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Make New From Old. How To Glam Up A Chest Of Drawers. A DIYProject

DIY chest of drawers

Inspired by a couple of DIY programmes on C4, I took a chance on my own DIY project last summer. I had just moved into my flat and little money left to spend on furniture.

Luckily my partner replaced his old chest of drawers with some new ones and kindly gave the old ones to me to live out my creativity.

Like many young ladies, I like the shabby chic/vintage style, so the plan for the drawer's new appearance included some white paint and vintage accessories. The drawers from Ikea were originally painted in dark metallic blue, so I started off to treat the wood with sandpaper. This is necessary to roughen the surface which then allows the wood to absorb the paint evenly later in the process. I applied 2-3 coats of white paint and after a long hot summer's day, I was pleased with the results.

It dried overnight and meanwhile, I planned further steps on how to glam up my new bargain. So I bought adhesive furniture foil from Amazon with a black and white floral print and found vintage-inspired knobs at Sass & Belle. Sass & Belle are a great company on the High Street with some very girly and vintage-inspired products. I really love their owl cushions, Victorian picture frames and their collection of knobs. The ones I used for my drawers are rosé and crème coloured which complements the floral print of the foil perfectly. The knobs were easy to screw into the compartments after I cut, lined and glued the adhesive foil onto the wood.

End Result & Final Finish


Up-cycled DIY chest of drawers
DIY project
Sass and Belle drawer knobs
My up-cycled chest of drawers
DIY chest of drawers with adhesive foil
Final result of my own DIY chest of drawers up-cycled


Costs


Chest of Drawers: Ikea, free
Adhesive Furniture Foil: Amazon, 8€ (around £6) per role
Knobs: Sass & Belle, £4.95 each (reduced from £6, summer sale 2013)

Though my handicraft skills are not as advanced as Kirstie's team, I still had fun renewing this piece of furniture - even with some very simple steps and methods. So you see, with a bit of patience and love you can inject new life into old things and turn them into individual new pieces.

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin

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