Welcome to the Mandala Furniture Makeover Journey

From an old Chest of Drawers to a Mandala Vibe

Welcome back, my friends, to another week of creative exploration! This time, I’m thrilled to share the journey of transforming an old chest of drawers into a ‘Mandala’ furniture-inspired masterpiece.

It all began when I stumbled upon this chest of drawers at a charity shop. Despite its potential, it was buried under layers of old, oil-based paint that had seen better days.

Knowing that the key to unlocking its beauty lay beneath those layers, I embarked on the mission to strip it down to its bare wood.

Step 1: The Prep

I faced a challenge right from the start. Unsure of the age of the paint and concerned about the possibility of it containing lead, I approached the removal process with caution.

Armed with a mask and sturdy gloves, I set about the task with a methodical approach. Layer by layer, I applied thick coats of paint stripper and painstakingly scraped away the paint, leaving no corner untouched.

After numerous rounds of stripping, I finally revealed the raw wood beneath the old paint. Yet, the journey was far from over.

The surface bore the scars of years of neglect, with damage particularly evident around the piece’s base.

Undeterred, I turned to sand as the next step in the restoration process. Armed with various grits of sandpaper, I meticulously smoothed out the surface, working until it was flawlessly even and ready for the next phase of transformation.

Step 2: Applying the WoodUbend Trim

To conceal the damage at the base of the chest, I turned to WoodUbend Trim TR0118, a versatile solution ideally suited to my needs for the mandala furniture design I had in mind. Its immense width and intricate block design seamlessly complemented the Mandala furniture vibe I aimed to achieve.

WoodUbend trim comes in rolls and in two varying lengths—100cm and  215cm. Since I had the full length of the base of the piece to cover on all three sides, I opted for the 215cm length.

All WoodUbend products come packaged with a handy MDF board. Don’t throw this away; you can use it to cut your WoodUbend or mix pigments and paints on it, using it as a palette.

They are also convenient for storing the WoodUbend leftover from another project. What makes the WoodUbend products genuinely remarkable is their unique properties—while they possess all the characteristics of wood in their cold state, they become pliable and flexible when warmed.

Before unraveling the coil, it’s crucial to heat the WoodUbend trim. I opted for a heat gun, though a hairdryer would suffice with more patience. Once warmed, I carefully unraveled the trim to the desired length for the base of the chest of drawers.

Next, I applied WoodUbend glue to the designated substrate, ensuring thorough coverage. I gently pressed it onto the surface with the trim warmed and adhesive, providing complete contact along its length.

Some excess glue may seep from underneath the trim, but this is easily remedied with a wet paintbrush or damp

To secure the trim in place and enhance adherence, I applied heat again with the heat gun, pressing down firmly. Then, I heated the trim again and cut it to size with a crafting knife.  However, the trim protruded slightly above the ledge of the base, requiring further attention. Using a Stanley knife, I carefully shaved down the trim until it was flush with the edge, achieving a seamless finish.

To refine the edges and conceal any joints, I turned to 240-grit sandpaper, gently smoothing the surface until it was flawless.

With meticulous care, I transformed the damaged base into a pristine canvas, ready to embrace the transformation inspired by the Mandala Wall Stencil.

Step 3: Painting the Frame

Despite my initial intention to leave the wood exposed after removing all the paint, the condition of the chest of drawers’ carcass presented a challenge. With significant damage, I painted the frame while leaving the drawers in their natural wood state.

For the frame, I selected the captivating hue of Pepper Blue by La Magic paint—a luscious shade that perfectly complemented the Mandala-inspired theme.

With a steady hand and careful precision, I applied two coats of paint to the entire frame, ensuring thorough coverage and a smooth finish.

This included painting over the WoodUbend trim TR0118, seamlessly integrating it into the frame with the same captivating blue hue.

The trim, once a practical solution for concealing damage, now became an integral part of the aesthetic, adding depth and character to the piece. The transformation took shape with each brushstroke, breathing new life into the once-damaged chest of drawers.

Step 4: Stenciling the Mandala Design

With the frame painted and the drawers restored to natural wood beauty, it was time to add the intricate Mandala furniture design to bring this chest of drawers to life.

I carefully retrieved the WoodUbend Wall Mandala stencil from its tube packaging, uncurling it onto a flat surface to ensure it lay flat and ready for use.

Before beginning, I applied low-tack Spray Mount adhesive to the back of the stencil to secure it firmly in place on the surface of the chest of drawers. I also added a couple of pieces of low-tack tape to ensure that the stencil wouldn’t move during the stenciling process

With the stencil positioned precisely, I dipped a Posh Chalk stencil brush into the Pepper Blue paint and began stippling around the perimeter of the stencil. This created a crisp outline for the Mandala design.

However, I envisioned adding a touch of metallic elegance to the center of the Mandala furniture design.

To achieve this, I mixed Posh Chalk metallic pigments in Byzantine Gold and Copper at a 50/50 ratio.

Adding Posh Chalk Infuser to the mix, I created a thick paste consistency that would provide excellent coverage and adhere well to the surface.

Carefully, I applied this metallic mixture to the center of the Mandala.

Then, with a clean brush, I feathered the Posh Chalk Pigment mix onto the surrounding blue with precision.

Once satisfied with the application…

…I gingerly removed the stencil to reveal the stunning pattern beneath!

Repeating the process on the sides of the chest of drawers ensured a seamless continuation of the Mandala furniture design, effortlessly marrying the patterns.

With each stroke, the design came to life, exuding sophistication and timeless beauty.

