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!


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