Upcycle Your Space: Blowtorch Treatment DIY

Sometimes, when you’re looking at that dated old dresser in the hall, you just want to set it on fire, rather than find a solution to your decorating dilemma…

Buy a blowtorch!

There are a number of different versions for different purposes on the market; I purchased a small propane torch used for soldering plumbing joints for about 20 bucks. In general, the larger the surface area of your project, the more efficient it becomes to use a model with a larger flame.

Truly, any wooden object is fair game, so use your imagination!

Remove any paint or finish with a stripping agent, carefully following the safety instructions, or, if it’s already pretty worn, a light sanding may do the trick!

Before you fire up your blowtorch, remember, safety first! Always wear a set of glasses, gloves if you’re in close contact with the work and ensure any loose clothing is tucked away!

In slow, even passes, begin to char the surface of your work piece, noting the grain begin to change from blonde to black.

Not only will the end result, should you choose to install it outside, resist weather, but also deter insect activity!

Enjoy the charred fruits of your labor!

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