DIY – Lace Painted Furniture

I have seen so many beautiful pieces of furniture done with lace painting and I really wanted to give it a go.  I think it gives such a beautiful and unique finish and is such a great way to dress a dated piece.

I didn’t have to wait too long as I got this set of drawers which was in need of some serious TLC and was desperate for a transformation.


It was an old set of drawers, it was very sturdy but it was damaged on the outside, the sides of it were chipped and it just looked so plain.  


I decided to give it a makeover and chose to use blue and white theme for this.

First, I cleaned the furniture thoroughly and removed the drawers, I removed the stickers and the ugly handles.  I had an image in my head of what I wanted it to look and thought that nice crystal door knobs would look lovely over the lace background, so I filled the original holes with woodfiller, and once they were dry I sanded them down.  I then measured where the new holes should go and drilled them, sanding around to remove any bits of wood.


As the sides were so badly damaged, I tried to fix the damage and used some wood filler to fill the chipped area and once they were dry I sanded them slightly..



I still wasn’t too happy with the result, so I decided to add some decoupage into this project too.  I picked Clara Damask wallpaper, which has a lovely raised texture and glued it on the sides of the drawers using mod podge.


As the wallpaper was mink colour, I painted overi it using white eggshell paint to match my colour  scheme and let it dry!


I painted the surface and the edges using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.


I sanded in between coats and waxed the top over using Annie Sloan’s clear wax.

Then came the fun part – doing the lace painting!!  For this project I wanted to use my Rust Oleum paint in blue shade called Belgrave.  You may recall that I used this shade for my – From Drab to Fab feature when I transformed an old bookcase and I absolutely love this shade of blue!

I painted the drawers and let them dry.  This paint is lovely to use and goes on nicely, it dries so quick too so it allows you to finish painting several coats the same day.  I used two coats and sanded slightly in between. REMEMBER NOT TO WAX THE DRAWERS.. WAXING IS ALWAYS THE LAST STEP AND WE WERE NOT FINISHED YET!

As I was using Rust Oleum spray paint on top of the Rust Oleum furniture paint and did not know how these paints would react, I tested  it first on a piece of wood.


YAY!!!! I was super excited and loved the lace effect.

I cut out the lace to the size of the drawers and taped them on the sides as I didn’t want the lace to move, especially as it was quite a windy day.  I didn’t care and was adamant I had to spray THAT day…


I sprayed at a distance in slow movements, trying not to have the aerosol too close to the lace and have an even layer.  With the wind, it didn’t quite work to the plan.. TIP FOR MYSELF  – next time try and do it when it is not windy..

I left the lace on for a bit as I was scared to move it in case it looked rubbish, so after a few minutes I slowly removed one side and peeked underneath. As I was not entirely happy with coverage (very windy day + spray paint doesn’t really mix), I took the drawers in the garage and sprayed another quick coat of paint and let it dry.

When I saw the drawers I thought they didn’t quite have the dramatic colour effect I though it would, but then realised that the drawers haven’t been waxed yet, so the blue will deepen in colour and have more contrast.. phew!


Then it was time to wax the drawers! I sanded only slightly as there was a bit of a grain on top, but not too much as I didn’t want the lace pattern to blur too much… I used Rust Oleum clear wax for this as I thought it is better to use the same products (I am a little OCD), I am sure other waxes would have been ok. Once I was waxing the drawers, I could see that the colour deepened and the drawers were looking lovely!


I then added the glass knobs and inserted the drawers and the piece was finished.

My first attempt at lace painting turned out even better than I expected!! What do you think of this transformation??

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64 thoughts on “DIY – Lace Painted Furniture

  1. Wow, what an amazing transformation! I love to see old worn out furniture brought back to life. Great job! Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

    1. thanks Robin.. I thought I should start small first but then these drawers came along and I thought I should just do it..was petrified when I was removing the lace but thankfully turned out not too bad.. thank you! 🙂

  2. You did a wonderful job. Such great ideas and I love the lace painting effect. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

  3. Wonderful Idea!!! I have three high-boy dressers in my room and they don’t match at all. I think i might try my hand at this. Thank you for such a lovely tutorial.

    Ta Ta for now Cathy the Bagg Lady

  4. Wow, I love the lace painted furniture. I love how you used wall paper and painted it too. It is all so lovely especially the glass drawer pull. Thanks for all the great ideas. You are very talented.

  5. This looks incredible! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  6. EVIJA,
    So glad I stopped by. I absolutely love this project and the end result is so lovely! I have been wanting to try a furniture redo project myself. You make it seem pretty easy. I guess I am intimidated by the number of paint products on the market and not really knowing what to use. I think I need to dive in and give it a try. Thanks for some inspiration and for stopping by my blog.

  7. Absolutely love this dresser! Thanks so much for the detailed steps. I will try to do this soon!

  8. Oh my gosh Evija, I just saw your beautiful dresser featured at Prodigal Pieces. Talk about taking it from Drab to Fab! It’s stunning, the lace affect, the color, and those gorgeous glass knobs – perfection! I’m your newest follower – love your work 🙂

  9. I’m swooning over the color and the transformation! WOW! Gorgeous! It’s a pleasure co-hosting #OhMyHeartsieGirlWW with you! Have a lovely week!

  10. What a lovely & beautiful piece. I absolutely love the way you refinished it. My daughters would love this in their room. Thanks for sharing & co-hosting WW.
    Sarah-Ann @ Living Intentionally Simple

  11. That is so pretty. Love the technique with the lace and wallpaper. Thank you so much for sharing and c-hosting!
    Kristine 🙂

  12. It turned out great… I love the lace! I will be doing this! Thank you for sharing and for co hosting the link up with me! Have a wonderful weekend ahead xx

  13. I Love stopping by your blog! This is beautiful. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing! I’ve enjoyed co-hosting @ WW with you!
    Have a beautiful day
    Heather @

  14. Evija,
    What a beautiful creation!
    I’m sure your new house will feel like ‘home’ in no time, thanks to your creativity.
    What a lovely name you have, also!

  15. I was wondering how long did you leave the lace on before removing it, if you did? Can the lace be reused?

    1. Hi as soon as I sprayed the cabinet I checked if I was happy with coverage (slightly lifted the lace in one corner), then took the lace off . The lace becomes stiff but can still be re-used for painting another piece. Though I prefer to use a new piece of fabric (I purchase cheap lace or old curtains and use them). Hope this helps.

  16. Hi, this is so lovely I’m definitely going to try this. My main concern is the drawers on the dresser on highboy I want to refinish for my mom. They were in a pod storage they were cream color, now that they’re in my house I see that they have yellowed and I thinking it got very hot in one of those pod thingy and damage the color of the furniture. My question is, can you use this on my furniture which is Formica ?
    Thanks, Linda

    1. Linda, the short answer is yet you can use milk paint on laminate furniture. You must follow the steps though.. As milk paint will chip if no bonding agent is added in most cases it will not stick to laminate as it is non pourous and shiny. I would suggest you slightly sand the laminate furniture to allow the paint to stick. Once you have chosen your colour, mix it and add the bonding agent, I use extra bond with this so the paint can stick to the surface. If you want a chippy effect, again I would add the bonding agent but in slightly smaller quantity. Then seal it which should make your furniture durable. Good luck!

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