I have an obsession with linen textured furniture. Linen wrapped furniture adds level of depth and sophistication to any space. They are beautiful and pricey. I have been scouring the inter-webs on for a low cost option. I stumbled upon two really cool tutorials here and here.
I basically took and inexpensive Ikea dresser and got some fancy hardware to zusch it up. I was really pleased with the look and plan on doing more in the future.
Here’s how I did it!
What you need:
- (1) Ikeas Rast Dresser
- 2-3 yards of Linen fabric (it only requires about 2, but I always like to have some extra just in case)
- 1 qt. of Minwax Poly-acrylic
- (6) Brass ring pulls
- Paint brush (at least 2” wide)
- Old iron (Don’t use the same iron you use to press your clothes)
- Razor blade or sharpe box cutter
- Optional: 1 qt of paint in your desired color
Step 1: Prep your workspace
- Make sure there are you are working in is dirt and dust free. Use an old sheet or paint drop cloth to protect the floor
- It also helps to have a worktable to do the on. The floor is fine, but your back with thank you for it later. Trust me.
Step 2: Starch and press your fabric
- Make sure your iron is on its highest stetting. You want to remove all the wrinkles and create some stiffness. It makes the fabric easier to work with.
Step 3: Lay it all out
- Make sure all the parts and pieces you need to put your nightstand together are in the box. There is nothing worst than going though all these steps only to realize you are missing a screw.
- Set the knobs aside since you won’t need them.
- The pieces that you will need are the 2 sides, the top, the 3 drawer fronts and the lower support bar. Set the rest aside for assembly later.
Step 4: Cut it out
- Trim the fabric about 2-3 inches larger than the surface of the part being covered.
Step 5: Press + Seal
- Evenly apply a coat of poly-acrylic finish to one side of the wood. Make sure you go all the way to the edge. Don’t worry if a tiny bit goes over.
- While it is still wet, place the linen neatly on top.
- Iron-dry the surface. This permanently adheres the fabric to the wood.
- Do this for the front and sides of each piece.
- Note: Your iron should be on its highest setting with NO WATER OR STEAM.
- Note: Make not of the pre drilled holes. Try not to cover them. Or if you do, simply take a blade or a screw driver
Step 6: Trim fabric
- Cut the corners of the linen at about 45 degree angles; fold the fabric to create mitered corners.
- Apply the poly-acrylic to finish the edges and iron in place.
- Trim of any excess fabric by cutting with a razor blade. I used a box-cutter because it had a handle and I found it easier to control than a simple razor blade.
- Make sure the fabric is super stiff. Otherwise it won’t cut clean or neat with the blade and the fabric will fray.
Step 7: Put it all together
- Following the directions that came with your nightstand.
Step 8: Give it a coat
- Option A – If you like the look of the linen you can leave it as is. Apply a coat of poly-acrylic to the entire piece. This protects it from water, dirt, and other environmental factors.
- Option B – Paint it
- Brush on a coat of paint. I used Pantone paint from Lowe’s in Mood Indigo in a semi gloss because I wanted a bit of shine.
- Because I chose such a dark color. I had painted 2 coats, letting it dry properly between each coat. It is important not to add too much paint at once. You can over saturate to the fabric and loose the texture.
- Add the hardware. I used 1.5” diameter brass ring pulls from Lynn’s Hardware.
Ta-Da! Now you have awesome linen wrapped nightstand. I actually did not finish this entire project in one day. I did the linen wrapping first and then the following day I put it together and painted it. If you have never done anything slightly crafty, I would not start with this project. If you have some experience, definitely give this project a try. You will be happy you did.