Creating A Carved Wood Look Dresser

I didn’t have a plan when I started prepping this piece, but the finish was rough and it needed some sanding. When the beautiful wood began revealing itself, I just kept sanding. It took about two hours but I sanded the entire piece down to bare wood. 


The natural wood seemed like the perfect backdrop for WoodUbend moldings. I was already feeling the vibe of the tone-on-tone neutrals. These appliques are pre-made. You do pay more for the convenience, but you don’t have to buy moulds, resin or clay and they’re easy to use. 

Just warm them with a heat gun or hair dryer until they become pliable. 

While they're pliable, you can cut them with scissors if you want to use just a piece of one or split one between two drawers. I cut some of the double-rose moldings in half to use them as singles. If you look closely in this picture you can see where I cut a small molding in half to use between drawers. 

Smear wood glue on the back, press the appliqué onto your project, and hold in place for a few seconds. 

Wipe away any excess glue then shoot it with the heat gun/hair dryer again for a few seconds to set it. Press gently. 

Once the glue is dry you can sand the appliques if needed. 

These moldings are made of real wood particles so they can be stained, painted or waxed. 

I wanted a natural carved wood look so I brushed on Voodoo Gel Stain in Tobacco Road and wiped it off with a damp rag, leaving just a little in the moldings. 

Once dry I repeated the process with White Magic Voodoo Gel Stain. Because this stain is water-based, you can mist on water to remove more of it if it goes on heaviery than you want. 

I used this technique on the new pine knobs too. 

To maintain the natural look while giving the piece some finish and protection, I brushed Best Dang Wax in Clear over the entire piece, and gently wiped off the excess. 

As usual, I revived inside the drawers and coated the drawer guides with Big Mama’s Butta. This saved me from having to paint inside the drawers, which were rough! 

I couldn't be happier! This definitely goes down as one of my top 5 favorite pieces I've ever done. Yay!

What do you think? Would you like to try the pre-made moldings? 

Products Used

WoodUbend moldings


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