After constructing the piece of furniture, I assemble my artistic supplies, an array of wood carving tools and tubes of acrylic paint. I sketch out the lines where the drapery folds would fall on the furniture and start carving out the lines with the V-tool. I then switch to a chisel tool (gouge #8) to begin opening up the folds, using ever-smaller gouges and riffler files of various types to accomplish the desired curvature. I use a jigsaw to complete the folds.
I apply acrylic paint in an extremely thin consistency, like that of watercolor, to allow the natural grain to show through. The piece is topped off with a coat of polyurethane.