be neat to give it this piece some texture. Naturally,  I dove head first into our wood scrap pile. Anytime I have a chance to empty something from this pile it puts a big old smile on my face.



Not only is re-purposing FREE but it also allows me to fit another car into our garage. ;) I made sure to grab wood with varying degrees of thicknesses so that the drawers would have some nice depth and texture.





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Once we had our drawer measurements, we made our cuts and then layed the wood strips onto the floor to create our pattern.





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We used a nail gun to secure the wood to the drawer fronts and then we took a little break. That was exhausting! Not. It was so easy! We did take a break though... I wanted a Dr. Pepper.  :)





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We finished the drawer fronts with our custom mix of American Decor™ in Relic and Legacy, then sealed Ms. Elizabeth with a layer of Creme Wax. Bu-bye flat drawers! Hello, gorgeous deep gray with a little punch!





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Refinishing furniture doesn't have to be expensive. It's not hard. And your piece doesn't always have to be used for what it was originally intended for. Adapt. Change. Up-cycle. DecorArt made that easy!



If you enjoyed this unique furniture makeover you'll also enjoy our Balayage Inspired Painting Technique on this revamped Media Console and our Saltwash™ Coastal Dresser Makeover.



Happy Creating!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street



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53 comments

  1. Your flip is lovely. The paint color is perfect. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned and Tweeted.

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  2. Carrie I am in love with what you did with this dresser. The texture you added to the drawer fronts adds so much interest. And the knobs are perfect. Would love it if you shared it on Friday's Furniture Fix... now on Friday mornings at 9AM CST ;o)

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  3. Adding those pieces to the front of the dresser drawers totally made the piece! The color is fabulous too. Pinning and I would love for you to share this on The DIY Collective! We are live now and would love to have you.

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    1. And it was SO easy to do! :) I'd love to link up to the party.. Thanks for your kind words, Ashley!

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  4. I LOVE it! The color is fabulous and the texture you added it so cool. Great job!

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  5. I love how your chest came out! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing it at Craft Frenzy Friday!

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  6. What a great idea for adding texture to furniture pieces. I'm swooning over the color too - very pretty piece. Pinning to share.

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  7. Very very beautiful makeover! I love how you added the texture, and the color is fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Collective!

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    1. I'm glad I found your party! Happy to be a participant. :) Thank you for the lovely compliment, Brooke!

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  8. This dresser looks absolutely beautiful now. Relic is one of my favorite DecoArt paint colors. Good luck with the contest!

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    1. Thank you, Paula! I'm such a sucker for gray... Relic is a new favorite! :)

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  9. Wow, the vision for this makeover is just amazing! Awesome job!!! ps. Thanks for stopping by and linking up to The Creative Gallery.

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    1. I got my inspiration from a ginormous stacked wood wall I saw in a restaurant I ate in while visiting Las Vegas. :) Thanks so much for your kind words!

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  10. Beautiful job Carrie! Love the wood layering really adds so much visual interest, and the knobs... the perfect jewelry to top it off. A great piece!

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    1. Thank you Brenda! I always appreciate your positive kudos! :)

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  11. It looks great and the additions add so much more interest.

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    1. Thanks, Mary! Me too! I love that both the dresser and the scrap wood were FREE. :)

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  12. Fantastic makeover. I love the color too (it looks dark blue in my browser).

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    1. Relic does have a slight blue undertone, but I also mixed a few spoonfuls of Legacy in with it. So although it is a dark grey it can appear a blueish grey depending on the light. ;)

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  13. wow! awesome job. you should be very proud of that!

    Jessica @ HouseHomemade.us

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  14. Love! Pinned and tweeted! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at our linky party. We hope to see you next Monday @ 7 because we can’t wait to see your new creations! Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

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  15. It took a lot of vision to take that broken dresser to where it ended up! t's really a beautiful, finished piece. I love the color and especially the wood accents you added. Great job! Thanks for linking up to #FridaysFurnitureFix!

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    1. DecoArt's Chalky Finish Paint was awesome to work with and those spare pieces of wood were a breeze to add! ;) Congratulations on becoming the newest addition to Friday's Furniture Fix! I look forward to sharing my pieces with you every Friday!

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  16. What a fabulous idea to add pieces of wood to totally change the look of the piece. Another amazing transformation!

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  17. WOW! That looks so great! When I saw all the wood you were adding to the drawers I thought "what is she DOING??!!" but you knew exactly what you were doing, it looks SO cool!

    Thanks for linking up at Craft Frenzy Friday!

    Tania

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    1. I'm pretty sure I said "what am I doing" too!... thank goodness for paint- it will cover up anything. ;)

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  18. Very impressive flip. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST this evening. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured Button. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for the feature... I'm absolutely honored!

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  19. Wow, what a beautiful new look! Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  20. Beautiful!! Love the drawer details!
    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

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    1. Thanks! They are definitely better than the before. ;)

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  21. Your project came out beautifully! It was chosen as a favorite this week at Craft Frenzy Friday. Congrats!

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  22. Love this!! LOOOOOOve this! Great texture and creativity. Great color! Thanks for linking to Friday's Furniture Fix.... Please look for this little beauty on IG... it'll be up on my feed momentarily.

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  23. I'm JUST seeing this piecenow...I LOVE IT! <3

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  24. Carrie,
    You have created a stunning transformation with this piece of furniture.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to stop by, Karen!

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  25. Hi, I love your color mixing that you did. The pictures make it look like it has a little blue in it. Is that how it appears in person or is it simply a cool dark gray? Either way I like it, just curious as I try to pick a color for the underside of my kitchen table. I'm debating between a dark warm gray or a dark cool gray, almost blue, with a wood top.

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    1. Hi! I would describe it as a dark grey with blue undertones. Depending on the time of day, it looks more grey than blue, but when it's really light out, you'll see more of the blue come through. I hope that helps! Best of luck with your project!.. Carrie

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