Paige Hemmis' DIY Faux Leather Finish on Dresser


  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Brown craft paper (brown grocery or lunch sacks can also be used)
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint or stain of your choice

Directions to prepare the dresser:

  1. Remove hardware
  2. If the piece you want to use has paint, stain or a glossy finish, use a light sand paper over the surface to rough it up so the paper adheres to the surface better. Wipe down to remove excess dust.
  3. Paint top, sides all black
  4. Next, prepare the brown craft paper:

    1. Tear (don’t cut with scissors) your craft paper into various sizes. Odd sizes work best. You will only need straight edges on the very edges of your project.
    2. Bunch up your little pieces into small bunches.
    3. Now flatten your pieces out and set them aside.

    Next, put paper pieces onto drawer fronts

    1. Brush your mod podge onto your pieces of brown paper and on to the surface you are using.
    2. Lay one piece on your surface and cover the piece with more mod podge. Continue layering until your entire surface is covered, overlapping so there are no gaps to the old surface. Since you crumpled up your paper pieces, you will want to brush the mod podge on lightly so it keeps its form. If you want the sides covered, it’s best to fold the pieces over the side.
    3. Let your surface dry completely
    4. If you like the color of the brown craft paper, leave the color alone and apply a spray or brush on a polyurethane top coat.
    5. If you would like to change the color, add any color stain to the surface. Wait until that is dry and apply your polyurethane top coat. You really only need a top coat if your surface will be in a high-traffic/use zone.

    Faux Leather Finished Dresser

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