How to Wood Burn Furniture: Shou-Sugi-Ban

3 Materials
$10
2 Hours
Easy

I scored this dresser on the side of the road a few years back and have been meaning to give it some zest love. The time has come! Chanda and I are both addicted to this new japanese wood burning technique called Shou Sugi Ban. Not only is the outcome a lush dark chocolate wood, but let’s face it we get our inner pyro out with this technique.

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Here's the before... I really want to add some texture and unique color to this piece of furniture!



First I sanded all the cream paint off the drawers to find some gorgeous raw wood hiding underneath.



Next I grabbed my torch (you can get one at Miner’s) and begin to run the flame up and down the wood. You won’t want to stay in one area too long, just long enough for the wood to turn a toasty brown and then move on. Be sure to step back every few strokes and make sure you are burning evenly.

Yep, inhale that burnt wood smell. MMmmmMMM



Loving the outcome!!



I am in LOVE.



Look at that contrast of the cream color and the wood burned furniture!



This texture is unreal!!



I can't get enough of the natural wood grain!



Now look at that staple piece of furniture...LOVE!

Happy Burning!!

xo,
Sam
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  • Linda W
    on Dec 9, 2018

    That is really cool looking! Makes me think of a brindle boxer’s coat and I love them! One question: if you decided eventually to refinish it another way, would you just sand the burned layer down?


    Thanks, Linda W

    • Zany
      on Jan 16, 2020

      depends on how far down you burn . the further you burn the wood the deeper you have to sand .

  • Bonnie
    on Dec 9, 2018

    Can it be varnished after burning?

  • Karen
    on Jan 15, 2020

    Can this effect be achieved with a heat gun, or does it have to be flame?

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  • Denise
    on Jan 23, 2020

    Hope you like the burnt look as you are never going get that clean again

  • Dee
    on Jan 26, 2020

    Unique!!! Great job!!

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