Video: How to cross stitch furniture

DIY: How to cross stitch furniture | Mollie Makes

Want to do something really fancy to your furniture? Gather your tapestry yarns and find the drill bits, this DIY’s just for you.

Out There Interiors Isabelle

We’ve recently turned a plain chest from Out There Interiors into this divine piece of furniture with just a few materials. Want to make something similar? Here’s how…

You’ll need:

• Sand paper
• Furniture paint  in grey and paintbrush
• Tapestry yarn in several colours
• Pom pom maker
• Spray paint in white, gold and neon
• Drill

Step 1
Draw a grid onto the drawer and draw your design. For every cross stitch you’ve marked on the drawer, drill a hole in each corner of the square. We used this cross stitch rose design by Audrey Smit.

Step 2
Once all the holes are drilled, sand away any rough edges, mask off the areas your want to spray paint then start painting. We used a Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey Chalk Paint as the base colour of our chest. Give it a good, even coat and leave to dry.

Step 3
Once dry (we painted two coats) remove the masking tape and continue to mask off areas ready for starting the ‘dip dyed’ effect. We did this for the legs, the edge of the top of the chest and the edge of the drawer. With the rest of the chest covered/masked off, spray a white base coat on the legs and other accent areas. Once dry, spray with neon pink.

We also sprayed the inside of the drawer gold and the drawer handles white – we couldn’t resist a few more goes with the canister!

Step 4
Once it’s all completely dry and you’re happy with the neon accents, start cross stitching! Follow the chart using tapestry yarn and a large tapestry needle – make sure your stitches all cross in the same way for a super-smooth finish.

Step 5
To finish our cabinet we tied three mini pom poms, made in the same shades of yarn used in our cross stitched rose, to each handle. Et voilà, a dip dye effect on furniture.

up cycled chest of drawers against white brick wallup cycled chest of drawers against white brick wall

This chest of drawers and the design challenge was set up by Out There Interiors. Visit their online shop for more interior goodness and head to their Instagram to see the other design entries. More about the #pimpmyfrench challenge. P.S We WON!

Thanks to The Hambledon for the paper poms and print, Howkapow for the copper lamp, Annie Sloan for the paint, Rust-Oleum for the spray paints and Audrey Smit for the cross stitch design.

DIY: How to cross stitch furniture | Mollie Makes