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Go beyond paint to freshen worn furniture. Use economical rope trim to add stylish details.
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You can add rope accents to an existing piece of furniture regardless of its finish or to one you plan to paint. To get the look shown, apply chalk-finish paint (Valspar Woodland Sterling Blue, #5001-3B, under Tidal Wave, #5002-7C, shown) and allow it to dry overnight before adding the rope trim.
For the rope trim at the top of the dresser, glue a single taut strand of rope just beneath the overhang at the top of both sides and the front.
Cut three pieces of rope 25 percent longer than the combined measurements of both sides and the front for a one-piece braid. For example, a furniture piece that’s 4 feet wide and 2 feet deep would require three pieces of 10-foot-long rope -- (4+2+2) x 1.25 = 10.
Cut a piece of rope 1 foot long and unravel it into three separate pieces to make twine. Gather the three pieces of rope with the ends together and wrap a piece of twine around the gathered end. Glue the end of the twine to the three long pieces and trim the ends even. Have a friend hold the gathered end of the three long pieces while you braid them together. When you reach the other end (or the length of the braid needed), wrap and glue twine around the braid and cut the ends even.
Hot-glue the braided lengths of rope to the front and sides, flattening the braid as you go. Then glue a single strand of rope beneath the braid.
Remove the existing drawer pulls and sand off any loose finish. (If it’s old paint, first check for lead in the finish using a testing swab.) You can cover them or use new replacement wood pulls (#89212, for example).
For smaller knobs, switch to a narrow-diameter rope.
Wrap painter’s tape around one end of the spool of rope and cut the fibers flush with the tape. Press hot glue into the fibers to hold them together. After the glue cools, remove the tape. Coil the rope into a spiral and use beads of hot glue to hold the coil together. Stop when it reaches the diameter of the cabinet knob you’ll cover. Repeat for the remaining knobs.
Glue the coil to the top of the knob. Then begin winding and gluing rope around the rest of the knob. Repeat for the remaining knobs. Use scissors to cut off rope fibers sticking out from the knobs.
Reattach the knobs to the piece of furniture.