Upcycling Project

I took on a recent up-cycling project to tick a few boxes – I was tired of a pine veneer chest of drawers in small man’s room and I wanted to paint it to make it more appealing. Also I wanted to try my hand at some decoupage having only recently discovered what it was. And thirdly I have in my mind a vision of a nursery for baby no.2 that uses greys and yellows so that it would be neutral but at the same time stylish. The nursery is a long way off however I did launch head first into the project.
As you can see from the before photos the 5 drawer chest of drawers was pine veneer.

Chest of drawers - Before

Drawers - Before

I gave it two coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Country Grey finishing off with a coat of clear matte interior wood varnish.

I then used wallpaper from Homebase and decoupaged the sides of the drawers. I probably wouldn’t use wallpaper again as it was a little thick and now the drawers are a bit stiff when you try to open but I do love the look that it give. I plan to use the rest of the wallpaper to make scented drawer liners at some point.
I searched high and low for reasonable drawer handles in cream and gold but they were working out to be very expensive for what was supposed to be a very cheap project. My luck turned when I found these door knobs in Michael Guiney’s at 3.99 for 4 they were a real bargain and though I had to buy two packs to get the five I needed, I’m sure I will use them elsewhere.

Chest of Drawers - After

Drawer - After

I am really happy with the end product, the chest of drawers looks great in the small man’s room even though it doesn’t really match anything, it is a vast improvement on the way it was. Let me know what you think!


Project Update






It is all very quiet on the renovation front at the minute. I got new costings for the project on Monday so these will be submitted to the bank as part of the mortgage application so fingers crossed. The weather is really hampering the percolation test so we don’t know when that will happen but I’ll keep you posted! In the meantime I am in the middle of a DIY project involving a chest of drawers, more of which to come! While we wait on planning and the bank I am busying myself by reading lots of design and interiors blogs which is seriously distracting. There are so many cool sites out there I have major home envy. I am trying to restrain myself from buying anything hence making do with some DIY projects…..stay tuned!