How to Wood Burn Furniture: Shou-Sugi-Ban

Did you see my post yesterday about our new guest bedroom? If not be sure to check it out!! One of the main statement’s in the room was the gorgeous dresser, ehm well not the one below but the one on the way!! 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.


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 and all the texture!!


I decided to have some contrast with the cream knobs and siding and only did the drawers and top. Before assembling I sprayed a clear coat on the wood to ensure protection. Be sure to get CLEAR otherwise you will yellow all your gorgeous hard work.


I am in LOVE.




Happy Burning!!



Photos Credit to: Jessica Helton