Sand the piece if necessary. A preliminary sanding is unnecessary if the piece is unfinished or if it's finished and in good condition. A piece with bubbles in the varnish should be stripped before it's painted. Apply a coat of red oxide paint to all surfaces of the furniture and let dry. For a realistic look, remove the drawers from the dresser, and finish them individually.
Use the glaze-application brush to apply a generous amount of the first earth-tone glaze, Indian brown, in random patches on the first drawer. Wiping the brush between colors, apply random patches of the second and third earth-tone glazes. To create an impression of depth, apply a small amount of black in a random dot pattern.
Dip the tip of the fan brush into black glaze, wipe some of the excess on paper towels, and blot the brush on a dampened sponge to spread the bristles. Lightly drag it along the surface to create delicate grain lines.
A slight increase in pressure on the brush will intensify the color. Create straight lines at a slight angle to the sides of the piece, as mahogany is generally cut on an angle, or create U-shaped areas to mimic hard grain.
Immediately after brushing on each length of graining, soften the graining by dragging a soft blending brush over the lines created by the fan brush. Allow to dry.
For added protection on surfaces that may undergo constant wear, add a water-based acrylic sealant.