Wife wanted to add a little Chic to the house so here is my first attempt. Be warned this was extremely simple and now I have several other jobs to attempt.
I first of all watched a few videos on YouTube and picked up the basics of what to do.
The first things I found is the quality of the furniture in the first place is very important. Solid wooden furniture will generally turn out great.
Second thing is this is pretty easy to do, and the final product looks fantastic
Various grade sand paper
Matt Paint (A light cream seems to work better than white)
Lint free rag
A few spare hours
Step 1: Strip
Take out all the draws and remove the handles. Don't worry if you cause a bit of damage as this will add to the overall used effect.
Step 2: Sand
Using rough sand paper on the electric sander take off all the current covering (stain, paint etc) down to the bear wood. Again no need to go gentle on the corners or and other are. After the initial sanding go over again this time with a finer grade sandpaper to smooth out the surface.
Step 3: Paint
Using the roller give the whole furniture 3 fairly thin coatings of paint. Don't worry about runs or drips we can sand then off later. Only thing at this point is to ensure all coats are fully dry before applying the next.
Step 4: Shabby Chic
This next bit always puts a smile on my face. After allowing the 3 coats of paint to dry fully we now use the electric sander to make them look like they need a good paint. Sand down to the wood in areas that would naturally gain the most ware (corners, flat edges etc). You need to make it look old and worn.
Step 5: Finishing
Give each part a good coat of bees wax. Use a quality brush to give it a good coat then buff with a lint free cloth.
Add the new handles and put it all back together.
This is honestly an easy thing to do