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Putty the nail holes, and you're ready to Soften all edges and corners with a paint! power sander and by hand sanding.

Imitate nicks and bruises by banging on the wood with a set of keys on a chain.

Paint over the texturing compound after Add brown glaze to imitate wear and the compound dries.

handling.

Sponge on a texturing compound to create a slightly rough surface.

Paint over the texturing compound after Add brown glaze to imitate wear and the compound dries.

handling.

12. Temporarily clamp the drawers together and cut bottoms to fit. Glue and nail the drawers together (Photo 9). As you assemble each drawer, insert the bottom to keep the drawer square.

13. Glue knobs in the drawers and pegs in the peg board.

14. Fill the nail holes with putty (Photo 10), and you're ready to paint.

Finishing

15. Begin by softening every edge, as if it's been handled for years (Photo 11). Then roughen up exposed surfaces a bit with a classic faker's tool: a bunch of keys and other hardware attached to a chain (Photo 12).

16. To simulate years of grit, apply an acrylic texturing compound (Photo 13 and Sources, at right). You can leave it thick or smooth it out with the sponge.

17. Apply your favorite paint (Photo 14).

18. Mute the paint's color and add some grime by applying a glaze (Photo 15 and Sources). Use your brush to work the glaze around until your project looks natural and well-loved.

Installation

19. The wall shelf should be flush to the wall and secured to studs. There are lots of ways to hang it. I used keyhole slots cut in the back of the wall cleat and hung the cabinet on long pan head screws driven into the studs. That's fussy work.

though. It would be easier to just drive screws right through the face of the wall cleat and into the studs

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