If you think you are the crafty type, you may have a lot of items in your home that you have made from scratch or at least altered to make it just what you wanted it to be. From tablecloths to curtains and maybe even painted accents on the walls of your home, you may like seeing your own personal touches all over the place. But then you realize, there is one thing that doesn’t have too much of your personal touch, your furniture.
Many people who like craft projects shy away from full furniture pieces. They don’t want to deal with all the work of cutting wood and fitting it together.
Here’s the good news. You don’t have to. While many think that to have their own special piece of furniture they will have to make the piece from scratch, you can actually skip this step.
Plenty of furniture companies offer unfinished furniture. This means they are pieces that are made, but have none of the painting, staining or other finishing work completed. You just get a base wood shape and have to make it into a beautiful table. These are just as solid of pieces as you would purchase at another store, sometimes more so, but at a much lower price because less work has been done on them.
Take wood end tables for example. You could easily pick up a pair of wood end tables for a fraction of what a finished pair would cost, and then enjoy the process of giving them your personal touch.
Not sure what kind of touch you want to give those wood end tables? Well, many people choose painting or putting tiles on the piece to make a design, but if you want something that is a little more unique looking, long lasting and will show off some skills, you may want to look towards wood burning.
Wood burning is not a hard thing to do, it just takes patience. The first thing to do is get a wood burning kit. While there are expensive ones out there, you may want to try out a cheaper and simpler kit until you decide if you really like it.
Don’t experiment on your wood end tables. Instead, you should purchase a few pieces of wood to practice on. If you go to the unfinished furniture store in person, you may be able to ask them if they have any extra pieces of wood you could use for your experimentation.
Learn the Techniques
Just like different amounts of paint can lead to different kinds of shading in colors, the amount of time you hold the burn point to a piece of wood will alter the shade of new color you get on the wood. This is a great technique to use for shading.
Look at the Tips
If you want to do simple drawing, a normal burn tip will get the job done, but if you really like the idea of doing some detailed work, you may want to look into a variety of tips so you can offer different styles of detailing on the piece you are working.
One you have experimented on your test wood, draw the design you would like on your wood end tables, and get to work, adding to your personalized home collection.
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