After completing the stenciling process, I meticulously cleaned it with warm, soapy water, handling it delicately to preserve its intricate details.

Once cleaned and dried, I returned it to its protective packaging, ready for future use.

Crafted with care and designed to inspire creativity, Posh Chalk Stencils provides DIY enthusiasts and artists the tools to transform ordinary surfaces into works of art.

Made from durable materials and designed for ease of use, these stencils open up a world of possibilities for personalized home decor and crafting projects.

From vintage-inspired designs to modern motifs, Posh Chalk Stencils cater to diverse styles, allowing individuals to express their creativity in unique and meaningful ways.

With their versatility and durability, these stencils are essential companions for any creative endeavor, always promising professional-looking results.

Step 5: Creating the Faux Marble/Granite Effect

Turning my attention to the top of the chest of drawers, I confronted the extensive damage that marred its surface.

Rather than simply painting over it, I knew a strategic approach was necessary to conceal the imperfections and elevate the piece to a new level of sophistication.

To divert attention away from the damage, I opted for a patterned design to camouflage and enhance the surface.

Taking the Pepper Blue paint, I began dry brushing it onto the surface, employing a cross-hatching technique to create depth and variation. This allowed glimpses of the natural wood to peek through the pattern, adding dimension and interest.

However, I soon realized that a faux marble or granite effect would be the ideal solution to mask the remaining flaws. It would also perfectly complement the Mandala furniture vibe.

Embracing this concept wholeheartedly, I prepared to embark on the transformation.

I carefully crafted delicate veins across the surface using Posh Chalk metallic pastes in Shiny Gold, White Gold, and a hint of Blue Fhthalo.

I meticulously applied the metallic pastes with a thin and precise paintbrush, mimicking the organic patterns found in genuine marble and granite.

As the veins began to take shape, I added a few accents using the Posh Chalk Pigment mix created earlier, infusing the surface with a subtle shimmer and elegance. Each stroke was executed with precision, enhancing the faux effect and elevating the overall aesthetic of the piece.

Once the paint and pigments had dried, the transformation was complete. The top of the chest of drawers now boasted a striking faux marble/granite effect, seamlessly concealing the damage beneath layers of intricate detail.

With its newfound allure and sophistication, the piece stood as a testament to the power of creative ingenuity and skilled craftsmanship.  The last step for the top was to seal it.

I poured a generous amount of Posh Chalk Infuser onto the surface and spread it with a Posh Chalk Smooth and Blend brush.  Once dried, I added a second layer to give the piece a fabulous, lustrous, and durable sheen. The Mandala furniture vibe was almost complete!

Step 6: Finishing Touches and Final Seal

With the main body of the chest of drawers transformed and rejuvenated, attention turned to the finer details that would complete the ensemble.

The six weathered wooden knobs, once adorned with layers of old paint, underwent a revitalization of their own. Half were coated in the Pepper Blue hue, while the remaining half received a Posh Chalk Pigment mix treatment, adding depth and contrast to the overall design.

As a finishing touch, the stubby round legs were painted in the same Posh Chalk pigment color, harmonizing with the knobs to create a cohesive aesthetic.

Once the paint had dried to perfection, the knobs were securely fastened back into place, restoring their functionality while adding a touch of charm to the piece.

To safeguard the integrity of the newly transformed chest of drawers, I applied a layer of Posh Chalk Patina Extending Wax to the entire body, ensuring long-lasting protection against wear and tear.

In the image below, I’ve applied the wax to the top drawer; you can see how the wax enhances the color of the wood and gives depth compared to the natural wood color.

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With care and attention to detail, I meticulously buffed the surfaces to a high sheen, allowing the intricate patterns and vibrant colors to shine. As the final step in the transformation process, I stepped back to admire the masterpiece before me.

Ultimately, the once-forgotten chest of drawers had been reborn into a stunning work of art, exuding elegance and charm in every detail. Its flawless finish and timeless appeal stood as a testament to the transformative power of creativity and craftsmanship. Voila, the journey from neglected relic to cherished treasure was complete!

As I stepped back to admire the intricate Mandala design adorning the once-forgotten chest of drawers, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride and satisfaction. What was once a paint-blathered relic destined for landfill had been reborn into a whimsical Mandala wonder, bursting with charm and personality.

But I was really, really pleased with the top. Look at it—isn’t it fabulous?

I hope you’ve enjoyed following along with me on this creative journey. It’s been a pleasure sharing my process with you, from the initial vision to the final brushstroke. Join me again next week as we embark on another exciting adventure in upcycling and DIY. Until then, stay inspired and keep creating!

If you’d like to see the project in video format just click here!

I hope my story inspires you to embark on your crafting endeavors and discover the joy and satisfaction of bringing your visions to life.

With love and laughter,

SollyJo

P.S. If my blogs inspire you, and you get around to trying some of these techniques and products, I would love to see them in our Creations community.  There are over 25,000 members who post daily.  You’ll also find many creators there who have posted some beautiful projects.  It truly is an inspiring group with lots going on.  You can join here, and best of all, it’s free!

Products Used:

Posh Chalk Pigment Infuser

Posh Chalk Trim Tr0118

WoodUglue

Posh Chalk Pigments in Byzantine Gold

Posh Chalk Pigments in Copper

Posh Chalk Wall Mandal Stencil

Posh Chalk Patina Extending Wax

Posh Chalk Stencil Brush

Posh Chalk Smooth & Blend brush

Posh Chalk Wax brush

Magic Paint in Pepper Blue

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